It’s been a rough night for fans of Forever, the only freshman ABC drama series to get cancelled this year just a day after the season finale, which closed some major storylines and teased new ones. (Forever also happens to be the only ABC rookie drama not owned by the network).
The axe came after some positive signs from creator Matt Miller, who sounded optimistic in recent interviews, and a ratings millerioanuptick in the finale. That created false hope and made the cancellation news more surprising and harder to accept for the supernatural crime drama’s auspices and fans. Star Ioan Gruffud asked his wife, Alice Evans, to relay a message immediately following ABC’s decision. “It’s brutal, but that’s show business,” she wrote. “Ioan is a little shaken right now but he wants to reach out and thank the wonderful, loving fans who made the whole experience so magic.”
A few hours later, Gruffuddforeverep2 himself addressed the fans of the sophisticated procedural in a letter he posted on Instagram. (you can read it below in its entirety) In it, he bids farewell to “the role of my dreams,” immortal New York City medical examiner Dr. Henry Morgan. WBTV is known for trying to save its shows — something it recently did successfully with cancelled A&E drama Longmire – so Forever will likely be shopped to other outlets. In case it doesn’t work, this is a moving tribute to the series by its star.