Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
For those of you who aren’t paying attention to the barrage or recent advertising and promotion, ABC will begin airing a new television series called FlashForward on September 24th at 8pm. Based on the 1999 novel by Robert J. Sawyer, the story involves a global event which causes everyone to simultaneously experience, for two minutes and seventeen seconds, his or her life six months in the future. Everyone who survived is left wondering if what they saw will actually happen. Many people are already calling it the new Lost. That said, there is the concern that the creators might not know how to deliver on this initial concept.
Well, not only does David S Goyer claim to have a plan for the entire series, something he says is a must when presenting a pilot pitch in this post-Lost era, but he also knows when the endpoint should happen. The plan is to have the story told over the course of five seasons. It could, however, be shortened down to three, or “accordioned” out to last even longer. Five years is a good length for any series, any more is usually overkill. Especially with a non-sitcom television show, with a story that is less episodic and more serial/concept based.
If you haven’t seen the initial trailer that was released in early August, check that out below. ABC has also released a new two and half minute sneak preview from the pilot, a scene where the team compares what they saw and plan their course of action. That video is embedded below, second video down.