It seems like Syfy has heard the hue and cry: they're allowing the Eureka team to produce a final episode as a send-off for the series.
The news came as E! Online spoke with Eureka showrunner Jaime Paglia on a Vancouver set visit. The mood was somber given the recent news, but Paglia confirmed that executives at Syfy are allowing production of a single episode, serving as a finale for the five-year show.
"[The writers] have the opportunity to give us and the viewers closure—they've been loyal, loyal fans for years." said Erica Cera, who's played Deputy Sheriff Jo Lupo since the series' inception. Prior to today, the last episode of Season 5 was to be the finale, an arrangement that was less than tenable for Eureka producers and fans alike.
Eureka star Niall Matter had this to say earlier today, before news of the finale episode broke:
There's just not enough time to button everything up. They're going to work really hard to tie things up, but I read the episode and it's not how I would want to end this series, that's for sure.
According to producer Amy Berg, the decision to end the series was a hard one for Syfy. Eureka's considerable budget, even in the face of steady ratings and loyal fans, was the nail in the coffin. Based on Berg's comments, the final decision may have come down to their parent company Comcast-NBC Univeral. Comcast merged with NBC Universal in 2010.
While it's a shame to see a successful and audience-pleasing show suffer such an ignoble fate, the addition of a final episode should soften the blow for Eureka's dedicated fanbase. All too often shows are cancelled without warning during or after production, and have no time to create a satisfying conclusion - see fellow Syfy casualty Stargate Universe, which went out on a sour note in May.
Eureka Season 5 is currently filming and is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2012. Depending on the network's decision, it may be split across two summers (as Seasons 3 and 4 have been) or air in a single four month run. The thirteenth episode will be the add-on finale.
Eureka Season 4.5 is currently airing Mondays at 8PM.
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Source: E! Online