Battlestar Galactica's Gaius Baltar is FlashForwarding to ABC to make some trouble. English actor James Callis, who played the conflicted Baltar on Syfy's Battlestar, has been cast in a major role on FlashForward for several episodes at the end of the season, said co-show runner Jessika Borsiczky in an exclusive interview with SCI FI Wire.
"When I watched Battlestar, every time he wasn't in a scene I couldn't wait for him to come back," said Borsiczky. "And I really wanted to have an opportunity to work with him. Honestly, since the show was ordered, we've been excited to work with him. And I so just cast him in our show. He's playing a big role in some of the final episodes this season, and it was for that very reason."
However, Borsiczky was coy about the exact nature of Callis' character. "I don't actually want to tell you anything about the character, because he's a really exciting, unusual character. So I think it's going to be fun for the audience. He's going to be involved with Olivia's trajectory ... some of Olivia's journey."
What Borsiczky wasn't at all coy about was the behind-the-scenes changes that have been big news as FlashForward prepares to return to ABC in March after a long hiatus. Borsiczky's husband, co-creator David Goyer, stepped down as the show's show runner just months after taking over for Marc Guggenheim, who also stepped down.
Borsiczky now is running the series with Lisa Zwerling and Tim Lea, which adds up to a lot of behind-the-scenes excitement for a series in its freshman year.
"We always anticipated David would leave to go do movies, so for us it was something we were always bracing ourselves for and preparing for. The game plan was already in place when that happened, so it's obviously a headline, and people get sad, and it's fairly page-turning, but honestly it's business as usual, for the most part, over here," said Borsiczky.
"David and I developed the idea together, sold the idea together ... really came up with the direction of it. So whether it's been myself and David, or the writers, or the crew, or the directors, it's always really been a team effort. Which I know sounds clichéd, but if you could see the scene you'd know it's true. They really keep us completely afloat."
FlashForward will return with a clip show to help get people caught up on what happened with the characters after everyone on the planet blacked out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds and most people experienced a flash-forward involving their own future.
The clip show will air sometime before the midseason premiere on March 18, and then FlashForward will air 13 consecutive episodes.
Are you ready to finally find out what the blackouts and the flash-forwards were all about?