Just last month, producers David Goyer and Brannon Braga were touting their latest television effort "FlashForward" here on Movies Blog. Both viewers and critics alike mostly embraced the ABC series following the premiere — but flash-forward one month later to today, and the Joseph Fiennes/John Cho-starring series seems to have hit a significant snag.
Given Goyer's impressive resume — he helped Christopher Nolan make Batman cool again in "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," after all — this shouldn't be particularly troubling news, but the alleged reasons behind Guggenheim's departure are nonetheless provocative.
"Evidence suggests network executives were unhappy with the quality of the show's post-pilot storytelling," Ain't It Cool News reported in their own account of Guggenheim's departure.
Anybody that's been reading my "FlashForward" recaps knows that I've enjoyed the series a lot more since the pilot. What started out as a fairly blatant "Lost" analogue is slowly-but-surely finding its own identity with unique characters and story avenues, so I'm not certain that I accept the premise that "FlashForward" has declined in quality post-pilot. Then again, only four "FlashForward" episodes have aired thus far, so it's entirely possible that the story will regress in the coming weeks. It's just too early in the show's existence to know for sure.
If this shake-up had turned out the other way — if Goyer had fled the coup and left Guggenheim alone with the reins — I would probably be more nervous. As it is, I think that Goyer is an incredibly confident storyteller, if not a great one, and my hunch is that the show's success has had a lot more to do with him than it ever had to do with Guggenheim.
By the end of the season, we'll see how right or wrong that assessment is.
What say you, "FlashForward" fans? Shocked by Guggenheim's departure? Nervous about the purported decline in quality? Or are you, like me, mostly unconcerned with the latest news? Hit us up with your thoughts in the comments section or on Twitter!