Eureka


 

eureka-syfy-cancelledStatus: Cancelled
Aired: 2006-12 (5 Seasons Totaling 77 Episodes)
Network: Syfy
Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Hinson, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Matt Frewer
Series Website: www.syfy.com/eureka

Description: With the help of Albert Einstein and other trusted advisors, President Harry S. Truman commissioned a top-secret residential development in a remote area of the Pacific Northwest, one that would serve to protect and nurture America’s most valuable intellectual resources. There our nation’s greatest thinkers, the über-geniuses working on the next era of scientific achievement, would be able to live and work in a supportive environment. The best architects and planners were commissioned to design a welcoming place for these superlative geniuses to reside, an area that would offer the best education for their children, the best healthcare, the best amenities and quality of life. A community was created to rival the most idyllic of America’s small towns – with one major difference: this town would never appear on any maps. At least, none that haven’t been classified “eyes only” by the Pentagon. Syfy.com

Why Was It Cancelled? Eureka had performed well for Syfy during its first four seasons and had become a well-respected entry on their schedule. However, its numbers dropped off during its fifth season (not disastrously, though) and the network’s new controlling partner Comcast decided to jettison it in favor of some of the newer (less expensive) entries in the pipeline. Initially, there were talks of doing a shortened sixth season similar to what Syfy would do the next year with Warehouse 13, but those plans were scrapped. The cancellation generated an uproar from the fans, and a campaign to save the show was formed, but it failed to score another season for Eureka. Series producer Amy Berg had the following to say about the cancellation:

Everyone is asking why. It’s simple, really. 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 [Comcast]. Our creative execs at Syfy fought hard to keep us. Trust me, they LOVE us. We just couldn’t make the numbers work.

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