Despite a growing number of potential outlets, most efforts to revive a TV show after it's been canceled still prove to be unsuccessful. The latest series to meet that fate is "Dark Matter," the clever and creatively impressive series canceled by Syfy on September 1st.
Fans of the show had been quick to organize a "save our show" campaign, while co-creator and executive producer Joseph Mallozzi worked to try the series a new home. He had been recounting his efforts on his blog and on Saturday posted the news that efforts to revive the show had failed:
All good things must come to an end – some much sooner than expected. Sadly, such is the case for Dark Matter. Despite word of the cancellation by syfy, fandom rose up and gave us new hope. We sought to buck the odds and find our little show a new home. But unfortunately, I just learned that our final option has proven unworkable due to contractual issues. It’s a shame because these potential saviors reached out to me and offered a creative solution that, had it worked, would have been a sci-fi fan’s dream scenario. But, alas, it was not to be. In time, I would love to tell you all about it.
As for what’s next for Dark Matter? My first choice would be to complete the story in comic book format where it originally began, but I’ve just started to look into the possibility now. Beyond that, I’m not sure.
Thank you to my cast and crew who made it all possible.
And an especially HUGE THANK YOU to all of you, the viewers and fans, who made Dark Matter one of syfy’s most watched shows and who rallied and made your voices heard these past few weeks.
I said it before and I’ll say it again...
You all deserved better.
These efforts are always difficult, because it involves a lot of complex moving parts. There are contractual wranglings with the studio and networks, the cast is only tied to the show for a limited window and then are the budget challenges. But as a fan of "Dark Matter," I was hoping this might work out differently.