Production On ‘FlashForward’ Halted

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As the weeks pass and news continues to roll in about the ABC drama, FlashForward, it becomes harder to imagine those 137 seconds seen by folks around the world from April 29th, 2010 coming to fruition. Today we can add more bad news to the ever-growing pile, as production on the freshman series has been shut down.

Fans need not worry, as this break in production is not permanent. “How not permanent” you ask? Well,  production is already scheduled to resume on Monday. Still, the question needs to be asked; what’s the reasoning behind the break, even if it is short?

If you listen to ABC, they’ll happily tell you that everything is going according to plan and that the production schedule was designed for such breaks.

“They started production early so that they could have the luxury to do this. They want to maintain the high quality of the show, and this gives the writers the opportunity to do so.”

While that sounds completely reasonable, could there be more to it? This news of a production hiatus comes only days after Flashforward received its lowest ratings of the season (even lower than we previously reported) and a little more than a month since Marc Guggenheim left the series.

It seems that production shut downs are becoming more common over at ABC, as FlashForward becomes the third series to be put on hiatus; Cougar Town halted production on Friday (also to resume prodution on Monday) and the crew of V are still on their month-long “holiday break.”

So, it comes down to you, the fans. What are the problems with FlashForward? I have to admit that I can’t really jump in on this conversation as numerous episodes of FlashForward have begun to accumulate on my DVR, but maybe the reason for that and what’s wrong with the show are one in the same.

I like the idea of FlashForward and am intrigued by the story, but my curiosity to know the end-game only goes so far. I find watching the show more work than entertainment. So, until I find myself sick, held up in bed looking for something to watch, I think it’s going to a while before I get to the collection of episodes I have built up.

Catch the last episode FlashForward (before its winter break) December 3 at 8PM on ABC

Source: The Ausiello Files

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  1. FlashForward is slow. So far there have been many episodes where they aren’t doing anything special other arguing about boring stuff. I don’t mind slow stuff, provided the writers know what they’re doing. What people want to see, is moving forward with the master plot. FF should have fewer episodes. 22 episodes are too much unless the writers know how to handle it. Look what happend to second season of T:SCC, most of the episodes sucked because they were doing nothing. Same with Lost, I’m a huge Lost fan, but I rank the second season lowest. But when Lost got shorter seasons, the pace and story became magnificent. FF should do the same.

  2. Gotta agree with Norveg. The first couple of episodes you felt you were moving along and starting to get an understanding of what’s going on along with the characters. Lately they’ve fallen flat for me by trying to delve into the personal stories and getting away from the mystery of why the black out occurred.

  3. I was looking forward to this show butnow I have given up on it.
    Like Msbaker said, its got to much of the “Lost” thing going on. I gave up on lost about the 10th episode and havn’t watched one since.

  4. part of the problem, the “side” characters are more compelling than the main thread.

  5. You made a great point when you said your curiosity to know the end-game only goes so far. That was the very reason I stopped watching Lost. I loved the show, but started getting aggrevated instead of interested with all of the questions that began to quickly pile up. FlashForward could very well start doing this for me, too.

  6. I like the show but it has become to slowly paced. I still think the show has a lot of potential and the episode 2 weeks ago (I haven’t yet watched last week’s episode) made for a good cliffhanger for the week. I still think ABC is shooting themselves in the foot with month or two long breaks because by January I might not care about the show any longer.

  7. Let me get this straight:

    There was a press release saying that FLASH FORWARD was going to take a break … for Thanksgiving and that they will be back working on Monday?

    This is news? If so, let me announce now that I will too be taking a break for the holidays and won’t be back to work until Monday.

  8. It’s badly written, that’s what’s wrong with it lol I’ll still watch it, but mainly to laugh at how thin the plot is.

    Doctor – “I need to find a girl in Japan”

    Random old Asian woman -“well funny you should ask me… cause I just so happened to have eaten at the very restaurant you are looking for!”

    That’s basically every scene. lol

  9. The problem is that no one associated with the show had a flash forward and now they are busy trying to change the future to ensure they still have a job come April. This is an intriguing show but the truth is I want to know that it is finite. I will sign on for one season. I want to know what happens next Spring. I want to know why. I don’t know if I care enough to stick around until then and I certainly don’t want to sign up for an series. I am at the point where I prefer tightly written storylines that only last a season or two with a definite beginning, middle, and end. No filler.

  10. I agree they need to pick up the pace on the show. I’m still not totally caught up (haven’t seen the last one) but I’ll say that after finding it pretty boring it did get a little more interesting last couple of episodes. One of the problems is that the show seems self-aware – like it’s posing/vouge-ing while it’s on… “Look at how cool and hip I am.”

    I’m not saying the characters say that, it’s like the show itself is – I know that sounds weird. 😛


  11. Funny i didn’t know there was anything wrong with the show lol. V and Flashforward are the only two TV shows i actively watch. I’m either playing Call of Duty online, watching a netflix, i religiously watch flashforward and V on thursdays. I download V, i usually do flashforward on hulu. Otherwise i’m reading engadget and tech news. So yeah i’m totally stunned that you don’t like the show and that they’re postponing it. Some of the actors must be making movies for a few months.