Colony canceled; no season 4 coming for USA Network series

Colony season 3 finaleThere’s some rather unfortunate news coming out today regarding Colonywhich was conspicuously absent at San Diego Comic-Con this year — there won’t be a season 4. Per a report from Deadline, the show has been canceled, which is likely a reason why there is no attention being given to it.

So why is the series coming to an end? It’s mostly for the same reasons that you would expect for many other shows that see an abrupt end: Low ratings. The numbers for season 3 have been down all year versus season 2, and when you add to this the cost of doing science fiction, apparently there was not enough confidence from USA to want to bring the show back for another go-around.

So will Colony be able to find its way to another season elsewhere? At the moment, we’re going to wager that it’s unlikely. For starters, Universal Cable Productions was already involved in the show, so if any network had a studio incentive to keep it, it was USA. Beyond that, it’s difficult for any show to be saved, especially a cable series since you are starting off from a position of disadvantage really from the start. You have to find a way to contend with lower viewers, which in turn means a lower threshold for other potential homes to expect.

Still, you never want to say never with these sort of situations, which is why we will keep our eyes and ears peeled. Once there is some other news out there regarding the show, we will be sure to let you know.

For now, though, it’s always a bummer to see quality science fiction ended early, especially since it seems to be a trend that happens far too often. Colony was a show with a good cast and certainly a good bit left in the tank, if given an opportunity to stay on the air.

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