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Doubt Cast on Eureka's Future Beyond Season 6

By August 8, 2011

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Eureka, now working its way through the back half of its fourth season and enough of a veteran to make it all look easy, has become a fixture on the Syfy grid. As with Sanctuary, Eureka's much younger and more attention-seeking playmates on the network's scripted schedule allow us to forget that it wasn't that long ago that the little town that could hit its stride and began humming like a well-kept Cadillac.

But it now looks like the day is coming when that Caddy will be prematurely rolled into the garage for good, though it's not at all clear what kind of schedule the execs at Syfy have in mind for retiring one of their best shows.

A report last week that Syfy was canceling the series after season 6 was followed by a statement of support for Eureka so tepid as to fail at being reassuring.

Here's what we know. Eureka was enthusiastically renewed exactly a year ago for a 13-episode season 5, which has been in production since April and should wrap at the end of this month, for an air date early next summer.

Naturally, as they complete season 5, a year after last year's renewal, the show's cast, crew, and fans were kinda wondering what Syfy was planning for season 6, and whether the network was as excited as they were last year. Turns out: apparently not. Nellie Andreeva posted on Deadline that she had learned Eureka would be ending its run with a tiny six-episode order for season 6, which would begin filming in October.

Star Colin Ferguson at first gave credence to the report, tweeting that "this is gonna be a great ending to a show that changed my life. I'm humbled and appreciative and will never forget it"; but he later backed off, apparently not sure himself about the future of his show.

Surely Nellie was jumping the gun, right? And Syfy would firmly deny that Eureka was being canceled? Well, here's what they said in response. In a statement issued to EW's James Hibberd, Mark Stern, president of programing at Syfy and the same guy who was tripping over himself in praise of Eureka last August, now says: "[Producers] Bruce Miller and Jaime Paglia have brought a creative vitality to Eureka that has kept it fresh and inventive. Although we do not have a commitment beyond six episodes for the sixth season, we are hopeful that this will not be the end of the franchise." As Andreeva and Hibberd both pointed out, "franchise" is not the same thing as "series"—but either way this is all pretty vague and, well, unenthusiastic.

Especially compared to last year, I'm really not getting the impression that Syfy has a lot of faith in Eureka's future.

That said, the bottom line today is that Eureka is renewed for season 6, which, while truncated, has not been officially designated as the show's the final season. Either way, as Neil Grayston told fans, there will be 19 more episodes of Eureka, at least, after season 4 is done.
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August 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm
(1) Linda Shadle says:

Why am I not surprised? After all, look what happened to Stargate: Atlantis, abruptly cut off at the knees in the fifth season for not really valid reason and we were lied to about future movies byt PTB! All Syfy cares about is those fake ghostbuster wannabes and (gasp!) WRESTLING!!!!!!!!

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