'FlashForward' promises answers, Gil Bellows, blown minds

john-cho-flashforward-320.jpgSince we last saw "FlashForward" on ABC, the show has gone through a change in showrunners, banked a number of episodes and, according to executive producer Jessika Borsiczky, really figured out where it wants to go in the second half of the season.

When the show returns at 8 p.m. ET Thursday (March 18), it will begin a drive both to catch up with the April 29 that was in everyone's blackout visions and delve deeper into the characters' lives. The second half of the season, she says, is about "Can you fight your fate, do you want to fight your fate, and is the very act of fighting your fate going to make it come true?

"The biggest difference coming back is, I think we're going to have a lot more fun answering questions," says Borsiczky, who took over as showrunner after co-creator David Goyer departed to work on several movie projects (Lisa Zwerling and Tim Lee are the show's head writers).

"It's romantic, it's deeper on a character level, and we're definitely having more fun answering questions," she adds. "When you do a show that's this complicated and that has this many characters ... there's always going to be a little bit of a learning curve. We saw for ourselves some of the things we wanted to do more or less of, and this second half [of the season] is a beneficiary of that."

John Cho, who plays FBI agent Demetri Noh, says in the clip below that he's been surprised to see where the show is headed: "It goes in directions I didn't see it going ... but it's also resolving in a way I didn't see coming." Watch the clip, and keep reading for more on what's coming.



A few more tidbits from Borsiczky:

"April 29" won't air on April 29. The show had planned to have its timeline sync up with the real-life calendar, but the later start date scrapped that idea. "Once we started to realize how long it took to tell some of these stories, the timeline wasn't an exact match. But once you're in the life of the story, it's very clear where you are in comparison to April 29.

"FlashForward" finds God. Thursday's two-hour episode will introduce a new character played by Gil Bellows ("Ally McBeal"). "He plays someone who's affected by the blackout and touched by religion," Borsiczky says. "That's an area of the show we really felt like it was time to explore. When something this global happens ... there's always that [question] -- what part does God play in this?"

Suspect Zero revealed. Thursday's return will also reveal the identity of Suspect Zero, the person glimpsed moving around the stands of a baseball stadium during the blackout. We tried, but we couldn't get Borsiczky to say anything more about it.

Jericho gets more involved. "Aaron [Brian F. O'Byrne] and his daughter Tracy [Genevieve Cortese] -- we get much further into that," Borsiczky says. "I will say it starts to tie into other parts of our plot that are surprising. I'm not going to say which parts ... but there's more to it. Jericho has its fingers in a lot of places."

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