If you thought the V season 2 finale was phenomenal, apparently the best has yet to come. In an interview with EW, V executive producer Scott Rosenbaum shared his gripes about the shortened season and what he has planned for a third season if ABC decides to pick it up again.
“We had been given an initial episode order of 13, so I had planned a 22-episode season,” Rosenbaum told EW. “When they reduced the order, I had to make a decision. I didn’t feel like it was possible to wrap the show in that amount of time, so I said, ‘You know, I’m going to hope there’s another season, because I’ve pushed the story too far [and] it won’t make sense [to conclude it this soon]. I don’t feel like the audience will feel like we’ve earned those moments.’ So I’m going to keep my fingers crossed and leave it organically where I think the show should end after 10 episodes. I went with hope, and tried to make it feel like a satisfying conclusion.”
He continued, “It’s risky to cancel a show that’s actually garnering some buzz for the network and instead role the dice on something untested.” While that is true, unfortunately it all comes down to ratings. Though this week’s finale managed to reel in 5.3 million viewers (1.8/5 rating in the 18-49 demo) and jump 6% compared to last week, the episode was down 14% from last year’s finale. V is not the ratings boon it deserves to be, but it’s also not ABC’s worst performer; Detroit 1-8-7 (1.3/4) and No Ordinarily Family (0.9/3) have seen their better days.
But let’s end things on a positive note. According to EW, “Rosenbaum says he’s always wanted at least one full season to properly set up the conflict” between the Fifth Column (erm, Project Aries) and the Visitors. Unfortunately he has never received the opportunity to do so since this season was shortened and season one was only alloted 12 episodes in total. He concludes, “What’s so interesting is I feel like the best of the show is ahead of itself.”
Adds star Elizabeth Mitchell: “I fought so hard and so did everyone else. All of the writers, all of the actors, we all tried to put our best foot forward. I feel like we’ve given it everything we can. We’ll see what happens.”
“Mother’s Day” left viewers with a major cliffhanger, so many deaths, and most importantly it opened up windows of imaginative opportunity. This show has never felt so alive; it would be a damn shame if ABC doesn’t give it a chance to shine.
“Red Rain” is about to fall out of the “Red Sky”. Anna’s vengeful act at the end of season one will be addressed head on during tonight’s one hour season premiere of V. We’ll also be introduced to Anna’s mother Dianna who is played by Jane Badler, the original V baddie from the 1980s miniseries.
In an interview with EW star Elizabeth Mitchell promises that the season two 10 episode arc will be grander than the first season. ”If you were frustrated by the last season, which you probably were — I was, a little bit — I think that this will be far more satisfying,” says Mitchell. There is far more action and there is far more of what you want in an alien-invasion story, where the aliens are out to use us as food and take our technology and do everything bad you can think about. There’s more of that wonderful thing of “Us-Against-Them” stuff, which is always so satisfying in a fictional sense. And also, there’s some good sexy stuff!”
“I think the last three episodes [of season 1] were a good indicator of where this season is headed,” Mitchell continues. “Instead of people sitting around talking people were actually accomplishing things. I wanted to be an action hero, not an exposition hero! I spent all that time training, learning to kick ass, and then all I did was talk. I was like, “I’m so bored! I wanna hit people and kiss boys!” The first one comes in quickly, and it’s eerie, what happens and the way they go about it. It starts just like a movie, which is the way that you want it to. The effects in it are just gruesomely good.”
Less talk, more action. I like it.
THEY RETURN tonight at 9PM ET on ABC. Peer into the galleries below to view stills from the episode and character profiles.
Update: If you watched the fantastic season premiere (spoiler alert), then you know that the producers finally decided to reveal more of what’s hiding underneath the V’s human skin. First we saw Anna take her long, scaly tail out of hiding and kill a disloyal V ship captain, and then we caught a glimpse at Ryan’s alien/human hybrid baby. USA Today managed to get their hands on an image coming directly from executive producer Scott Rosenbaum that shows what the Vs look like if you found them on their home planet stripped of their human skin. If you think that V skeleton featured in the episode was revealing, you haven’t seen nothing yet. Note: USA Today reports that the V’s physical appearance will be revealed piecemeal over the 10-episode second season, and the full alien body will show up in the season finale. If you don’t want to spoil the surprise, don’t look after the break. Otherwise, click here: (Click here for more…)
Missing ABC’s hit sci-fi series V? Me too. I hate to say it but we are going to have to wait an extra two months longer to find out what the heck is up with that red sky. Though ABC initially announced a November return, they have since pushed the premiere to January 4, 2011. ABC’s other sci-fi show No Ordinary Family will move from Tuesday at 9PM to 8PM from November 30 until January 4; following the return of V it will move back to its 8PM time slot and serve as an appropriate lead-in to the show. What’s going to take up Ordinary‘s slot when it moves? Skating with the Stars. Ugh, I know.
Update: More bad news. According to Deadline, ABC is prepared to cut the V season 2 episode order from 13 to 10 episodes. Why the slight but noticable trim? It’s due to “scheduling reasons” revolving around ABC’s reality programming. When V was delayed to the January 4 premiere date, it gave the sci-fi series room for a 12 week run precisely until March 29 when the spring season of Dancing with the Stars is set to premiere. This period between early January and late March is expected to include 2 preemptions, leveling the total number of V episodes to 10. A sprinkle of good news? V season 2 is still in production, so the creative staff will have ample to time to adjust the storyline to make it fit in this tighter schedule. Allow me to fume for a moment. I can’t stand that network TV has to bow down to mindless reality programming, giving shows like Dancing/Skating with the Stars precedence over stimulating, creative powerhouses such as V. I understand where is ABC is coming from; Stars is a ratings champ and V certainly does not attract as many eyeballs (though it should). But STILL.
For some time now there’s been much discussion surrounding the fate of ABC’s two freshman sci-fi series, FlashForward & V. Overall both have been performing rather poorly in the ratings. But when it came to decision time, ABC decided to cancel one and keep the other. As much as I have enjoyed following FlashForward, there were many hints to its eventual demise. Two of them are the following: The ratings (FFpremiered to 12.47 million viewers and plummeted to 4.77 million viewers for last week’s ep) and a change in leadership (co-creator/showrunner David S. Goyer left the show in early February). And here’s another one: ABC heavily promoted the new series the wrong way; in a number of ad spots the network was hailing it as “the next Lost.” Although the show contains a myriad of characters, a complex mythos, and flashbacks to boot, it is most definitely not another Lost. The direction and plot of the show are quite different from Lost. ABC obviously felt some pressure to promote the show in this way since Lost is nearly finished, but I have a feeling FF might have fared differently if it was marketed in a more appropriate way. In my opinion, I thought FlashForward started out great, then it started to lose its focus (right around when Goyer made his announcement), and now it finds itself back on track with a bunch of potential. But now none of that matters anymore since it won’t be coming back after the May 27 finale. I wonder if the producers will try to wrap things up for us..
And then there’s V, the mini-series reboot that could. ABC aired this series in a very strange manner due to a number of early production issues. They aired an initial “pod” of four episodes starting in November which garnered a huge following, then the show did not come back until the end of March. Thanks to this long hiatus, viewership dropped during the latter half of the season. As of late, however, the show has seen a surge in the ratings, especially in the coveted 18-49 demo, and in my opinion, it’s become more creative and engaging with the addition of some new characters and exciting and fast-moving plot twists. According to the latest sources, V has been issued a 13-epsiode second season set to start this fall.
So what do I think about all this? As a fan of both shows, I have to say I’m not so surprised that ABC decided to cancel FlashForward and keep V. Although the potential for FlashForward is just starting to come to fruition, the delivery feels a bit “too little too late”. V, on the other hand, always packed an explosive punch, from the initial pod of episodes to where to series sits now. All I have to say is this: At least ABC decided to keep one of these shows; a sudden cancellation of both would have been devastating.
FlashForward airs Thursday nights at 8PM on ABC; the two-hour finale airs May 27. V ends its first season run next Tuesday at 8PM on ABC.
It’s great to be a fan of TV these days. So many great shows to watch and discuss. This past week the TSA (Television Critics Association) Press Tour brought out TV’s stars, showrunners, and executives who talk to the press about what’s to come in the future. Below is a list of a handful of shows and clues to how their futures will pan out.
Gleeks rejoice! Glee has been renewed for a second season. FOX’s President of Entertainment, Kevin Reilly: “We’ve loved Glee ever since it was a pilot script, so it’s been an incredible thrill to watch the show take root and see audiences embrace these characters in such a huge way this season. The show is a true and rare gem in television. We couldn’t be more proud of what Ryan Murphy and the Glee team have created so far, and can’t wait to see what they come up with for Season 2.” In related news, the Glee execs will be holding a nationwide audition to fill in three new roles for season two. “Auditions will be open to amateur individuals as well as professionals between the ages of 16-26, and all hopefuls will be able to submit auditions online. Additional details will be announced soon [via] fox.com/glee.” Reilly adds that “the winners will be revealed in the first episode of the season.”
Glee returns Tuesday, April 13 on FOX. (Celebrate the news by watching a Glee flashmob after the break.)
Modern Family, the funniest new comedy of the season, has been given the green light for a second season! ABC also renewed Cougar Town and The Middle. Ugly Betty, Better Off Ted, and Scrubs are still in limbo. ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson says “I’m not going to lie. The numbers are not encouraging.”
Modern Family airs Wednesdays at 9PM on ABC.
What’s going on with Fringe? Last we heard ratings dropped due to its competitive timeslot. It airs at the same time as Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, The Office, 30 Rock and Supernatural. FOX’s Reilly on the matter: “I wish the ratings were higher, but frankly, we’re going to keep it right where it is, because it’s doing a job for us.” On the future of this season: “We’re going to bring on Past Life, give this a breather, then going to play I think ten episodes in a row in the back half of the season, to really try and blast this when the other guys are in repeats.” So he definitely feels a good vibe around the show. But what does the future hold beyond season 2? “They’re in a creative groove with it. We have a great relationship with the producers. They’re delivering a quality show and it’s got an audience…The audience hasn’t entirely left it behind; they’re just watching it on their DVR. So I don’t know. We’ll just have to see what happens in May.” Fringe resides in the wait-and-see category, but I have a strong feeling it will be coming back for many more seasons.
Fringe returns Thursday, January 14 on FOX. (Look after the break for an exerpt from an IGN interview with Fringe creator J. J. Abrams.)
Oh, Heroes. Season 1 was fantastic. I even enjoyed watching seasons 2 and 3 on DVD. Unfortunately most of its original audience lost interest by season 2 due to lack of creativity, among other criticisms. Though the outlook for a potential season 5 looks bleak, Greg Grunberg (Heroes’ Matt Parkman) is very confident that the show will get renewed. “We wrapped yesterday and the [final episode] is nowhere near a series finale. It is cliffhanger-y and exciting, but it is nowhere near an end to a series that people are so invested in. It does not tie everything up in a neat bow… I don’t have any doubt that the show will be back.” He adds, “We will wrap it up properly in the next season and get to 100 episodes. At least that’s what I would like to see happen. They take so much care in writing the show that I would hope we get the chance to end it right. Lost announced an end [date] and I think that helped both the people working on the show and the people watching it. They see the finish line and I think it gives them something tangible to invest in and be excited about. It’s like it’s a movie and they want to see the end of it. That’s what I hope happens with our show.” Heroes is one of two “DVD shows” for me. I watch every season on DVD when it comes out. It’s the DVD sales and the international popularity of the show that keep it alive, so we will wait and see how it all plays out soon.
Heroes airs its season finale February 8 on NBC.
FlashForward’s long hiatus has just gotten a little longer. Its return is being moved from March 4 to March 18 so that it does not have to compete with TV juggernaut American Idol. When it does return it will air back-to-back episodes in a two hour event. It will run straight to its finale on May 27 with new episodes every week. Note that the finale will also be two hours in length. And we are all looking forward to the April 29 episode, aren’t we?
FlashForward returns March 18 on ABC.
As we all start getting pumped for 24 season 8 to begin, talk about a potential season 9 is already making waves. Keifer Sutherland (24′s Jack Bauer) told reporters that he is “absolutely open” to making another season if the fans want it. Sutherland: “I’ve always said that as long as people wanted us to make it , and people were really interested in watching it, I would be interested. There are a lot of components involved. Right now my focus is on finishing season 8.” FOX’s Reilly: “Collectively, we just made a decision to launch the season [first] and then sit down in the next four to six weeks. But my sense is Kiefer will want to keep it going.” Executive producer Howard Gordon: “The way I’ve looked at it is that every single season [finale] could have been a series ender. We just want to take it across the line credibly and then let the [other part] take care of itself. As long as Jack’s not dead, anything is possible.” Hell yeah! Sounds like season 9 is a definite possibility. And don’t forget a 24 movie is in the works after the show ends.
24, Day 8 premieres Sunday, January 17 on FOX.
As for the future of V…no one knows yet. ABC’s McPherson was not keen on running such a short first “pod” of episodes this past fall, but due to production issues the show was forced to limit itself to four initial episodes. ABC plans on airing uninterrupted episodes of V starting in March which will run to its finale in May so that they can “turn [it] into an event.” As long as there’s more Ana, I’m hooked!
V returns March 30 on ABC.
Check back here for the latest news in popular network TV series; I’ll make sure to update when they are renewed or cancelled and when their premieres and finales are televised.
The series premiere of V captured the attention of 14 million viewers on Tuesday night. Though CBS’s NCIS: LA debut drew in the largest audience with 18.7 million viewers, V wears the crown having the night’s highest adult 18-49 performance. In fact, V had the highest rated 8:00pm drama debut on ABC since–you guessed it–Lost.
If you missed the spectacular premiere of V, watch it on Hulu (this Saturday) or download it in HD on iTunes. In my opinion, the debut of V was one of the most exciting and well written narritives packed in a one-hour package I have in some time.
Dig this promo spot for ABC’s upcoming sci-fi V. It features the song “Uprising,” a recent single from Muse. Peek after the break for a second trailer.
The highly anticipated series premiere of V airs tonight at 8PM on ABC.
V, starring Lost‘s Elizabeth Mitchell, premieres November 3 at 8PM on ABC. (Morena Baccarin is pictured here.)
Productions problems have been all the rage for the remake of the 1980s classic mini-series V, set to debut on November 3. After receiving positive reviews and much hype after the initial screening of the V premiere episode at this year’s Comic Con, the execs decided to push the airing of the series premiere from a mid-season debut (January 2010) to the aforementioned November date. This was good news for V fans; the wait for the premiere became closer in view. Now, though, a bit of bad news has changed the show’s planned schedule. V will only be airing four episodes before it goes on a long hiatus (presumably until March 2010) due to the Winter Olympics. ABC execs have said that it was planned to have the fourth episode leave viewers with a massive cliffhanger, but such a long haitus was probably not part of such plan.
This news comes at a time when we recently learned about an extended production shutdown and word of a second shutdown coming into effect after the filming of the fourth episode. With so many shutdowns and production issues I hope that V can hold itself up and retain its hype and positive reviews throughout the long break until March. It all rests on the shoulders of the first four episodes. With Lost‘s Elizabeth Mitchell leading the pack of an all-star cast and a recent trailer that sent chills of excitement down my spine I will continue to support V and I have a good feeling it will do just fine. V premieres November 3 on ABC.
The reimagining of the 1980′s classic mini-series ”V” is coming to a TV near you much sooner than expected. Instead of premiering as a mid-season show, “V” is set to start on November 3, 2009. Cast members include Lost’s Elizabeth Mitchell and and Firefly’s Alan Tudyk.
Executive producer Scott Peters: “We’ve got [the story] all mapped out and pretty solid direction for everything. We certainly know where we’re going for the first season and second season and we have a really solid plan the whole way through.” Producer Jeffrey Bell, “We know what the end is. We know where we’re going. Whether that’s three years, four years or beyond that, it’s gravy. There is a plan and we’ll stick to that.” President of ABC Steve McPherson stated that V will run for four seasons, depending on the show’s success, of course. Aliens are invading planet Earth. Sci-fi fans rejoice, it’s going to one hell of a show.