Despite falling ratings for “Flash Forward,” the series could still be in good shape for a renewal next season, according to E! On-Line’s Kristen Dos Santos.
Dos Santos says that the series is an affordable one for ABC to produce and that it generates enough money in overseas sales to possibly justify a second season.
“It actually does fairly well overseas,” said Dos Santos, “And doesn’t hemorrhage as much money as you’d think.” An insider on the show said, “This is a rare case where a low domestic performer could get a surprise pickup.”
With six episodes left until the season finale, the show has stumbled a bit in the ratings the past few weeks. There are reports that ABC Studios, who produces the show, could look for a production partner for the series along the lines of the deal NBC and Direct TV have to produce and air “Friday Night Lights.” The lower price tag for producing the show could help a deal along those lines.
There’s also the possibility of a reduced episode order for next year.
It may help if we the show can find a stable show runner and if ABC could be persuaded to run the show in as an event and not break up the season into two halves.