(And it's entirely possible that "too expensive" has just been a smoke screen).
That's my suspicion, too. Why don't they make a serious investment in an expensive marquee show that they think will lock in a big audience? (B&C
may not have been that show, but another one could be.)
Isn't the reach of AMC and SyFy about equal, both on the basic cable tier? How is AMC able to get 9M viewers with The Walking Dead
while SyFy tops out around 4M or so for scripted programming?
That suggests to me that SyFy could invest more in at least one breakout show to bring in a larger audience, rather than continue to play in the minor leagues like they've been doing, with shows that get adequate ratings because they're cheap to produce, but rate zero on the buzz-meter.
Space opera is expensive to produce, but I see no reason why there couldn't be one that is as big a sensation as The Walking Dead.
If people will accept post-apocalyptic zombies, what's the problem with robots or aliens?