ABC’s The Forgotten follows (or should I say followed) a group of Chicago volunteers who give names to John and Jane Does. With Christian Slater, looking quite tortured and sexy once again, leading the cast, many viewers were disappointed to turn on their televisions Tuesday nights to wonder what happened.
And then I check my DVR and notice descriptions of two episodes I must have missed during the original air dates to discover I don’t recognize either one. Without paying attention I begin to watch and am excited to see both are new episodes. And then I discover this was what ABC is providing as a series finale. What?
I was lucky enough to be bored one Tuesday night and stumble upon the show, enjoy it, and add it to my DVR recording list. Thank you DVR for catching the series finale. Otherwise I never would have known I had missed it. However, it didn’t feel like a finale. Spoiler Alert: I’m going to spoil it in the next sentence if you didn’t catch it. Fans were left with Christian Slater and Michelle Borth’s characters finally smooching. How do you simply end a series with so many unanswered questions?
I’d place money that there are already some takers remembering TheForgotten and Saturday’s two-hour/two-episode finale was a way to seal the deal. One final rating’s check (over a holiday weekend? Who was watching tv at all? Actually, 3.27 million people tuned in for the finale!), a little bit of sexual tension, and simply an unfinished feeling lead me to believe we haven’t seen the last of this lovable cast. Not only that, but I also noticed two different sites claiming to have full episodes of the entire series, had “unavailable at this time” or “loading images” messages. Please let me know if it’s just my computer! And to make me even more curious, ABC’s website seems to have already forgotten The Forgotten. The only trace the show ever existed is an appearance by Christian Slater and Michelle Borth on Dancing with the Stars and Slater’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! interview (both of which are ABC shows…)
Did anyone hear any promos for the Saturday night shows? I don’t watch ABC, and now I won’t because I’m so irritated with them. I’m wondering if another network will pick it up. Please, any network, cable networks? I’ll still watch ABC Family! I’ll even watch Greekif it airs right afterward!
Jerry Bruckheimer, the executive producer of CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation plus spin-offs and Amazing Race, does quality television. It’s unfortunate the public isn’t into quality. Nope! We’d rather watch people choose who to marry out of a group of network-approved, hot-on-camera, and oh-so-catty girls.
I, for one, think The Forgotten deserves a little more credit, if only for the fact that each episode includes a public service announcement. Reminiscent of another Jerry Bruckheimer production/CBS show (Without a Trace), whichflashed a real missing person during each episode. For The Forgotten, viewers are informed of the US Department of Justice’s National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (Namus).
I guess we’ll have to wait and see if The Forgotten’s message will pick up where it left in the upcoming tv seasons.
Official Site of the ABC Network. (2010) Retrieved July 8, 2010, from http://abc.go.com
TV Ratings Summary: The Forgotten tops Three Rivers in Dead Show Series Finale Battle. (2007-2010). Retrieved on July 8, 2010, from http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/07/04/tv-ratings-saturday-the-forgotten-tops-three-rivers-in-dead-show-series-finale-battle/56083