Whether you loved FlashForward or hated it, it seems that not enough of you watched it to justify a second series of the pre-cognitive sci-fi series. ABC have announced the cancellation of the series.
Which leads to the inevitable “bet they didn’t see that one coming”!
Remember when FlashForward first hit our screens? It was going to be the most exciting thing to hit our TV screens. Hell, it was the new Lost, if the marketing machine was to be believed!
A thrilling pilot episode set out the major event behind the series: a global event causes everyone in the entire world to lose consciousness and have a two and a bit minute long vision of their future. An ensemble cast and the requisite FBI investigation into the cause of the events should have ensured that the series remained interesting and fresh.
Speculating on the factors that led to FlashForward being cancelled, the MTV Movies blog cites the ridiculous gap when the series went on hiatus:
Then there’s the scheduling. As I wrote in last night’s recap, the massive break from December to March completely derailed the real time component, one of the most alluring aspects of “FlashForward.” We’re right on the cusp of the dreaded April 29 date on the series, but we’re well into May in reality. No, there was never really any risk to the home viewer, but we survived the day of the flash-forward nonetheless. A big chunk of the drama is gone.
Only the network can answer to that one, but it may have been that one sloppy decision that killed the drama of the show. I know that when it resumed, not only did I miss a few episodes, but I could barely piece together what had happened all those months ago. Not good. Not for the type of show people need to become invested in.
What was interesting about FlashForward – anecdotal evidence follows – is that a lot of our friends who aren’t normally fans of Sci-Fi tuned in to FlashForward. Many of them trusted the producers that the twists and turns of the series would work themselves out eventually, even as the plots became more dense, bizarre and seemingly contradictory.
It’s thought that the finale of the first (and now only) series is already wrapped, so it’ll be interesting to see if the series ending will be a cliffhanger or if it’ll attempt to wrap up the story. It’ll also be interesting to see how many people care how it ends.
Are you going to miss [[FlashForward (TV Series)|FlashForward]], or are you already looking forward to what replaces it?