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FlashForward Premieres tonight on ABC

FlashForward premieres tonight on ABC at 8 pm or 7pm if you’re on central time. That might be a bit earlier than you expected, so set those DVRs carefully.

FlashForward is the most anticipated series to come from ABC so far this fall. I think we all know that LOST will be ending soon and are expecting a replacement to fill our longing for unresolved mysteries. So will Flash Forward be that show?

Sonya Walger knows a thing or two about LOST. She played Penny, Desmond’s love interest on the island series. FlashForward is set, at least initially, in Los Angeles, and Walger plays Olivia, a trauma surgeon and the wife of a FBI agent. In an interview in digital spy she gave us some comparison.

“I think they’re only valid in that they’re both big ensemble shows with one big concept or premise. But after that, they part ways really quite rapidly. FlashForward is definitely not a sci-fi show. It doesn’t have the mythology of Lost. We have one major event that happens that you are asked to buy into. After that, you’re dealing with very human ripple effects – how people deal with it and how they come to terms with it. There are six-and-a-half billion people that have blacked out, so that’s potentially six-and-a-half billion stories to tell! Believe me, we’re not telling all of them. But we’re about to start [filming] episode eight and I’m so surprised by how far the ripple has been felt.”

Walger thinks any LOST fan will find something to love in her new show.

“I hope so. I think Lost is like losing a friend or a relative or someone. You can’t replace it with another one. Lost holds a very special place in people’s hearts and I wouldn’t presume to say that FlashForward will replace Lost. I think it provides a lot of the same adrenaline and fascination and entertainment. It will help ease the pain of losing Lost! I think it will appeal to the very same audience.”

The premiere episode of FlashForward airs tonight and repeats on Friday in case you just can’t catch it tonight. I’m happy to say that Barry from Inn At the Last Home blog will be providing review/recaps here on The Disney Blog.