Has Sanctuary Been Canceled By Syfy? To be honest, fans have no hard evidence via press reports or Twitter slips by any of the cast or crew of Sanctuary. But fans are wondering and circumstantial evidence seems to be adding up.
There is speculation out on the web that the Syfy series Sanctuary may not be coming back for a fifth season on the Comcast owned, NBC subsidiary network. And in the wake of how the much beloved Eureka TV series was canceled, making the upcoming fifth season in 2012 of Eureka its last, the speculations have me wondering.
UPDATE 5-21-12: Syfy has canceled Sanctuary.
This article was sparked around by a readers’ email I received today and I thought that they brought up some good points that I’d share with you, my readers. In addition, I slap out a few more tidbits that I dug up out on the web.
The reader points will be labeled ‘RP.’
RP: The Syfy network has had nothing to say about another season for Sanctuary.
Yep… no news is usually good news and with the Syfy network, they tend to stall their announcements to as late as possible with any of their programming.
I’ve touched on this previously, surmising that when other other networks already know their lineups, Syfy usually waits to make their announcements. I think it’s a marketing game because I can’t imagine any business like a TV cable network not knowing their schedule so few months ahead of time.
RP: The title of the season (series?) finale “Sanctuary for None” is the exact opposite of the series beginning “Sanctuary for All.” There was no cliffhanger ending.
Can’t disagree with the observation! I like it.
RP: Normally, if a show goes three seasons the network will give it a fourth if for no other reason than to get enough episodes so they can syndicate it and show it in reruns.
I’m not sure if it’s number of seasons or number of episodes. I read recently on another series I’m following that a show’s syndication possibilities go up significantly when they hit the 100 episode mark. But Syfy may have different aspect on the matter, so I’m not arguing with this one. Regardless of semantics, this is a good point.
RP: Christopher Heyerdahl‘s Big Guy was killed off in the finale. Heyerdahl’s John Druit has been in fewer and fewer episodes and it seems Chris is moving on. He played Marcus in the Twilight Saga movies and the Norwegian called ‘The Swede’ in Hell on Wheels. Last month, Deadline Hollywood reported that he has been cast in a recurring role in True Blood. He will play Dieter Braun, one of the five council members of the Vampire Authority.
This is so true… we’ve been seeing Chris pop up more and more in other projects. Plus I’ve seen snippets of news late last year that one of the Sanctuary showrunners, Damian Kindler, is working on bringing Universal Soldier to a TV series, which will make him pretty busy. (Footnote: Is it a clue When Deadline Hollywood calls Chris Heyerdahl a Sanctuary alum? As in, it’s done and behind him?)
RP: Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne have been filming Space Milkshake, a science fiction comedy, with Billy Boyd and Kristin Kreuk.
In other news, Kristin Kreuk had a new role!!!
RP: Amanda Tapping is also filming another movie “Random Acts of Romance”. I think this is telling because this is the first time she has done anything else but cameo appearances in SGU since she began ‘Sanctuary’
RP: Martin Wood is one of the executive producers of the Space Channel’s spin off of BBC’s ‘Primeval’, ‘Primeval – New World’ that is filming now in Vancouver.
RP: The show began to veer away from the delightfully darker aspect of the web series… Helen Magnus’s network gradually went from a small secret organization that was protecting endangered and dangerous abnormals to a huge worldwide network simultaneously working with and at odds with the world’s governments. The show slowly began a descent into a supernatural version of the ‘Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ or the BBC’s “The Avengers” with Robin Dunne playing Emma Peele to Amanda Tapping’s John Steed.
LOL… love the analogy to Peele and Steed.
Other Sanctuary Canceled Clues:
During its third season, Sanctuary was moved to Mondays from Fridays, putting it on a path of some of it’s lowest ratings ever. (In fact, just off the top of my head, wasn’t every show that’s been moved to Mondays on Syfy now been axed?)
According to Suite101, after chatting with a source at Syfy , was told the following:
“While Sanctuary was far from the most expensive show on television, it also wasn’t the cheapest and was in fact the lowest rated scripted series on the network.”
The following notes are unverified and are gleaned from IMDb, so take with a grain of salt. But…
Robin Dunne has other projects in the works:
-Perdition City – Writer
-Untitled Robin Hood Project – as Robin Hood
-Whatever Forever – Writer (earlier screenplay)
-Space Milkshake – as Jimmy, & Producer
-Cold Blooded – Cordero
-Untitled Thriller in post production, alongside case Katie Cassidy, Donal Logue.
-The Philadelphia Experiment (TV movie) – Actor; whose production status is noted as filming.
Everyone’s favorite (that was sarcasm) replacement
The Possession – Actress. Other cast includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick.
Another observation this writer is seeing is that last year, by early January of 2011, we had already heard about Sanctuary coming back for season 4. It’s now early February 2012, and nary a whisper. It’s like when you break a window and quietly leave the scene of the crime. They’ll figure it out sooner or later.
Final Thought & A Hail Mary
I stand on the premise that if Eureka can be axed, Sanctuary, well, has no Sanctuary from the money or ratings business ax!
Thus, along with a few websites and Brusimm readers, I am speculating Sanctuary will not get a fifth season.
Psst: Even though they rarely answer (or see) my tweets, I pinged the Syfy Twitter account with the following inquiry:
@Syfy : Craig! Has Sanctuary been canceled? Folks are starting to get suspicious from the lack of news on the series.
I’m not expecting an answer to that Twitter inquiry, it was my Hail Mary, so to speak. It’s clearly outside the boundaries of how any network wants to present news or info on their products, but hey, one can try, right? (I’ll update here if any answer is forthcoming.)
Regardless, it’s been a good run for an idea that was a tiny little web series. That’s for sure.
Did anyone feel like the final episode of season 4 of Sanctuary was it’s series finale? Could it stand as such, as it is?