‘Eureka’ Producers On Why The Show Was Canceled and How To End It

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The news of Syfy canceling Eureka was a shock to everyone – especially to those who create the hit series. After briefly announcing that Syfy had ordered six episodes for Eureka season 6, plans at the network quickly changed and the series was unceremoniously given the axe.

We spoke with Eureka executive producer Bruce Miller a week before the cancelation was announced, and he showed no signs of the series being in trouble. In fact, Miller went as far as to highlight the fact that “we have a bigger audience now than we did in our first season.” This sentiment was certainly championed by co-executive producer Amy Berg following this week’s ratings – and the unfortunate news of the series being canceled.

Said Amy Berg (via Twitter): “Ratings in for last night’s show. They are excellent, and continue to rise with each new episode. The definition of bittersweet, I guess.”

Upon the announcement of Eureka being canceled, Berg revealed exactly why Syfy decided to cancel their long-time staple (that continues to grow in popularity), and it all has to do with profit margins.

“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.”

While it can be said that many previous series – Caprica, Stargate Universe, for example – have fallen because of the Comcast-NBCUniversal merger, this is the first time that the reasoning was directly revealed to public. That being said, Berg continues by saying that the executives at Syfy didn’t exactly roll over to their parent company’s wishes.

“Our creative execs at Syfy fought hard to keep us. Trust me, they LOVE us. We just couldn’t make the numbers work.”

Considering that Syfy is the most forward-thinking network on television (honestly), it’s a bit disheartening to hear that profit margins are coming into play for a series that continues to grow in popularity with every episode. It’s not as if the series wasn’t profitable, it just wasn’t profitable enough.

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At a point, this discussion about profit margins becomes humorous. NBC has been digging themselves in hole for years with an ever-changing line-up of television series. With almost every new series they picked up last year being canceled, one might point out that making a profit – even if it’s small – is still better than not making a profit and continuously churning out expensive television pilots which are by and large canceled in their freshman year.

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ENDING EUREKA

Eureka is, sadly, canceled, and the producers must figure out how they’d like to end the series. In the same conversation we had with Miller, he discussed the talks that have been occurring about how they’d like to end the series, when it came to that point. Unfortunately, that point came quicker than Miller ever thought.

Here’s what Miller had to say about how to end Eureka:

“Our show has been on for seven years – give or take. You want to start thinking about, ‘Ok, if we wanted to end it, how would we end it.’ You have some jokey answers to that, and some more… what would be a satisfying ending, but not something everybody predicts.”

“The expression we always use: you want it to feel just absolutely inevitable, yet unpredictable.”

Even though Eureka is currently filming their fifth and final season (set to premiere in 2012), there is enough time for them to create an appropriate ending for the series. While some storylines may be moved around and shortened, fans need not worry about a ridiculous ending to their favorite series.

Unless, of course, a ridiculous ending is exactly what the producers are aiming for. If that’s the case, I have no doubt that it’ll be sublime.

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Eureka airs Mondays @8pm on Syfy.

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  1. I don’t think money had anything to do with the show’s canceling. The show was on for 5 years. I think the show Warehouse might have been a similar of the show Eureka and that’s why the show Eureka got canceled. I am hoping for a Eureka Movie. I been a fan of Eureka since season 1 and miss the show!

    • Warehouse 13 was a sister show to eureka….miss them both. They were awesome shows

    • I am so disappointed that Eureka has been axed. I watch Warehouse 13 as well but it is nowhere near what Eureka was.

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  18. Still want our Eureka back, charge more for the commercial time. This show was one of the few fun clean shows that appealed to the whole family. The science projects were inspiring to the younger generations which has been sorely missing for quite a few years! Please reconsider!

    • ya i would offer to make donations even to keep Eureka going it is such a great show

  19. I want eureka to be back I love the show,

  20. I’m running out of reasons to watch TV if GOT gets canceled or the dome I will just switch to Internet they have better shows since everything I enjoy gets canceled all the shows left on space are cheese and repeats of shows they canceled but keep playing 4 or 5 times a day

  21. I miss this show. I don’t know why scy fy keeps canceling good shows to make crap like sharknado…. I want Eureka back on TV.

  22. Started watching Eureka about a year ago on Netflix, and currently I’m on season 4, man I must say this is definitely one of the best and unique shows I’ve ever watched, like warehouse 13 etc, I was googling to see if there were actually a place like Eureka in existence before I came about this tragic news, I know this is old but I really hope this series gets another chance someday, because seeing this is heartbreaking especially because the cast feels like family towards the viewer

  23. I’m truly disappointed that Eureka has been cancelled. I loved the high tech stuff that the show exhibited. The story line was fun and quirky. I look forward every week to watching the show. But when we lost our cable, I started borrowing the dvds at the library. My family and I got into it. Just finished seanson 5 and was shocked that there is no season 6, especially when it was getting good. I wish it was back.
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  24. I was heatt broken when I found out eureka was no more but u wanna see sheriff carter in a different light watch haven if you loved eureka as much as me you love haven to

    • Haven isn’t as good as either Eureka or Warehouse 13. For one, there’s hardly anything sci-fi about it. At least with Warehouse 13 there was an attempt at scientific explanations. Haven’s off the map, although I really like the lead girl in it and her character. Here’s a petition you could sign to try to get the new “networks” like Amazon, Netflix, or Hulu to pick up Eureka. We’d all really love to have it back. It was smart and clever and interesting.

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  25. I’m a huge fan of eureka i’ve watched all five season on Netflix, but they have taken away the first 3 seasons now what am i to do. I need more it has so much to give us. I’m concerned about all the worm holeds and time travel. Give me nack EUREKA!

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  27. Never actually got into this show. I know about it and think I’ve seen one or two episodes but they were only on in the background as I did something else. I’m a science fiction nerd and was wondering, with very little good Scifi on television, any chance it should be something I watch and can get into?

  28. I miss visiting EUREKA every week. It was the quirkiest show that ever aired and if the executive idiots who cancelled the show had any brains they would not have let the show go off the air or they would BRING IT BACK!!! The show was gaining popularity every week. It was making money and would make more IF IT CONTINUED!!! But that is why I’m not one of those execs because I make sense. BRING THE SHOW BACK!!!

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