ABC's "FlashForward" has advantage internationally

TV Arts


Will overseas fans save ABC's 'FlashForward?'
by Lynette Rice

Sci-fi dramas like ABC’s FlashForward may have a tough time attracting
new viewers when it returns with originals on March 18: The freshman
drama lost 43 percent of its viewers last fall while the network’s V
was down 35 percent over four airings (it also doesn’t help that
FlashForward is on its third show runner now that co-creator/executive
producer David Goyer has decided to leave the show to focus on his
film career). So it’s hardly surprising that none of the Big Four nets
have a sci-fi show in development for the 2010-11 season (ABC’s
superheroes pilot No Ordinary Family starring The Shield’s Michael
Chiklis comes close).

At least the ABC-owned FlashForward (unlike the Warner Bros. owned V)
has an ace in the hole: It does well in the U.K., Italy, and Spain,
and the robust international sales could sway the network to pick up
the Joseph Fiennes series for another season. ABC may not make a
decision on FlashForward and V, which returns March 30, until right
before its upfront presentation in New York this May. Several ABC
dramas, in fact, have yet to receive pickups for another season,
though Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and
Brothers and Sisters are slam dunks. Comedies like Cougar Town, The
Middle and Modern Family have already been picked up, while shows like
Ugly Betty have already been cancelled. Long shots include Better Off
Ted, The Deep End, Scrubs and The Forgotten.
God, the pathetic 'Heroes' crutch. "What _really_ counts is
international ratings and DVD sales!"