Syfy TV Cancellation News
Foreboding news gang. Despite the glowing news last week about how as far as Syfy is concerned, Eureka would go on forever, the tune has suddenly changed and Eureka has been canceled.
Instead of a 6th season already pre-ordered, EW is reporting that Syfy is ending Eureka when it concludes the 5th season. What Eureka fans have left, will be the holiday episode and 12 regular episodes in 2012. (Remember, Syfy’s parent network is NBC. NBC is now run by Comcast.)
In hopes of keeping you around until the end, Syfy says the 12 eps of season 5 are some of the best they’ve seen. The sales pitch isn’t necessary. The core fan-base of Eureka fans will not only stick it out until the end, they’ll be letting the network know how they feel.
This means no more Sheriff Carter, (Colin Ferguson), Allison (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), Jo (Erica Cerra), Henry (Joe Morton), Fargo (Neil Grayston) or any of the other cast of characters we’ve come to enjoy on a weekly basis.
I’m betting Eureka fans are nothing but pissed off. (Yes, I said if for you guys.)
From One Frustrated Fan’s Perspective
I got a long email from a reader that I’m going translate here:
Syfy channel has slowly been chipping away at each good, quirky or entertaining sci-fi television series from a few years ago and replacing them with reality TV or ghost story shows. I mean how many ghost investigation shows can the public really digest?
It seems that the cadre of core Syfy fans from yesteryear that were left had all their favorite series stuffed into one of the worse ratings nights of the week. And that’s where they were left to fester until slowly, but surely, their programming has been removed from them, as IF BY DESIGN, since Howe took over.
It looks like our favorites are shoved into the cattle pen that leads to the meat market, where they’re fully expected to be shuttled off.
So what do we have left to get canceled? Warehouse 13, Alphas & Haven (If you ever caught on to them), Merlin… which for me, I now only have two shows left: WH13 and Merlin. And I can only bide my time until they go too. Otherwise, all the different nights I would have tuned in to watch on Syfy have gone by the wayside.
I can’t contest a single point in the above note. For this writer, I have Merlin.
Remember Who Causes Cancellations
Now putting frustration aside, fans have to sit back and keep one serious aspect of this crappy situation in mind… Nielsen families and the subsequent TV ratings are the ones that dictate the demise of a TV show. And as far as I can tell, Nielsen families come home and don’t want to be engaged beyond the story that is presented in a single episode. This mentality, is what I feel what makes reality TV such a hit.
If you’ve ever watched reality TV, each episode is about 20% recap and 20% preview of what’s going to happen on the other side of the commercial break or next episode.
As far as the more discerning TV watching fans, we have to make do with what we can, when we have it and not take any good programming for granted. It NEVER lasts more than a season or two, with the rare exception now and then.
When Will The Eureka Rescue Campaign Start?
Now the scary part is, if fans start to organize a rescue program, what in the bloody heck are you going to mail in to NBC/Syfy? You can’t mail in anti-matter reactors. They cost too much to ship. Maybe Sheriff’s badges? (Just buy the cheapie plastic kind that don’t cost too much money on you!)
To wrap up this tirade, Eureka has been cancelled. Season 5 is it’s last and there will be no short 6th season.