Uh-oh—FlashForward loses another show runner

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

You don't have to have a FlashForward to know this can't be good news, but the ABC series is facing yet another new show runner in its future. Co-creator and executive producer David Goyer is exiting as show runner of the sci-fi thriller just months after he took over for former show runner Mark Guggenheim, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed.

Goyer created FlashForward with Star Trek's Brannon Braga. But because Goyer had limited experience running a television series, Guggenheim, who co-created ABC's Eli Stone, took the reins. During the fall, Guggenheim then stepped down, leaving Goyer in charge for the show's back nine episodes.

The series, which is based on Robert Sawyer's novel about what happens when everyone on the planet blacks out at the same time for two minutes and 17 seconds and has visions of their future, started off with big ratings. However, FlashForward has struggled in its first season so far, and ABC removed it from the schedule in early December. The series is due to return to the ABC schedule on March 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, with the network planning to air original episodes through the end of the season without repeats or pre-emptions.

It's never a good sign when a series has show-runner trouble, since that key position is basically the captain of the ship, running all the day-to-day operations. There's no word from ABC as yet as to who will take over for Goyer, but the production is still several episodes shy of the show's 23-hour order.

Goyer quickly released this statement: "As my feature projects have started ramping up again, I felt I was being pulled in too many directions. I'm proud of the show and excited about the relaunch. It's in great hands."

Goyer will still maintain the title of executive producer, and still be "involved" in the show, according to ABC sources. The producer wrote The Dark Knight and Batman Begins and directed the films The Unborn and The Invisible.

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