Tonight marks the series finale of "FlashForward," (ABC, 8 p.m.) an ambitious series for which the stars never quite aligned.
Arguably TV's most anticipated network show before the season even started, "FlashForward," based on a successful sci-fi novel, was going to be the next "Lost" -- centered around a giant central mystery, with diverging storylines and a large cast.
It started off well, ratings-wise, and creatively, with a strong pilot. But things didn't work out too well after that. First, ABC replaced the showrunners several times, so there was no consistency in the writing.
Second, most of the secondary characters got slighted in terms of screen time, such as the young doctor with cancer or Mark's AA sponsor seeking his lost daughter. Because there was so little done with these characters, it was hard to care about them when they did show up, making them more distracting than anything else.
Finally, ABC did the series no favors with a long hiatus during the Winter Olympics. When the show finally returned, most of its fans had given up and didn't stick around to find out what the central mystery was.
Hopefully, producers had enough time to craft a series finale that wraps up at least most of the key storylines to reward the fans that did stick around. It'd be annoying if there's some sort of cliffhanger ending that will never be resolved.
ABC has tried to recapture the "Lost" formula over the years, with shows ranging from "Invasion" to "V" to "Happy Town" to "FlashForward," but it's always come up short.
Whatever the formula was for "Lost," it worked. It kept people glued to their seats for six years despite an extremely complicated story, thanks in part to great character development. "FlashForward" never found that. And now, both shows are gone.
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