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'FlashForward' Gets New Showrunners

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 11th 2010 1:01PM
There are many ways to tell if there's something wrong with a show. Ratings drop, a big star leaves the show, baby is added to get attention, etc, etc. Another way to tell something isn't right is if the show (particularly a new one) goes through showrunners like, well, like I go through Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Take 'FlashForward'. First showrunner Mark Guggenheim left the production and earlier this week David Goyer left. Now comes word that Goyer has been replaced.

TheWrap.com reports that Goyer has been replaced with three people: Lisa Zwerling, Jessika Borsiczky, and Tim Lea will be in charge of the show. But who knows if this show will see a second season. They've made some mistakes creatively, ABC has cut the episode order a bit, and it just seems like one of those shows whose mystery can be wrapped up in one season (the big event happens to coincide with the season finale, which could work out well).

[Catch up on 'FlashForward' at SlashControl before the show returns on March 18.]

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I watched every episode of Flashforward and it seemed to get worse as the season went on. I still think it has potential though. I just hope they don't cancel V, which is a much more interesting show. Plus it has hot chicks and Juliet from lost.

February 12 2010 at 4:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Everyone is quick to rag on NBC and I don't mind that. I only watch one show there, but ABC has been killing shows for years. Murder One,Life On Mars,Eli Stone, Karen Sisco, The great "Vengeance Unlimited" with Michael Madsen, and remember they tried hard to kill Alias. That show had 4 different regular nights and 6 different start times. Now I'm going to lose Flash Forward and the Forgotten. With the prevalence of movies on the net for free I really don't have to risk "investing" my time on any of it. Oh yeah, I'm in the VERY IMPORTANT advertiser demographic too.

February 12 2010 at 4:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"It would be lovely if the author explained what a SHOWRUNNER IS."

Well, it's a compound word made up of smaller words. Try looking at those smaller words very closely, and I bet you'll get a clue as to what "showrunner" means.

February 12 2010 at 3:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lady Me

It is too bad because the premise of this show and the possibilities were quite good. Much thought seems to have gone in to what would happen to people-- their minds, their futures, their relationships...based on a mere glimpse of the future...but too much time was devoted to rehashing one plot point and not enough to developing the others. I do hope they get the train back on track and save this one.

February 12 2010 at 2:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A "Show Runner" is the person that well... runs the show. The do everything from writing, budgeting, casting, etc. They are the brains and well it the brain is dead, so is the body (cast). makes or breaks a show.

February 12 2010 at 1:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A showrunner means you're not actually showing the whole program,series or event,whatever it may be,but you're only testing it out to see how many people will follow your lead

February 12 2010 at 12:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barry A Clarke

To bad ABC botched the show so bad. They must have hired some of the NBC folks that got fired..........

February 12 2010 at 12:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

IMO, the way in which stations run televison seasons is weird. Television seasons used to run from September to May (or around there), re-runs in the summer, and usually a short 1 or 2 week break during the Christmas holiday. Now, it seems, that they run a few months, take a long hiatus during the winter months, and come back in the spring for a few episodes. I lose interest waiting for the show to come back on. Especially when the hiatus is MONTHS, not just a few weeks.

February 11 2010 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It would be lovely if the author explained what a SHOWRUNNER IS.

February 11 2010 at 10:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What the heck is a showrunner?

February 11 2010 at 9:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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