The writers just plain shouldn't be doing end-of-season cliffhangers. It tends to be a red flag saying that they don't think the work they're doing is good enough for viewers to come back after a few months, and discourages less-than-rabid fans from buying a favorite season or two.
Exactly! They're a sign of lazy writing, IMO. Plot-driven shockudrama for what the writers must see as an attention-span challenged audience. When did pretty much every show have to end on a cliffhanger? What happened to giving closure to one year's story arcs while setting up new scenarios for the next? I think that unless a show has an ironclad renewal in writing, they should end each season as if it will be their last. And, even then it seems like networks change their minds all the time so cliffhangers still aren't a good idea.
I agree, and I also think that whatever flimsy value cliffhangers do have, they only have for shows that are back in a few months. When a whole year goes by between seasons people have to be more invested in a show than just, "gee I wonder how they get out of that one," because they've had plenty of time to conclude "oh who cares." In my opinion, of course.
Yep, the only cliffhangers that don't irritate the life out of me are the ones that I've watched when mainlining several seasons of a show on dvd.
As for who was to blame for Eureka's cancellation, I found this interesting article from last year:http://brusimm.com/i...a-cancellation/
Quote: "Before you tie Syfy to the stake and light the pyre, you should keep something in mind: Syfy, whose parent network is NBC, is now owned by Comcast. Yes, we now have to add the newest ingredient to the programming decision makers, Comcast.
I was reminded of this scenario when it was driven home when Eureka‘s co-exec producer Amy Berg (Eureka, Leverage, The 4400) used Twitter to make the following public note:
“Everyone is asking why. It’s simple, really.”
“We are the network’s golden child in every way, except profit margins. Fact is, #Eureka is an expensive show to make.”
“And we could not maintain the quality of our show with the cuts it would take to make us profitable for Syfy’s new parent company.”
“Our creative execs at Syfy fought hard to keep us. Trust me, they LOVE us. We just couldn’t make the numbers work.”"
Not that this explains the Farscape situation at all, though.
Edited by seashore56, Apr 26, 2012 @ 7:46 PM.