Earlier this week, Syfy stunned fans and Hollywood observers by reversing course and abruptly canceling "Eureka" after five seasons. And in the course of the network's announcement, Syfy pulled the previously announced order of six episodes for a shortened sixth season. At the time, the producers of "Eureka" reportedly begged for a way to wrap up the series in satisfying way.
Whatever was said must have had the desired effect. Syfy has relented and will now order one additional episode for the fifth season that will bring the series to a close. The fifth season of "Eureka" will likely air next summer with a 14 episode run. The originally planned 13th episode was said to be a massive cliffhanger; which would have ended the series without resolution. The newly planned 14th episode won't give the producers their originally hoped for six hours to bring everything to an end, but it's better than nothing.
"Eureka" co-star Erica Cerra told Entertainment Weekly that she “[figured] we were getting [a] sixth season for sure, 13 if not more. Then we learned we were only getting six and were disappointed — the numbers were going up and the show was getting better. But we were still happy with the six and knew they could have created a great ending.”
Cerra indicated that the cast was also surprised by the sudden ending of the series.
“The final blow,” added Cerra. “Yeah, that was just sad. There’s no other word to use. It was a sad moment. We weren’t prepared to say goodbye. Hopefully the final episode will do the show justice.”
The fate of "Eureka" seems reminiscent of other hit Syfy series like "Farscape" and "Stargate Atlantis" that failed to get more than four or five seasons (respectively) before the network pulled the plug. In that regard, fans of "Eureka" are lucky that they won't have to wait for an endless cliffhanger to be resolved. We're still waiting for that "Stargate Atlantis" follow up movie, but given what happened to "Stargate Universe," it doesn't seem likely to happen any time soon.
Unfortunately, there's nothing to ensure that the fate of "Eureka" won't await other hit series like "Warehouse 13" when they also reach that milestone. In the history of the Sci-fi Channel/Syfy, no original scripted drama series has ever run for more than five seasons.
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