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Showrunner Shift at ‘FlashForward': The Sequel (updated)

For the second time this season, ABC’s first-year sci-fi dramas is changing chiefs

"FlashForward" is moving forward without David Goyer as showrunner.

The feature film writer ("Batman Begins"), who co-created the ABC drama with Brannon Braga, will remain associated with the series as executive producer. But day-to-day oversight on the remaining half-dozen or so episodes left to be produced this season will shift to an as-yet undetermined producer.

News of Goyer’s exit first surfaced on Twitter. An ABC rep confirmed that Goyer would no longer serve as showrunner but will remain involved with the series.

"As my feature projects have started ramping up again, I felt I was being pulled in too many directions," Goyer said in a statement provided to TheWrap by his publicist. "I’m proud of the show and excited about the relaunch. It’s in great hands."

Changing showrunners now makes some sense, even though "Flash" in nearing the end of its first season. If the series does survive for a second season, a new showrunner would want to be involved in setting the tone for the final episodes of this season in order to set up the themes of season two.

It’s been a bumpy first season for "Flash," which began the season as one of ABC’s big hopes for the fall. After a strong start, the show’s ratings have fallen — and critics have carped the series has been unfocused.

Goyer’s initial showrunning partner, Mark Guggenheim, left the show earlier in the season.


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