Fans were reeling a little over a month ago when ABC made the tough decision to cancel Forever, a freshman procedural with a niche but devoted fanbase. In the weeks since the decision was made, fans have come together to create petitions and work on social media to get the drama picked up elsewhere. Unfortunately, it looks like that time has come to an end. Creator Matt Miller spoke out to say that all talks related to Forever have ceased and the drama will not be returning for Season 2.
This is a hard message to write but I'm sorry to report that despite Warners Bros. best efforts they haven't been able to find a new home for Forever. That doesn't mean they won't keep trying but wanted to give you all the real, although disheartening news. I've been hesitant to reach out because I (like you) didn't want to believe that this was really the end. We had so much story left to tell, questions unanswered; romances unfulfilled; characters to introduce… But I suppose I was asking for trouble when I named the show Forever.
So, it looks like those who invested hours of time in hoping that the newbie drama would make a return on another network or streaming service will not be getting their wish. If there’s any consolation for fans, it’s that Miller and his team seemed to have seen the writing on the wall ahead of time and created a finale that wrapped up Dr. Henry Morgan'a story in a satisfying way. The series, which followed an immortal man (played by Ioan Gruffudd) who worked as a medical examiner and NYPD assister in New York City, also spent a lot of time looking at Dr. Morgan’s former lives and the information he was keeping from those close to him. The finale wrapped up the story of one of the main villains in the series and seemingly left the audience with the understanding that Morgan was going to share his story with his partner, Jo (Alana de la Garza).
In a move that was similar to the poignant statement Forever lead Ioan Gruffudd made on social media following the cancelation of his series, Miller also took to Twitter to thank fans for their avid involvement and to close the final page on the Forever story.
we are all super proud of the show we made. It was a charmed experience making this show and I'm grateful to everyone involved and that includes YOU. Especially you.
The move comes just a few days after NBC’s former series Hannibal was making a similar bid to get picked up by another network or streaming site. Like Forever, Hannibal had trouble finding some backing, and now it looks like the potentially interested streaming services have decided not to pick up and create a fourth season of the drama.
While Forever fans will likely be a little upset about the lack of a pick-up, social media has still proved to be a viable tool for bringing shows like Longmire back to television. So, although a push from fans doesn’t always help a show to find a new home, it certainly can’t hurt an already-cancelled series.
It's unfortunate that Forever was cancelled. However, if you are looking to add the series to your dvd or blu-ray collection, you can check that out here.