Series to return with new episodes March 4

ABC will flash forward longer than expected, as “Flash Forward” takes a three-month hiatus this winter.

Alphabet announced, via promos Thursday night, that “Flash Forward” won’t be back until March 4.

As previously planned, “Flash Forward” aired its fall finale on Thursday. But show was originally scheduled to be back in January.

Network insiders said the move will allow “Flash Forward” to air straight through the rest of the year without going into repeats.

Hiatus will also keep “Flash Forward” out of the Winter Olympics line of fire this February.

But the extended vacation may also allow producers a chance to continue giving “Flash Forward” a bit of an overhaul. While the show opened decently, ratings have dropped — and critics, initially fans of the show, have also voiced their concerns over the series’ direction.

Earlier this fall, co-showrunner Marc Guggenheim was let go from “Flash Forward” (David Goyer remains). And in November, production was halted for several days on the show as producers took time to make some tweaks.

ABC remains committed to “Flash Forward,” however, having picked up a 24-episode season of the ABC Studios thriller. It’s unclear how the pushed-back timetable might affect the airing of the show’s April 29 episode — which, viewers of the series know, is a critical date in the show’s mythology.

Lengthy hiatuses have become a trend this TV season. ABC previously opted to air the first four episodes of “V” as a November teaser, before taking a break until Tuesday, March 30, at 10 p.m., when it moves into its new post-“Lost” time slot. Over at Fox, net has given “Glee” a lengthy four-month hiatus; “Lie to Me” is also taking a chunk of time off.

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