FlashForward Sees Its Future, and It's Good

It looks like we may see how this worldwide blackout pans out after all. ABC has opted to give FlashForward a full-season order just three episodes into its young life. The decision gives the series a 22-episode debut season and is ABC's fourth full-season pickup this season, joining its trio of Wednesday night comedies.

The news is great for ABC, which is enjoying one of its better years of late. After a few middling seasons, ratings are up for the network, due in large part to the early success of Modern Family and FlashForward and a return to form (ratings wise) for Grey's Anatomy. The FlashForward pickup is especially telling, considering how the show is performing against the cutthroat competition on Thursday nights. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, FlashForward is the first scripted show to outperform CBS' Survivor in the Thursday at 8 pm timeslot since Friends.

FlashForward, about a worldwide blackout in which people see visions of their lives six months into the future, is a possible tentpole program for ABC (though it isn't without its flaws). The potential is there for a long-running series, as producers have said that their vision spans at least a few seasons' worth material, and frankly, we want to see how this whole blackout thing pans out.

What do you think? Will FlashForward stick around for good? Or will it be another The Nine?

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If ABC decides to give The Forgotten the full-season treatment, then I'll be a happy camper. If not, watch out.
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I think FF is okay. I don't think it is as interesting as Lost. At times the story seems to drag quite a bit. I've complained before about ABC cancelling shows too quickly, so I'm willing to hang in there for the full season and see where FF goes. It also will be interesting to see if the future can be changed.
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this show is horrible: ok storyline, bad acting, boring backgrounds, slow as hell, no emotions
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LordAndrew - How long have you and Surette been sleeping together?
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I can TOTALLY AGREE with 'see how this whole blackout thing pans out'. I went 2 see the hole show cause i dont have the book.
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@bigglewigs: He's not ranting about how great it is. You can post articles about a show getting good ratings and how good ratings are good for the network, without being a fan yourself. He says it has potential, and that he wants to see how it pans out. That's not exactly high praise. But it does indicate that he doesn't hate the show, and he never did claim to hate it in the first place.
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I'm happy that the show is being given at least six months. I'm having trouble seeing where you would go with it beyond two seasons, though, just to explain things.
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Hey Surette, wern't you the author of last weeks article 'FlashForward is NOT the Next Lost' where you bashed the show after only three episodes? Here you are a week later ranting about how good the show is doing in the ratings against Survivor and how great that is for ABC. I'm still amazed that this site actually pays you to write your dribble.
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good news it`s gonna be nteresting to watch i already like this show
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Great news. Lost is going into its final season and I want a show that can replace it(hopefully better) and after watching these 3 episodes of FF, I think it can really do it.
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Good news for a good show!
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This is a good news.
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Great news, I'm really liking it so far. Hope it lasts at least a couple of seasons. Especially with Lost ending next year, I'll be needing something to watch.
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I hope there will come more seasons of FlashForward.

I also think Castle is one of there biggest hits at the moment (9mil - 11mil viewers on 10pm).
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I'm glad the producers can fulfill the show's intential storyline, but if it should stick around for more seasons??
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If they don't get 'LOST' in their own storylines, then it should make great television to watch. Bud the first three episodes where Waaauuuuwww....(I want some more please)
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Great news ABC good to see at least c1 network has listened to the fans and ordered a full season for this show I agree its a bit slow at the moment but its been too long since there was a show with this much potential and congratulations to ABC for knowing that!
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HAHAHAHA. Eat it, Surette, just open up real wide and eat it. FlashForward is great television and I'm just so happy it's getting a full season to develop.
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Loving this new show here and it's good to see it'll be around for a little. Definitely a good decision on ABC's part! I don't get any "oomph" from House or CSI (or its ripoffs) so I guess I'm good to go!
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Proof positive its been a sparse year for new shows!
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im liking this show, even tho its a little slow right now...i see lots of potential to come outta this show
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Good decision ABC, let's just hope the show doesn't disappoint.
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:). I love FlashForward!
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FF has that derivative lack of "oomph" you get from the House and CSI ripoffs most of the time. Down to the catastrophe sequences you could match the pilot to Lost's first episode scene by scene, and it's really hard to build up momentum like that. It may come to terms with its own personality down the line, but right now the writing isn't there to support it.
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Great news.I think FlashForward has the potential to be this year's Fringe.
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This is totes my favorite new Drama this season. Modern Family my new favorite Comedy. I so wanted to hate ABC after canceling Life on Mars and The Unusuals and Pushing Daises. Oh well, they still got me.
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Good, it is one of the few show that gets my family together.
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Yay! I love this show. :)
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Good...



XO XO



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That's a little strange, given that the show is terrible.
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glad it made it through. It's not the next lost but it holds my attention for now. might be a good "one seasoner"
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I really like FlashForward and I hope it sticks around for a little while. The first few episodes have left my heart pounding (especially the end of the first episode...talk about ominous) and I would really like to see how everything turns out. The fact that the writers claim to have a five-season plan for the show makes me have confidence that it will be good. At least they know what they have to do and when it needs to happen to get them to their planned ending. I'm rooting for it!
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