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Family Guy's MacFarlane to have recurring role.

Posted by Admin Friday, June 19, 2009 View Comments

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ABC sneaked its fall sci-fi drama "Flash Forward" to a handful of journalists summoned to a Burbank screening room on Wednesday. Yes, a movie-style theater for a TV show, and if the message wasn't clear that this is supposed to be the "event" premiere of the fall, series exec producers David Goyer ("The Dark Knight") and Marc Guggenheim ("Eli Stone," "Brothers and Sisters") repeatedly emphasized the "cinematic" scope they were aiming for in the pilot.

So, did they succeed? It's certainly plays like a big show, and not just because of the screen Yes, it's "Lost"-y in its mysterious tone, global scope, multiple interlocking story lines, quick-cut action sequences, some uneven performances, a distinctive score and a whacked-out central premise: Everyone on Earth blacks out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds, during which the collective conscious of mankind jumps forward 6 months. Via vivid dreams, everyone in the expansive cast--which includes Joseph Fiennes, an excellent John Cho, Sonya Walger (yes, Penny from "Lost") and "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane(!) as an FBI agent--is left with memories of events that won't happen for six months. Or will they? The clock is ticking, the minds are reeling, and the fatalism debate has already begun--even without John Locke to guide us to the Orchid.

In a short Q&A after the screening, Goyer and Guggenheim were quick to note that despite the obvious similarities to that other ABC sci-fi drama, "FlashForward" (it's one word now--ABC dropped the space after a chunk of the pilot was shown at upfronts in May) won't require a 6-year investment to get answers to the mysteries.

"By the end of Season 1, all of the main characters' flash forwards will be answered," Goyer promised. He and Guggenheim have mapped out a plan for at least three seasons, he said, and hopefully as many as six, and they know exactly how the second-to-last and final seasons are going to end.

Goyer says MacFarlane will have a recurring role. We asked how the animator best known for his voice work ended up on the show.

"Seth called me up. He said 'I f****** love this script.' " Goyer said MacFarlane asked if there was a part for him on the show, so they cast him as an FBI agent who will likely recur in future episodes. Goyer said Alex Kingston ("ER") and others also ended up on the show because they reached out to him.

Judging by the first episode, at least, it's a good bet the show will be popular enough to make it at least long enough to see those flash forwards revealed.

Flash Forward Premiere Date

Posted by Admin Wednesday, June 10, 2009 View Comments

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FlashForward Premieres Thursday, September 24
8:00-9:00 p.m. on ABC and CTV in Canada

ABC is getting a head start on firming up its fall premiere dates.

The network has announced when nearly all of its primetime shows will debut in a few months. ABC wants to get the word out to potential advertisers, and plans to use the dates in summer marketing campaigns to promote the shows.

The roll out has a pretty standard formation, with the network firing most of its big guns during the usual broadcast premiere week that starts Sept. 21.

Once again, ABC will have three nights of “Dancing With the Stars” before reducing the reality show to its usual two-night pattern. The added evening of “Dancing” also helps stagger the debut of the network’s Wednesday night comedy block, which will feature “Modern Family” and “Cougar Town” debuting Sept. 23 during premiere week, then 8 p.m.-hour additions “Hank” and “The Middle” completing the block the following week.

Also getting a late start, “Ugly Betty” on Friday nights, which will have a two-hour premiere Oct. 9.

There’s also still a few ABC premieres to be filled in — “Brothers & Sisters,” “Eastwick” and “Private Practice.”

Dominic Monaghan joins cast

Posted by Admin Monday, June 8, 2009 0 comments

US, June 8, 2009 - Last Friday, there was quite a lot of Internet chatter over a new ABC promo, featuring stars from several of the network's 2009-2010 season shows, including Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy), Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Ed O'Neill (Modern Family) and… Dominic Monaghan?

Monaghan's presence caused a lot of confusion and speculation, because he's been gone from Lost for quite awhile. Add in him responding with, "I was" in the promo, when asked if he was dead, and many wondered if we were to take from this that Charlie was returning to Lost.

As it turned out,'s Michael Ausiello discovered that rather than returning to Lost, the promo instead was referring to Monaghan's role on a new ABC series. Of course ABC has a rather notable ten new scripted series for next season, meaning there were a lot of possibilities as to what show Monaghan would be part of.

IGN has now learned what show Monaghan is going to be on and that it's one we already were quite intrigued by - Flash Forward.

Like others (including in our comments), we had thought Flash Forward seemed like a very likely candidate for Monaghan's secret show. Created by Brannon Braga and David Goyer, the high concept series is being positioned by ABC as something of a spiritual follow up to Lost and was one of two geek-friendly series -- the other being the remake of V -- that would most mesh with the Lost fanbase Monaghan brings with him. Sources in the know regarding Monaghan's situation now tell IGN that is indeed the case, and Monaghan will have a major role on Flash Forward.

We contacted ABC about Monaghan for an official response, and a spokesperson told us, "There is a lot of speculation out there right now, but we're not confirming any casting at this point." However, we're confident about our multiple sources and that the former Charlie Pace will indeed be seen on Flash Forward.

Based on the novel by Robert J. Sawyer, Flash Forward's cast includes Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), John Cho (Harold & Kumar / Star Trek), Sonya Walger (Penny on Lost) and Jack Davenport (the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy). The story follows what happens when a global event causes everyone on Earth to black out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds. The populace awakens to discover the many tragedies that occurred as a result of the phenomenon, while also infused with visions of their own future.

Flash Forward will air Thursdays at 8:00pm ET/PT on ABC this fall.