Syfy Cancels ‘Sanctuary’ After Four Seasons

The veteran sci-fi show will not return for new episodes.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

At the end of its fourth season, "Sanctuary" wrapped up most of its major storylines and seemed poised for a new beginning. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen on Syfy.

Syfy has officially cancelled "Sanctuary" after four years and 59 episodes. Created by Damian Kindler, "Sanctuary" originally debuted as a web series before making the jump to TV on Syfy. "Stargate SG-1" star Amanda Tapping led the cast as Dr. Helen Magnus, a brilliant scientist who formed a team dedicated to finding and protecting the strange and powerful humans and creatures commonly referred to as Abnormals.

"Sanctuary" was notable for being the first North American TV series to film exclusively with the RED camera and for its extensive use of greenscreen technology. During its fourth season, "Sanctuary" averaged about 1.26 million viewers per episode.
"We’re honored to have been part of this incredible series," wrote Syfy President of Original Content, Mark Stern in a statement. "In addition to garnering unmatched devotion by fans worldwide, 'Sanctuary' was a bona fide trailblazer, setting new standards with its highly innovative production techniques – including pioneering green screen and RED camera technology – and Emmy-nominated visual effects. It’s been an amazing ride and we look forward to our next project with Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood and Damian Kindler."

The fourth and final season of "Sanctuary" will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 17, 2012.