because Syfy really hates sci-fi, and its viewers

Okay, I’m a dork: I know this. But I’m typically out most nights of the week at screenings, and I really look forward to vegging on the sofa on Friday nights. Of late, this has involved some Syfy original programming: Caprica, Eureka, Stargate Universe, etc.

This will soon end (via the L.A. Times blog Company Town):

Syfy Channel has pinned a deal for “Smackdown.”

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc’s “Smackdown,” which for years was a mainstay on the UPN and CW networks before moving to News Corp.’s My Network TV, is now headed to NBC Universal’s Syfy Channel, people close to the situation said.

Although “Smackdown” is more than 10 years old, it still does very well with men, particularly the 18-34 demographic, and generally averages about 3.5 million viewers overall. “Smackdown” will continue to air on Friday nights when it moves to Syfy later this year, most likely in either late September or early October.

(emphasis mine)
More details from Airlock Alpha:

So Syfy, in picking up the show from its previous home on MyNetworkTV, keeps its commitment to having wrestling on a channel that’s supposed to be about science-fiction, but now has to find a new home for its Friday original programming.

The new home? Tuesdays.

That’s right, beginning in October, shows like “Caprica,” “Stargate: Universe” and “Sanctuary” will no longer be found competing against the junk that makes up Friday network programming. Instead, these shows will have to go against the “NCIS” and “Grey’s Anatomy” of the world.

Perhaps Syfy should consider yet another name-change: maybe “Unsyfy”?

I can pretty much guarantee to Syfy that I won’t be watching their original programming on Tuesday nights: I’ll still be watching it, on my DVR, on Friday night.

This has been your WTF Thought for the Day.

(Thanks to Ken for alerting me to this atrocity.)

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