FlashForward' finale: Did advance planning do more harm than good for show?

When ABC first launched FlashForward, the network and producers boasted of having a five-season story arc for the drama about life after an international black-out. Apparently, the plan laid out by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) and Brannon Braga (24) was so compelling, it ignited a network bidding war among the nets before ABC snatched the project. 'These high-concept shows can be fantastic, but there are a lot of pitfalls, ' ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson told EW back in September. 'The fact that they had done their homework made all the difference.'

Did it? Tonight, ABC will air the drama's 22nd and final episode of FlashForward, because the network decided against ordering a second season. After a respectable debut last fall - it averaged 12.5 million viewers - ratings plummeted throughout the season. (It didn't help that the show, like V, went on hiatus over the winter.) Part one of the FlashForward finale on May 20 only averaged 5.3 million - down 28 percent from its season average (7.4 million), so it's not likely that tonight's Part 2 will do any better. Suddenly, all that talk about a five-year plan didn't mean a thing if no one showed up to watch.

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May 28, 2010 2:30AM EDT

Ah man, if Flash Forward stops, that will be terrible, it slowed down a little mid-season, yeah, but really picked up, intrigue, action, drama, everything!! and I am anxious to now see the second season!!!!

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May 28, 2010 8:13AM EDT

Flash Forward died because ABC put it on mid-season hiatus. People forget and lose interest. Want to end world terrorism? Make a TV show about it and put it on ABC.

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May 29, 2010 4:13AM EDT

@cyborgdale - SOOO funny and true

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