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Ratings News: Episode 2 of FlashForward Gets 10.78 Million Viewers

PENNY IS THE NEW OLIVIA...

PENNY IS THE NEW OLIVIA...

Ratings news for the second episode of FlashForward seems quite good. According to TV by the Numbers, “White to Play” got 10.78 million viewers, retaining approximately 86% of the audience who tuned in to the series premiere last week. The show also got a household rating/share of 6.7/11, and a rating/share of 3.7/11 among Adults 18-49, which tied timeslot competition Survivor: Samoa on CBS.

Compared to other new shows on ABC getting good ratings, FlashForward also held up well. FlashForward got more total viewers than Modern Family (9.993 million) and Cougar Town (9.249). FlashForward also had a comparable rating/share among Adults 18-49 (a desirable demographic especially among advertisers), with a 3.8/10 for both Modern Family and Cougar Town.

source: FLASHFORWARDTV.COM

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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

FLASH FORWARD is an amazing new series from ABC.  Here is some info you need to know from www.flashforwardtv.com :

What did you see?” An exciting new ABC series debuting this Fall 2009 seeks to answer that question and more when, in a split second, the world changes when everyone flashes forward and catches a glimpse of a future that may or may not come to fruition.

In the thrilling television adaptation of Hugo Award-winner Robert J. Sawyer’s outstanding science-fiction novel, executive producers David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) and Brannon Braga (Star Trek, 24) catapult our consciousness into a world paralyzed by visions of tomorrow. Only time will tell whether the all-too-human characters – portrayed by Joseph Fiennes, Sonya Walger, Jack Davenport, and John Cho – will be able to escape their destiny.

FlashForward premieres on 24 September 2009, and airs every Thursday at 8pm ET/PT, 7pm Central.

Here are some screen caps from the promo :

Is that you Penny?

Is that you Penny?

A look into the Future.

A look into the Future.

 

I know ABC is trying to capitalize on Lost fans to start watching and getting obsessed about a new show, but it happens without pushing it.  If you got a hit on your hands, it will happen.  Is Flash Forward the next Lost?  I don’t think we will ever get another show like Lost.  But I am really excited about this new show.  It looks great and the concept is really cool.  This is one of the few new shows that really has me excited. 

So premiering in August 2009  Episode 1 

  “Flash Forward Fan Podcast with Heath & Ms. Wendy”.

Ms. Wendy and I will be starting a new podcast about Flash Forward.  So stay tuned for podcast logo and updates.