There's been a change behind the scenes of ABC's sci-fi series FlashForward, which may not mean much to the casual viewer but actually raises our hopes about the show.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer Marc Guggenheim is leaving the series. He was one of the "show runners," which is TV slang for the guy who's in charge of the day-to-day operations. The other "show runner," of course, was David Goyer, who co-created the show with his partner Brannon Braga (the later Star Trek TV shows) and is best known as the screenwriter of the Batman and Blade films.
Guggenheim was previously one of the guys behind ABC's Eli Stone. Now, no knock on that quirky series—which featured the musical stylings of George Michael, among other things—but we always thought the pairing of Goyer and Guggenheim was a bit odd. Goyer, as we know, favors dark, gnarly storytelling, as evidenced by his and Braga's previous show, CBS' short-lived but well-liked Threshold. Guggenheim seems to favor, well, George Michael.
Now we learn, via the Reporter, that ABC paired Guggenheim with Goyer given Goyer's limited TV show-running experience, even though he's an accomplished filmmaker (he directed the third Blade movie, not to mention the weird horror dramas The Unborn and The Invisible). But we understand the network's anxiety: Goyer was an executive producer on Threshold, but the day-to-day was handled mainly by Braga, a TV veteran.
On FlashForward, though, Braga's not available: He's also an executive producer on Fox's 24, which is a more-than-full-time job.
So Guggenheim was brought in to help Goyer learn the ropes, we suppose. And we guess he did: After working as a co-show runner with Guggenheim for the show's first 13 episodes, Goyer's now stepping up as FlashForward's sole show runner for the final nine of the season.
The reason this seems like good news is that we favor a singular vision for a high-concept series like FlashForward, and we have every confidence in Goyer as a storyteller with a strong point of view. The less that point of view is muddled by others, the better, in our humble opinion.
The proof, of course, will be in the pudding: We'll see how strong those final season-one episodes turn out. Anyone with a "flash forward" idea of what might happen? FlashForward airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.