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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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Mary February 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm

The Forgotten was a good series and the acting was great. I also enjoyed Cold Case. When there is a conflict with shows that I watch I’m grateful I can record and watch later. It seems when a good show hits the stations just don’t give them a chance. I’ve been watching for a return alas not to be.


Reni govender January 22, 2011 at 3:02 am

I have the show on and my media player and will start watching soon. I agree with the writer who said that the series In Justice should have stayed on and continued with a second season. I really enjoyed In Justice. Please remeber the series Cheers did not start of very well but drew audiences after a few seasons. Please give these shows a chance.


Anonymous January 22, 2011 at 12:36 am

I loved this show and I can’t believe ABC isn’t bringing it back for season two. I have pretty much had it with ABC they ate getting pretty good at putting a good show on then out of nowhere they cancel before the next season.


Mike Tuck January 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm

” The Forgotten ” was a great show, great caractures, and portrayed something positive in life. ABC is sliding and dancing it’s way into who cares in my family. You don’t give shows a good chance when you leave it in one time slot, and the slot it was in it didn’t stand a chance. All I can say is someone please kill the reality bug. People are becoming so dilusional that they think reality TV portrays Reality. So if that is true leave something with a little more positive message for them to take as real and maybe this Country will wake up and care!!!!


Cindy January 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm

ABC has a history of canceling good drama series after less than a season. . . and usually after they’ve moved them around on the schedule so no one can find them. I think it’s just a ploy for ABC to “say” they do drama series, but really don’t want to continue with them. Very frustrating. . . I liked this show, as well as the one a few years ago called something like “In Justice” I can’t believe how quickly the shows go by the wayside. . . they don’t even give them a chance.


Izzy December 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm

The Forgotten shouldn’t have been canceled. It only got 6.49 million viewers? That’s still a lot, even if it’s not as many as they wanted.


Sol December 12, 2010 at 3:35 pm


Im from Denmark and its sad to see, that there are a second season which has been cancelled… They are showing the first season again for the second time in television here in Denmark.
I just hope that they will changed their mind, and let the second season run also..
Its a great series and me and my family have been waiting for another season…


amanda December 5, 2010 at 6:39 pm

it seems all the great shows are being cancelled. ghost whisperer and this were near the top of my list for fave shows. i don’t know what is going on with tv stations but they need to get their heads out of their asses, and listen to the people that did like it.


Ulrike November 21, 2010 at 9:34 am

I saw The Forgotten in Germany, and I am also very sad that I will not be continued. Very interesting and likable persons, excellent stories. I never liked Christian Slater before, but I nearly fell in love with him in this show. ;-)

In Germany, all we get to see is “…C.I.S.” and similar as well, I am sick of that.

The only series that I still like to see here are Boston Legal, Human Target, Leverage and Good Wife.


susan November 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm

what is the name of the website they would always mention at the end about findin the forgotten? It was a legit one and I was interested in looking into it. Its at the very end when it mentions how many unidentified people are still out there


Helen November 2, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I’m really disappointed that the series was cancelled. Yet another intellectually stimulating, creative, and multidimensional series bites the dust, while frivolous reality series run rampant whose only popular appeal is their ability to reassure viewers of their relative normalcy through downward social comparison.


romero October 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I really liked this series and I’m not very happy that it is gone. I have been looking for the show for a while.


Stella October 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm

This was actually a good show but obviously overshadowed by NCIS and CSI series. It needed another season and a full run, not stopped in the middle of a season to start up again after a long time off the air (2-3 weeks). I hope it’s not Christian Slater that’s being targeted; his third TV series in several years, if my memory serves me well. We liked it better than Cold Case and the CSI series; getting tired of NCIS.


Kirby October 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I was just wondering about this show “The Forgotten” and was looking to see if it was going to be coming back in 2010 but looks like it was cancelled. Too bad it was a show me and my wife both enjoyed watching and also did like the ending with him finding his daughter.
Maybe the network will reconsider.


Anonymous September 30, 2010 at 2:52 am

Really miss the forgotten. And especially with Lost gone too, there’s no good scripted drama show.


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