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tv news

Caprica is cancelled

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Caprica has been cancelled by Syfy.

The first spinoff from the 21st century incarnation of Battlestar Galactica was set 50 years prior to the fall of the Twelve Colonies. In its very structure Caprica was intended to be more of a drama about the meeting point of artificial intelligence and humanity. What does it mean for an AI when they question if they have a soul? Do human beings have a moral responsibility to give basic rights to artificially created intelligences? There were no space battles, nor was there the backdrop of humanity's last stand to draw its dramatic moments from. Ending the show's halfway point 9 episodes into its inaugural season likely didn't help foster enough of a sustainable audience for Caprica either.

"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," said Mark Stern, executive vice president of original programming at Syfy. "Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, Caprica has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season."

This past January the first episode of Caprica was watched by 1.6 million viewers, a lower-than-expected share of the audience than Syfy had hoped for. However, it should be noted that the pilot episode had been available on DVD for six months before it aired on the channel, and that some tracking sites had estimated that the episode had been viewed by 2 million people before being aired on Syfy.

Five episodes of Caprica remain unaired. Syfy had originally scheduled to broadcast these episodes starting next month but the channel has now removed them from their immediate schedule. The network claims that the final five -- and there's an irony for those Battlestar Galactica fans reading this news story -- will be shown sometime in the first quarter of 2011, or so Syfy claims.

Did the annoucement of a pilot for a second BSG spinoff called Blood and Chrome deal the fatal hand to Caprica's chances of renewal?

-Syfy.
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Posted: 11 years 6 weeks ago

 Wow.  I figured Caprica would go further.  I watched the pilot and meant to watch the series but didn't notice when it started.  I was just about to go catch up on the episodes but now I'm guessing it won't be worth the time.  I'd hate to get hooked on it now.  :)

 

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Posted: 11 years 6 weeks ago

This just bites ... While sometimes slow I really have enjoyed getting into the story line more than Ihad planned. Wish they could air the last 5 and finish the show up though so it would tie into the other

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Posted: 11 years 6 weeks ago

its a fairly horrible TV day when syfy cancels one of their shows due to...wait for it... low ratings!!!... I mean my god, look at some of the crap they've aired including Tremors the series and the 5th and 6th seasons of Sliders, the Chronicle and more that were horrible, Caprica wasnt horrible at all, it just wasnt like Battlestar Galactica (and was never supposed to be) and saying that it dint catch on, who is SYFY to be upset with 1.6 million viewers watching their shows each week????

what are the Nelson ratings of Fact or Faked? Ghost Hunters? Destination Truth? Scare Tactics or Hollywood Auction Block that aired last night? Surely Caprica's ratings have had to be higher than Warehouse 13 or Eureka.. right???

I watch new episodes of Caprica On-Demand (does this count towards ratings? apparantly not.)

hopefully they'll box ALL of the episodes in one DVD box set as opposed to the 1.0 (first half) but thats not likely... Bah... SYFY sucks

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Posted: 11 years 5 weeks ago

The problem is that all those cheap-ass reality shows are just that, cheap!  Caprica clearly had a higher budget so needs to turn a profit from advertising.  It's a real shame.

TV studios just need to get their acts together and understand how viewing habits have changed so dramatically in the last 5 years that traditional models to measure success levels of a show just don't cut it anymore.

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"