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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2011 edited
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    According to EW SYFY is ending Eureka after the yet to air 5th season. Now, I may be the only Eureka fan on the board (which would be a shame), but I was very surprised when I saw this news. I remember watching the first episode when it originally aired and have not missed an episode since.

    Am I the only one sad about this?

    edited to remove my amateurish (painstaking) rant.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2011
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    Painstaking and difficult in this case most likely means, "this show is not bringing on enough advertising money to justify the expense of making it, but we like the show and we like the people we are paying to work on it. So we tried to figure out if there was any way to keep making this show for less money, or any reasonable prospect that after 5 years we could get it to start making more money. After crunching numbers, neither option seemed likely, so, sadly, we can't make this show anymore."

    Its a responsible business decision. Those are often painstaking and difficult to make, unless you don't care about squandering other people's money.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2011
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    I just read this, "Eureka writer Amy Berg elaborated about the reason for the cancellation on twitter. "Everyone is asking why. It's simple, really. We are the network's golden child in every way, except profit margins. Fact is, Eureka is an expensive show to make and we could not maintain the quality of our show with the cuts it would take to make us profitable for Syfy's new parent company. Our creative execs at Syfy fought hard to keep us. Trust me, they LOVE us. We just couldn't make the numbers work."

    I understand business but don't like the outcome from it.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2011
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    Sadness :(

    I am a fan of this show and am rather miffed that they changed the Hulu and SyFy streaming rules, but I suppose it might be a result of them not making enough ad money.
    • CommentAuthorAllen
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2011
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    Well there goes the only show I watch on SyFy. Why couldn't they at least keep the 6 episodes half season for next year to give it a proper finish? Can we at least get a two hour movie to properly say goodbye? The world can survive without Giant Octopus vs Mega Sharktoper 7.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2011 edited
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    The good(ish) news is that right now we are in season 4 so we will have one more 12 episode series before it's done.

    Statement from Colin Ferguson.
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      CommentAuthorLBA
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2011
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    Sad news when a good show has a lot of supporters but just can't turn the corner business news.

    hopefully they can finish it off well
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2011
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    I don't know - five seasons is a pretty good run. I think it probably lived it's profitable life. It's not like it just never got it's legs or anything, it got five seasons made.
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    Does this mean that there are no new science fiction shows on that channel? Or is there are least one remaining StarGate show to keep rehashing old Star Trek plots in different locations that all have suspiciously similar vegetation?
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2011
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    That sucks. Well, if the next season hasn't been made yet, then hopefully they can make one that's worthy of being a series finale.

    @James Puckett -- They did just start Alphas, which, while being a bit of a really obvious X-Men clone, was pretty enjoyable from the first two episodes I've seen. There's also Warehouse 13, which recently had a cross-over with Eureka.
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    I enjoy Eureka, though I haven't watched it consistently. Like they did with Farscape, Syfy announced an additional season (in this case a 6th for Eureka) and then quickly backtracked on the idea. But the 6th season was only going to be six episodes.
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      CommentAuthorNeila
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2011
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    Syfy is just being the dick it has been for some time. They canceled Eureka before, during the height of it's popularity when it was even reaching non SciFi Fans. So this 4th and 5th season we're getting now, comes after it was canceled for at least a year.

    It looked like they were shaping up Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Alphas (which surprised me as being entertaining to watch) to do some major crossover event, which I thought would be interesting to have 3 shows do a cross over. But now that I read this, it just makes me seriously loathe the SyFy Channel.

    They did the same thing with Farscape and the Stargates (though, admittedly, Stargate Universe kinda seriously sucked). And then they keep crappy shows like Sanctuary around. x_x That show makes my head hurt, and not in the good way in which it made me think too hard.

    Soon the Syfy channel may be nothing but reality TV shows on how to catch a Bigfoot-UFO-ghost, and awful movies that a 6 year old could write better.

    Oh man, now I've gone off and done an amateurish rant. Oh well...
  3.  (10133.13)
    "They did the same thing with Farscape and the Stargates (though, admittedly, Stargate Universe kinda seriously sucked). And then they keep crappy shows like Sanctuary around"

    Both Stargate SG - 1 and Atlantis got five seasons on Syfy. Farscape got four, despite never having particularly great ratings even by Syfy standards. All of them (and Eureka) aired more episodes than BSG, their crown jewel. Shows get progressively more expensive as time goes on, so unless the show is a monster hit, it doesn't make sense to keep churning them out, and virtually nothing Syfy does is a huge hit in the general sense.

    Sanctuary, for instance, is in it's third season, gets decent ratings, and is dirt cheap to produce compared to the other shows.

    This is by no means limited to Syfy; economics are economics. AMC, for instance, is in the midst of trying to pare down costs on Breaking Bad, they had vicious negotiations to keep Mad Men on the air, and they're already trying to cut costs on The Walking Dead.
    • CommentAuthorALE
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2011
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    Hm, sensible economic decisions aside, this is...troubling. Between this and SGU being sent out to pasture just as it was getting interesting I'm left with Haven and Warehouse 13, both of which are fun, but do not fill the gap. Also, Alphas is crap.
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    Only just saw this and am more than a little p'd off. Granted, when they returned after the first cancellation I don't think they really got their viewing figures back, which is unsurprising; but still, it's one of the only SCI-FI shows I actually see on 'SyFy' (that brand change also did my head in) anymore. You'd hope that the network could keep the crappy paranormal investigation jokes*ahem*shows on their reality channels and use the SyFy channel for... SCI-FI!

    Haven=good,
    Warehouse 13=Most like Eureka in style (Therefore, Very Good)

    But other than that... Has Alphas started over here in the UK yet? I can honestly say I rarely watch SyFy any more thanks to the constant action movie seasons + don't get me started on the piss-takery that was the whole evening dedicated to a live MMA tournament... Yes, of COURSE Sci-Fi fans want to watch a #@£$ing live sports event instead of Sci-Fi, that's definitely the reason they watch the SCI-FI channel! Utter Executive Bastards!

    ... it's been a tough week. For the second time today, I apologise.
    x
  5.  (10133.16)
    I understand they're giving Eureka one more episode after the in-production 5th season - so they can wrap things up.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2011 edited
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    Two tweets from Colin Ferguson that you might find interesting, 1 and 2
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2011
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    Yeah, this news made me RAGE the other day, I love Eureka.