It seems third time's the charm. The new NBC shows bears only a glancing resemblance to previous iterations, but garnered both critical acclaim and good ratings. Now's your time to catch up on everything you missed in it's premiere season, as 'Parenthood' heads into season 2.
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A fan posted on the Save FlashForward! Facebook fanpage that they were told by a Starz's representative that the network is aggressively looking into picking up the series.
To prove their dedication to the series, 'FlashForward' fans have staged blackouts in front of ABC offices.
The series starred Joseph Fiennes (right) as an FBI agent looking into the cause of a worldwide blackout that showed citizens a glimpse into their future.
While last week, it was all about our various cast members putting themselves into situations that would seem to make it impossible for them to be in place for their flashforwards at 10PM PT, this week was an exploration of just how much you can alter what fate has foretold for you.
Mark found out when the next blackout would occur, which was one of the better surprises on the night. It did, however, set up one of the most implausible situations of the entire series so far. But, it also got the sci-fi fanboy in me excited about what could have been. Meanwhile, 'FlashForward' gets to go down in television history as another genre network series that didn't come close to a proper finish.
This week we discuss various spoilers recently released for the series finale of ABC's 'FlashForward'.
Spoilers for the series have not poured throughout the season but some were released, including for what is now billed as the series finale. Too bad the shows Powers That Be weren't told well enough in advance of the cancellation as it will more than likely mean a few cliffhangers and some unanswered questions.
When 'FlashForward' began, the showrunners talked about how there was a plan for the day after April 29, 2010, and that we would see what comes next. Now, I'm not so sure. For the characters, I'd imagine "FlashForward Day," as April 29 has come to be called, would feel like the longest day of their lives, as they careen toward the time of their visions: 10 PM PT.
Looks like it's going to be that way for us, too. Tonight's episode began at three in the morning on April 29, and we worked our way through the day, checking in with all the major plotlines throughout the season, but we're not at 10 PM PT yet. While fate may be moving to bring those visions to fruition, it doesn't seem like all of them will happen.
'FlashForward' was canceled because ABC wasn't satisfied with the ratings, obviously. But that's not the whole story. When a series premieres at 12.5 million viewers and plummets to seven million within the first ten episodes, there's something else going on. Now, it's ranking consistently below five million for its final few episodes.
The bottom line is that the creators failed to deliver on the promise of the premise. People were intrigued by the idea of 'FlashForward.' The pilot tested well and, by early buzz, it looked like ABC may have found their "replacement" for 'Lost.' But while 'Lost' got more and more complex and intense as it went along, 'FlashForward' quickly went off the rails.
The scripts were out for retooling even before the show premiered, and it was ultimately yanked from the schedule in December 2009 for a more dramatic overhaul. In the end, they never quite got it right. So what went so wrong?
Turns out, the eve of the biggest day in the history of the modern era was a bit of a bore. The episode was all preamble and set-up for events to come on April 29, but that made for a rather dull episode. Simon Campos had the most interesting night, and that's mainly because he got to score with Annabeth Gish, just before she turned him in.
But it wasn't all good news. According to the Ausiello Files, ABC also pulled the plug on four series, including 'Scrubs,' confirming a Facebook message that star Zach Braff posted in March. 'Scrubs' ends after 9 seasons on the air, seven of which were spent on NBC.
Also getting the boot tonight: the Alyssa Milano comedy 'Romantically Challenged,' which got off to a sluggish start after its premiere in April and never really seemed to catch on, despite airing after ratings juggernaut 'Dancing With the Stars.'
(UPDATE: According to Milano's Twitter, ABC hasn't made an official decision on 'Challenged''s fate.)
These shows pretty much fall into two categories: shows that have already been on a while and probably shouldn't see another season, and shows that haven't been around long but don't get the audience or darn it just aren't good enough to be renewed.
He chose a pretty important episode to do so, in that it touched on elements leading all the way back to the beginning of the series. There was a pretty extensive use of flashbacks, to make sure we were keeping things straight. They even did flashbacks of events that had just happened earlier in the episode. It worked, surprisingly enough, in keeping things moving forward.
Other than the escapades of Aaron the mercenary, we got a lot of progress in putting the pieces together. Simon's character got perhaps even more complex, and even Al Gough's valiant sacrifice came back into play. Can you cheat the destiny ahead of you, or will fate find a way of meeting you anyway. When did this turn into 'Final Destination'?
For the networks, the month of May means just one thing: Sweeps -- the time of year where the Big 4.5 networks pull out all the stops to end their seasons with high ratings and, hopefully, increased ad revenue.
For ABC, this is a particularly important Sweeps period. Not only are a number of renewed freshman and sophomore series ending in the next few weeks, but the network's flagship program -- 'Lost' -- is completing its long and complicated run. Needless to say, they've packed the schedule with guest-stars, trips to exotic locales, and a return of 'The Bachleorette.'
As mentioned, the series finale of 'Lost' is big doings. On Sunday, May 23rd, the network will air a two-hour 'Lost Recap Special' starting at 7:00 p.m. followed by the last episode at 9:00 p.m.. To the cap the night off, Jimmy Kimmel will interview the creators and cast of 'Lost' on a special Sunday edition of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'
More highlights can be found after the jump. Be warned: minor spoilers ahead.
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