Five times during "Lost" Wednesday night, a tiny image appeared inside a black screen, followed by the words "What did you see?" Don't worry — it's not still another mystery of the island.
But the clips, and the web site TheMosaicCollective.com, are is the first public peek at something ABC hopes will capture the attention of "Lost" fans come fall. The three blips, to which the Hollywood Reporter first alerted us, were promos for a new series called "Flash Forward" that's all but certain to be part of the network's 2009-10 schedule.
(Standard disclaimer about how things could still change between now and May 19, when ABC announces its schedule for next season. But given that the show got a series commitment early in its development life and now these promos, it's a pretty safe bet.)
The promos didn't show us much: The images were of someone surfing, a sonogram, a group of kids leaving school, a bride and groom kissing and pallbearers carrying a coffin. But the question — "What did you see?" — will be a central theme of the series.
The show is based on Robert J. Sawyer's novel and follows the fallout from a cataclysm in which the world's entire population blacks out for just over two minutes. In addition to dealing with the chaos that ensues when everyone wakes up — everything from car crashes to people walking off rooftops — people soon come to realize that they all had a vision of their futures. The network says that those investigating the event will have only "a huge mosaic of people's flash forwards" to go on — hence the Mosaic Collective title for the aforementioned site.
"Flash Forward" was created by David S. Goyer and Brannon Braga, who worked together on CBS' "Threshold" a few years back and between them have sci-fi and thriller credits that include "Batman Begins," the "Blade" films (Goyer) and several "Star Trek" series and "24" (Braga).
The pilot stars Joseph Fiennes, "Lost's" own Sonya Walger, Courtney B. Vance, Christine Woods and John Cho.