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Although The Event didn’t get renewed by NBC, the high-concept sci-fi thriller may find new, if limited, life at corporate sibling Syfy.
Negotiations between Syfy and producer United Media Studios (also a division NBC Universal) hinge on the financial feasibility of bringing the series from broadcast television to cable. Luckily for the low-rated show, which averaged just 7.13 million viewers in its NBC run, the ratings bar is significantly lower at Syfy, where half that number is considered a hit. According to Deadline, if the miniseries performs well, it could lead to another season of The Event.
If a deal were to be struck, it will remain to be seen whether budget and scheduling restrictions would permit the sprawling ensemble cast, led by Blair Underwood, Jason Ritter, Ian Anthony Dale and Laura Innes, to return.
Update: Craig Engler, senior vice president of Syfy Digital, wrote on Twitter that, “at this time we have no plans to pick up The Event.”