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Fall TV Preview 2009: FlashForward

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FlashForward (ABC)

Premiere: Thursday, Sept. 24, 8-9 p.m.
Competition: Survivor: Samoa, The Vampire Diaries, Bones, Parks & Recreation
Cast:
Dominic Monaghan, John Cho, Joseph Fiennes, Sonya Walger, Courtney B. Vance, Gabrielle Union
Status:
We've seen the first episode.

Should you watch FlashForward? Read on...

Where were you on April 29, 2010? Maybe you can't remember your future, but the characters on ABC's enigmatic new series glimpse theirs when they black out for two minutes and 17 seconds. After awakening to the chaos—freeway collisions, plane crashes, rogue kangaroos—resulting from this "global event," they must confront how their "flashforward" visions will influence how they act in the present.

Comparisons to Lost (also on ABC) are inevitable—FlashForward is a time-bending, mythology-oriented story told from the perspectives of individual characters in a huge ensemble cast—but both are exceptionally unique. Maybe it's more accurate to call Lost the wingman for FlashForward. If it weren't for Lost's success, ABC probably would not be as committed—financially and creatively—to this new epic series.

But the network has invested in the cinematic visions of show runners David Goyer and Marc Guggenheim (the creative forces behind Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Green Lantern). Blockbuster movie stars like Joseph Fiennes, Dominic Monaghan and John Cho are equally inspired by the ambitious concept—which, Goyer revealed to us, just "gets bigger and bigger and bigger."

As Fiennes (who stars as FBI Special Agent Mark Benford) says, "It stirs up a great conversation about predestination...if you could see a future that wasn't so beautiful, would you want to avoid it? Would you want to change it?"

"Those who change their futures," he added ominously, "do so at their peril."

Verdict: Watch (and DVR for Easter eggs)

Are you interested in Flash Forward? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Find out more about the season's new shows in our Fall TV Preview photo gallery!

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