We thought we were onto a good thing, Friday nights on Syfy.
Dark Matter and Killjoys, two complementary scifi shows airing back to back, had become a sort of welcome to the weekend staple over the last 3 years, and a clever highlight of the channel’s programming strategy.
However, a surprise schedule shakeup late last week saw Killjoys renewed for two further seasons, while Dark Matter was cancelled.
While the folks at Syfy were quick to send us a press release concerning the 2 season renewal, it was Dark Matter Executive Producer Joe Mallozzi who broke the bad news to fans, via a statement in his blog.
“It is with great sadness that I confirm the news. Syfy has cancelled Dark Matter after three seasons,” Mallozzi wrote in a September 1 entry. “To say that I’m incredibly disappointed would be an understatement. I’ll save my comments and field your questions in a future blog entry. For today, I just want to extend a heartfelt thanks to my amazing crew, my wonderful cast, and to all of you, our incredible fans. You all deserved better.”
Meanwhile, the search for a new home for series is already underway.
“Since putting it all in perspective for you yesterday, we’ve reached out to several possible new homes for our little series and are presently awaiting word,” Mallozzi said. “As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, the odds are long – but the initial conversations have sounded very promising.”
Fans can keep up to date with the fate of the show here.
Meanwhile, fans of Killjoys have reason to celebrate. Both Syfy and Space announced the pickup of Seasons 4 and 5 (comprising 10 episodes per season) just before the airing of the show’s season 3 finale, late Friday.
“A final two-season order is a huge vote of confidence for a show that keeps getting better and better,” said Fortier and Schneeberg, co-presidents of Boat Rocker Studios and executive producers of Killjoys. “We are so proud of the support Killjoys has received from critics and fans alike, and are thrilled to plan a deserving ending for Dutch and the Jaqobis brothers; it has been an incredible intergalactic journey and we could not have wished for better partners to share the ride.”
“This renewal is the kind of privilege every creator hopes for – a chance to plan the end of your story with the luxury of 20-episodes to do it,” said creator and executive producer Lovretta. “I’m immensely grateful that both of our network partners – along with Temple Street and UCP – have given our team, cast and fans this incredible opportunity.”
Throughout Season 3 of Killjoys, war has loomed over the J Star System. As the underdog trio struggled to assemble an army, the dangerous force of Aneela and her Hullen crew drew near. In Friday’s finale, the Killjoy militia were finally ready to go to war against her, using Delle Seyah as bait, but as the battle began, Aneela found a way to change the entire game. However, in the final moments, Dutch restored Aneela’s missing memories, repairing her sanity to some degree, and the pair disappeared into the Green to face ‘The Lady’ together.