Monday, May 11, 2009

National Post on the Flash Forward TV series

A wonderful piece by the terrific Mark Medley is online here. And note my comment, added at the end:
Many thanks for the terrific article. A small clarification, if I may. The article says, "HBO was keen at first, but passed after reading the pilot." In fact, HBO is still very keen, and retains a financial interest in the show.

It's not that HBO read the pilot and lost enthusiasm; quite the contrary -- they read the pilot, loved it, and said this could run for a hundred episodes. At HBO they tend to do just a handful of episodes of anything a year; they felt the scope of Flash Forward was something a broadcast network, doing 22 episodes a year and with bigger budgets per episode, could better do justice to.

Oh, and check out the National Post's review of my latest novel, Wake, right here.

(National Post is a major Canadian daily newspaper, headquartered in Calgary.)

Photo: series star Joseph Fiennes and Robert J. Sawyer on the set of Flash Forward
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At May 12, 2009 3:58 AM , Blogger TheHade said...

Thank you very much for your update!
Are you allowed to tell a little more about what exactly it means that HBO retain a fincial interest in "Flash Forward"? Does ABC share some percentage of their revenue from this show with HBO, e.g.?
In addition to that what movie were you watching on Friday? (I finally will go and see "Star Trek" tonight! :-)

At May 12, 2009 9:43 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, The Hade. From THE HOLLOYWOOD REPORTER, 19 September 2008:


"Flash Forward" originally was developed at HBO, which retains a piece of the backend. The pay cable network's brass are said to have been high on the project but found it a better fit for a broadcast network. And with HBO's blessing, Goyer and Braga took it to the marketplace, where it spurred a bidding war between ABC and Fox.


And the movie I was watching the night I got word that the series had been picked up was STAR TREK -- my second time seeing it! :D

At May 14, 2009 5:24 AM , Blogger TheHade said...

Thank you very much for your reply, dear Mr. Sawyer! This was very helpful to me - at least as soon as I'd found out the definition for "backend"! :-)
I'm glad you like the new "Star Trek" movie so much. I also enjoyed it - but not as much as I'd hoped to, unfortunately. Maybe "Star Trek" is better suited for the small screen as far as I'm concerend.


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