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ABC CANCELS “FLASHFORWARD”

This doesn’t come out of the blue, it had to be expected: FlashForward as a concept was great, but the execution wasn’t. Add to that the show-killing mid-series hiatus… too little was done too late. The show was over-hyped and couldn’t live up to the expectations; there was not enough time and substance for a genuine, dedicated fanbase to be built.

But still, FlashForward was a nice piece of television, and I don’t think we’ll have to worry about the future of any of the actors. I wish everybody involved with the production the best of luck. I bet we’ll see Jack Davenport soon again in either a different series or on the big screen.
Though we really miss him here and wouldn’t mind if he’d return. And bring John Cho with him.

"Don't worry - I'll buy two ocarinas, and we'll make millions with busking."

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“FlashForward” is back on FIVE, but unfortunately, the rates a pulling a Titanic. I hope nobody will click “eject” after “ff”… but on the plus side, there are more interviews with Jack than ever. Or it’s the same interview, re-interpreted by 20 different people: what would be your ff, what’s it like working on US television, will Lloyd hook up with Olivia, do you know how ff will end, what’s the average speed of a swallow…
(Can’t somebody ask him about his thoughts on Arséne Wenger, for a change?)

DFW.COM: Q + A WITH JACK DAVENPORT

During the great global blackout on ABC’s FlashForward, most of the show’s characters got sneak peaks at life-changing moments they’re apparently destined to experience. But cast member Jack Davenport suspects, if he had a real-life flashforward, all he would see is 2 minutes, 17 seconds of the same mundane stuff he does every day. “I would probably find myself either walking the dog, changing my son’s diaper or doing both at the same time,” he says. “A lot of life is routine and I’m sure my future would be just as prosaic.”

Sounds better than my flashforward: cat jumps on table. Cat jumps on desk. Cat changes locks on front door.

A WORD FROM SPARKY

I know that “Good Boy, Sparky!” is taking ages to load at times. The reason is actually a positive one – with the start of FlashForward’s second half of series one, interest in Jack has once again gone through the roof. Heavy traffic = tailback. This blog here is hosted on WordPress, which has its own servers, so it’s not affected. I’m very sorry about any trouble this causes, but unfortunately, there’s not much I can do. Friends, Romans, Netizens – I ask for your your forgiveness.

In more positive news: “Good Boy, Sparky!” has now had over 500’000 visitors! So that’s either the same five fans visiting the site 100’000 x each, or Jack Davenport is more popular than we thought. Neat!

Also:

I don’t buy paparazzi shots.
I don’t want to see paparazzi shots.
I seriously can’t be arsed.

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“FlashFoward is back” sounds odd, but is true. The second half of season 2 kicks off tonight, 16th March on ABC with a re-cap. The new episodes will be shown starting on 18th March, 8 pm. FlashForward will return to UK screens on 22nd March,  9pm, on FIVE.

That’s very exciting and we’re all counting the minutes, but now for Jack Davenport’s thoughts on “American Idol”:

“I DON’T REALLY CARE, TO BE HONEST.

Suuure…
(Eh, we all have our guilty pleasures. “How clean is your House?” anybody…?)

Could somebody please offer Ant and Dec a job on American Idol? As in – a ten-year contract?

Jack Davenport after his audition on "American Idol"...

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I hope all of you had a good start into the new year. I’m sitting here, holed up in my igloo, and watch the mammoths pass by. This winter really proves to be a challenge for a little dog; only yesterday, I had a fight with Fluffy, Mrs. Miller’s saber-toothed tiger. Ice-ages just aren’t what they used to be anymore.

But back to the present or, rather, the future.

“QUO VADIS, FLASH FORWARD?”

That must be the most-asked question landing in my mailbox during the holidays (followed closely by “Will Norrington return?”). Now, even the most dedicated fans of the show can’t completely deny that the show’s been written into a corner of sorts. I don’t mind it being slow-paced, but by now, it’s really only Jack Davenport and Dominic Monaghan who keep me watching.

Still, I hope for a  jump start of the story in March, when FF should return to our TV screens. First the end of the hiatus was given as 4 March, now it’s 17 March – to avoid a clash with “American Idol”.

Jack Davenport and Dominic Monaghan in "Flash Forward".

For now, many people write a lot about the show, without saying much. It’s like watching “Question Time”. Some are already tuning their laptops for the swansong to Flash Forward; others are confident that, despite plummeting ratings, the show will continue. Here are some comments from the blogosphere.

DOWN BUT NOT OUT, FLASH FORWARD JUST NEEDS TO ADJUST

Don’t believe any rumors you may hear about the imminent demise of the ABC action series FLASH FORWARD.

FLASH FORWARD: WILL IT BE GREAT WHEN IT RETURNS?

Creator David Goyer says FlashForward will be a much different show when it returns in March to ABC.

FANS OF FLASH FORWARD COULD BE LEFT IN THE DARK

It really might not matter when the show returns. The series has lost so much ratings juice if you were to flash forward six months you would see it had been canceled.

The article also mentions that Jack Davenport is one of the few actors who know how the show should end, as he refused to sign his contract without knowing where this was going. While that was very sensible, he’ll have to invest a hell of a lot of money into security fences, private army and ninja dogs to keep fans and convention promoters away if the show should get cancelled without a resolution.

Now for some positive news:

“FLASH FORWARD”, SERIES 1: RELEASE ON 23 FEBRUARY, 2010

Take that date with a pinch of salt, though; with the airing of the new episodes moved to mid-March, it’s possible there will be a change for the release date as well. But what’s a week or two – main point is that there will be a DVD!

Sparky over and out, “Being Human” is waiting (pardon the plug).

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The more you know: thanks to Dominic Monaghan’s interview in “Metro” (not exactly top class journalism, but they run Nemi, that’s a plus), we now know that Jack Davenport supports Arsenal and likes Marmite. Hard blows, but not enough to close the website down… you can read the interview here:

YADDA YADDA LOST YADDA YADDA MARMITE

I love how it’s implied that fans who have flown out to see him from all over the world are weird. I suppose flying in from LA to see ManU would be completely normal, though. Eh.

And there’s another interview, this time with Robert J. Sawyer over on

SCIFICHICK

which makes for interesting reading. He’s a fan of Jack Davenport; no idea if he supports Arsenal or ManU, though, and I don’t know where he stands in the Marmite-controversy…

And after we’ve had two people talking about Jack Davenport, it’s time for a video with

JACK DAVENPORT TALKING ABOUT LLOYD SIMCOE

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“So that covers Flash Forward and Marmite and Arsenal – where’s the magic you promised?”

Here:

VIDEO: GO BEHIND THE MAGIC!

Magic consultant Jonathan Levit teaches Jack Davenport a vanishing coin trick.

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Jack Davenport meets his fate (or not.) Turn up the volume, lean back and enjoy.

And if anybody could tell me what on earth the surgeon’s having on her operation table, I’d be most grateful!

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JACK DAVENPORT ON FLASH FORWARD

“If I tell you anything small Disney ninja assassins may abseil into the building and kill us,” says Davenport, as he orders coffee in his new home town of Venice, California.

Is he happy with the new fame?

Davenport says he shies away from amplifying his public profile. “You need people to forget about you. Being a good actor is partly about doing a disappearing act.”

Playing a leading part in this season’s most-hyped new show on US television = disappearing act? Hm. Well, maybe we can help him out there:

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Groucho Davenport as Lloyd Marx in "Flash Forward at the Opera".

Jack Davenport also talks about the lack of creative ambition in British TV drama:

“We really are at the sharp end of multiculturalism: it’s a tiny country and people from all over the world now live in the UK. From a dramatist’s point of view, what a brilliant stew of stuff to explore,” he says. “And yet, you know, it’s all about The X Factor. We can mine Charles Dickens’s back catalogue for a little while longer, but there’s a reluctance to commission things that hold a mirror up to nature. I think we’re missing a trick.”

So, in conclusion:

Given the state of British television, though, it is equally unlikely that he’ll be rushing back to London soon.

*sigh*

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