The team and fans of the Forever television series have impressed me greatly with their graceful and dignified reaction to ABC's cancellation of the show. Show star Ioan Gruffudd's humble and appreciative online letter to fans following his receipt of the news demonstrated a level of class I had begun to think was out of fashion. Despite his disappointment at the loss of a role he obviously loved, he took time to be gratfeul for the short-lived opportunity and loyal fan support.
My cursory search has identified at least four online venues that noted the heart-felt missive while also commenting that some of the shows the network retained had no better ratings and significantly smaller and less devoted followings. Forever fans have initiated a campaign to find a new champion to pick up the show. I wish them well, and support their efforts.
I think one reason Forever was a slow-starter with regard to ratings had to do with the number of pitfalls to which it was prone. It succumbed, however, neither to the how-does-Henry-die-this-week nor the immortal-hero-versus-immortal-villain cliches. Instead, it developed gentler threads to explore the other consequences of Henry's immortality, such as the knowledge and wisdom he had gained during the course of several lifetimes and how he managed to use and explain it.
More than average fare
Forever proved to be an entertaining crime drama while enriching the offering with subtle emotional and intellectual content more than exaggerated suspense and depravity. It explored the relationship between Henry and his adopted son, who knows his secret. It explored and developed, within unusually realistic time frames and circumstances, his relationships with his subordinates and coworkers, who do not know his secret. It examined Henry's outlook on life, which was developed in one time period and culture but honed in succeeding ones, and how Henry influences those around him. The finale episode was masterful. It tied up major plotlines and drew just enough parallels with the pilot to set the stage for future developments.
The casting is perfect. The team members obviously work well together and understand the part each person plays. They have demonstrated they understand the richness the series premise offers and know how to develop it and bring it to life. In short, Forever offers more than the average, overworked series storylines. May it have its second chance with a sponsor who understands the worth both of the series and of the talent and dedication that make it.