Comic-Con: ‘FlashForward’ producers downplay similarities with ‘Lost’


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The producers of ABC’s ‘FlashForward’ want to make it clear: Their show is not the new ‘Lost.’

Like the desert-island thriller, ‘FlashForward’ is a heavily serialized drama with complicated character arcs and mysterious back stories that fans will have to unravel. It stars Joseph Fiennes as a Los Angeles-based FBI agent who’s thrown into a vortex after a global blackout causes everyone to see six months into the future.

‘Nothing is ever going to be the new ‘Lost,’ ‘ executive producer David S. Goyer told the crowd at a Comic-Con panel Friday. (Goyer is also a guest blogger for The Times at Comic-Con.)


‘ ‘Lost’ is this genre-breaking show that was its own thing, unique and daring and challenging,’ he added. ‘I thought, if they’re courageous enough to put that on the air, they’ll be courageous enough to put (‘FlashForward’) on the air.’

The producers showed about half of the first episode, which fans at the convention received warmly.
Co-star Courtney B. Vance is already counting on a hit.

‘Since ‘Law & Order’ I have been trying to hook up with another series,’ said the veteran actor.

‘I am proud to be part of this 21-year saga,’ he added wryly, referring to the ABC show’s prospects.

-- Scott Collins