Robert Maxwell wrote:
SyFy doesn't know what it has, and therefore keeps killing its own children. It's almost as if they're afraid of success as much as failure, so they'll just continue to rely on the cheap stuff they know works - Mansquito-level TV movies and the WWE - and avoid taking any real risks.
They are the Sega of basic cable.
BSG was a success--for a while. Then its ratings tapered off and it became a money loser. And it was an expensive show, so they needed those good ratings to sustain it.
SyFy isn't afraid of success. They are afraid of expensive failures. Cheap failures are easier to recover from. Cheap successes are easier to achieve.
Vampire shows are cheap, "blah blah blah, I vant to suck your blood!"
Battlestar Galactica was a greater success than the original, and they actually ended the show proper rather than just go into a rerun loop as the original did in the 1970s.
You don't get to see many space operas these days, mostly its shows about modern time investigators running into weird stuff, or some demons or vampires. SyFy is living in the shadow of its former self, if it goes with the cheap and the safe people wonder why it doesn't do shows like Battlestar Galactica anymore.
NuBSG wasn't really more successful than the original. The original got decent ratings, but, was too expensive, so it was cancelled. SyFy kept renewing NuBSG at a loss, for the prestige, because it was a critic darling. If not for the Prestige of Critical praise, NuBSG wouldn't have lasted any longer than TOS BSG, because it was too expensive for the ratings it brought in.
I am definitely happy that NuBSG was allowed to finish it's story, but, that's to SyFy's credit for sticking with it so long, despite it being a loser financially
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