Caprica? More Like Canceled-prica!

By Tim Surette

Oct 28, 2010

Remember the other day when Syfy gave the go-ahead for a Battlestar Galactica spinoff titled Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome? That was good news for BSG fans.

Cling to that good news, Battlestar fans, because today it was bad news for the franchise. Syfy has canceled Caprica, the prequel series to Ron D. Moore's excellent Battlestar Galactica, after one season. The network said the remaining five episodes of the first season will air sometime early next year and will conclude the series. It seems Syfy wasn't quite sure what to do with the series, as it had recently bumped up the remaining Caprica episodes to air in November.

And in case you weren't sure why the network canceled the series, they blame you, the viewer. Syfy chief of original programming Mark Stern said, "Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, Caprica has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season." See? It was your fault.

Syfy has been trying to find its identity over the past year and a half, rebranding itself as "Syfy" (to many boos) and targeting lighter fare such as its new hit Warehouse 13. However, Blood & Chrome appears to be more along the lines of the BSG remake, more action oriented than the cerebral Caprica. The question is, how much patience will Syfy have for the new series if it doesn't pull in the audiences? Probably not that much. After all, it has its big cooking show to prep.

Did you find Caprica enthralling and intelligent? Or boring and more boring?


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  • JoshuaWright Apr 26, 2012

    Caprica was was an amazing prequel to the reimagined BSG! I would have loved to see Zoe meeting galen and communicating with the final 5 in V-world. Why syfy cancels one good show after another for "syfy" original movies and wrestling blows my mind.

  • JonathanSabet Jan 26, 2012

    LMFAO, I guess they get more ratings from those shitty "syfy" movies they make every month. Anyone else notice 50% of them have the same terrible, white haired, Caucasian, Terminator wannabe?



    Honestly, every one of those movies are crap and they somehow justify continued airing of them but they cancel the only good shit they've pulled out of their ass in the last 5 years.

  • siiixon Apr 23, 2011

    now we can all go back watching judge judy and hoarders... caprica was way to much quality for the average human brain... maybe syfy can make some new low intelligence shows too maybe like "the world dumbest geek" or "how to build a space ship out of tooth paste while lost on an island"

  • kmlgd Nov 13, 2010

    Caprica is not as good as BSG. But still I enjoy it. Its a shame its cancelled. Shame on syfy blaming the viewer and changing the network names to that ridiculous words (syfy)

  • StafanyaTalen Nov 05, 2010

    I am sad that it has been canceled... It was fun show... beautiful looking... interesting concepts...

  • MichaelCurran1 Nov 04, 2010

    Its a really good show - this is typical of the morons running "Syfy" .... and even with its "insufficient" ratings it was scoring better than 2/3rds of the other crap they're showing these days.

    Even their beloved Warehouse 13 only averages 3 million viewers which is less than their best shows (all now gone) from when they were SciFi and less than similar syndicated genre fare like Legend of the Seeker that got cancelled even while running 4 million viewers.

    The current Syfy execs are excelling at one thing, however .... running a network into the ground in record time... yes, please cancel Atlantis, SG-1, Caprica ... end BSG ... and give us MORE WOMEN'S WRESTLING ... cause that's what people tuning into a network called "Syfy" must be yearning for.

    *Sigh, why do morons get these jobs.

  • Whedonrules Nov 03, 2010

    I thought the show was pretty genius with a stellar underappreciated cast. Maybe SyFy will just become the wrestling channel now?

  • Xaviersx Nov 03, 2010

    Ppl have expectations based on their visions of how they'd have a show go (mostly based on its predecessor) , so it's easy for them to not see enough interest in this show's direction. This is not the quiet before the storm that some wanted and so they don't care for the journey, let alone the destination. Heck, some who liked Caprica may feel that they would not support the next product from that universe based on this cancellation, a vicious cycle that's happened before and will happen again. Oh well, wrestling will help fill in those viewer numbers SyFy, . . . and the giant snake movies too.

  • Tinkerbellv101 Nov 03, 2010

    PPL never understand that it takes time for a show to grow and get truly interesting. Sometimes there are lucky shows that start out just fraking awsome but it's not a that way for all of them. I don't get why networks need to find thenselves. Pick a show, get good acting, keep t interesting, and give it time to be awsome! Caprica had potental! It could have been really good if syfi would just stop whinying and keep it going!

  • Tinkerbellv101 Nov 03, 2010

    PPL never understand that it takes time for a show to grow and get truly interesting. Sometimes there are lucky shows that start out just fraking awsome but it's not a that way for all of them. I don't get why networks need to find thenselves. Pick a show, get good acting, keep t interesting, and give it time to be awsome! Caprica had potental! It could have been really good if syfi would just stop whinying and keep it going!

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