August 9th, 2011
04:15 PM ET
Just this past Friday, Syfy's official Twitter was knocking down reports that one of its most beloved shows, "Eureka," had been canceled.
"Although we don’t have a commitment beyond 6 episodes for the 6th season, we’re hopeful this will not be the end of the franchise," Craig Engler, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Syfy Digital, said at the time.
Flash forward to Monday night, when Syfy put out the statement that made Twitter explode: "After painstaking consideration, we have had to make the difficult business decision to not order a season six of Eureka."
But, the statement continued, "Eureka is not over yet. There is a new holiday episode and 12 stellar episodes set to debut next year, marking its fifth season and six memorable years on Syfy. 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 proud of. We thank the fans for their support of this show and know they will enjoy its final season in 2012."
Many fans reacted with anger online, especially after the statements put out by the network last week.
"If the folks at @Syfy hadn't promised a 6th season when news 1st broke that they were cancelling #Eureka, we'd simply be disappointed & sad," tweeted Tamara Brooks.
"What? Really? Jeez, they cancel every show I like," wrote Kristine Rusch.
Cast and crew joined in the conversation as well. "Thanks for the outpouring of affection everyone. YOU made the show. YOU made it special. YOU made it worth being part of. Thank you so much," tweeted star Colin Ferguson.
Co-executive producer Amy Berg explained the situation to fans: "We are the network's golden child in every way, except profit margins. Fact is, #Eureka is an expensive show to make. And we could not maintain the quality of our show with the cuts it would take to make us profitable for Syfy's new parent company. Our creative execs at Syfy fought hard to keep us. Trust me, they LOVE us. We just couldn't make the numbers work."
Wil Wheaton expanded his thoughts about the show coming to an end on his blog, after being informed of the news by the show's executive producers. "I could tell that they were as shell-shocked as I was. I feel comfortable telling the public what I told them: I'm proud of Eureka," he said. "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 any more. 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."
Co-creator Jaime Paglia flew out to Vancouver, B.C. to thank the cast and crew personally on Tuesday, and tweeted, "Heartfelt thanks to all our #Eureka fans for the incredible support. You're the reason we do what we do. It has been a privilege."
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