It would be easy to call this one of the biggest cancellation cluster-you-know-whats of recent memory. But then again, this is Syfy, where nothing gets cancelled cleanly.
The cable channel suddenly cancelled “Eureka,” its one-time No. 1 hit, this week, after dispelling rumors that a six-episode sixth season might be the show’s last. Not only did Syfy reverse that decision, but it also removed those six episodes, meaning the fifth season (airing next year) will be the last.
“Heartfelt thanks to all our ‘Eureka’ fans for the incredible support,” showrunner and co-creator Jaime Paglia said in a statement. “You’re the reason we do what we do. It has been a privilege. We hope to be able to give you, the characters and ‘Eureka’ a proper send-off. We’re doing all we can to make that happen.
“But whatever happens, you have a season-and-a-half of fantastic new episodes to come through next year. It only gets better. All my thanks to our amazing cast, crew and creative team for their phenomenal work on these 76 episodes of ‘Eureka.’ You’re the best.”
E! Online is reporting that Syfy has added one additional episode to the Season 5 order, primarily to allow Paglia and his crew to give proper closure to the show they weren’t expecting to have to give so soon.
Paglia may have stayed on the high road, but fans couldn’t help but let their frustrations seep through, especially in social media networks like Twitter. And not all fans were simple unknown people like you and me.
“Very upsetting that a show as excellent as ‘Eureka, with as huge a fan base and as spirited a team, would end,” said Chase Masterson, who appeared in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” as Leeta. “Especially like this.”
And then there was Reverend Rory Dowd (@ReverendRory): “‘Eureka’ was the best show on your channel, Syfy. You know this. Good luck with that Rasslin Network.”
“Please. Syfy, don’t cancel ‘Eureka,'” said Jaime Palumbo (@jaimepalumbo). “It is an awesome show that I look forward to every week. Nerdy geeks unite.”
“‘Eureka’ cancellation means one less reason to watch Syfy,” said Steve Chen (@MrSteveChen). “Not being bitter. Just a fact.”
“If Syfy says good-bye to ‘Eureka,’ I’ll say good-bye to Syfy,” said Claire Bazinet (@auntynyc). “I’m sure USA network is smart enough to pick it up. Right?”
“Syfy, you break my heart,” said @missybissy. “I am so sad to say good-bye to ‘Eureka.'”
“Syfy: The science-fiction channel you watch when you don’t want to watch science-fiction,” said @OMGNinjaCats.
“Very unhappy to hear about ‘Eureka,'” said @skyliaember. “Syfy, I’m giving up on you. And for the record, it’s not me, it’s you.”
Actress Felicia Day, who was a recurring guest star on the series, gave Paglia props for making a special trip from Los Angeles to Vancouver where “Eureka” is filmed to inform the cast and crew personally of Syfy’s decision.
Wil Wheaton, who played the recurring role of Dr. Isaac Parrish on the show, was unhappy with Syfy for releasing a statement to the press before cast and crew were officially informed about the cancellation. He couldn’t even call the network by name in his popular blog, instead calling Syfy “network formerly known as Sci-Fi.”
“I think it’s an incredible show, and while I’m sad for them to lose something they’ve been working on for so long, I’m selfishly sad that I won’t get to work with this cast and crew anymore,” Wheaton said. “‘Eureka’ is a tremendously fun show to make, and from the very first time I set foot on the set, the cast and crew made me feel like I was part of their family.
“To have that taken away so soon after it began makes me profoundly sad. I can feel the loss in my heart and what would be my soul if I had one and wasn’t made of pure beardstuff from the sixth dimension.”
“Eureka” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on Syfy.