Today the Syfy channel confirmed earlier reports (and reversed itself from a statement last week) and officially cancelled Eureka, which currently features Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Wil Wheaton in a recurring role. The decision to many by surprise, including Wheaton and the cast. See below for the official Syfy statement and Wil’s reaction.
Syfy abruptly cancels Eureka – Wil Wheaton not amused
Eureka, Syfy’s light-hearted sci-fi show about a town fully of zany scientists, is currently airing the second half of their fourth season. The 13-episode fifth season is just wrapping up filming in Canada, and that will air in 2012 (with a Christmas special this year). Last week it was reported that Syfy had ordered six more episodes for a sixth season and at the time Syfy denied rumors that those episodes would be the end for the show. However today Syfy reversed their position and cancelled the show (along with the six episodes for season six).
They released the following 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.
Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Wil Wheaton has joined the show as a recurring character for the current Season 4.5 and is back for Season 5 as well. Today on his blog he wrote about Syfy’s decision, noting in part:
It turns out that the network formerly-known as Sci-Fi changed its mind, and took back the six episode sixth season. Eureka will have to wrap up season five and the entire series with the episode that starts filming on Thursday. I know they’ll have to do some rewriting, so I’m hopeful that Bob Newhart is available.
At this point, I know as much as you do, because I found out the same way you did. I’m trying really hard not to be upset with the network for issuing a statement to the press before the cast knew, so we wouldn’t have to find out the way we did; as you can imagine, it isn’t exactly easy.
Wil goes on to praise and thank those he has had a chance to work with on Eureka, more at Wheaton’s blog.
Dr. Parrish (Wil Wheaton) faces off with Dr. Fargo (Neil Grayston) as Dr. Marten (Felicia Day) looks on
UPDATE: Syfy adds one more episode
EOnline reports that Syfy has ordered an additional episode for season 5 (airing Spring 2012) so the producers of Eureka can wrap up the show.