Fall TV: ABC Picks Up Robert J. Sawyer's Flash Forward Series
by Matt Mitovich, TV Guide
TV Guide, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter News ISBN/ITEM#: CM090511FLASHF
Date: 11 May 2009
In its endeavors to overhaul their less-than-successful TV schedule, ABC has picked up Robert J. Sawyer's Flash Forward and will probably air it this fall.
The show certainly appears to have a fine pedigree with David S. Goyer (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) and Brannon Braga (24) (who co-wrote the pilot) as executive producers. With Braga committed to 24 as its co-executive producer, Marc Guggenheim and David S. Goyer will share showrunner duties on Flash Forward.
Add to that a cast headed by Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), and including John Cho (Hikaru Sulu in the new Star Trek movie) and Jack Davenport (Commodore Norrington in the Pirates Of The Caribbean films), and we think that this show looks promising.From release/information:
Marking its second fall season pick-up in as many days, ABC has granted a 13-episode order to Flash Forward, an action-drama based on Robert J. Sawyer's novel of the same name.
Starring Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Flash Forward chronicles the aftermath of a global event in which everyone in the world blacks out for 2 minutes, 17 seconds, and has mysterious visions of six months into the future.
The series' pick-up is not surprising, as ABC has been teasing it for the past two weeks during episodes of Lost. On Thursday, ABC picked up the comedy Modern Family.
David Goyer and Brannon Braga (who co-wrote the pilot) will serve as executive producers alongside Jessika Goyer, Vince Gerardis, Ralph Vicinanza and Marc Guggenheim. Guggenheim and David Goyer will share showrunner duties.
Other members of Flash Forward's ensemble include Sonya Walger (Lost), John Cho (Star Trek), Jack Davenport, Brian O'Byrne, Courtney B. Vance, and Peyton List (Mad Men).
Flash Forward is expected to premiere in the fall.
(Source: TV Guide, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter)