ABC Cuts V, FlashForward Orders; Are They in Trouble? - Featured

While both V (Reimagined Series) and FlashForward premiered strongly on ABC - so much so that both appeared like the net's next big hit - since their initial strong debuts, both shows have been shedding viewers. FlashForward in particular has been sinking to new lows with each successive outing. The show also took an unexpected production hiatus back in November.



Now FlashForward is benched until March 4th (a somewhat unexpected, lengthy hiatus) and V is on hiatus until March 30th.


Furthermore, ABC has announced that they are cutting the episode orders for both shows.


Does this mean that both of ABC's potential new hits are now potentially in trouble?


Don't get too concerned just yet. The episode orders for both series have only been cut by one. Furthermore, ABC insists they are only withholding FlashForward until March so that they can air the remaining episodes straight through without reruns. V was expected to have a lengthy hiatus all along.


However, should both shows survive to see a second season, the ratings are definitely going to have to show some improvement come March.


Lately, I've been thinking that perhaps both shows would be better off as limited-run, single-season series anyway. I question the sustainability of both shows' plotlines. What do you think? Are you still even watching?

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Dec 9, 2009 4:42PM EST

I completely agree, both shows should be single season or minis series type shows. I think part of the issue is not that many people want to commit to another show which they have to watch every week to keep up with whats going on. I think single season and mini series should be where TV should be going since it allows you to be able to tell great stories without the need to condense like you would have to for a major motion picture.

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Dec 9, 2009 6:03PM EST

-Flash Forward should end once they get to the date the flash forward was of.. April 29th or whatever the day was.
-V should end once after this season... otherwise it could be like Prison Break where it just gets really dragged out and bad after the first season.

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Dec 9, 2009 6:26PM EST

I think that V would probably be OK until a second season. I hate comparing it to Battlestar Galactica, but it has a similar (if less shocking and nauseating) intensity level, and drawing it out too long would be bad. Carefully planning a plot-line to carry the show through to a logical and thorough conclusion would be best, and that sort of thing would be totally feasible in two seasons. I don't think that it would be possible to do it in one season at this point, unless they converted those 12 episodes into 2-hour deals. However, I'd hate to have it cut off with out any sort of real conclusion, or a conclusion that lasts only an episode or two and makes no sense (don't you hate those sudden two-part series finales? They're dumb!), so maybe planning a single-season run would be good and then they could draw it out with filler episodes if they get renewed. It looks like ABC plans to keep V running, so I'm still hopeful. I can't get enough of the shows powerful acting!

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Dec 10, 2009 12:01AM EST

I'm probably biased because I feel that most programming works better with an end date in mind, specifically plot driven action/adventure/dramas like V and FlashForward.
I'm not familiar with the original V mini-series, but I'm assuming there have been significant changes made in order to produce the re-imagining as a continued series. I think if there is an end date in mind, and a good solid plan of what they want to happen between here and then, the show could run a good two or three seasons depending on the number of episodes, and how good the ideas actually are.
As for FlashForward, giving yourself an end date within the plot is pretty limiting. The flash forward date passes... and then what? I wish that the show had been more dynamic right off the bat, I feel like we were given the good stuff just in time for the season break.

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Dec 10, 2009 12:39AM EST

Yeah I agree as well, both shows plots sustain only for one 24ep season without jumping the shark, especially FlashForward.

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Dec 10, 2009 2:55AM EST

Absolutely on the money. Both shows would definitely have been a much more attractive proposition if they were billed as single-season / mini-series shows, attracting even more viewers and interest.

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Dec 10, 2009 10:24AM EST

This does not surprise me, this is typical ABC (well and most networks now ie FOX) because they go on about ratings are dropping... well maybe they need to get with times and realise that most people watch online now where ratings aren't counted they can just be somewhat guessed at because of sites like this having many links up for the shows. Also they need to internationally broadcast at the same time, i don't mean excattly but they can show the episode on the next the day (which is what they are doing in australia i think we are only a couple of days behind the show [flashforward]) but yeah its starting to piss me off the amount of good shows that are being cancelled these days after 1or 2 seasons (if lucky) dollhouse, TSCC, Kyle XY all the different shows to CSI Law and order, but these are only my opinon i guess but look yeah CSI was great then it was like a cash cow and has been milked till it was bleeding.
Anyway i Believe the time has come that TV's need to be able to hook up to the net and be more of a demand service like oh i'll flick to ABC channel oh whats that glee came out 2 days ago click i'll watch that now! because that is something that seems more appealing to be able to watch something when YOU want!
Cause lets be honest FOX killed dollhouse by putting it on a Friday i mean come on people are social these days and who is home on a friday night? i mean i work late Fridays nights and go and have a beer with workmates and get home around 1230 1am (i know this is not either of the above programs but its an example of stupid marketing.... followed by a why?

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Dec 11, 2009 3:51AM EST

stopped watching v after episode 1 i never liked the original and this is no better i think flash-forward is hard for ppl to follow so i expect that to maybe run for one season then that will be it and over here in the uk it was down to 1.98 m so a big loss here as well

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Dec 14, 2009 5:55PM EST

i dont see either plot lines dragging on for series upon series.V - if it does will become a very treky kind of show and that's just way too boring to watch now.. plus there's only so many times they can stop a resistance and blah blah blah..
with Flash forward, it'll be absolutely amazing if they stopped it after the first season, or a second.. but if they intend on keeping it going it'll loose audience and the plot will become very watered down.
Make them both a single series show and end it properly..

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