EXCLUSIVE From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: Sorry FlashForward fans (of which I’m one), the UK broadcaster Five which airs the show over here tells me it’s not going to save the series if ABC cancels it. There’s been speculation that foreign buyers could still support FlashForward. But the show has lost nearly half its viewers Stateside since ABC premiered it last fall. Apart from the UK, the show’s also popular in Spain, where Cuatro airs it, and in Italy, where Fox Italia does. Foreign broadcasters investing directly in those U.S. shows more popular overseas than they are at home isn’t without precedent. Back in the 1990s, NBC cancelled Baywatch but ITV kept it going because it got such high ratings. Officially, ABC says it will decide whether to renew or not around May closer to the upfronts. The show is coming back on March 18th after ABC decided not to compete with the juggernaut American Idol.
Flashforward’s prospects are not looking good. The rave reviews it first received in the fall have evaporated. ABC has quietly trimmed the number of this first season’s episodes from 23 to 22. And we reported back in February that David Goyer was quitting as showrunner to concentrate on scripting the third Batman movie. ABC has appointed Jessika Borsiczky, Lisa Zwerling and Tim Lea as his replacements. Marc Guggenheim quit as showrunner in October.