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NewsFlash: Chuck, V, FlashForward, Heroes

We're finally getting some news about renewals and cancellations, and there's good news and expected news.

Chuck and V have both been renewed, and both for only thirteen episodes.

And FlashForward has been canceled. I'd had such high hopes for that show. Props to Josie for hanging in there and continuing to review it.

The rest of the renewal/cancellation announcements should be coming soon. We'll post them here.

Update: NBC has canceled Heroes. Another update: There may be a TV movie to sew up open plot threads. Stay tuned.


  1. Yay for Chuck. I hope that means Heroes is over, fingers crossed.

  2. UPDATE: Heroes has been canceled.


  3. First of all, quite pleased for Chuck. However, I would've preferred Heroes get renewed intead of V. I know they're not on the same network. I just dread the prospect of having to find 39 more words that start with the letter V.

  4. Call me callous but I would’ve been happy if both Heroes and V had been cancelled. Too many good actors being wasted. They all deserve better, especially Elizabeth Mitchell.

  5. Vivacious. Vim. Vigor. Vapor. Vini, vidi, vici (in case you're feeling Caesarian). Verisimilitude. Veracity. Vera Cruz. Vermont. Verona. Va-va-voom. Veronica Lake. Vivacious. Viva la vida (then again, Coldplay? Ugh.). Victimless.

    Or, you could go all Boris and Natasha:

    Vat is vrong vit this very veird viewing experience?

    Hooray, Chuck! FlashForward, I mourn what you could have been. Heroes, I mourn what you used to be.

  6. The dreaded TV.com says there may be a Heroes TV movie to sew up the dangling plot threads.

    I'd go for Boris and Natasha, Dimitri. :)

  7. Oh, man, I was saving the Boris and Natasha thing for the finale! I guess great minds really do think alike, Billie and Josie. How I got in there, though, is a mystery for the ages...

    At various times, the networks have promised us TV movies for Buffy, Angel, Popular, and now Heroes. I'll believe it when I see it. Then I'll review it, for sure.

  8. Because I have too... a quote to fit your problem.

    EVEY: Who are you?

    V: Who? Who is but the form following the function of what and what I am is a man in a mask.

    EVEY: Oh, I can see that.

    V: Of course you can. I’m not questioning your powers of observation. I’m merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.

    EVEY: Right.

    V: But on this most auspicious of nights permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace sobriquet to suggest the character of this dramatis persona. VoilĂ ! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both the victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity is a vestige of the vox populi now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition!!! (Turns and slashes a V into a propaganda sign next to him.) The only verdict is vengeance, a vendetta held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. (Pausing then beginning to laugh in a giddy manner) Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose. So let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.

    EVEY: Are you, like, a crazy person?

    V: I am quite sure they will say so.

    This is from V for Vendetta.

  9. I feel I ought to feel sad about Flashforward & Heroes, but I'm guilty of not making the effort to keep up with either, and this week the 24 hour news channels won hands down here in UK...

  10. Don't forget VM to add to the list of movies promised that were never made. :)

  11. Too bad about FlashForward. The last couple of episodes were fairly good. But it was too little too late, I suppose. And Heroes, what a shame. Season 1 was so great, how could the rest have been such a mess? I've been planning to check season 4 out, but I still haven't seen a single episode. Based on the reviews here I haven't missed much.

  12. Rather disappointed about Heroes. Though on the one hand I do kinda feel like it's good putting it out of its misery (and freeing up good actors besides - Heroes DID launch a few of them into prominence, credit for that), I do feel that Heroes could have ended on a better note if they gave them notice saying "you know, it's your last season, wrap it up and make it good". The potential was there. They'd be able to kill off characters like crazy, tie off a few loose ends.

    Well there's the movie but honestly Heroes, what with its penchant for longer story arcs (which made season 1 awesome) doesn't strike me as the kind that can cram stuff into 2 hours and leave me with the same feeling season 1 did. But I suppose you can't really blame NBC.

    Personally I believe they could do a spin-off though. Make a series about the Company, for instance. There's so much backstory right there, and it sounds good. Many people don't know but the graphic novels have explained quite a bit about the Company's past. But why put it there where not many people read it when they could make it a series? It'd be much better. Clearly the writers are out of creative juice so making them work with backstory would be better.

    Plus Tim Kring should've just stuck with his 'ever-changing cast' idea. The characters got stale because they couldn't be developed more beyond season 2. Whatever interesting new ones they came up with died 1 season later.

  13. No surprises. I gave up on Heroes a while back, and im only watching Flashforward anymore as theres nothing else on a monday night in the UK. It promised so much, but delivered so little..

    With Lost on its way, can anyone recommend a decent replacement?

  14. Tom, Do you not watch Glee ? My Monday routine for a while has been watch Glee, record Flashforward. I'd definately recommend it.


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