UPDATE: Syfy’s programming chief Mark Stern issued the following statement: “Bruce Miller and Jaime Paglia have brought a creative vitality to Eureka that has kept it fresh and inventive.  Although we do not have a commitment beyond six episodes for the sixth season, we are hopeful that this will not be the end of the franchise.” Note that the statement doesn’t say “the end of the series”. We will see…

EXCLUSIVE: SyFy’s Eureka will be coming to an end. I’ve learned that the cable network is close to ordering six more episodes, which will mark the end of the sci-fi series starring Collin Ferguson and Salli Richardson-Whitfield. SyFy is currently airing Season 4.5 of Eureka, while the show is filming the 13 episodes from Season 5. I hear filming is expected to wrap as planned at the end of the month, with the cast and crew coming back in October to shoot the final six episodes. Created by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia and produced by Universal Cable Prods, Eureka is set in the fictional town of Eureka, Ore., inhabited almost entirely by geniuses and scientists. The current Season 4.5 premiered last month with 2 million total viewers, 893,000 of them in the adults 18-49 category. As we reported earlier this week, SyFy also is poised to renew Warehouse 13.