Has Sanctuary Been Canceled By Syfy?

by on February 4, 2012

in Entertainment

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.

Sanctuary logo

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.

Christopher Heyerdahl in Hell on Wheels, as The Swede


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.

Space MilkshakeThis oddly titled project is noted in IMDb as in post production, and it has Robin Dunne listed as a producer and Tapping as exec producer.  (What is it with her being in everything she produces?)

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:

Syfy channel LogoDuring 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

Ryan Robbins
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
Agam Darshi
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.

twitter: Cinema_Static

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?


[Resources for this conjectural article:
suite101: Is Sanctuary Being Cancelled?
deadline: Christopher Heyerdahl joins True Blood
facebook: Space-Milkshake

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Wolfke79 March 8, 2013 at 3:36 am


The birthplace of new beginnings lies…. in moving on and realising that this “show” is not coming back 🙂

Sue March 7, 2013 at 10:13 pm

I truely believe that the network HAS NOT cancelled Sanctuary!! No, In don’t believe that the ending was a good finale. I do believe that the ending of season 4 was a GREAT BEGINNING to season 5!!!!! “The birthplace of new beginnings lies beneath an old ending!!”


Donnie August 2, 2012 at 10:08 am

I like all the shows and story line, it figures that when you have something good they end it

Bill July 27, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Bring Sanctuary back without the lesbian kisses and it will be a hit again.

Rick July 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm

syfy is like san diego if their sports teams. Once they have brought a show/player up where they/it has fans.. they cancel/sell them it.
In other words, syfy/san diego sports owners, have no balls.

Paul May 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

The power behind the programming is mind boggling.
There is a good Wiki article on it here:

In summary:
“Syfy (formerly Sci-Fi and then Sci-Fi Channel), is an American cable television channel featuring science fiction, supernatural, fantasy, reality, paranormal, wrestling, and horror programming. Launched on September 24, 1992, it is part of the entertainment conglomerate NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast and General Electric. The name Syfy was officially adopted on July 7, 2009.”

The name change signifies what we’ve been talking about. The funniest statement in the Wiki article is at the end, regarding the world-wide change of the logo. Several countries refuse to use it:
“Syfy, in several languages, does not suggest imagination or science fiction so much as the syphilitic.[15]” ROFL!

Dr.Fast May 9, 2012 at 8:40 am

Some Bean Counter saw other networks getting ratings from those moronic reality shows and thought, ‘Oh gee we can do that too!’ They think if they can get in on the audience and, steal part of it, all will be well with the network. Ignorance personified!


Paul May 9, 2012 at 8:11 am

I think the Captain hit the nail.
When the new administration changed the name from “Sci-Fi” to “SyFy”, they abandoned any pretense of sticking with the theme of Science Fiction in their programming.
I guess the “SyFy” logo gave them license to deviate from intelligent, well crafted fiction, and put anything on the air they think will make a buck.

Capt. Obvious May 9, 2012 at 7:52 am

That’s because the better shows have a select kind of viewer while reality TV brings in the …. viewers who will not only suck up the reality crap, but also fall for and buy into the advertising. Advertising works and there’s a reason why, as sad as it may be.

Dr.Fast May 9, 2012 at 6:51 am

The IDIOTS, and I do mean that in the kindest way (sarc), who keep canceling well written and interesting shows on this network are literally driving the audience they had away from the network. What in hell are they thinking??? It sure isn’t in the best interest of that network, that’s for sure! Why in hell would someone get interested in another show they produce only to have it gone because of some perceived reason that makes NO sense?


Paul April 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm

As a footnote, Ianna M. said,
“They have lost all credibility as a Sci-Fi network! ”

They are NOT a Sci-Fi network anymore! They changed the name to “Sy-Fy” (whatever that means), and that was the writing on the wall right there, IMO.

Paul April 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm

The last episode could stand as a Series Finale, or…..
At least we were all left with the impression that the crew was alive and well and living in Hollow Earth.
At least that would be a better ending than the writers gave Chuck!

Jimmy April 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm

The series really veered away from its core premise after the first season and season three was not all that great with the extended number of episodes led to a lot of mediocre television. My take-away from the finale was that it could have served as a series finale. A lot of loose ends were tied up and Magnus created a futuristic new Sanctuary for the people of Hollow Earth. If it is cancelled, I’ll really miss the chemistry between Amanda Tapping and Jonathon Young. Any episode they were in together was great to watch.

Tom March 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

For many of the same reasons stated in this article I too think Sanctuary may be cancelled. However, I’m not convinced the Big Guy is dead (saw body on street, but no funeral). And doesn’t the new “Sanctuary ” or city that Magnus shows Will at the end portend a new beginning?

Bruce Simmons February 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I saw a piece touching on how SANCTUARY getting renewed would seem to depend on the the status of the BSG prequel, BLOOD AND CHROME.

Ianna M. February 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I truly hope the show has not been canceled. But, like you I believe the silence of the network & actors speak volumes. Killing off Big Guy was a big signal, as was the destruction of the main Sanctuary & selling off of the others.

I hope as fans we receive news soon. If the show has been canceled I am through with Syfy. They canceled the entire & wildly successful Stargate series & now possibly Sanctuary?! They have lost all credibility as a Sci-Fi network! All these stupid Ghost Hunter shows & Wrestling?? I’m sorry, but, as a tried & true Sci-Fi geek I’ve had it. The network needs to pull their heads out of you know where & listen to the true Sci-Fi fans.

Thank you –

Michael H. February 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm

I liked Agam Darshi in Sanctuary. Why the sarcasm? I thought her absence in Season 4 was a significant negative for the show.

Wolfke79 February 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Ok….I just can’t help it, I’m all smiles, no really my facemuscles are aching literally!
But on a more serious note (nope;…still smiling…) all the “evidence” has got me convinced that Sanctuary won’t be coming back. (bursts out laughing).

Champagne anyone?

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