Is ABC’s ‘V’ In Trouble?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:42 am,

v logo 00 Is ABCs V In Trouble?

ABC’s ‘V‘ is slated for a November 3rd premiere and for curious fans of the original series, it can’t be soon enough to see what ABC has done to it in this latest incarnation.

Yet you may wish to temper your complete enthusiasm for the first season of ‘V‘ because ABC is (as they put it) splitting up the season.

Yes, you read that right.  ABC is splitting up the season.  They’re going to run the first 4 episodes in November, leaving the 4th episode as a sort of cliffhanger. This will then set the stage for a mid-season return.


It’s all rather confounding.  Apparently there’s been a flurry of speculation that the series is having problems of one fashion or another.

The production shut down of ‘V’ that took place in late August is helping fuel lots of rumors.  The rumors are ranging from the series is dead to what has been filmed will be aired as a mini-series.

Yet ABC and Warner Bros. TV says episode 4 is getting ready to be filmed (mid-October) and then they will go on a holiday hiatus.

Huh?  Did they just say, “No, it’s not in trouble, but we’re going to take a holiday break months ahead of schedule.”?

Any good corporate entity has to put on the smiley face.  And I find it odd that this comes on the tail end of a WGA mediation that ruled that ‘V‘ is a remake, and as such, has to credit the original series creator, Kenneth Johnson.

If I were a conspiracy fan, I’d think someone high up in the production of this new series has issues with Johnson getting any credit, judging from the timing.  But there is absolutely nothing indicating that.  I’m just saying.  It’s like earthquakes and super early morning quakes.  It’s all just coincidental.

So hang tight gang and be patient.  That’s all we can do until they resolve their issues with V.

Your thoughts?

Source:  THR

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  1. The depiction of the reality of “V” is disturbing to some in power. That’s all I’m saying.

  2. I’m confused Haven’t the networks been doing this for years? Its routine doesn’t look any different only a little more radical is all. What ever happened to a season being 26 episodes or back in 1957 30 or 40? Nothing is what it use to be.

  3. Maybe there are political reasons why ABC is trying to kill V?? *looks around in suspicion* lol

  4. Based on the trailer it’s one of the best new (remade) shows this year (Day One and The Deep End still to come). Is this due to the writer’s strike? Like ScreenRant predicted would happen to the summer movies of ’09, is it happening to the TV shows as well?

  5. It seems so strange causefrom theit to make preview I’ve seen it actually looks good. So in reading all this it makes me wonder if they want it to make it.

  6. I’m sure it all comes down to “greed” on way or the other

  7. @Longshanks

    That’s my thing – I am poor enough at following TV shows on a normal schedule, but when they split it up in odd ways it’s just too much effort on my part.

    Maybe it would have been better for them to just make an updated miniseries of that property, and be done with it.

  8. @ skippy

    Or just wait until after the new year to air the whole thing in one run,instead of splitting them up,just like they eventually did with Lost.

  9. I honestly think it is because of American Idol. I have noticed that with other shows the last few years. Their ratings are phenomenal (though I can’t stand that stupid show).

  10. It is very unlikely the new V has been canceled at least on ABC’s end at this point in time. It hasn’t aired yet; nobody can say it’s a ratings issue. ABC is still hyping for November- and I’ll even go on a limb and say it’s a sneak at the rest of the V season in early 2010. I don’t see that as a sign of trouble.

    The network also has in the fall lineup a few shows that may be some interest to genre fans: a series with Rebecca Romijn based upon The Witches of Eastwick</strong in both novel and film; Flash Forward.

    So, it’s not nothing to do with hate over sci-fi/fantasy concepts in new shows. It can be for overcrowding…. But the truth is that ABC is planning to air ‘V’ like the cable networks- like a split up’ season’ (sort of like Burn Notice on USA or how Battlestar was on SciFi/SyFy) and there’s one detail you left out, Bruce: ABC will heavily promote the series during the Winter Olympics because that will be the March slot.

    As to the current slot, once Dancing w/ Stars winds down, it’ll make room for Boston Legal and Lost.

  11. Here in the UK ‘V’ is advertised as the pilot being shown next month and the series to start in November. My guess is that UK Broadcasters will show the pilot, but now wait until the shows first season is in the bag before showing. We never, to my knowledge have split a series.
    I have just watched the trailer, and boy it looks pretty good to me. As a fan of the 80s ‘V’ I am hoping that all the problems are resolved quickly and we get a great new show..

  12. I’m with Tweeb on this one.

    Darren: I left it out because I’m not holding my breath until I see it.

  13. I’m going to do the same thing I do with all new series… I Tivo them and after I have about 4 episodes I check the blogs to see if they are in danger of getting cancelled. If they are I delete them. I Tivo’s 5 “Unusuals” last year and deleted them all without ever watching them. On second thought, with the season having a three month gap after only 4 episodes I may just wait for the season 1 dvd at Blockbuster.

  14. I am from the old school of V, and own the complete DVD collection. Last night episode was so bad that I will not be watching again. The story started out loosely following the story then, then turned it in to a hybrid of Sleeper Cell and Battlestar Galactic with elements of Numbers. For prime time I cant believe that cancelled shows like Moonlight, the Unit and 4400, for this over CGI’ed show if they had kept to the original script,with the latest Special Effects
    it could have been a fantastic show, instead of another over rated over price “B” rated SI-FI.

  15. SI-FI Watcher says: “another over rated over price “B” rated SI-FI.”

    Guess I made the right choice in passing on this one.

  16. ABC pulled the same thing with firefly back in 2003/04, and that was an amazing show. I think that V definitely has that same thing coming for it, though i hope not, i watched the pilot and it looks great

  17. As an avid fan of the 80s series, i have to say im actually loving the new V. I really hope they keep it going and all of you “know it alls” just leave it to the networks to resolve whatever is going on and give a +1 vote to keep it going

  18. V is getting decent ratings only because everybody is hungry for a good show. American Idol is tired and I quit watching. Personally I am not interested in any other show currently on schedule. Come on LOST!