It’s absolutely not a shocker that “FlashForward” has been canceled by ABC. Viewers finally began to lose patience on the show that was teased and promoted as a “Lost” type drama. “FlashForward” didn’t fall anywhere close to the appeal of it’s fellow ABC hit show. Viewers will still wonder why FlashForward was canceled once the news hits today. There are some obvious reasons I believe the show was cut from the ABC roster.
The mystery of FlashForward surrounded an event that occurred in the opening episode of the show. Millions of viewers tuned in to see what happened when the world apparently stopped for a short time. The promotions of FlashForward did little to help the show sustain a long and meaningful existence. FlashForward was built up to be as intriguing as “Lost”. The problem is the plot on FlashForward never seemed to develop like “Lost”.
Viewers, like me, were probably scrambling and hoping for some closure on a big reveal to see what happened during the mysterious blackout. Viewers began to drop off as the big reveal never really happened. The talk of birds probably didn’t help much either. The bottom line is FlashForward was cancelled because the mystery took too long to evolve. It is true that a show like FlashForward can never truly reveal everything until the end or the show will have no controversy to write around. That’s why the premise is always a calculated risk. Will the viewers stick around to watch a show that doesn’t truly provide an answer as to what is going on? How patient are viewers? Apparently FlashForward viewers were running very thin on patience in a short period of time.
I consider myself an average viewer and I quit watching FlashForward when answers just didn’t provide enough to keep me around. It was taking way too long for everything to unfold and you kind of lose interest in the characters. My wife and I had a long list of FlashForwards on the DVR and we kind of dreaded sitting through another 60 minute episode without seeing any major developments. Instead of finally catching up, we decided to erase those episodes instead of enduring the little reward we would get for a huge investment of time.
We, apparently like many other Americans, quit watching FlashForward well before ABC got the message and cancelled the show.
Should FlashForward have ever been teased as being similar to “Lost”? “Lost” was one of those rare shows that had enough energy and character to stick around without ever having to provide it’s audience with a big reveal. The problems with shows that keep certain assets a mystery is that viewers eventually get impatient. “Lost” somehow managed to give away just enough to keep viewers around for the long term. Although “Lost” did have it’s lulls and somehow managed to survive. Viewers still wanted to see what Jack and Kate were going to end up like. The intrigue and character development helped make viewers feel attached enough to stick around for the long haul. I can’t name many of the scrambled up characters on “FlashForward”. So probably blame the writers and directors for not expediting the process of FlashForward or developing interesting characters.
FlashForward being canceled was a foregone conclusion weeks ago. The show just wasn’t cutting it and rumors of its demise probably didn’t help either. Viewers don’t want to invest their time into a show like “FlashForward” if it’s going to be cancelled eventually anyway.