There’s nowhere safe for “Sanctuary” anymore

Amanda Tapping stars as Dr Helen Magnus in the now cancelled "Sanctuary" (image via

The news I had been expecting but hoped would never be announced, has lobbed its most unwelcome way into my despairing inbox. (After the renewal of Community was almost fatally tarnished by the removal of Mark Harmon as show runner.)

Sanctuary, one of the most imaginative, clever and well-realised shows on television, which focused on a bunch of unique individuals led by the enigmatic Dr Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping, Stargate SG1) whose mission was to protect the Abnormals who shared this planet with homo sapiens, was cancelled this week by syfy. It seems to be making a habit of axing shows with plenty of life left in them with Eureka another example of this disturbing trend.

While I understand how the mechanics of television finance works, and that shows become progressively more costly as they age till they reach a tipping point where the costs become prohibitive, nonetheless, syfy seems to be axing shows that I would have thought could have gone at least 1-2 more years at least.

The main members of the cast of Sanctuary (clockwise) - Amanda Tapping (Dr Helen Magnus), Robin Dunne (Dr Will Zimmerman), Ryan Robbins (Henry Foss) and Agam Darshi (Kate Freelander) - image via SciFiPulse.Net)

Having said, when delivering the death notice, they at least said some warm and fuzzy things about the show which while small comfort to the fans, at least acknowledged the great contribution this show made to the television industry specifically and the art of storytelling in general.

“We’re honored to have been part of this incredible series. In addition to garnering unmatched devotion by fans worldwide, Sanctuary was a bona fide trailblazer, setting new standards with its highly innovative production techniques — including pioneering green screen and RED camera technology — and Emmy-nominated visual effects. It’s been an amazing ride and we look forward to our next project with Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood and Damian Kindler.” (Mark Stern, President, Syfy Original Content and Co-Head, Universal Cable Productions)

For their part, Amanda Tapping and her fellow executive producers, Damian Kindler and Martin Wood had this to say:

“We couldn’t be prouder of the four seasons we made on Sanctuary. We are very grateful for the opportunity and must acknowledge the wonderful work from our cast and crew, the support from our studio, the Beedie Group — who have been with us right from the start, the networks who worked so hard with us each week, and most of all the fans…we owe so much to the fans.

“From Sanctuary, we also started our charitable foundation Sanctuary for Kids which has raised over $250,000 for children in crisis worldwide. We will be continuing our work with Sanctuary for Kids and are so thankful for the Sanctuary fans and their amazing support and generosity.”

The show will be greatly missed.

* I will leave you with Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne being interviewed by tvweb at Comic Con in 2011.


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