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Sanctuary: Cancelled (Finally); No Season Five

canceled sanctuary season fiveIt’s the bad news that we suspected was coming. Syfy has cancelled Sanctuary after four seasons on the air. The defacto series finale aired on December 30, 2011.

Sanctuary revolves around Doctor Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) and her quest to protect “Abnormals” — various animals and people who have extraordinary powers and abilities. The cast also includes Agam Darshi, Christopher Heyerdahl, Robin Dunne, and Ryan Robbins.

The series began as a series of free webisodes that were released in 2007. Syfy picked up Sanctuary as a regular series in 2008 and ended up producing 59 episodes over the show’s four season run.

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The last episode of the fourth season of Sanctuary aired in December and as time has gone on, it seemed to become apparent that the cable channel wouldn’t be producing any more.

Craig Engler, the senior VP and GM of Syfy, broke the news of the cancellation today. He tweeted, “Just landed and I see we have a sad announcement today: #Sanctuary will not be back for a 5th season.”

What do you think? Are you sorry to hear that Sanctuary won’t be back for season five? Was the news a surprise?


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Dario G. May 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Although I’m sad to see this show go off the air, the reason that I’m sad is the direction that siffy is going, not the loss of this particular show (which had ran it’s course) . This channel does not deserve that name anymore. Give us a new Stargate, or change the name.


johne May 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I don’t understand!! everything i read about both Eureka and Sanctuary was not only that they were doing well but were also two of SyFy’s most popular series. So the message to all TV producers out there looking to pitch a series to SyFy, make us a hit and get canceled after a few seasons. Truly the age of scripted TV is dying…. these are sad times we live in.


ubergrier May 23, 2012 at 8:04 am

I’m adding my voice to the disappointed. When this series was first advertised, it seemed like a “monster of the week” kind of thing, and I was over that long ago. I had some respect for Amanda Tapping, as well as for Christopher Heyerdahl (actor with a bullet!) and Ryan Robbins.Robin Dunne was an unknown to me. This show had a lot of possibilities, and seemed not afraid to break some rules (like an up-in-the-air killing off a character), but it seemed to lose it’s oomph as time went on, and that’s probably mostly due to the lack of vision (writing). Started with a bang, and whimpered along a bit. I’ll keep my eyes open, but right now Sy-Fy has little of interest going on.


Justin May 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I saw a few episodes of this show when it first aired and it struck me as a cheap knock off of Torchwood. The show may have evolved over time but it just did not seem original to me when it started. I liked Amanda Tapping from Stargate SG-One but this show was not that quality of programming when I watched it. Sanctuary lasted far longer than I expected it to and based on the comments of others on here it sounds like it at least had a satisfactory ending whether that was intentional or not.


Jim May 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm

maybe this opens the door for “3 inches”??? but they’ll probably just order another reality show instead.


Kat May 22, 2012 at 8:00 am

Long time fan of Sanctuary but I’m glad it’s gone. Seriously, could you come up with a better ending to the series than having a hidden paradise/safe haven for all Abnormals run by Magnus and away from the prying eyes of world governments? What a fantastically beautiful parting shot we had of their new home. Sanctuary went out the way it deserved to go out, rather than be dragged on for seasons after this “happy ending” finale for Season 4. You know there only would’ve been more drama and strife for our favorite characters if it’d gotten renewed. I prefer to think of them as having finally won all their battles and able to have a happy ending.


Greek May 22, 2012 at 6:30 am

They should let the producer create a proper send off like they did with Eureka. That also shows you how loyal syfy is really to their fan base.


Mike May 22, 2012 at 5:25 am

Are they literally going to cancel every single show i watch??? I don’t know why people even bother owning TV’s anymore there is nothing to watch!


Greg May 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Total crap show after season 2. Too much bad acting and “huffing” from the big ogre looking guy, they killed the only attractive character (though she couldn’t act either), and they added the gypsy looking girl who I guess was supposed to be sexy but all she ever did was say smarmy lines and dress in tight jeans. WEAK.

All the guys on the show are perpetually dumbstruck, all the girls are perpetually out of breath or delivering the flattest of lines, and the storyline was disjointed and weak.
Season 1 was a good solid 8 for a SYFY channel show. Season 2 was a 6, after that I kept my season pass but it was something I’d dread when I saw it on my Tivo. I fast-forwarded through a LOT.

No, I’m glad it’s finally over.

P.S. What the heck is up with Amanda Tapping’s fake accent?!?! BLEH!


Dario G. May 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Amanda Tapping was born in Rochford, Essex in England

That’s her real accent. what’s up with your bad ear?


Jim May 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm

dude, she moved to canada when she was 3 years old. she would have lost her accent a long, long time ago.


Dario G. May 23, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Even when you move, you usually keep your accent, especially the idioms, since it’s the way you hear your parents talk during all of your formative years. I moved to the states long ago, from South America, and I haven’t lost one iota of my original accent. Some things do not change.
Coincide with you about the show, though. It was about time; and the ending was fitting, and much better than most (suddenly-cancelled) shows get a change to conjure up.


flugel May 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm

That definately is not an Essex accent..!


Craig May 23, 2012 at 9:25 am

I agree. After season 2, the show got boring. It went in a direction that just didn’t work.


JulsKaye May 21, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Oh no! First Eureka, then Sanctuary? I understand that reality television has mass idiotic following, but why is it that enjoyable, intelligent, good-hearted shows get the axe. Much love to the cast and crew (of both shows), fabulous television is hard to find anymore.


Dave May 21, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I really liked this series when it was new and different. As time went on it became harder and harder to watch though. This past season I gave up and quit watching after a few episodes. Not sure what changed but it got really bad for me.


hal goodbunch May 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm

What are you going to do
its all about the money
do you think the networks really give a shit about what the viewers think
NEVER AND NEVER WILL all losers. In the old days the American people would just boycott this bull shit network and they lose millions then we get our way
there is just stupidity in the network producers ALL THE TIME
This why i switched off all free network losers and just see what i want on payed TV.


Anthony May 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm

It was a weak series, though a gem by SyFy’s pathetic standards.


Chuck May 22, 2012 at 8:49 am

Right on the mark Anthony. Weak sci-fi series but it had potential. Writers had to go for the epic storyline instead of building a foundation of short story lines built on character development.


Stinka May 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm

This is disappointing…I have no reason to watch that network any longer.
Intelligent shows are so few and far between. It’s cheaper to produce fake reality shows I guess.


hikaricore May 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Can’t say I’m surprised, guess this opens another spot for them to put wrestling or a fake ghost hunting “reality” series in though right?


Sandy May 21, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Nope. There are only two WWE shows. Everything else is on the web.


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