Sanctuary fans received heart wrenching news today. After far too many months of waiting to hear whether the series would have a fifth season, SyFy decided not to renew the groundbreaking series.
Sanctuary was the victim of bad timing in many ways. Season four ended just in time for SyFy to get caught up in Comcast’s takeover talks with NBC, effectively preventing SyFy from making a any decision about the show’s future. They had loved season four though, and indications are that they were leaning towards ordering another season. While the production team waited to find out, the lease on the studios where Sanctuary was filmed ran out. The show’s financial backers couldn’t renew their lease for another whole year without knowing if there was going to be another season. Ultimately they let the lease end and put the necessary set pieces into storage, waiting for word. This ended any expectations that Sanctuary would air in the fall if it was renewed.
And now that word has come. There will be no season five.
So what now? As I read everything I can get my hands on, there is no indication that there are plans to continue Sanctuary in some other way, either on another channel, as a TV movie, a direct to DVD movie, or even a return to its original webseries format. At least not yet.
Even tweets from the cast are not indicative that there is a future somewhere for Sanctuary, and you can tell that they feel the pain as acutely as we do. As Amanda Tapping tweeted:
To all the fans of @SanctuarySeries we love and adore you. Thank you for the love and support. Now to the long dark tea time of my soul. 🙁
What does it mean? Have all other avenues already been explored? Is there no hope? It’s very unclear right now, but it is also very early.
There is no point in blaming anyone for this. The timing was just all wrong in many ways, and it’s not the fault of any one thing. This news has definitely come as a shock to the cast and fans alike. It will take some time for them to regroup. The best thing for fans to do would be to continue supporting the cast and crew, be patient, and hope.