It seems as though the SyFy channel is really keen on making their fans miserable as of late. It must be part of their, “Imagine Greater” slogan. What a great marketing idea! If you really want to improve your network and sell new shows to the public, cancel all of the current shows that people actually like and then fill those time slots with shows about people who hunt ghosts, professional wrestlers (very scifi), and those that find “hollywood treasures.” Brilliant.
It first started with the cancellation of Battlestar Galactica’s prequel show, Caprica (which mind you, I was not too disappointed by the fact). Sure, the show had horrible ratings and was a pathetic attempt to cash in on the critical acclaim of its predecessor, but its removal from the Syfy channel was just a glimpse of the devastation to come. This was followed by the extermination of not only Stargate Universe, but subsequently the entire fourteen year-old Stargate franchise (seventeen seasons in total). Thanks for the stab in the back, Syfy. Then, just a couple of weeks ago, we learned that fan favorite, Eureka, a show that produces the second highest ratings for the network would not return for a sixth season, despite previous guarantees from the powers that be. I can’t say that I have watched much of this show, in fact, I have only seen the pilot; however, axing your second top rated show seems like a poor move, no?
Now, in most recent news, Battlestar Galactica’s second prequel, Blood and Chrome, intended to have been a made-for-TV movie with the hopes of becoming a television series, is now up in the air. According to an interview with AOL TV, Mark Stern, vice president of original programming at SyFy, is stating that the series may in fact just become a web series, and never make it to TV at all.
Surprised? I think not.