The network announced Thursday night that “FlashForward” will go on hiatus until March 4, which will give it a 12-episode run to end the season. “V,” meanwhile, will return on March 30, moving from 8 p.m. Tuesdays to 10 p.m. after “Lost.”
In both cases, the return dates will put their respective shows’ season finales in the middle of May sweeps.
“FlashForward” aired a trailer for the second half of the season at the end of Thursday’s episode, which was the show’s 10th. The March 4 return date means that the show’s 19th episode should air April 29, 2010 — the date to which the shows’ characters flashed when they blacked out in the pilot. That jibes with previous comments from the show’s creative team, who have said that April 29 wouldn’t be the season finale.
The most likely candidate to replace “FlashForward” in January and February is probably the legal drama “The Deep End,” which has a similar sensibility to ABC’s other Thursday shows, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice.”
The move of “V” to 10 p.m. will keep it away from direct competition with FOX’s “American Idol.” It also likely means that the “Dancing with the Stars” results show will move from its previous 9 o’clock slot back to 8, where it will compete with “Idol.”
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