While many fans of ABC’s “Forever” may be feeling rather sad over the show’s cancellation, they should know that all of their love and appreciation for the show is certainly being felt by someone very close to it: Star Ioan Gruffudd.
Following the news on Thursday that the network had canceled the show after just a season, the actor (who has been through this process before, unfortunately, with “Ringer”) posted a rather lengthy and heartfelt message to the fans on Instagram. It is clear through reading this how much he enjoyed working on the show as his immortal crime-solver, and also just how much he appreciates the love that fans have his character of Henry.
One other thing that we really enjoy about his letter is the frank sense of honesty that he brings to it. He knows that the show was not a lock to be renewed by any means, but he was still given some hope by the messages that he and the team were getting from ABC. That was enough to make them think that they at least rather liked the show.
Unfortunately, we’re not sure if there is going to be another suitor out there for a show that is only one year into its life. It’s a shame, given that you can really tell passion by how fans react to a cancellation, and the fans here are definitely passionate. This is the biggest outcry we have seen for any canceled show so far this season, and hopefully Gruffudd and the rest of the cast are going to be able to find some other work at some point in the future.
One thing that we do know? This is an actor who knows how to communicate with his fans, and that will make him so much more beloved in the long run than those who choose to be detached.
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My dear friends, fans, supporters. Tonight, as you all now know, I received a phone call that I was hoping not to receive, and to be honest I really wasn’t expecting it. I knew the numbers hadn’t been great, but I also knew the studio and the network both loved the show, and of course that it had an incredible fan base…so I thought we were in with a pretty good chance. But sadly no, this time the cards weren’t dealt in our favor. Show business is like that. Hell, life is like that. You ride to the top of the wave and then you come crashing down again. I asked Alice to send out the sad news because I was a little bit shaken up and needed time to gather my thoughts. So I sat down and started reading the thousands of Tweets in response to the announcement. And the more I read, the more I couldn’t believe it. The love, the sense of solidarity, the hope, the kindness, the support. Not just for the show, but for each other. And slowly I began to focus on what we had gained in the past year, rather than what we had lost in the last five minutes. I was overcome by a sense of gratitude. To have met you all and to have you all rooting for me and the show. At having a chance to play the role of my dreams, even if it was only for a year. To have been given the chance to bring Henry to life. Watching the interaction of the FOREVER fans come together and share their love for the show has been breath-taking. It was you guys who held me up when I thought I could no longer go on. (Those days were LONG!) You made me smile when you pointed out the little things I did on screen that I thought had gone unnoticed. You gave me confidence when I accidentally found myself reading less than shining reviews. You were always with me, every step of the way, waving your flags, shouting your support for the show. It’s been an incredible, wonderful year, one that I will never, ever forget. And guess what? The memories belong to us. We get to keep them ‘forever!’ Thanks again a million times for your unwavering support. Stay strong, be brave, and show kindness as often as you can! Ioan xxx