Caprica, We Hardly Knew Ye



Eric Stoltz is having a shitty week. First he had to deal with the potential embarrasment of having some of his Back to the Future footage released on the new DVD and Blu-ray set that came out Tuesday and now comes word that SyFy has cancelled Caprica, his prequel series to Battlestar Galactica. Making matters worse is that the network just greenlit another prequel to the space saga, Blood & Chrome (which will likely forego Caprica’s brooding for more action and Cylon hijinks). Here’s some more details, courtesy of the folks over at HitFix:

SyFy has formally announced that the first season of “Caprica”
will be its last and pulled the “Battlestar Galactica” prequel from the
schedule, effective immediately.
The five remaining “Caprica” episodes will air in the first quarter of 2011, concluding the show’s series run.
Normally abrupt cancellations of this sort don’t include comment
from the network, but SyFy acknowledged the importance of the
“Battlestar Galactica” franchise to its brand.
“We appreciate all the support that fans have shown for ‘Caprica’
and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the
amazing team that has been committed to this fine series,” states Mark
Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, SyFy and
Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions. “Unfortunately,
despite its obvious quality, ‘Caprica’ has not been able to build the
audience necessary to justify a second season.”

Is it bullshit that SyFy’s tagline is “Imagine Greater” when a show known for being a cerebral and somewhat soapy drama gets thrown of the air so abruptly? Does this not show a lack of, well, imagination on the network’s part to cancel it now and not let it attempt to build more viewers? Or are you just feeling viewer fatigue from all things Galactica-related at this point? I want to hear what you think about this, so sound off in the comments.