the forgotten: TV Show Cancelled, No Season Two

the forgottenAn ABC TV show, the forgotten follows the cases taken on by a group of talented civilians once the police hit a dead end. The series features the talents of Christian Slater, Michelle Borth, Heather Stephens, Bob Stephenson, Rochelle Aytes, Anthony Carrigan, Judith Hoag, Lily Rains, and Elisha Cuthbert.

The drama got off to an okay start last September with a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 9.54 million viewers. The second installment’s ratings were far lower and then, the numbers got even worse. The first season of the forgotten ended up averaging only a 1.7 rating and 6.49 million viewers.

ABC had intended to air all 17 episodes but the programmers ultimately had to do some reshuffling of the schedule late in the season. Two installments didn’t air but, thankfully, the last produced episode did.

An ABC representative told us that the unaired episodes of the forgotten could still see the light of day before the end of summer. If not, they’ll pop up on the DVD set when or if that’s released.

To no surprise though, the forgotten won’t be back for season two. ABC has officially cancelled the series, the second one for Slater in two years.

What do you think? The people who watched, seemed to love this TV show. Why didn’t the forgotten catch on?

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  1. Sheri says

    While I am a fan of Dancing With The Stars, a kind of reality show, I agree with many other commenters here who say there are far too many reality shows out there. The Forgotten was a great show. I loved the cast and the episodes from week to week. I’m sorry to see it fall by the wayside. Please ABC (and all the other networks) enough with the reality shows! We need more shows like The Forgotten.

  2. Sandie says

    What do I think happened?

    All the networks seem to be leaning toward ignoramus reality shows that cost far less to produce, first of all.

    Second, there seems to be a lack of savvy, intelligent network execs, producers, and apparently, also a dearth of decent writers. The fatal mistake that most new tv shows seem to be making is taking the human interest element OUT of the story! There’s less character and plot development and more action and special effects.

    For people who like pictures without words, this is fine. For stupid people, this is fine. For people whose brains are on alcohol and drugs, this is fine.

    But for people who like people, who like a good story, and who like words with their pictures, this is NOT fine.

    When you take away the characters personal lives, relationships, etc., all you’re left with is dry material. “Dry” material that has no substance to make it interesting is just another cop-medical-lawyer-what-have-you show. Boring and uninteresting.

    Do these network producers really think that people watch tv shows solely for their action scenes? When will they learn that it’s not the action, but the characters themselves that make tv shows interesting?

    And that’s what happened to The Forgotten. The execs/producers/writers took out everything that was interesting, that made the show human, and tried to make it just another cop show, which ultimately couldn’t hold viewers’ attention.

    It started out to be a very good show. It lacked character development, which was what held viewers’ interest.

  3. Joe Ann Hancock says

    I am so disappointed that The Forgotten was cancelled. I loved that show. I think the only reason it did not make it is because it was on channel If it had been on CBS or NBC it would have made it. People stop at channel 12. It also was not advertised enough. I am not happy about this show being dropped. From day one it was a hit with me.

  4. Levoooo says

    Can’t believe this! In my point of view Garry Unmarried was the only series which could get as popular as two and a half men. Didn’t saw this coming! It#s a shame!

  5. Kelly says

    I too loved this show and am so disappointed that it is canceled. I was so looking forward to a new season. I will say I missed alot of the end episodes because you did switch the time and it took me a while to figure out that you switched it to a new time vs. just not airing it for a couple weeks. Which the network does do that with some of the other tv series shows. U leave long gaps in between new episodes. So disappointing!

  6. Lisa says

    The networks are so full of “reality TV” and stupid-funny comedies. The tired story lines of the sit coms–wife is a witch, husband does something stupid, wife emasculates him, they kiss and make up. Now people are watching cakes be decorated? And let’s not forget about Bridezillas. Now there is some quality TV–NOT!!! Keep cancelling the good stuff–well written, holds the viewers interest, good characters–you idiots. My DVD player is going to be getting a good workout this fall. There’s barely anything on TV worth wasting the electricity for these days.

  7. TR says

    Other than the predictable romance angle which to me is a tired storyline. Thought it was a show that was different than the other police shows. It’s based on something real people do. I wish they would bring it back. The cast of characters were likable as well, something that all shows do not have.

  8. Lauren says

    Another brilliant decision by men in suites sitting at a desk and crunching numbers!
    Perhaps if we spent more time in “reality” than “reality tv” the execs could see that
    switching days and time is the fastest way to kill a following! Be reasonable, why would
    the watching public possibly care about good quality tv, excellent story lines, top-notch
    portrayals and realism …….when they can watch people fly all over the world looking for an ugly challis or see a bunch of men and woman scheming and plotting to get each other kicked out one by one to win big bucks!
    The time has come to have the opportunity to watch something other than the grey-cell challenged nubile 20-30 somethings, and give the thinking, empathetic public something worth sinking their teeth into! Or not………………

  9. says

    I watch it from the UK and it was so much better than a lot of seriEs both here and from across the pond PLEASE I BEG OF YOU BRING IT BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Ron M says

    It seems like any show with some hint of real intelligence gets cancelled. I’m bored with all the reality stuff and this show really had a great plot.

  11. Brooke McLain says

    The Forgotten is one of my favorite TV shows. I need this to come back. I thought it was sooooooo good.


    • Ron Cole says

      The forgotten was and is great. I cannot believe it is cancelled. We were just watching one we had recorded and went to set our TV to record future episodes incase we could not watch them when it aired and could not find it. Came here and realized it is cancelled. Why dont they take off some of those reality shows and put this back on. At least it has suspense and substance vs air.

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