After ordering episodes so far ahead that when we talked to Colin Ferguson back in May (GWC #273), he was already on the set shooting season five before we'd even begun to see the second half of season four, SyFy announced yesterday the end of Eureka. It was a roller-coaster week for fans of the show as the possibility of cancellation leaked, followed by word that we might receive six "final" episodes. SyFy's official statement:
“After painstaking consideration, we have had to make the difficult business decision to not order a season six of Eureka. But Eureka is not over yet. There is a new holiday episode this December and 12 stellar episodes set to debut next year, marking its fifth season and six memorable years on Syfy. The 2012 episodes are some of the best we’ve seen, and will bring this great series to a satisfying end. We are very grateful to Bruce Miller and Jaime Paglia, their team of incredible writers, and an amazing cast and crew who have consistently delivered a series we continue to be very proud of. We thank the fans for their support of this show and know they will enjoy its final season in 2012.“
The big question, of course, is whether or not this'll give the show's writers time to twist some of the second half of season five into a wrap-up worthy of the show and its fans. Entertainment Weekly thinks it will, and I certainly hope they're right. But Deadline Hollywood suggests otherwise, noting that the show's in post-production on the 13-episode season five order. Based on comments from the actors and producers at SDCC, that sounds a lot more accurate.
What's next for SyFy? Warehouse 13 seems renewed, though we heard plenty of on-the-fence talk in the past few weeks. Alphas seems off to a good start. Will W13 become SyFy's darling, or is Alphas being groomed for that slot? What do you think?
I don’t watch Eureka (It’s on my list) but I watched these developments with interest because what happened here can happen to any SyFy show. I love Warehouse 13 and it seems to have hit a mainstream viewer nerve. They are promoting the hell out of Alphas, so we’ll see who moves to the top of the class after each finishes its season run.
I think the real question here is the ordering and production set so far in advance of the broadcast. With episodes in the can ahead of time, I wonder if the content will be viewed as fresh. Also, you can disband (and hence no longer pay) the creative team and actors, thus making it quite impossible to tweak anything.
In general, I’ve grown accustom to seeing great TV shows leave before their time. The only thing worse than that is a cancelation without series closure.
I’m also very disappointed to see Eureka leave the airwaves so soon after I found the show a few months ago and brushed through it.
Today I’ve read that they got an extra final episode so the creative team can give this fun show the send-off that it deserves.
Regarding Alphas, there are already some rumors floating around that they got canceled as well. The network of course tries to deny that.
Andiminga, @SyFy reported that they’re currently filming Alphas, so it seems safe for now.
Good that you added the “for now”. lol