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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has been Canceled

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The Resistance is over. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has been Canceled. Summmmmer, I mean Caaammmmeron! No! Everyone said the move to Friday was the kiss of death for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles yet fans of the show, myself included, hoped the show would prevail. With the great season finale, many assumed or hoped, that the show would be renewed. We were wrong. “‘[Sarah Connor] has completed its run,’ Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly confirmed at a press conference [on May 18, 2009]. ‘I think it had a nice little run. It was a good show. It was not an either or [with Dollhouse]. We did see it tailing off a bit [in the ratings]. It had a nice creative core, but, ultimately, we made the bet on Dollhouse, so that’s it for [Sarah Connor]… We make no apologies. We gave it a lot of support and some consistent scheduling. We tried and thought it was time to move on.’ By “gave it a lot of support”, I assume one of the items he is talking about is the Grindhouse promo, though that was more for the benefit of premiering Dollhouse than Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. What is worse is that Dollhouse, possessing plot points of dubious quality (an FBI agent talking about the specifics of an ongoing investigation with a civilian), was chosen for renewal over Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.  Jesus Christ. If Dollhouse had not been created or was created a year later, we would most-likely be awaiting the premiere of Season 3 of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles next fall.

David Goyer had the good sense to bring Blade: The Series to Spike TV when it premiered, though it may have fared better on HBO or Showtime like True Blood and Dexter. Maybe The Sci-Fi Channel with pick up Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles like they did Sliders but I doubt it. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles may cost too much for them to produce per episode. This is a sad ending to an entertaining show that added great mythos to the Terminator canon.  The cliff-hanger ending of the season finale now the series finale, with all of its raised its questions, will remain unanswered. The worst is that we will never be able to see where they took the character of Terminator Cameron Philips in Season 3. Would she continue to evolve? The hand twitch, the damaged cpu, all great innovations on her character, all lost. Fox has garnered a bad track record for canceling shows: Space: Above and BeyondSlidersFirefly and now Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.  X-Files and Fringe notwithstanding, if I were going to make a sci-fi show, Fox would be the last channel I would bring it to.  

Source: EW

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