A glimmer of hope!  I’ve heard that executives at a few of the other broadcast options we are reaching out to have taken note of the huge fan response.  The tweets, the comments, even the petitions (https://t.co/5bqcMXdpSI – which, frankly,  won’t convince Syfy to change their minds but still serves a great purpose) have caught the attention of the decision makers.  However, grabbing their attention is one thing; convincing them is something else.  That’s going to take a lot more fan noise – so keep it up, especially during this most crucial week.  Let them know how much Dark Matter means to you!  See if we can net us another season or two.

At this point, the biggest thing we’ve got working against us is time.  The longer this goes, the more likely we are to lose some of our greatest assets –

CREW: I’ve often said that Dark Matter owes an enormous debt to the people behind the scenes.  Everyone from painters to PA’s, designers to department heads – these incredibly talented individuals are the heart of our show.  These are people with families to support who can’t afford to wait and see how things play out.  They are, like every one of you, a part of our extended Dark Matter family and I hate the thought of losing any of them.

CAST: They’re in much the same boat.  It’s unfair of us to ask them to wait indefinitely, let other opportunities pass them by, as things drag out.

SETS: We rent the stages which hold our various sets.  The longer they sit idle, the more money is lost and, sooner or later, a decision must be made. The costs of rebuilding would be prohibitive, so once those sets come down, that will in effect be it.

But, as I said, all is not lost.  Moving forward, I’m going to use this blog to keep you apprised of the fan campaigns to save the show and, specifically, the plans of what I will hitherto refer to as The Dark Committee, made up of fans like you who are spearheading these campaigns.  For instance…

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I already mentioned this one in yesterday’s blog entry, but here’s reminder that fandom will be gathering for a tweetstorm under the #TeamRaza hashtag this Friday.  Someone has suggested having a Dark Matter re-watch party where fans worldwide will rescreen Episode 1.  I’ll be there and I’m sure many of the cast will be there as well so, if you can make it, please join us.  If you can watch on Netflix, all the better!

And, finally, a daily update from the Dark Committee –

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Longstreet
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Longstreet

It does indeed sound promising that those executives have taken note – a step in the right direction. Let’s hope for everyone’s sake that it works out!

TheOtherOne
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TheOtherOne

Right on it, Sir! 😁👌

ceresis64
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ceresis64

It’s great to hear that our fan response is being heard and folks are taking notice. We’ll continue to do as much as we possibly can to get every one of our Raza Family all back together again. We are indeed #TeamRaza

Frank X Ortiz
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Frank X Ortiz

I sent an email and requested the show on the Netflix Request Page.

Thogar
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Thogar

I love “The Dark Committee”. It sounds so ominous, omnipotent, and all the other om-ish words out there!

sylvia
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sylvia

Yeah…like that too. Cool.

KathyC
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KathyC

I’ll take a glimmer!!! Woo hoo!!

Murat BEŞER
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Murat BEŞER

Hi, can’t we just raise funds by fans or something. This show has amazing crew cast and so many other things. I’m really happy to see man behind this show. Thanks.

JH
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JH

Please please please give a link to a donation page? Even if it only helps towards 1 episode its still better than 0 episodes

mevic1
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mevic1

That’s great news, keep it up peeps!

cudaker
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cudaker

NETFLIX: Check my commitment https://goo.gl/64u8JW
I’d Join Netflix just now and I Guaranted to stay till end of Season 5 of Dark Matter #SaveDarkMatter

Tam Dixon
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Tam Dixon

Oh, I didn’t think about everyone finding new jobs. Makes sense though. I’ll keep re-tweeting.

Terry
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Terry

Hitting Netflix hard. Used their request page and sent an email. Fingers crossed.

Francis Oneill
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Francis Oneill

Thanks for update. As a fan from Scotland I want to say thanks for all your hard work so as not leave people around the globe disappointed.
Personally I did not think another Sci fi would touch Stargate Atlantis but the crew of Raza had me at 1,2,3,4,5,6 and Android.
Why can’t the station see they have a hit and they will coin it in if they are fair.
I read somewhere Sci if will generally be 5 series”s roughly 12/13 episodes per series.
Is there no one in their office who should be pointing out that #DarkMatterDarkmatters has the potential to be fleshed out way beyond that?
I swear if the station does not see sense I will un-tune them from every device I have.
Love fae Scotland to all the other #DarkMatterDarkMatters fans.

Colleen Scott (@dr2red)
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Colleen Scott (@dr2red)

Thank you for the update. I will be posting #team Raza for all my Dark Matter tweets.

gforce
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gforce

Well, that’s encouraging! I hate to get my hopes up, it’s so easy to get disappointed, but what the heck!

I’m just getting home from my NH weekend (what crappy weather) so tomorrow, I’ll try to do my part in the campaign in earnest! I’m totally up for the Netflix mass-rewatch. I was thinking of bingeing it again soon anyway. I’ve already sent an email to the noted Netflix address and of course have been tweeting.

I love “The Dark Committee” too! Sounds like a group one would not want to screw around with.

Drea
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Drea

Hi Joe: I”ve been in email and phone discussions all weekend with various comic labels supporting the NewScience101 STEM & STEAM open access education network in social media to see if they want to take a shot at trying to finish the Dark Matter story in comic ( only if it doesn’t pan out trying to get it back on TV via a different network). Some conversations actually were fairly promising. All have been instructed to get in touch with Jay Firestone to discss legalities, costs if they can work out someway to offer DM a new home. Hope you are hanging in there and have now managed at least a little bit of sleep since the news. So good to see all the fans rallying and doing their part to save this wonderful story and its truly amazing cast and crew. As you know, I’ve always been one to try walking a mile in the other persons shoes, and dig a bit deeper to try to understand an action before passing any ‘final’ judgements on fellow human beings. Thus, although I too am guilty of initially having an emotionally impulsive reaction of white hot rage, declaring SYFY the villain here, I decided to consult with a couple pals who work at other U.S based Television networks. They told me, for U.S, ‘over all’ ratings are not necessarily what kills a show and that I should have a look at the live ratings ‘peaks and valleys’ from episode to episode, during a shows season run. If the show has ‘too many’ peaks and valleys in its live ratings, from episode to episode during a season (does not maintain a steady, or mostly gains, live viewership in its targeted demographic), it makes it much more difficult to sell to new advertisers. Having, now had a look at which episodes rated highest in the U.S live viewing for SYFy’s targeted 18-34 yr old demographic its becoming slightly more evident, Dark Matter was simply too artistic/ complex for most of them. Those younger U.S live viewers were not seeking ‘meatier’ arts n entertainment on their Friday nights. They just wanted to come home after an overly long day at work and experience an easy emotional escape from their stress without having to watch an episode 2-3 x just to understand what took place or notice what they missed. This DOES NOT MEAN the story wasn’t amazing or that spaceship based operas are a harder sell. In fact, —> Just the opposite. Dark Matter is an absolutely BEYOND BRILLIANT WORK OF ART! DM drew in a rather massive international arts crowd that were seeking genuine art n entertainment on television over the more basic distraction. Writers & other artists types absolutely loved it! As did I. (And will hopefully get the chance to continue loving it). Between your amazing sets & costumes this year and all the little twists n turns and such clever things as Shaw starting out as TWO’s creator/mother, then becoming… Read more »

Ponytail
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Ponytail

I too would subscribe to Netflix if they picked up Dark Matter. Netflix would be my new hero!

James
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James

What about a go fund me page to pay the rental for the studio space until a final decision is made?

DayLan Carlsted
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DayLan Carlsted

One of my favorite shows. Stupid execs! I hope it comes back!!!!

no1zoiepalmerfan
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no1zoiepalmerfan

I sent an email to pr@netflix.com and this is the email I got back from them “Thank you for your message. If this is press-related, we do our best to respond to most media requests within a few hours. Please note: we do not monitor this inbox during weekends.

If your matter is regarding customer service, please refer to help.netflix.com for alternative contact information. We do not respond to customer service related issues through this email address.

If this is regarding a sponsorship request, someone will contact you if it’s of interest.

If you are submitting a film for consideration: unfortunately, we do not accept or review unsolicited materials or ideas. For that reason, we will not consider any materials or ideas we receive that were not specifically requested by Netflix or submitted via an aggregator or established agent through the appropriate channels.

Thank you,
Netflix PR Team”.
Apparently it’s only monitored for press-related inquiries.

Jimmy Shelton
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Jimmy Shelton

So disappointed to hear DM is being canceled!! It is one of my most favorite shows! I urge the decision makers to reconsider. Please don’t cancel!!!

Latasha Rooks
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Latasha Rooks

I luv dark matter. Any network please pick it up.

dillon shane
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dillon shane

i love dark matter netflix please please please save this great show thanks

Robert mcdonald
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Robert mcdonald

Even here in Australia there are many Dark Matter fans who have been saddened by the cancellation of this show, many of our SYFY programs are just crap but Dark Matter is certainly not one of those

Shana
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Shana

email off to Netflix and filled out the form. Keep those suggestion coming on how the Dark Matter Family can help.