In our WhedonAge review of new Fall shows starring Buffy, Angel and Firefly alumni, we cited V as one of the exciting new shows designated for a Fall release on ABC. Starring Firefly’s Morena Baccarin as Anna and Dollhouse/Firefly’s Adam Tudyk as Dale Maddox, the series was set to revisit the 1980’s cult favorite about supposedly friendly visitors to earth with ulterior motives.
Recently ABC announced that the series, originally scheduled for a November debut, will undergo a rather extreme scheduling change. Instead of airing seven to eight episodes before taking a holiday break, then returning in late January or early February for the remainder of its season, ABC has declared it will only air four episode running through November, then give the series a four month hiatus, bringing back the show in March for an unstated number of episodes. Considering the amount of hype and excitement this series has engendered from the science fiction/fantasy crowd, this move shows an incredible lack of confidence in the series. Already filming was halted for a couple weeks with ABC citing creative reasons for the work stoppage and declaring the break would not affect the November debut. What I want to know is whether ABC wants this show to succeed of do they regret ordering the pilot to series?
Jericho fans learned from painful experience that most new shows do not survive a four-month hiatus. And as Frank Spotnitz’ 2005 Night Stalker discovered, remakes of former series bring out the uber critical fans who refuse to give the new offering a break or a chance, finding fault at every turn. With so many cards stacked against it, can this new incarnation of V survive both the original fans as well as a four month hiatus? My gut tells me no, but I’ll be pleasantly pleased if it does. Maybe Alpha will be making a return to the Dollhouse sooner than we hoped.
V also stars Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), Scott Wolf (The Nine, Everwood) and Joel Gretsch (The 4400).
The show is set to debut on Tuesday November 3rd @ 8 PM on ABC.