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Sci Fi Shuts Down Farscape

Sci Fi Channel early Monday announced that it will cancel its original skein,
Farscape, after four seasons.

In a statement released on its Web site (, the network confirmed
that it would not renew the four-year-old series, created by Rockne O'Bannon and
produced by the Jim Henson Co. and Hallmark Entertainment.

'There are no bigger fans of Farscape than we here at Sci Fi Channel,'
the network said in a prepared statement. 'It was one of Sci Fi's first original
series, and it quickly became a critical and fan favorite.'

The statement continued, 'Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to reach a
broader audience, Farscape has been unable to grow beyond its core fan
base. That, coupled with the extreme and growing cost of production, has led to
the difficult decision to end the series at the conclusion of season four.'

The show was part of Sci Fi's successful Friday-night original-programming
lineup, which also included off-Showtime series Stargate SG-1 and
repurposed episodes of USA Network's The Dead Zone.

The block helped the network to notch a 1.0 primetime rating in August,
matching its best performance ever.