8/9/11

On the Loss of Eureka

Eureka (TV series)Image via WikipediaEureka was an amazing show. The concept of a sort of high-tech Mayberry was revolutionary in itself, and then they bumped their geek cred with adding Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day to the cast. Unfortunately, Syfy canceled it, and fans are in an uproar. All I really want to say is that the loss of Eureka is not a reflection on the tastes of Syfy executives. They have made it clear, just like when they canceled Stargate Universe, that Eureka is one of their favorite shows. They have echoed the claim that they just couldn't "make the numbers work." And seeing that the US economy has just crashed, I find it discouraging and hard to believe that fans continue to insist that Syfy is purposely trying to dumb down their programming.

We have all been affected by a crappy economy. I find it difficult to earn a living, and I know several others in my place. I know most of the animosity toward Syfy is probably in jest, but let's stop raging toward them and try to get into their shoes. If they can't get the money to support an expensive show, then, to borrow a phrase from Warehouse 13's H. G. Wells, does that really stretch credulity?

Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day and Neil GraystonImage by britl via FlickrI don't know if I have an answer. The whole entertainment industry is currently in a state of flux. New technology is coming in and completely changing the face of how we view TV shows and movies. Cable is being dumbed down and everything is moving online. And, in the end, maybe that's the solution. Maybe eventually everyone will pay-per-view in stead of watch advertising and then shows will only have themselves to blame for not being able to continue on.

In the end it comes down to advertisers not being willing to support a show when the perception is that its viewership is relatively low. If Syfy had any money to spare on it, I can guarantee that they would save it. But they, just like everyone else in the United States, simply don't. Is Syfy's original programming becoming less and less interesting? Sure... but so is my wallet size. So I understand. The loss of Eureka just one in many tragic losses due to the failure of the economy and should be seen as nothing more or less.

P.S. - Wil Wheaton said a heartfelt goodbye to Eureka on his blog. You should read it.
P. P. S. - It would tickle me silly to see Eureka live on through Warehouse 13.