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ABC Reducing V’s Second-Season Order From 13 To 10 Episodes??

Published at: Oct. 19, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

I am – Hercules!! A Deadline Hollywood source indicates that ABC will reduce the Badler-enhanced second-season of its lizard-Nazi flying saucer series from 13 to 10 episodes. The report comes on the heels of Thursday’s news that starting Jan. 4 ABC is scheduling “V” after “No Ordinary Family” in the 9 p.m. Tuesday slot currently housing the “Dancing With The Stars” results show. "V's" competition this winter will likely include "NCIS LA," "The Biggest Loser" and "Raising Hope." Despite a coveted timeslot following ABC’s top hourlong, “Lost,” last season, “V’s” ratings saw a precipitous decline:

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  • Oct. 19, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Maybe theyll cut out the boring parts.

    by kabong

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST

    If it holds last year's ratings, it'll still beat 90% of NBC

    by CCon99

    That's surprising to hear a episode reduction before the 2nd season even started. Sounds like they decided to cancel it no matter the numbers (unless it has an unlikely miracle gain).

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Kind of not fair

    by NorseFire

    I actually like V. But it'll be canceled thanks to No Ordinary fucking Family. Goddamnit.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Will NOF even last that long?

    by The McPoyle Clan

    It's not exactly burning up the ratings, and the run from the initial order isn't going to carry it far beyond the beginning of the year, holiday breaks included. Unless ABC picks up the back nine, the two can't be paired for long, at least according to the current plan.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    V's pilot ratings showed

    by V'Shael

    that there IS a market for a classic SciFi show. The fact that they are doing everything they can to remove the Sci from the Fi is why their ratings collapsed.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 4:07 a.m. CST

    It's about an alien invasion

    by smackfu

    where the aliens are being super nice and helpful throughout, and we're expected to somehow accept them as antagonists because their leader is kind of a bitch. Oh, and there is also a rebel faction of aliens we are supposed to accept as protagonists despite having never been made to sympathize with why they're rebelling in the first place. This show is a classic example of what happens when writers don't understand the fundamentals of writing. You can't write a multi-season 'long con' with a subtly suspicious antagonist when the entire premise of the story IS the underlying motive that we are not being shown. Making invading aliens seem sinister is just about the easiest thing you can do, yet this show has somehow managed to go an entire season without providing any sense of threat. By the end of the season finale, I still felt Japanese Knotweed was a greater threat to America than these aliens.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 4:11 a.m. CST

    "shitty dance shows for women."

    by smackfu

    I think the fact that this sites TV columnist has "shitty dance shows for women" set as a recurring recording schedule on his Tivo is a sign that neutered house-cat husbands are just as much a part of the problem.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 4:35 a.m. CST

    another sign of just how bad the writing is...

    by smackfu

    is that Elizabeth Mitchell's character is less fleshed out here as the MAIN CHARACTER with full screen time than she was as a side-character in an ensemble show. Hell, I think I even connected more with her in her single episode of House than I do with her V character. The show is also devoid of any likable male lead. The son is a whiny emo-brat, the journalist is a wooden douchebag, and non-threatening, super-manicured, Mr. Clean lookalike black man #3754 is, surprise, dull as rocks.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Flashforward > V

    by ATARI

    Yet which one got canceled?<br> <br> Makes no sense to me.<br>

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    V is the world's dullest alien invasion

    by newc0253

    and the 'fifth column' is the world's most incompetent resistance movement, which seems to be about 4 people in an apartment somewhere.<p>

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST

    "shitty dance shows"

    by BizarroJerry

    Men have their arm twisted to watch those dance shows by the hot women on them. Some if it is terribly painful to sit through, but some of the women are almost worth sitting through it.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Should have been shitcanned after s1 and kept Flashforward

    by ahdvd

    Flashforward was cancelled and still has more fan support now than the 'V' remake ever had.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    ABC = no good

    by matchesmalone2380

    I haven't watched a single show on ABC this season. They have absolutly nothing good on.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    V > than all shows currently on network television

    by Sithdan

    FACTUMUNDO!

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    smackfu: I agree

    by mistergreen

    The writing is pretty weak. Heroes' season 2+ writing is better than this which isn't saying much. I never got into flashforward either. Something about ABC shows beside 'Castle' are very flat and uninteresting.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    V started weak, finished AWESOME

    by NinjaRap

    The second half of the first season was outstanding. I hope they can keep up that momentum this time.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    INVASION > V

    by Booster Gold Lives

    ABC just doesn't know how to handle a genre show unless it's initially disguised as something else (i.e. Lost). They think just because something plays to the Comic-Con crowd that it'll be a hit, and they can't comprehend anything subtle anymore. Granted, that's not all them, their audience tends to clamor for "reality" TV instead of something with a brain, but if you feed people shit, they get used to it and want more. And now these nimrods are trying a "Hulk" series? Give me strength.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    God ABC blows....

    by GreatGonzo

    V started slow but did get better and better last season. I have never seen ABC try so hard to get rid of series. First they air 4 episodes then put it on hiatus for 4 months. Now they push it to mid-season AND reduce the eps?!?!? Why would they do that? Oh... because ABC is owned by Disney and V is produced by WB. They have no vested interest. Freaking maddening!

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Frell

    by Lonesome_Rhodes

    V started slow, but the last half of that season was amazing.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Dunno bout that second half.

    by _Maltheus_

    Not that the first half was good, but the second half was far worse. I don't even know why they're bothering. They don't even have to worry about nerd rage on this one. Just cancel it already. At this point, V is just welfare for some Hollywood exec's buddy.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    FlashForward was the better show!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    V is just boring!