In some news that will no doubt make faithful reader Zod happy but bum the rest of us out, SyFy announced Thursday that it's pulling "Caprica" beginning next week and stopping production.
The network will have five episodes left, which it will burn off in early 2011.
"Caprica" was only pulling in about 800,000 viewers a week on its initial airings. (I don't know if that number includes time-shifting or not).
"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, the Syfy executive in charge of original programming, in a news release. "Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, Caprica has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season."
We could get into an endless debate all day as to the relative merits of "Caprica," but that would seem pointless. As with every other TV show ever, you either liked it or you didn't.
I liked it because, as most good sci-fi should, it provides an interesting parallel into our own lives and the issues of today, such as the use of technology, cyberspace and terrorism.
Other "Battlestar Galactica" fans never got on board with "Caprica," not getting into the more soap opera/less action-oriented angle of the show.
"Caprica's" cancellation shouledn't have an effect on the proposed other "BSG" prequel, "Blood & Guts," which is set to debut next year and is a return to the more action-oriented space setting of "BSG."
No word on how "Caprica" will end. I'm guessing the last episode filmed is the last one that will be shown, but whether that wraps anything up or leaves things hanging is up in the air (my guess is that it's the latter).
WEDNESDAY RECAP: You always worry when a show becomes popular that it will go down during its sophomore year (cough, "Glee," cough).
But "Modern Family" continues to delight and hit on every level. The sequence last night with Mitchell in the Spider-Man suit was among the funniest things all year, as was Gloria's attempts at an American accent. (Not to mention Hayley's costume changes).
It's nice to see a show where fame didn't go to the cast and crew's heads. Instead, they continue to mine the rich vein of material that made this show so good in the first place.
THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: With Halloween coming up, the networks are getting ready with a couple of specials. ABC has the timeless classic, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" at 8 p.m., followed by new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice."
NBC offers "Scared Shrekless" at 8 p.m., featuring Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas, followed by new episodes of "Community," "The Office" (with guest star Timothy Olyphant) and "Outsourced" before a new "Apprentice."
CBS is all new with "Big Bang Theory," "(Bleep) My Dad Says," "CSI" and "The Mentalist," while The CW airs new installments of "Vampire Diaries" and "Nikita" from 8-10 p.m.
Fox airs Game 2 of the World Series, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
On cable, FX has new episodes of "It's Always Sunny" and "The League."