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FlashForward has a plan beyond the first season ... they promise!

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 25th 2009 6:33PM
Dominic MonaghanEven though the flashes forward in the series only takes us as far as April 29, 2010, the creators of ABC's FlashForward say there is a plan beyond that. They hoofed it to San Diego to get the buzz train rolling, and brought along "secret" cast addition Dominic Monaghan (Lost) to up the excitement.

At first glance, I can't help but be reminded of Prison Break on FOX. It started off great, with a great serialized premise. The first season as we ratcheted toward that break out was intense and pretty good stuff. But then they were out and FOX renewed the show. Now what? What came next was hit-or-miss television for three more seasons.

Hopefully, producers David Goyer and Marc Guggenheim have thoroughly thought this through. They indicated that the final episode of the first season would be April 30, 2010; the "aftermath." I'm guessing that will tie in to whatever caused the flashes in the first place. Maybe, like Lost, it will organically reinvent itself each year.

Of course, it could just as easily spend the entire run of the series in early 2010. If everyone on the planet had a vision, there's 6.8 billion stories to tell. At one episode apiece, how many seasons would that run? More than House of Payne will get?

I'm willing to put my faith in their hands that they've though this through. If nothing else, they told us ABC was pretty insistent that there be a clear plan beyond the first year. They were watching Prison Break. Still, it will be a finite series, like Lost, though the length has yet to be determined; they say they need a minimum of three years to tell the story properly.

Does that mean they'll get two? Heavily serialized dramas like Lost have really struggled on television the past several years, with most of the new entries fizzling and getting canceled. Heroes avoided cancellation, but it still fizzled out pretty bad; I think it was lucky to be on a fourth place network as it got some of those renewals.

But this could be a pretty solid plan. With Lost going out this year, those fans could be looking for something as complex and intriguing for the next several years. And it's a pretty clever move to bring in a familiar face to that fan-base in Monaghan. Maybe these boys do know what they're doing.

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Tonto Kiwalski

Did the writer not know that Sonya Walger (also of LOST) is on the show? How can you forget that beautiful face, body, and British accent??

August 04 2009 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I never understood why it is impossible for US TV shows just to produce ONE season and then leave it at that. "Heroes" would've been forever remembered as that awesome show that lasted for 25 episodes and finished a great story/premise with a bang, never to return. People would've begged and begged the creators for more but simply stating "Sorry, that was it, that was the end to that story" would've been the only reply and I would've been a fanboy for the next couple of decades.

But in this day and age they milk an idea to death even after they reached the natural conclusion while great shows like "Journeyman" or "The Unusuals" or "Life" get canceled be fore their high-point. It's a damn shame. *sigh* Instead they revive stillbirths like "Jericho".

I think Flash Forward can be great and I really hope they just put a lid on it when the story has been told.

July 26 2009 at 7:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't they know that it is possible for a show to be good and run only one season

July 26 2009 at 6:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I always love the complexity of analysis on your website and your sister site, Cinematical; always trying to figure out what's coming up next. Anyway, I have great hope for 'Flash Forward' as well; hope it works out!

July 25 2009 at 10:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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