Studios USA Buries Cleopatra

The fantasy sci-fi weekly series “Cleopatra 2525” will not return next season, the show’s producer and distributor, Studios USA, announced Wednesday.

In a statment, Studios USA officials cited the current tough market conditions for first-run weekly dramas in syndication as their reason for terminating the series, which debuted midway through the 1999-2000 season.

The story of an exotic dancer unfrozen into the future, “Cleopatra” has scored well below a 2.0 national household rating this season.

The decision to stop producing the show, which was filmed in Australia, follows Studios USA’s announcement last fall that it would stop producing the still-popular action hour “Xena: Warrior Princess.”

With the “Xena” and “Cleopatra” both signing off, Studios USA will no longer produce a first-run weekly drama that airs only in syndication. The company’s “Inivisible Man” airs on both cable (Sci-Fi Channel) and on broadcast stations.