Two freshman TV shows are showing severe danger signs. ABC shortened FlashForward's first season by one episode, as the drama named three new showrunners. Meanwhile, Caprica's third episode got just 1.13 million viewers, less than Swamp Loggers.
Now that David S. Goyer has left FlashForward just a few months after taking over as the sole showrunner, the show has named three replacements: Goyer's wife and past collaborator, Jessika Borsiczky, Lisa Zwerling, who worked on ER, and former Law & Order/CSI producer Timothy J. Lea. The trio may be able to re-energize the struggling show, but the network's decision to reduce its order for the first season from 23 episodes to 22 can't be seen as a vote of confidence. (The season's original length was 24 episodes, but the network upped its order to 25 installments, then changed its mind and went back to 24 episodes. And then 23. And now 22. The network also put FlashForward on hiatus in November, to "boost the writing.")