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"Cortney B. Vance, I think we got cancelled.."

ABC has cancelled “FlashForward” due to low ratings,  the show dropped from 12.47 million when it debuted in September to 4.77 million on the latest episode.

As you know Ms. Wendy and i started a FlashForward podcast but at the break, we just decided to stop.  The show was struggling and it failed to find a rhythm.  However, the show came back after a hiatus and the last 5 episodes were awesome.  However, even a dvd release of the first part of the season didn’t help as fans were lost for good.  If a show doesn’t maintain high ratings, the newtworks will cancel a show, no questions asked.  My idea : cut the cast down which will help the budget and continue the run on the Scy-Fy network.  But that will not happen.  The cast is moving on.  Recently FlashForward alum Michael Ealy  has joined the cast of  Californication  for season 3.  Well, bye bye FlashForward, you weren’t given a fair chance but we are in the days of ratings, no ratings, no air time.

It looks like V  has been renewed but won’t get a season 2 premiere till 2011.

 

Before the new series “Flash Forward” debuted, the production team had mapped out a season-long and series-long arc for the show.

And while we don’t know if we’ll get to see the entire series arc, at least we’ll get to see the full season arc.  ABC gave the green light for a full season of the freshman drama yesterday. The order extends the episode count from 13 to 22.

The series has delivered solid ratings against CBS’s “Survivor” and has done extremely well when DVR figures are factored in.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, ratings for “Flash Forward” grew by 32% when DVR viewing was factored into the equation.

That’s the best numbers for any freshman series of the year and is well above the ratings delivered by “Ugly Betty” in the same time slot last year.

“Flash Forward” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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Robert J. Sawyer  is the author of the book Flash Forward

Robert J. Sawyer and David S. Goyer

Robert J. Sawyer and David S. Goyer

And yes, he made an appearance  in the pilot episode.  I had no idea, well, I don’t know what he looked like.  I guess that’s why.  But I do now.  Regardless, I love hidden cool facts like this.  I’m a big fan of films/shows putting important figures in the background.  This element of hidden appearances  kind of started with Alfred Hitchcock.  He would show up in the background of all his films.  But some sites are calling Robert J. Sawyer’s appearance a cameo.  But what is actually a cameo?  The Hitchcock and R.Sawyer appearances are more as a background performer (an extra).  They are sort of hidden so your eye has to look for them.  Cameo‘s are usually when a real famous person appears briefly on screen but they usually have a line or 2.  It’s also done so the viewer notices it and not has to pause and search.  Cameo’s are not usually someone just in the background.  Robert J. Sawyer is on the phone next to Olivia, so it may be considered a cameo.  He is right in the foreground.  But is he famous enough?  Well, if he made a cameo in Batman, sure it may not be considered a cameo but a bit part.  But the fact he is the author of Flash Forward, it may qualify as a cameo.  I can’t remember if he actually spoke in the scene but it sounds good to me.  Thanks to FlashForward TV for the photo :

Robert J. Sawyer on the left.

Robert J. Sawyer on the left.

 

Here is a look at a Press Tour Diary from Michael Ausiello at EW :

WHO: Sonya Walger, Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Courtney B. Vance, Dominic Monaghan, and exec producers Jessika Borsiczky Goyer, David S. Goyer, and Marc Guggenheim.

Fiennes and Walger

Fiennes and Walger

PREMISE: The world’s population blacks out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds, during which they see a glimpse of their future on April 29, 2010. Compelling, suspenseful pilot with two fantastic leads in Walger and Fiennes. (Watch the trailer)

1:01 pm/PST: “By the end of the first season most of the questions in the pilot will be answered,” says e.p. David Goyer. The exception: The “overarching cause of why the blackout happened” won’t be revealed until the end of the series.

1:06 pm: David Goyer is an “enormous fan of Lost” and says the show “proved to me that there could be a place on network television for” dramas with large ensembles featuring different shades of morality. Damon Lindelof’s advice to him: “Tell your story. Stick to your guns.”

1:08 pm: The timeline of Season 1 will go beyond April 29, 2010 (a.k.a. D-day), but it won’t be the season finale. “The significance of that date is one of the mysteries of the show,” says e.p. Guggenheim. “And what’s going to happen after April 29 is another mystery of the show.”

1:09 pm: Monaghan, who says FF is “not as sophisticated” and mythology-rich as Lost, signed on without a script or a specific character description. “He took an enormous leap of faith,” says David Goyer. Monaghan’s only request: He wanted to play someone vastly different than Charlie. Producers remain mum on who exactly he will be playing.

1:10 pm: Stalker alert! Monaghan’s initial meeting with producers took place at Delancey on Sunset. Chances are, he’ll be back! (Directions)

1:13 pm: Casting notes: Seth MacFarlane (yes, that Seth MacFarlane) and Alex Kingston (or “the woman from ER,” as one reporter referred to her) will continue to recur. Gabrielle Union, meanwhile, kicks off her arc in episode 3.

1:14 pm: Lost has polar bears. FlashForward has a kangaroo.

1:30 pm: Walger says she has “absolutely no idea” if she’s returning to Lost as Penny.

Coming up next: ABC exec session!

SOURCE : AUSIELLO FROM EW

Joseph Fiennes in Flash Forward.

Joseph Fiennes in Flash Forward.

 

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.

This is the summary for ABC’s new show Flash Forward.  The premiere is just over two weeks away and yes, Ms. Wendy and I are podcasting about this new hit show.  Tonight on labor day Monday, we will do our introduction podcast.  We will be going over everything you need to know to get ready for the show.

THE FLASH FORWARD PODCAST WITH HEATH AND MS. WENDY : EPISODE 1 : 9PM EST ON TALKSHOE.

 

Flash Forward’s 2 hour pilot episode debuts on Thursday September 24th, 2009 at 8pm on ABC.
 
The Flash Forward Podcast with Heath and Ms. Wendy   will then bring their podcast on Friday nights after every new episode (new episodes air on Thursdays).
Our old friend Penny in a new place....

Our old friend Penny in a new place....

Ms. Wendy and I make OUR Flash Forward podcast debut this Monday  September 7th, 2009 on talkshoe, 9pm est.  Search :  The Flash Forward Podcast.

Here is Sam McPherson’s (TV Over Mind) take on Flash Forward :

Don’t let anyone tell you differently; FlashForward is the show to watch this year. I was convinced of that within the first five minutes of the pilot episode, and I am still convinced. Not since Lost has there been such a perfect blend of mystery and character drama, and I can’t wait to see how the series expands and develops.

Before you watch the show, however, it’s important that you get one huge misconception out of your head. FlashForward is not the new Lost. Sonya Walger, who has appeared on both shows, sums it up perfectly: ” It’s a huge compliment being (mentioned) in the same breath as Lost. (But) I think the similarity begins and ends with big ensemble casts.”

There are still little echoes of Lost, the most notable being the opening moments of the series; a devastating highway pileup that is similar to the wreckage of Oceanic Flight 815. But the show quickly establishes itself as a different beast. It’s not about survival — it’s about solving the puzzle.

FlashForward is indeed its own unique beast; it barely even follows the novel it was based upon. The characters are much different than those in the novel; the very nature of the flash itself has been altered so drastically that I no longer feel that reading the novel (a great read, by the way) spoiled my viewing experience of the series at all. This isn’t True Blood; Goyer and Braga simply took the basic concept of the novel and gave it their own interpretation.

The characters of FlashForward are just as interesting as the premise itself. Mark Benford, played by Joseph Fiennes, is a relatable protagonist. A former alcoholic, FBI agent Benford is in a playful relationship with his wife, surgeon Olivia (Sonya Walger), and together they have a young daughter, Charlie. The dynamic between the two is fun to watch, and they surprisingly have good chemistry together.

Don’t let anyone tell you differently; FlashForward is the show to watch this year. I was convinced of that within the first five minutes of the pilot episode, and I am still convinced. Not since Lost has there been such a perfect blend of mystery and character drama, and I can’t wait to see how the series expands and develops.

Before you watch the show, however, it’s important that you get one huge misconception out of your head. FlashForward is not the new Lost. Sonya Walger, who has appeared on both shows, sums it up perfectly: ” It’s a huge compliment being (mentioned) in the same breath as Lost. (But) I think the similarity begins and ends with big ensemble casts.”

There are still little echoes of Lost, the most notable being the opening moments of the series; a devastating highway pileup that is similar to the wreckage of Oceanic Flight 815. But the show quickly establishes itself as a different beast. It’s not about survival — it’s about solving the puzzle.

FlashForward is indeed its own unique beast; it barely even follows the novel it was based upon. The characters are much different than those in the novel; the very nature of the flash itself has been altered so drastically that I no longer feel that reading the novel (a great read, by the way) spoiled my viewing experience of the series at all. This isn’t True Blood; Goyer and Braga simply took the basic concept of the novel and gave it their own interpretation.

The characters of FlashForward are just as interesting as the premise itself. Mark Benford, played by Joseph Fiennes, is a relatable protagonist. A former alcoholic, FBI agent Benford is in a playful relationship with his wife, surgeon Olivia (Sonya Walger), and together they have a young daughter, Charlie. The dynamic between the two is fun to watch, and they surprisingly have good chemistry together.

Demetri Noh (John Cho) is Benford’s FBI partner, and is slightly less experienced and more excitable than Benford. He also provides some of the comic relief through the fairly dark first episode, including a short monologue about why he doesn’t want to dance to “Islands in the Stream” at his wedding. Benford and Noh are supervised from afar by Janis Hawk (Christine Woods) and Stan Wedeck (Courtney B. Vance), who later serve a greater purpose in the aftermath of the flashforward. Seth MacFarlane, best known for being the creator and a voice artist for the animated comedy Family Guy also has a role as an FBI agent.

Meanwhile, Olivia leaves Charlie in the care of the promiscuous babysitter Nicole (Peyton List), who has sexual partners in the Benford’s living room while Charlie is upstairs asleep. Olivia also has a troubled co-worker, Bryce Varley (Zachary Knighton), who is contemplating suicide prior to the flashforward. Mark’s friend and Alcoholic’s Anonymous sponsor Aaron (Brian O’Byrne) is also depressed, having lost his daughter in the war.

We meet these characters on the day of the flashforward, and only see them from the four-hour period prior to the flashforward onward. However, by the end of the pilot, most of the characters have become greatly relatable, especially after seeing their reaction to the two minute, seventeen second glimpse of the future which suddenly occurs during the middle of the day.

While I’m not going to tell you what any of the characters saw in their flashes, I will tell you that they’re definitely the most stylistic scenes I’ve seen on television in a while. Mark’s, which is featured the most prominently, plays like a Zack Snyder film on LSD — the film speeds up and slows down constantly, and is interspersed with random images of seemingly unrelated maps and diagrams. Though they’re not presented the way I would have presented them, they’re still very evocative and portray an almost-claustrophobia that affects the audience almost as much as it does the characters.

That’s not to say FlashForward doesn’t have its faults. The acting is a little wooden at times, and I wasn’t always convinced by the sincerity of some of the dialogue. But all in all, these few negatives are heavily outweighed by the positive — especially the ending of the episode, an absolutely fantastic cliffhanger accentuated with a slowly crecendoing score that left me wanting to see more of the series, even as the ABC Studios logo rolled onto the screen to the same muted score. I actually stood up, pointed at the screen, and said to myself, “That’s what a cliffhanger is supposed to be.” If every episode ends like that, it’ll have viewers literally begging for more, especially since Dominic Monaghan doesn’t appear in the first episode (though I have a theory that we may have seen his character), and Jack Davenport only does briefly.

The show, through the first episode, only gave us a glimpse of what’s to come, and will hopefully continue to meticulously unfold into new layers throughout its run. As I’ve said before, if the rest of the series is anywhere near the level of quality that this episode is, then it’ll be one for the books.

FlashForward will premiere on ABC September 24 at 8/7c. Watch it.

source: TVOvermind.com

Heath Solo is back!

September 3, 2009-It’s been a few weeks.  Summer is ending and life has been crazy for me .  Like most of you know, we get involved in projects that push our commitments to the fullest. We take on tasks that we feel we can accomplish, but sometimes time is our worst enemy. 

I haven’t blogged much in the last month : vacation, podcasting, finishing my script, etc.  I have posted weekly blu-ray releases and some TV info, but I have yet to actually start my daily blog.  I wanted to blog each day about random topics.  Anything on my mind that happens in “Heath’s World.”  Ok, one more time, “Party time, excellent.”  Got to love it Nancy Drew.  So I’m going to do my best to put out a daily blog.  I’m shooting for every day but there may be one to 2 days a week that we don’t get a daily blog.  But I want to be able to release something everyday whether it is Lost related, Film List related, life, TV or film related.  So I will do my best to keep it going. 

Finishing up my latest script has taken up all my time this summer.  I have taken a break from podcasting and blogging.  It’s important that I finish my screenplay by late September.  I’m on my 4th draft and it’s almost there.  This draft has made some leaps and bounds, so I see the 5th and final draft just being a “cross the T’s and dotting the I’s” draft.  So I will have the latest draft done this weekend, have a meeting, then work on the last and final draft over two weeks there after.  I’m also in the middle of another screen play that I’m developing for a network that I can’t say at this time.  It’s a less complicated script, so I’m giving myself a bit of latitude to get it finished.  But I do want to have a solid draft by October.

With that said, the tough part is over.  Time is becoming mine again and it’s perfect because I want to get on a more frequent podcasting schedule.  Next Monday, September 7th, 2009,  Ms. Wendy and I will be doing our first Flash Forward podcast.  It will be an introduction to this new show.  We are excited as it is our most anticipated new show we want to examine.

We will also be doing one  Lost podcast a month.  We will tackle the season finales we have yet to cover and do a few podcasts previewing the final Lost  season coming in 2010.  As we get closer to the season 6 premiere, we may add 2-3 extra podcasts to our plate.  The anticipation of the new season will get our motors running for putting out Lost content.

The Film List podcast  will resume also.  I have been trying to schedule a date with Donald and Agent Shadow to discuss season 2 of the X-files.  But we haven’t been able to nail down a date yet.  Plus as I have almost completed my rewatch of season 2, the slim set I have doesn’t have the finale on the last disc.  Donald told me that there was some problems with the season 2 slim set not having the finale.  So I wasn’t the only one who this happened to.  How can they forget to put the finale on these sets?  Are you kidding me?     I am so pissed that I payed money for a product that wasn’t complete.  Guess I am netflixing the last disc.

So with that said, Heath’s World  is back in full force.  Podcasts will be in full effect starting on September 7th, and I am excited.  Plus the much promised Heath’s Top 100 favorite films of all-time is on it’s way.  In September, I will be putting out numbers 100-91 on the Film List.  Also, I will be adding to Heath’s World : a Lost alums page, more fans top 10’s, and some new ideas from listener Tom Wilson.  Tom contacted me on doing a podcastof my experiences with auditioning for television and  the process.  Such a great idea Tom.  That will definitely be on the horizon for October.

So I’m back, ready to rock, thank you for checking out the blog and listening to the podcast.  Talk to you soon.

 

Heath Solo

New Network Shows 2009 : 8pm Slot

Everyday, I will be taking a look at the new network TV fall line-up.  I will release the new shows by network time slot.  Today, the 8pm prime time slot.  I’ll simply commenting on if I will watch,  not watch or if I’m intrigued.  I also want to hear from you.  Take part in the pole below.  So what new shows will get us excited?  Flash Forward is at the top of my list but I’m looking to fill that void with some other new shows.

Here is my code for viewing :

Pass : Not going to watch

Trial : Give it 2-3 episodes to see if I’ll stay with it.

YES : I’m going to watch and stick with it.

DVD : Any show that I’ll will not watch during the first run but may rent or buy the season on DVD for summer hiatus viewing.

 

NEW SHOWS COMING TO NETWORK TV THIS FALL at the 8pm slot :

Brothers
Fridays
at 8:00pm
on FOX
A retired NFL player and his wheelchair-bound brother reignite their childhood rivalries.
SOLO : Michael strahan taking his shot at prime time comedy.  Don’t think this is for me.  PASS
 
The Shark Tank
Tuesdays
at 8:00pm
on ABC
It’s not about real sharks, but about business-savvy contestants battling it out for funding.
SOLO : I DON’T DO REALITY OR FAKE REALITY SHOWS.  PASS
 
Hank
Wednesdays
at 8:00pm
on ABC
Kelsey Grammer stars as an unemployed former CEO trying to reconnect with his family.
SOLO: I LIKE KELSEY, BUT NOT SURE IF READY TO COMMIT.  DVD
 
Flash Forward
Thursdays
at 8:00pm
on ABC
This “companion series to Lost” will show audiences an eerie, chaotic vision of the future.
SOLO : YES, YES, AND YES.  I WILL WATCH AND ENJOY.
 
The Vampire Diaries
Thursdays
at 8:00pm
on CW
Two vampire brothers – one good, one evil – vie for the love of a beautiful human girl.
SOLO: IT MAY BE FOR A YOUNGER CROWD, BUT GIVING IT A TRY.   IF I DON’T COMMIT, DEFINITELY RENT 1ST SEASON.  TRIAL AND DVD.
 
Parenthood
Wednesdays
at 8:00pm
on NBC
Peter Krause stars in this re-imagining of the movie Parenthood.
SOLO: HUGE PETER KRAUSE FAN.  I ALWAYS TRY ANYTHING HE IS IN.  TRIAL.
 
Community
Thursdays
at 8:00pm
on NBC
The legendary Chevy Chase stars in a new series about a group of misfits at community college.
SOLO: CHEVY CHASE RETURNS TO TV.  INTERESTING.  TRIAL BUT MOST LIKELY DVD.
 
The Marriage Ref
Sundays
at 8:00pm
on NBC
(Midseason)
Jerry Seinfeld’s new comedy/reality series brings you relationship advice from the stars.
SOLO: IT’S REALITY SO NO, BUT I LOVE JERRY.  DVD
 
8:30 PM
 
The Cleveland Show
Sundays
at 8:30pm
on FOX
Cleveland Brown, former neighbor of Peter Griffin, has finally landed his very own series. Sweet!
SOLO: SORRY GLEN, CLEVELAND NOT ROCKIN’ ME.  PASS
 
Sons of Tucson
Sundays
at 8:30pm
on FOX
(Midseason)
Three rich brothers hire a hustler to pose as their father while their real one is in prison.
SOLO : PASS
 
The Middle
Wednesdays
at 8:30pm
on ABC
Take a new look at American life through the eyes of a middle-class Midwestern mom.
SOLO: NEED MORE INFO.  INTRIGUES ME A BIT.  DVD?  PASS? 
Accidentally on Purpose
Mondays
at 8:30pm
on CBS
Jenna Elfman stars as a film critic raising a child with platonic partner. Holy hilarity!
SOLO: LOVE JENNA ELFMAN BUT NOT READY TO COMMIT TO THIS SHOW.  PASS
 
source : www.tv.com
 

Click on link below to listen to Dominic Monaghan and Davis S. Goyer talk about Flash Forward and a little Lost on Charlie Pace’s return.  Jopinonated supplied video as shown on Ms. Wendy’s blog :

David and Dom talk Flash forward and Lost

Comic Con, July 24, 2009-The worst kept secret has been verified during “” panel at San Diego Comic Con this year. Instead of reviving his Charlie Pace character on ““, was on the ABC promo as a new character on “Flash Forward”. His role, however, was neither specified nor will it appear on the two-hour pilot this Fall.

“Is Dominic Monaghan going to be on the show?” was in fact the first question thrown at the panel. Co-creator David S. Goyer refused to answer the question, saying “We’re not going to tell you”. Nonetheless, they ran a series of clips from the show toward the end of the presentation, which eventually show Monaghan in the last one. It was then that Goyer formally confirmed that “the bassist from Driveshaft” is in the show.

Goyer was careful not to spill too much on Monaghan’s character, only mentioning that the name is Simon, and that “he’s kinda a game-changer character who f***s up a lot of things.”

“Flash Forward” will premiere on September 24 at 8/7c. It tells about a phenomenon where everyone in the world passes out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds and has a vision of the future. But it centers on newly sober Mark Banford (Joseph Fiennes), an FBI agent who is patching up his life and marriage.

Although it bears Monaghan and similar sci-fi qualities, Goyer emphasizes that “Flash” is none like “Lost”. He explained, “Nothing is ever going to be the new ‘Lost’,” adding ” ‘Lost’ is this genre-breaking show that was its own thing, unique and daring and challenging. I thought, if they’re courageous enough to put that on the air, they’ll be courageous enough to put (‘Flash’) on the air.”

HEATH SOLO : What normally happens with TV shows.  The pilot is filmed.  If the network likes it, they will give the green light : a 6 or 13 episode order.  Then once it airs, if the ratings keep up with their standards, they will usually order a full season.    Usually after the pilot is filmed and audience tested, they decide if they need to replace actors or maybe hire some new ones.  As what happened in Flash Forward, Dominic Monaghan wasn’t in the pilot but the network decided to cast him afterwards.  Thus creating buzz with the hopes Charlie Pace fans will watch and watch.  Very smart move by ABC.  I’ll watch……and watch…..

 

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