FlashForward “Needs” To Last At Least Three Seasons

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For many avid TV fans out there, the premiere of the new ABC series FlashForward was not only “a new show starting” but an event. It has one of the more intriguing show premises to come along in quite some time – one day, out of nowhere, the entire population of Earth blacks out for exactly 2 minutes and 17 seconds. But here’s the curve ball – in that time, everyone gets a vision (or “Flashforward“) of their own futures in roughly six months.

That premise alone had me (and I’m sure many others) hooked straight away and thankfully the premiere episode of FlashForward did not let us down (the ratings sure reflected that). It was intriguing, engaging, well acted, well written and like all good TV shows, it left you wanting more by episode’s end. And it looks like the producers of the show have a plan to continue with that kind of thing as they say it will “need” (that’s a direct quote) to last at least three seasons for them to tell the story properly.

While talking to SFX Magazine, co-creator and producer of FlashForward, David S. Goyer, gave a little bit on what he told ABC about what they have in mind for the show, with another producer of the show, Marc Guggenheim, adding info about the duration they believe it “needs.” Here’s what Goyer said (thanks to io9):

“We pitched [ABC] a fairly excessive plan… I mean, we know exactly the shot that season one ends on! They obviously said this resembles Lost, in that it’s a really cool script, but [they asked], ‘Do you have any idea where it goes?’ We said, ‘Yeah we know how the whole season ends and how the whole series ends’, and they went, ‘Holy sh*t!'”

Guggenheim added:

“We know what the ultimate season is and the penultimate season is. For in between, we know the various seasons but we are treating it like an accordion. In success, [the show] can go seven years. In less success, it would need to go three years to work. The end game of the show, to be properly done, really requires two full seasons focusing on the end game.”

As Goyer mentioned, the obvious comparison to draw from FlashForward is ABC’s hit series, Lost. The premiere started pretty similarly to Lost‘s pilot (minus that crazy island, that is 😛 ); it has the same “twist and turn” nature; a large, diverse cast, including a couple of actors from Lost; going from the first episode, it’s going to end on a cliffhanger (almost) every episode; and, heck, even the NAME of the show was a storytelling device that featured (features?) prominently in Lost (I know it’s not where it was first used, but it’s a valid comparison).

The studio’s shocked reaction to Goyer saying they know how the first series, as well as the entire show, ends should be noted. As Screen Rant head honcho said behind-the-scenes, “I guess when they started Lost they had no idea.” This is a criticism that’s been brought up many-a-time about Lost – the fact that they were kind of “winging it” after a while with the plotlines, until they secured an end date and they were then able to reign it in and concentrate on the destination, making the journey their that much more clear.

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How similar is FlashForward to Lost?

I’d just like to throw in my defense for Lost – even if, admittedly, it did seem like the writers didn’t have everything mapped out from the beginning, I’m positive they had the BIG things locked down. And even out with those aspects, we still had (and still have) some of the best acting, writing, characters, excitement and intrigue around. But that’s just an avid Lost fan defending his favorite show, there. I digress…

Just going by the first episode of FlashForward, I predict a successful future (get it?) for the show, even if the premise they have doesn’t seem to me to be one that it could go on for even a couple of seasons never mind the seven that the producers say they could go to if the show is successful. I’ll definitely be tuning in for episode two of the show to see what happens (if you watched the premiere, you’ll know they left us on an absolute DOOZY of a cliffhanger). And I’ll be very interested to see if the producers/writers can keep the show going (coincidentally, as they have with Lost) for as many seasons as they’re planning/hoping for.

What would you think of FlashForward lasting for at least three seasons and even going for seven? Did you watch the premiere of the show, and do you think it has enough there to last that long?

Episode 2 of FlashForward airs on ABC this Thursday, October 1st.

Source: io9

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  1. I didn’t get to see all of the premiere, I missed like the first 15 or 20 minutes, but what I did see looked good. It did leave you wanting more. I think it is good that they already know how the series would end and how they can make it work whether it is really successfull or only slightly successful. How many times does that happen? Probably not much. I think that if they make it to season 2 and it goes well and season 3 starts out really well I would probably want to see it last longer.

  2. While i enjoyed the premier, this show could easily go both ways. It could stay very intriguing or just turn into crap.

    I felt like it was needing a little bit more of an edge, but i’m willing to give it more time to show me more to keep me intrigued. But i can also see it losing me pretty quickly if it doesn’t throw in some good twists.

  3. I really hope it stays true to the book regarding the basis for the time being stopped to being with.

    LHC FTW!!!!!

  4. Having read the book, I was underwhelmed. The changes made hurt the story in my opinion and they will need to work hard to change my mind.

  5. I loved the premier , I see a great show ahead.
    I think the show could enjoy a good 3 year run but I’d be surprised if they can keep the concept interesting for 7 years.

  6. @ Robot Jox pilot

    LHC FTW ?????

    couldya ‘splain that one to me ?

  7. I thought it was a great start to a promising new show.

  8. I imagine they could stretch it out the way Lost did by going into the backgrounds of each character.

    From a summary of the book they’ve made some major changes already. The book sounds very nuts & bolts Sf. They seem to be concentrating more on human relations in the series.

  9. I was hesitant in getting into Flash Forward just because I thought it may be a little too much like Lost and after a strong start get a little too caught up in it’s own twists and turns, but that season premiere was so impressive IMO that I think I’m gonna have to keep up with it.

  10. The instant I watched the show I was instantly hooked!! Keep up the good work David and co. You got a really good thing on your hands so don’t screw it up.

    And this is coming from someone whose a huge fan of science fiction shows and movies, video games and comics and books.

  11. You know what confuses me? How exactly will they draw out FLASHFORWARD for 3 or even 5 years when they plan on wrapping up what caused the blackout by the end of the first season?

    Have they changed their plans on that idea or will this indeed be a drawn out LOST in 24 type of series that becomes a CRIME-DRAMA after season 1?


  12. I was really impressed with the Flash Forward pilot, but I doubt it will hold my interest once the skyscrapers stop burning. It seems like the blackout event was the most interesting part of the whole story and it’s now over.

  13. I don’t think i could last another 7 year series.

    Although Lost has spanned years,i think the writers were very wise to not say how long they wanted the show to run for.That way,every season promised a finalé.
    I think maybe the writers of Flashforward may have done themselves some harm by giving out an extended time span,because if certain episodes aren’t up to scratch,people (well me at least) will think “another 6 years of this???”

    They really can’t afford any slip ups here!! (saying that,i’m looking forward to ep 2)

  14. I suppose nobody remembers this, but when Lost first started the writers promoted the idea that they didn't know where the story was going. It was intriguing at the time because there was so much possibility…but as the series progressed a lot of viewers were lost because of how complicated the plot got. Not to say Lost isn't a great show, but it'll be interesting to see how Flashforward does in comparison since these writers do know how it ends.

  15. I suppose nobody remembers this, but when Lost first started the writers promoted the idea that they didn't know where the story was going. It was intriguing at the time because there was so much possibility…but as the series progressed a lot of viewers were lost because of how complicated the plot got. Not to say Lost isn't a great show, but it'll be interesting to see how Flashforward does in comparison since these writers do know how it ends.

  16. even tho it has been criticised recently i love it. GIVE IT A BLOODY CHANCE IT HAS MICHAEL MAESSEE IN IT