Guy Davis knows what will hap­pen in the fu­ture – a lot of peo­ple are go­ing to be watch­ing the new se­ries FlashFor­ward.

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Time is run­ning out on Lost, with the com­pul­sively watch­able Seven drama on the verge of its fi nal sea­son on the air.

It’s been hinted that the many rid­dles the show has posed over the years will fi nally be re­solved, which is great for those of us who’ve fre­quently been left scratch­ing our heads by its twists, turns and strange de­vel­op­ments.

But the em­i­nent end­ing of Lost raises an­other ques­tion al­to­gether: where will devo­tees of mind-bend­ing mys­ter­ies turn for their weekly fi x once it’s all over?

Well, get ready to get hooked all over again. Be­cause the up­com­ing FlashFor­ward, sched­uled to pre­miere on Seven later this month, looks set to be­come one of the year’s most ad­dic­tive new shows.

At its core, it has an idea that’s in­stantly com­pelling and de­cep­tively straight­for­ward: for two min­utes and 17 sec­onds, ev­ery per­son on the planet blacks out.

Nat­u­rally enough, this re­sults in ab­so­lute chaos – car ac­ci­dents, plane crashes and fatal­i­ties and in­juries of all kinds. But there’s some­thing far more dis­turb­ing at play here as well.

Dur­ing the black­out, nearly ev­ery­body has a vi­sion of their life six months in the fu­ture. Their life on April 29, 2010, to be pre­cise.

For some peo­ple, it’s an in­di­ca­tion that their worst fears will come to pass. For oth­ers, it pro­vides a rea­son to keep on liv­ing. But what kind of reper­cus­sions does know­ing the fu­ture hold? And if you wanted to change what lies ahead, could you?

“ We are the only species that thinks about the fu­ture,” says Bat­man Be­gins and Dark Knight writer David S. Goyer, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of FlashFor­ward. “ It’s the bless­ing and curse of be­ing hu­man.”

And while it does pose its share of big ques­tions ( even in the pi­lot episode I re­cently caught), it’s the hu­man drama that re­ally drives the show.

Whether it’s the strained but loving re­la­tion­ship be­tween FBI agent Mark Ben­ford ( Joseph Fi­ennes) and his wife Olivia ( Sonya Wal­ger), an emer­gency room sur­geon; the tor­ment suff ered by Ben­ford’s part­ner Demetri Noh ( John Cho, best known as the for­mer in the Harold & Ku­mar movies) when he re­veals that he had no vi­sion of his fu­ture dur­ing the black­out; the var­i­ous psy­cho­log­i­cal and philo­soph­i­cal crises fac­ing the show’s gallery of char­ac­ters – ev­ery­thing comes to­gether to form a mo­saic that’s in­trigu­ing, mov­ing and thought­pro­vok­ing.

“ It’s 100 per cent a char­ac­ter-based show,” said ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Marc Guggenheim ( Broth­ers & Sis­ters).

“ I mean, it’s ba­si­cally a char­ac­ter drama. It’s set against this big scope. And yes, it has mys­tery el­e­ments to it but at the end of the day, all the mys­tery el­e­ments are all about il­lu­mi­nat­ing our char­ac­ters and their specifi c prob­lems.”

And while the tal­ented en­sem­ble cast helps keep you en­gaged in th­ese as­pects of FlashFor­ward, the over­rid­ing mys­tery looks set to prove just as grip­ping. And it’s a mys­tery that will grad­u­ally be re­vealed.

“ Noth­ing is put in the show ran­domly,” said Guggenheim. “ There’s mean­ing be­hind ev­ery­thing. There are an­swers to ques­tions that you don’t even know are ques­tions.”

Come on, with a hook like that, how could you not be in­ter­ested in see­ing what hap­pens next?

Call to action: Joseph Fi­ennes stars as FBI agent Mark Ben­ford in the com­pelling drama se­ries which fea­tures an im­pres­sive en­sem­ble cast ( inset).

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