In the least surprising “network picks up a show” news of the week (I know it’s only Monday, but still), ABC has picked up “Flash Forward,” giving the show a 13-episode order. This isn’t a surprise because the network had already begun viral marketing the show during last week’s “Lost,” and they wouldn’t dump that kind of money into a show they were only kinda-sorta going to maybe pick up. Plus, early buzz on the show has been relatively positive (I know a guy who knows a guy who says good things about the show, so it’s got that going for it).
“Flash Forward” is based on the book by Robert J. Sawyer, a well-received sci-fi story where a worldwide, cataclysmic event knocks everyone out for about two minutes. During that downtime, everyone sees a quick little glimpse of their future. When the world reboots two minutes later, it has to collectively deal with the mayhem caused by folks being asleep at the wheel for two minutes, while people individually try to cope with their newfound insight of things ahead. Joseph Fiennes is the lead, as an FBI agent, and he’s joined by a pretty solid cast that includes Sonya Walger, John Cho and Jack Davenport, among others.
ABC will be announcing its new schedule on May 19, during the upfronts, but it’s expected that “Fast Forward” will either air after “Lost” next winter/spring or, more likely, air in “Lost’s” timeslot during the fall season.