'FlashForward' Showrunners Explain the Idea Behind Show - Featured

Since FlashForward just premiered, we've already got plenty of questions for it. What made the phenomenon occur? How can it be solved? Can people actually change their futures now that they know about them? While the writers can't exactly spoil the series for you, they can give us a little background on how it came about. MTV talked to showrunners Brannon Braga and David Goyer about Flash Forward, and found out how exactly the series was born. Believe it or not, the idea of a global event inducing fear in everyone came from the 9/11 attack. "I remember, I was in Paris on 9/11," Goyer revealed. "There was... this huge outpouring of sympathy for Americans suddenly. I found myself in bars and bistros... talking to complete strangers, saying 'Well where were you when it happened? What were you doing?'" He went on to explain how this is incorporated in Flash Forward. "We definitely have that in our series. What we call the 'Blackout Day'-- everyone in the world experienced it, so what you get is, suddenly, all these people from different walks of life, different social strata... saying 'What did you see? What did you see?' Some people saw bad things, some people saw good things." It's that certain bit of hope that these writers want audiences to feel when they watch the show. "I think that you usually see an uptake in science fiction and fantasy when times are uncertain," Goyer said. "Afghanistan and Iraq and the economy-- people want escapism. Also people want hope. So a show that traffics in the future, and possibly a brighter future, I think is something that people find appealing." As for Flash Forward characters changing their futures, the writers revealed that it's one theme to be explored throughout the show's run. "We'll get into that answer kind of midway through the first season. The first season will catch up to the end of those six months and all of the flash-forwards we see with our main characters, we'll know whether or not they came true." Source Here

FlashForward Latest Episode: Season 1, Episode 1 - 'No More Good Days'

In the premiere of this sci-fi series, everyone on Earth blacks out for exactly two minutes and 17 seconds, during which they see snippets from their futures six months ahead. For FBI agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) and his partner, Demetri Noh (John Cho), the event occurs during a high-speed chase and they find themselves investigating the phenomenon. Meanwhile, Benford's wife, Olivia (Sonya Walger), a doctor, wakes up on the floor of the OR. Watch & Discuss: Watch FlashForward: Season 1, Episode 1 - 'No More Good Days' Read FlashForward's Review: Season 1, Episode 1 - 'No More Good Days'

First 18 Minutes of 'FlashForward' Made Available

Following the leaks of several clips from the series premiere, ABC has made available the first 18 minutes of " FlashForward ". The story kicks off almost similar to " Lost " with the chaos already happening in a situation that the characters cannot seep into mind. It then moves back several hours before the inexplicable event. To be premiered on September 24, "FlashForward" chronicles the chaos that ensues after everyone in the world passes out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds. When the world's population is given a glimpse of their future due to a mysterious global event, it forces everyone to come to grips with whether their destinies can be fulfilled or avoided. It centers on newly sober Mark Banford, an FBI agent who is patching up his life and marriage. During the blackout, his wife Olivia has a vision that she is in love with another man. In the pilot titled "No More Good Days", Mark and his partner, Demetri Noh, are in the middle of a car chase monitored by their boss, Olivia is in the middle of surgery and Dr. Bryce Varley is weighing a potentially life-ending decision. Mark's friend, Aaron Stark, is working high above the ground on power lines and Nicole Kirby, baby-sitter to Mark and Olivia's daughter, Charlie, is in the throes of passion with her boyfriend. Source Here

FLASH FORWARD Season Premiere - First Look

Check out a first look of the new ABC's new series FlashForward season premiere episode "No More Good Days" which airs on Thursday September 24 at 9:30 p.m. Episode Synopsis: What would you do if you were given a glimpse of the future? Would you accept what you saw and live life to its fullest, or would you do everything in your power to change your destiny? When the world's population is given a glimpse of their future, it forces everyone to come to grips with whether their destinies can be fulfilled or avoided, on the premiere of "FlashForward," THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. On the season premiere episode, "No More Good Days," it's just another normal day in Los Angeles. FBI agent Mark Benford and his partner, Demetri Noh, are in the middle of a car chase monitored by their boss, Stanford Wedeck, and colleague Janis Hawk; Mark's wife, Dr. Olivia Benford, is in the middle of surgery; Dr. Bryce Varley is weighing a potentially life-ending decision; Mark's friend, Aaron Stark, is working high above the ground on power lines; and Nicole Kirby -- baby-sitter to Mark and Olivia's daughter, Charlie -- is in the throes of passion with her boyfriend when suddenly, and without warning, every person on Earth blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds and sees a series of events from their own future, taking place on April 29, 2010 at 10:00 p.m., Pacific Time. For some the future will be joyous and hopeful; for others, shockingly unexpected; and for a few, it simply doesn't seem to exist. To Read More Click Here .

Comedian John Cho Serious About 'Flash Forward'

Armed with a straight face and a deadly determined expression, one can hardly pinpoint John Cho in the trailer of the upcoming series FlashForward . While the man can be easily identified on the streets of Hollywood, it feels so different to see him in such a serious show like this one. Cho has graced theaters in his comic role on the Harold and Kumar flicks, so it's certainly a shocker to see him in suspenseful sci-fi fare. Then again, he was already noted for his role as Sulu on J. J. Abrams' Star Trek earlier this year. Taking on more dramatic roles certainly felt like the right step for him. On an interview with The New Paper, the 37-year-old John Cho discussed why he easily accepted the role of FBI Agent Demetri Noh on Flash Forward. He'll be the loyal partner of Joseph Fiennes' character, Mark Benford. The intriguing thing about Cho's role is that he didn't get a glimpse of his future while everyone blacked out. Could it mean he's dead in six months? We hardly see John Cho on television, so this is indeed a welcome change for his career. "I wasn't willing to go back to television as I had a couple of shows that went bust on me, and I wasn't keen on testing those waters again," the actor explained. "But this script is very compelling and I connected with Demetri's circumstances." Cho also revealed that filming Flash Forward will be quite an intriguing experience, since he has no idea what's in store for the characters. The other actors were given no clues as well. "Unlike other television shows where the characters stay the same week after week, this is a little different as we don't know where the characters are going," Cho said. "'We are finding our way around this, but it helped that we are shooting two episodes simultaneously." But John Cho doesn't think he can take that mystery. Even he would like his own glimpse of the future. "'I'm the kind of person who wants all available information on the table," he claimed. "I like to know how things work out." Source Here

FLASH FORWARD Season Premiere Preview

Check out a preview and a couple of Preview (one of which includes a first look at Dominic Monaghan) for ABC's new series, FlashForward , which premieres on Wednesday, September 23 at 9:30 p.m. This is one of the new shows I am looking forward to the most this Fall. It has a great cast and hopefully the storylines will continue to be compelling. So enjoy the previews below and make sure you also check out the cast gallery pictures for Flash Forward. To watch The Preview Click Here . To Watch The Preview 2 Click Here . To Watch The Preview 3 Click Here . Flash Forward Synopsis: When a mysterious event causes the entire world to black out, humanity is given a glimpse into its near future, and every man, woman and child is forced to come to grips with whether their destinies can be avoided or fulfilled. Adapting award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer's revolutionary novel, executive producers David S. Goyer (visionary co-writer of "Batman Begins" and " The Dark Knight ") and Brannon Braga (" 24 ," " Star Trek: Enterprise ") invite you to embark on a journey to answer the question, "if you knew what your future held, what would you do?" Source Here

Joseph Fiennes Ready to Go 'Flash Forward'

If there's a series that we can look forward to (pun not intended, but haha) this fall, it's ABC's FlashForward . It's not just because it's been billed as the next Lost, but it's because of the interesting premise and the all-star cast. Leading the pack is English actor Joseph Fiennes, who I wouldn't really know about if it wasn't for his brother Voldemort. Anyway, Joseph Fiennes has his own brilliant list of credentials. He portrayed Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love and Martin Luther in Luther. With those title roles, it's only natural he get himself into television and bag the lead role in Flash Forward. He's just as excited as we are. "I think I have David [S. Goyer] to blame and his extraordinary team['s] good writing," Fiennes told CanMag. "I think film is a director's medium. [Television] just seems like it's a medium for writers. I was really excited by the script and the complexities and also really that the idea of a self-fulfilling prophecy, I think, is there's this conflict." The unique concept of Flash Forward hopes to bring in the viewers, and it's bound to succeed. People getting a limited glimpse into the future contains endless possibilities for stories, as well as a good look into the psyche of humans. To Read More Click Here .

New Promo of 'FlashForward': The Mass Blackout

Without eliminating the part that explains the phenomena happening to people in the entire world for 2 minutes and 17 seconds, the new promo of " FlashForward " gives the actual mass blackout occurring at a sport stadium. Toward the end of the promo, something peculiar is captured in the cctv video while people pass out. A new sci-fi series airing on ABC, "FlashForward" tells the mysterious happening that caused people to see few months ahead of their life. Following the global event, people start dying one by one while operating man-controlled vehicles like cars and aircraft. The series stars Joseph Fiennes as Mark Benford, John Cho as Demetri Noh, Sonya Walger as Olivia Benford, Dominic Monaghan as Simon and more. ABC is going full throttle in promoting this show by creating a unique campaign that has bizarre codes on printed ads. The black-and-white codes can be held up to a webcam and the computer screen turns into a 3D ad featuring photos from the show. Each of the photos will extend to clips when clicked. "Once you watch all the videos, it's a 10-minute experience," Darren Schillace, ABC Entertainment advertising/marketing exec explained. "In the normal world, you'd never spend 10 minutes with a print ad." Ads can be found on tech-oriented publications such as Wired, Popular Mechanics and some gaming magazines. The downloaded version can be obtained at Source & Promo