ABC halts ‘FlashForward’

Production stopped to 'boost writing'

ABC has temporarily halted production on sci-fi drama “FlashForward.”

Stoppage came last week and continues through the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Shooting will start again on Monday with episode 13.

An Alphabet spokesman says the move was built in to the schedule from the beginning of the season and was positioned early on to “boost the writing. … They want to maintain the high quality of the show, and this gives the writers the opportunity to do so.”

Series, about how the world’s population deals with knowing how its future will be played out, stars Joseph Fiennes and Sonya Walger.

Ratings for the ABC Studios skein started strongly on Sept. 24, but have come down in subsequent weeks in its 8 p.m. Thursday timeslot. Opening night earned a 4.0 rating/12 share in adults 18-49, with 12.4 million viewers. Last week’s episode — the eighth of the season — drew a 2.4/7 and 8 million viewers.

David S. Goyer, Brannon Braga, Marc Guggenheim and Jessika Borsiczky are exec producers.