UPDATE WEDNESDAY PM: Syfy has settled on one extra episode of Eureka to wrap things up. That’s final. I hear Syfy executives called the cast today to apologize for the conflicting decisions over the past week, which included a six-episode final-season order, followed by no-final-season announcement and then the additional episode pickup. Word is the six-episode order was overruled by the new post-merger management as the series is getting expensive after 5 seasons and has enough episodes in the can (19). I hear most affected are some crew members who turned down job offers last week when Eureka was picked up for 6 more episodes only to see that order rescinded.
PREVIOUS MONDAY PM: Last week, we scooped Syfy’s plan to end its series Eureka with a final six-episode Season 6 order. Back then, Syfy wouldn’t even confirm that the series was ending, saying in a statement that “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.” Well, that has now changed. Not only is Eureka being canceled, Syfy has also reversed its decision on ordering a final six-episode season. I hear the change of heart was made high up based on financial reasons. Eureka, starring Collin Ferguson and Salli Richardson-Whitfield, has had OK ratings, with its current Season 4.5 premiering last month to 2 million total viewers, 893,000 of them in the adults 18-49 category. Created by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia and produced by Universal Cable Prods, Eureka is now in production on its 13-episode Season 5 order. With filming coming to an end in only two weeks, I hear the producers are begging for a way to properly end the show. Here is Syfy’s statement:
After painstaking consideration, we have had to make the difficult business decision to not order a season six of Eureka. But Eureka is not over yet. There is a new holiday episode this December and 12 stellar episodes set to debut next year, marking its fifth season and six memorable years on Syfy. The 2012 episodes are some of the best we’ve seen, and will bring this great series to a satisfying end. We are very grateful to Bruce Miller and Jaime Paglia, their team of incredible writers, and an amazing cast and crew who have consistently delivered a series we continue to be very proud of. We thank the fans for their support of this show and know they will enjoy its final season in 2012.
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