Cancellation Buzz: How Doomed are FlashForward and Caprica? - Featured

From io9:


Two freshman TV shows are showing severe danger signs. ABC shortened FlashForward's first season by one episode, as the drama named three new showrunners. Meanwhile, Caprica's third episode got just 1.13 million viewers, less than Swamp Loggers.



Now that David S. Goyer has left FlashForward just a few months after taking over as the sole showrunner, the show has named three replacements: Goyer's wife and past collaborator, Jessika Borsiczky, Lisa Zwerling, who worked on ER, and former Law & Order/CSI producer Timothy J. Lea. The trio may be able to re-energize the struggling show, but the network's decision to reduce its order for the first season from 23 episodes to 22 can't be seen as a vote of confidence. (The season's original length was 24 episodes, but the network upped its order to 25 installments, then changed its mind and went back to 24 episodes. And then 23. And now 22. The network also put FlashForward on hiatus in November, to "boost the writing.")


As for Caprica, its slide is looking pretty perilous - from 1.6 million viewers for the pilot to 1.4 million for the second episode, to 1.1 million for its third outing. That's a pretty steep slide, and the numbers are careening into Flash Gordon territory. As TVByTheNumbers was keen to point out, Caprica was beaten by the Discovery Channel's Swamp Loggers.


So what's the prognosis? Both shows will probably finish out their first seasons, and Syfy seems to have a lot of confidence in Caprica, which could well generate some healthy DVD sales. But if you could flash forward six months into the future, it's not looking too likely that you'd see either show prepping a second season.


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Feb 12, 2010 10:18AM EST

After BSG, there was just to much anticipation regarding caprica. Caprica becoming a BSG-90210, didn't help the fan-community at all.
I think, that what those tv-guys don't get is, that if there is a series that is NOT like all the others, there are people watching it because of that and if you shift the whole series to something exactly the same as any other teenie-shit-series, those who watched it before, will stop watching but those who didn't have no reason to start now.
SG-U is going to have the same fate if they don't change soon.
Flash forward, in my opinion, is another story. They just have huge problems with their airing-frequency. A series like that doesn't survive weeks and month of not airing. Especially now, where all our favorite characters are back on lost again.

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Feb 13, 2010 11:20AM EST

maybe those TV execs in hollywood are just too high on coke to think clearly ever. Time and again they just want short term gains without any longer development. They interfere with the writers, swap them around. Even the producers take too much credit. There's rarely a chance for the writers to develop a decent story arc. Look at the few shining examples, like the Wire or BSG before the last season and especially before its last few totally incongruous and sappy last episodes. They totally f-cked with Dollhouse. That's Fox, of course, but I don't see much different with Sci-Fi-- oh, excuse me-- "SyFy".... I mean seriously, only some coke-head Tv exec would think that solves anything... So whatever they're doing to Caprica, it's only a matter of time before it all crashes. If they just let series develop without worrying about numbers all the time, they'd probably save more money in the long run because they wouldn't constantly be funding totally new startups and then letting them fail. What a waste. Maybe the economic collapse will be a good thing when all these idiots are out of work.

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