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Eureka: Series Finale Ordered; Why Was the Show Cancelled?

Eureka canceled season sixThough Eureka remains one of Syfy’s most popular TV series, the cable channel cancelled it earlier this week. What’s even more perplexing is that Syfy announced that Eureka had been renewed for an abbreviated sixth season last week. They even issued a statement to assure viewers that they hoped to continue the show beyond that. Why was it cancelled?

Eureka executive producer Amy Berg shed some light on the move via Twitter, indicating that Syfy didn’t want to cancel the show but financially, Comcast mandated it. She said, “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.”

The cast and crew were in the midst of filming the end of season five when the cancellation news came down. With such short notice, it seemed unlikely that they would be able to bring the show to a satisfying conclusion with such short notice.

Thankfully, Syfy has now ordered one additional episode so that, as Berg puts it, “we can end the series on our terms.” She indicated that she’s working on the series finale and it will be shot the week of the 21st.

For those keeping count, this means that there are 19 episodes of Eureka left; five more for this season and 14 for season five.

What do you think? Are you glad to hear there will be a true series finale? How would you like to see the show end?

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Jana' August 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I have to agree with what everyone else has said. Hubby and I recorded all of the Eureka shows this seasons and then sat down and watched them straight through. It was the last of our favorite show and we wanted to get the most we could from it. This is a show you see and feel emotion, you don’t have to cringe at the language or love scenes. We have laughed, cried and loved with everyone from the crew and will miss them like the family they truly are.
Crapcast, you took a show that had heart, feeling and caring for others and dumped it. I’m so glad we dumped you because not only is your service is bad but so are your decisions on shows.


Jana' August 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I had to add one more thing. What does wrestling have to do with Syfy? What am I missing?


CC August 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I think its ending way to soon & if money is the problem then i have an easy solution for NBC just get rid of all the crappy reality shows that you guys have on all your channels that nobody watchs or gives a shit about. Then you will be able to keep eureka on the air for as long as we the fans & the creaters of eureka want it to be.


Josh Tedrow August 11, 2012 at 12:40 am

I don’t have cable and hate everything about Comcast but I do have netflix and a few months ago came apon this show I’m not a big tv guy but this show is amazing I have watched 50 episodes now and I love all the shows and would love to see the actors in more tv in the future I’m am sad to here that they canceled this show it has become a major part of my life just wanted to share with anyone who cares I feel like I know the actors personally thanks


Kathy August 10, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I’m with everyone else. Comcast sucks. It’s a MA BELL that needs to be dismantled in order to make room for those who are more suited to meeting the needs of the public. Comcast execs are mentally ill individuals who are getting rid of family entertainment and putting on shows that their drug induced minds find funny; such as Family Guy and American Dad; which are embarrassing to watch with young, intelligent minds in the house. I’m voting for a Comcast strike. If you want Comcast to change, we need to give up using Comcast. Local TV is still free with antennes. Quit Comcast. Use your dollars to show them that your voice matters.


sharon August 9, 2012 at 3:02 am

Just watched the ‘last ever’ Eureka show. I know these shows can’t last indefinitley, but, I really wish this one had a few more seasons in it. I have so enjoyed all the episodes. Was a good end but left the doors open dont you think???
Hope so.


IVOR ALLISON August 6, 2012 at 8:27 am

Here in the UK I dont know if UK SYFY shows Eureka but it seems that wrestling IS not SciFi and that ComCrap OOPS Com whatever is screwing up SciFi


David August 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I’m old enough to remember when NBC cancelled the original Star Trek in the late 1960s and the HUGE public outcry that forced The Powers That Be to make one more season. I was hoping that would happen this time, for Eureka has been a wonderful, thoughtful, and entertaining series that leaves one with more smiles and frowns. Sadly, I’ve not seen that outcry, so I guess it wasn’t as popular with the rest of the fanbase as it was with me. Pity, for I think we need shows like Eureka.


Chuck July 29, 2012 at 6:51 am

Why is everyone so surprised ? Big business screws up everything it touches. Puts $1 worth of product in a package & sells it for $15 ( or $20). How do you think they get their 6 & 7 digit salaries ?

Hold onto your hats, folks ! Grimm will likely disappear just as it’s getting good.

Wrestling on the Sci Fi channel. Really ? May as well look for you favorite sci fi on the Wrestling channel :)


Dennis July 29, 2012 at 12:44 am

Now I know why Friday nites on SciFi channel suck so much with 2 hours of that stupid wrestling, Comcast!!! Also, do these idiots understand SCIENCE FICTION. Horror, wrestling, and ghosts are NOT science fiction.


Karyl July 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I don’t want to see the series end. My husband and I absolutely love the show and are extremely disappointed that it is being cancelled no matter the reason.


Dave Thompson July 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm

what the hell is it after Stargate SG 1 is a 5 season limit Stargate Atlantis was only 5 seasons now Eureka OH!!! yea 5 seasons there is warehouse 13 now does it have a 5 season life span too!!!!!!!!. So why in hell should we get to like any show that comcase is envoled in oh yea forgot one Firefly one good show down the tubes. This why people is going to watching movies at lease we know that it is temporary and not going to last.


Carolyn M. Thompson July 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I’am to the point that I don’t want to get into any new syfy series anymore because ever sinse stargate none of them last . so why get to like them . just as sone as you get use to watching them and really getting into it you say series finale If you are trying to chase viewers away your doing a real damm good job at that


HateComCrap July 24, 2012 at 1:53 am

ComCrap, what else is there to say, its not enough they give us crap service, crap customer service, crap pricing, now they had to cancel something else we like, thats ok tho, we dropped ComCrap from my house hold and I was able to convince most of my family to go with a competitor, cheers ComCrap, thanks for making it easy on me, everybody I talked agrees, you guys are truly ComCrap.

It must be ComCrap’s mission statement to ruin everything people love.


Dave July 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Sad that a funny tech show with such personality is being cut. So much crap on tv your ashamed to watch. This show, the cast is genuine and likable. A show a family can watch together. Truly sad that crap like big brother and those stupid houswifes shows and teen mom contiue to air.


sharon August 9, 2012 at 3:05 am

I totally agree with those heartfelt comments


Cynthia August 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm

AMEN! What a piece of crap that they cancel something worth watching while continuing to air NONSENSE and GARBAGE. I won’t let my teenage daughters watch that stupid reality tv and all of it’s immorality.


craig July 19, 2012 at 8:12 am

Just like Firefly, another great show canceled. Firefly because of corporate ineptness. Eureka because money which to me translates into corporate ineptness. Two good shows, both with great characters, writing and acting. Sad. Guess it’s time to read my old sci-fy books and give up evening TV for a while….hummm ..Battlefield Earth maybe…


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