Just days after Syfy announced a second Battlestar Galactica spinoff, Blood & Chrome, its first spinoff has been cancelled. Before the end of its first season has even aired, the plug has been pulled on Caprica.
Caprica won fans and critics alike, as its numerous characters have been slowly fleshed out and its overall mythology expanded. But Syfy claims that “Caprica has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season.” About a month ago, Syfy began airing the final block of episodes from the show’s first season, but now says that it will end this block on Tuesday, November 2nd, and then burn off the remaining five episodes sometime in early 2011.
Needless to say, this is sad news for all fans of intelligent entertainment. Particularly when there’s mindless dreck like $#*! My Dad Says actually garnering a big enough audience to justify keeping it on the air. And another thing: Why is it that these kinds of shows always get the axe right when they’re hitting their stride? Caprica has been getting better and better with each new episode, and it’s more obvious than ever that seeds for very big things were being planted.
So very frustrating.