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ABC Officially Picks Up 'Flash Forward' For First Season

ABC has officially picked up its much anticipated drama 'Flash Forward'.

The show -- which is already is being promoted with its 'What did you see' promos on the network during 'Lost' -- received a 13-episode order after a strong reception at its first screening.

Based on Robert J. Sawyer's novel of the same name, the series will follow the aftermath of a global event in which everyone in the world blacks out for 2 minutes, 17 seconds and has mysterious visions of six months into the future, this is a change from 21 years in the future in the novel.

The CERN the Large Hadron Collider accelerator is performing a run when the entire human race loses its consciousness.

Each individual, except for those asleep, experiences their own future through the senses of their future self. This "flash forward" event lasts just over two minutes, but when it is over many are dead in accidents involving vehicles, aircraft, and any other device needing human control.

Flash Forward originally was developed at HBO, but ABC bid on the show hoping to groom it as a potential successor to the mystery island drama, which enters its final season next year.

'Flash Forward' is expected to launch in the fall. The series will star Joseph Fiennes, Sonya Walger (Penny on 'Lost'), John Cho, Jack Davenport, Brian F. O'Byrne, Christine Woods, Courtney B. Vance, Zachary Knighton and Peyton List.

May 11, 2009 |

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