'Flash Forward' goes forward at ABC

Sonyawalger_lost_290 "Flash Forward," a high-concept ABC series that's already being promoted on the air, has received its official pickup for next season.

ABC pulled the trigger on the series late Friday, giving "Flash Forward" a 13-episode order for the 2009-10 season, the showbiz trade papers say. It's the second early pickup of a new show for the network, following on the heels of an order for the comedy "Modern Family" on Thursday.

ABC will announce its full lineup for 2009-10 at its upfront on Tuesday, May 19.

The pickup for "Flash Forward" is no surprise at all, considering ABC is already running promos for it -- short spots with fleeting images and the words "What did you see?" during the past two episodes of "Lost." It's also had a series commitment attached to it for much of its development cycle.

The show is based on a novel by Robert J. Sawyer and follows the aftermath of a global event in which everyone on the planet passes out for two minutes. During the collective blackout, everyone sees a vision of their future.

The cast includes Joseph Fiennes, Sonya Walger, John Cho, Courtney B. Vance and Christine Woods. David S. Goyer ("Batman Begins") and Brannon Braga ("24," "Star Trek: Voyager") created the show.

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