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FlashForward
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FlashForward title screen
Genre Drama
Science fiction
Created by Brannon Braga
David S. Goyer
Starring Joseph Fiennes
John Cho
Jack Davenport
Zachary Knighton
Peyton List
Dominic Monaghan
Brían F. O'Byrne
Courtney B. Vance
Sonya Walger
Christine Woods
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Brannon Braga
David S. Goyer
Marc Guggenheim
Jessika Goyer
Vince Gerardis
Ralph Vicinanza
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) ABC Studios
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 24, 2009 – present
External links
Official website

FlashForward is an American science-fiction television series, which premiered on ABC on September 24, 2009.[1] It is loosely based on the 1999 novel Flashforward by Canadian science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer. On December 3, 2009, ABC placed the show on hiatus until March 18, 2010, explaining the break would allow the show to run the remaining 12 episodes uninterrupted, as well as avoid competition with the 2010 Winter Olympics.[2][3] FlashForward returned on March 16, 2010 with a recap of the first half of the season, followed by a two-hour opener on March 18, 2010.[4] The season will end with a two-hour finale on May 27, 2010, outside the traditional May sweeps period.[5][6]

Contents

Premise

A mysterious event causes nearly everyone on the planet to simultaneously lose consciousness for 137 seconds, during which people see what appear to be visions of their lives approximately six months in the future—a global “flashforward”. A team of Los Angeles FBI agents, led by Stanford Wedeck (Vance) and spearheaded by Mark Benford (Fiennes) and his partner Demetri Noh (Cho), begin the process of determining what happened, why, and whether it will happen again. Benford contributes a unique perspective on the investigation; in his flashforward, he saw the results of six months of investigation that he had done on the flashforward event, and he and his team use those clues to recreate the investigation.

The team investigates a number of events related to the flashforward, including "Suspect Zero", who did not lose consciousness during the event, the sinister "D. Gibbons", and a similar mass loss of consciousness in Somalia in 1991. Meanwhile, personal revelations contained within the flashforwards occupy the personal lives of the principal characters. Mark Benford sees his alcoholism relapsing, his wife sees herself with another man, Demetri Noh sees nothing which could mean he will not live to see the day of events everyone else has witnessed. Other characters grapple with similarly unexpected or surprising revelations in their flashforwards.

Characters

Main characters

FlashForward began with nine star billed roles. From episode six on, Dominic Monaghan is billed as a regular cast member. In the tenth episode, Michael Ealy will join the cast in what is expected to be a regular role.[7]

  • FBI Special Agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) — Mark's flashforward guides the investigation of the events of October 6. The husband of Olivia Benford and father of Charlie Benford, he is a recovering alcoholic. He sees himself drinking in his flashforward and tries to hide it from his wife.
  • FBI Special Agent Demetri Noh (John Cho) — Mark Benford’s partner at the FBI. He had no flashforward and fears that means he will die. He is engaged to Zoey, a lawyer who believed her flashforward was about their wedding until she realized it was possibly his funeral.
  • Dr. Lloyd Simcoe (Jack Davenport) — An academic at Stanford. Lloyd's estranged wife and mother of his son died during the blackout. He has a son with autism, Dylan, who knows Olivia and who Charlie mysteriously recognizes. His research partner is Simon Campos, and Lloyd believes themselves to be responsible for the blackout.
  • Dr. Simon Campos (Dominic Monaghan) — A quantum physicist and research partner of Stanford academic Lloyd Simcoe, who doesn't believe he is responsible for the blackout. He told people that in his flashforward he sees himself fighting and later killing a man. Howeer it was a ploy. he is in fact the mysterious "suspect zero" and was awake during the blackout. He murdered the man in his "flashforward" shortly after the blackout when he learned the man killed his father. coldly remarking he now had his "killer story".
  • Dr. Olivia Benford (Sonya Walger) — Mark's wife and a successful surgeon at a major hospital. She supervises Dr. Bryce Varley. In her flashforward, she is romantically involved with Dr. Lloyd Simcoe, although she had never met him before the blackout. They meet when she treats his son.
  • Dr. Bryce Varley (Zachary Knighton) — A surgical intern reporting to Dr. Olivia Benford. He was on the verge of committing suicide due to a diagnosis of stage 4 renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) when the blackout occurred. After the blackout he experiences a renewed will to live, and sees his vision as a gift.
  • FBI Assistant Director Stanford Wedeck (Courtney B. Vance) — Head of the FBI Los Angeles field office. He oversees Mark Benford's team and the October 6 investigation. His flashforward shows him on a toilet reading a newspaper.
  • Special Agent Janis Hawk (Christine Woods) — Works at the Los Angeles field office as part of Mark Benford's team. In her vision she was pregnant and having a sonogram, which she finds hard to believe because she is single and a lesbian.
  • Aaron Stark (Brían F. O'Byrne) — A recovering alcoholic, he is Mark Benford’s sponsor and close friend. His daughter, Tracy, was presumed killed in action in Afghanistan, but his flashforward showed his daughter alive.
  • Nicole Kirby (Peyton List) — A 19 year old student and Charlie Benford's babysitter. She was also a childhood friend of Aaron Stark's daughter Tracy Stark. Nicole's flashforward shows her being drowned by a stranger. She is able to speak Japanese.

Recurring characters

  • Charlie Benford (Lennon Wynn) — Mark and Olivia's daughter. She had an unknown flashforward about Dylan and a mysterious figure known as D. Gibbons.
  • Dylan Simcoe (Ryan Wynott) — Lloyd's son, who is autistic and knows Olivia and Charlie from his vision.
  • Special Agent Vreede (Barry Shabaka Henley) — A member of Mark's team.
  • Special Agent Al Gough (Lee Thompson Young) — A member of Mark's team who committed suicide to save the life of another, presumably changing the future of not only himself, but those affected by him.
  • Zoey Andata (Gabrielle Union) — Demetri's fiancée and a criminal defense attorney. In her flashforward she initially believed she was attending her wedding to Demitri, but now believes it may be his funeral.
  • Nhadra Udaya (Shohreh Aghdashloo) — A Persian woman stationed in Hong Kong who is implied to be working with both the CIA and the suspected perpetrator of the blackout.
  • Tracy Stark (Genevieve Cortese) — Aaron Stark's daughter, a former soldier who was previously believed killed in Afghanistan. She is currently on the run from private military contractors whom she witnessed committing war crimes, and who tried to kill her. She is broken, bitter, and drinks to excess, which causes tension when she returns home.
  • Keiko Arahida (Yuko Takeuchi) — A Japanese woman whose family works at a local restaurant. Dr. Bryce Varley's flashforward shows himself meeting Keiko in a Japanese restaurant. Keiko's flashforward shows her running down the street and entering a Japanese restaurant in Los Angeles before meeting Bryce, so she travels from Japan to LA in order to make the visions come true.

Episodes

Episodes 1 to 10 of the first season aired in the U.S. from September 24, 2009 to December 3, 2009. The remaining 12 episodes for this season began airing in the U.S. on March 18, 2010.[8][9]

DVD

Season 1, part 1 of the series was released on DVD on February 23, 2010. The DVD has the first 10 episodes plus bonus material. The full 22 episode first season will be released on DVD in August 2010.[2]

Production

The pilot was written by David S. Goyer (who also directed) and Brannon Braga, from Robert J Sawyer's novel, with Goyer and Braga executive producing alongside Jessika Borsiczky Goyer, Vince Gerardis, and Ralph Vicinanza.[10]

FlashForward originally was developed at HBO, which sold its option because it thought the show would be a better fit for a broadcast network. After purchasing the series and ordering a pilot ABC picked up FlashForward for thirteen episodes[11] in May 2009. On October 12, 2009, ABC picked up the series for a 22 episode season. Later the same day, it was announced ABC had ordered a further three episodes for a 25 episode first season, which was later adjusted to 24.[12] [13][14][15]

On October 21, 2009, it was announced that executive producer Marc Guggenheim would leave ABC's FlashForward. Co-creator and executive producer David S. Goyer stepped in to replace him as show runner.[16] On Feb. 5, 2010, Goyer announced he would be stepping down as show runner to focus on feature films and directing. He will still be involved with the show, however. Replacing Goyer will be his wife, Jessika, along with Lisa Zwerling and Tim Lea.

Awards and nominations

In November 2009, FlashForward received a nomination in the category of Favorite New Television Drama at the People's Choice Awards.

  • Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the Image Awards for Gabrielle Union.
  • Nominated for Best Sound Editing for the episode "Riptide" at the Motion Picture Sound Editors.
  • Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Episodic/Pilot Television for the episode "The Doors" at the American Society of Cinematographers.

International distribution

Country TV Network(s) Series Premiere Notes Source
Argentina Argentina AXN 2010 February 23 Tuesday, 22:00 [17]
Australia Australia Seven Network 2009 September 28 Monday, 20:30 [18]
Austria Austria ORF1 2010 March 1 Monday, 20:15; relayed to Sunday 23:00 [19]
Belgium Belgium BeTV 2009 October 4 Sunday, 20:45 [20]
Belgium Belgium Prime 2010 January 14 Thursday, 22:30 [20]
Brazil Brazil AXN 2010 February 23 Thursday, 22:00 [21]
Bulgaria Bulgaria AXN 2009 November 18 Wednesday, 23:00 (episodes 1-5)
Wednesday, 22:00 (episodes 6-10)
[22]
Canada Canada A. 2009 September 24 Thursday, 20:00 [23]
Colombia Colombia AXN 2010 February 23 Thursday 22:00 [24]
Croatia Croatia AXN 2009 November 14 Saturday, 21:40 [citation needed]
Czech Republic Czech Republic AXN 2009 November 16 Monday, 21:00 [25]
Denmark Denmark Kanal 5 2010 January 24 Sunday, 21:00 [26]
Estonia Estonia Fox Life 2009 October 16 Friday, 21:00 [27]
Finland Finland Nelonen 2010 January 7 Thursday, 21:00 [28]
France France TF1 [20]
Germany Germany ProSieben 2010 March 1 Monday, 21:15 [29]
Greece Greece FX (Greece) 2009 December 29 Monday, 22:00 [citation needed]
Hong Kong Hong Kong TVB Pearl 2010 January 12 Tuesday, 22:35 [30]
Hungary Hungary AXN 2009 November 16 Monday, 21:00 [31]
Iceland Iceland RÚV 2009 October 29 Thursday, 22:25 [citation needed]
Republic of Ireland Ireland RTÉ 2 2010 January 4 Monday, 21:00 [32] [33]
Italy Italy Fox 2009 October 5 Monday, 21:10 [20]
Japan Japan AXN 2010 Spring [34]
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Fox Life 2009 October Friday, 01:00 [20]
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia AXN 2009 November 14 Saturday, 21:40 [citation needed]
Netherlands The Netherlands RTL 5 2010 [20]
Mexico Mexico AXN 2010 February 23 [20]
New Zealand New Zealand TV2 2010 February 10 Wednesday, 20:30 [18]
Norway Norway TV 2 2009 October 8 Thursday, 22:40 [20]
Poland Poland AXN 2009 November 14 Saturday, 22:00 [20]
Portugal Portugal AXN & SIC 2009 October 7(AXN) and 2010 January 31 (SIC) Wednesday, 22:25 [35]
Romania Romania AXN 2009 November 16 Monday, 23:00 (Saturdays 21:10) [36]
Russia Russia Channel One 2009 October 2 Saturday, 23:00 [20]
Serbia Serbia AXN 2009 November 14 Saturday, 21:40 [37]
Singapore Singapore MediaCorp 2009 October 4 Sunday, 22:00 [18]
Slovakia Slovakia AXN 2009 November 16 Monday, 21:00 [citation needed]
Slovenia Slovenia TV3 Slovenia 2010 March 8 Monday, 20:00 [38]
South Africa South Africa M-Net 2010 January 19 Tuesday, 20:30 [39]
Spain Spain AXN 2009 October 5 Monday, 22:25 [40]
Spain Spain Cuatro 2009 October 6 Tuesday, 22:15 [40]
Sweden Sweden TV4 2009 October 30 Friday, 22:55 [41]
Switzerland Switzerland SF zwei 2010 March 4 Thursday, 23:00 [42]
Turkey Turkey Dizimax 2009 November 4 Wednesday, 22:00 [43]
United Kingdom United Kingdom Five 2009 September 28 Monday, 21:00 [44]
Venezuela Venezuela AXN 2010 February 23 Tuesday, 22:00 [45]

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