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Posted on August 11, 2011 by PopFunkThis post is brought to you by the Eureka T-Shirt Collection at Popfunk.com and MTV Geek.Reversing what it had said just last week, Syfy pulled the plug on Eureka, a playful science-fiction series that the channel has broadcast since 2006. Last week, Syfy’s president of programming, Mark Stern, announced that there would be a six episode sixth season to wrap up the show – they’re currently running season 4.5, with season 5 currently in production; then yesterday, without mention of the previous decision, the Network announced the show would be ending with Season 5. Apparently there was a miscommunication. Inside a sprawling company like NBC Universal, which owns Syfy, giving the green light to a new season of a show requires approvals by many layers of bosses, and those approvals apparently had not been given. The whiplash alone shocked fans, not to mention the fact that, well, they kind of forgot to tell the actors. “I almost found out through Twitter.... unfortunately!” said actor Erica Cerra, who plays Jo Lupo on the series, when we contacted her to talk about the cancellation. “However in the nick of time, Bruce Miller, Jaime Paglia and Tod Sharp called and we had a great talk about how sad we are that this had to come to an end… We were not prepared to say goodbye, so soon. Still in a bit of shock.” Naturally, the fans themselves came out and immediately started a petition to keep the show going. One site, called Save Eureka has garnered 788 “Twitition” signatures so far, and we’re sure there are plenty more places to throw your hot dog into the well (that’s the expression, right?). Also, it’s only a matter of time before someone starts mailing SyFy some sort of integral part of the show en masse, like Roswell’s hot sauce. May we suggest Neil Graystons? The actors, on the other hand, seem somewhat resigned to the cancellation, though they won’t go happily into the night. In a pointed statement on his popular blog, Wil Wheaton – who plays Doctor Isaac Parrish on the show – chided the network for not letting the actors know before the press: "At this point, I know as much as you do, because I found out the same way you did,” said Wheaton. “I'm trying really hard not to be upset with the network for issuing a statement to the press before the cast knew, so we wouldn't have to find out the way we did; as you can imagine, it isn't exactly easy.” That all said, there is still a full season and a half of the show to go, including a Christmas Special in December. “Season four and five are some of the BEST work we've done,” said Cerra. “The fans will be thrilled.” And as for those fans, Cerra has a personal message for them: “I can't thank you enough for all your support and well wishes. You are patient fans with eight months between seasons, and still you come back to show us love.” Here’s a statement from Syfy: “After painstaking consideration, we have had to make the difficult business decision to not order a season six of Eureka. But Eureka is not over yet. There is a new holiday episode this December and 12 stellar episodes set to debut next year, marking its fifth season and six memorable years on Syfy. The 2012 episodes are some of the best we’ve seen, and will bring this great series to a satisfying end. We are very grateful to Bruce Miller and Jaime Paglia, their team of incredible writers, and an amazing cast and crew who have consistently delivered a series we continue to be very proud of. We thank the fans for their support of this show and know they will enjoy its final season in 2012." Are you guys disappointed that Eureka has been cancelled?!? Comment below and let us know!