Cancelled Too Soon: Forever (2014)

By | June 12, 2015

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series.

forever-abc-cancelledThis series followed Dr. Henry Morgan, a man who can’t die and who has taken a job as a medical examiner to study death and to see if he can find the answer to his own immortality.  It combined elements of Sherlock Holmes, The Highlander, New Amsterdam and more and delivered yet another procedural with a twist to Prime Time television.  But it did manage to stand out in a large part because of the excellent cast led by Ioan Gruffudd in the main role as well as the supporting case which included Judd Hirsch, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore, and more.  The show developed a vocal fanbase, but its ratings slipped to marginal at best levels shortly after its debut.  ABC did give it a full season pickup which suggested that the network was paying close attention to the delayed viewing numbers where Forever typically scored better.  Upon review, though, that apparently was not the case as the show became schedule fodder, just plugging up the Tuesday 10 PM EST timeslot until the season ended.  After November of the 2014-15 season it never aired more than two new episodes in a row which stifled any chance for it to build up momentum.  Its numbers remained low and ABC cancelled it at the end of the season.  Forever received high marks from critics and topped most season-end polls as the show least deserving cancellation.  A significant fan movement is currently trying to get the show relocated to another network, so there is still a slight chance that it could live into a second season.

Aired: ABC, 2014-15, 1 Season Totaling 22 Episodes

Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Judd Hirsch, Lorraine Toussaint, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore

3 thoughts on “Cancelled Too Soon: Forever (2014)

  1. Joan

    this, along with haven, were my two favorite shows! Forever deserves to be picked up! I am so discouraged at abc for Cxling forever, that I have stopped watching the network’so new offerings. No point. When castle, Big Bang, and the middle are done, so am I. Forever was a classy, intelligent show with a stellar cast and crew and writers. Hope Netflix picks it up!

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  2. Debbie

    Why does ABC even bother..there have been some good shows which they cancelled..there is enough to interest that the network could of tried putting it in a different time slot. It was the only show I watched on ABC..

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  3. Lee Tennant

    I thought Forever was terrible: cliched and derivative. New Amsterdam meets Sherlock with all the usual elements thrown in the usual way. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any more cliched or any more derivative – NAZIS! Save me.

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