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BubbleWatch: ABC's 'FlashForward'
IN ITS FAVOR: ABC's Great Dramatic Hope of the fall has a fine ensemble cast and it has displayed some signs of minor creative improvements since its hiatus and showrunner overhaul. "FlashForward" has also apparently been performing better overseas and in this marketplace, that's sure to earn the series at least minor consideration. The fanbase, such as it is, is engaged and could rally in the event of a strong finale.
AGAINST IT: Two weeks ago, "FlashForward" lost to "The Vampire Diaries" in the 18-49 demographic. If you're losing to The CW, you're probably not coming back. After premiering to very good ratings last fall, "FlashForward" has dropped with almost every week and even factoring in DVR numbers, there's no way to spin the show's ratings as anything other than dismal. In addition, after premiering to respectful reviews, "FlashForward" picked the wrong time to go off the rails (immediately after the premiere) and the wrong time to slightly recover (after nobody cared anymore), so critical cheerleading is doubtful. Also, with a cast of regulars this big, "FlashForward" can't be cheap. Another consideration is that departed showrunner David Goyer admitted that the show burnt through two seasons worth of storylines already, so we'll see what gets pitched to ABC instead.
OUR TOTALLY UNINFORMED GUESS: Unless "FlashForward" is proving even more lucrative internationally than originally reported, the show is unlikely to continue. If ABC's going to bring back one of its exhaustively promoted serialized genre semi-duds, it'll probably be "V," which had less of a chance to prove itself.