Showrunner will stay on as exec producer, ABC says
In his “FlashForward,” David Goyer is no longer showrunner of the ABC thriller.Alphabet confirmed Friday that Goyer has exited the role, although he will continue as an exec producer on “FlashForward.” Goyer’s exit reps the second major showrunner shuffle on the series, which he co-created with Brannon Braga. Goyer stepped in to serve as sole showrunner for the series’ back nine episodes after original showrunner Mark Guggenheim exited in the fall. A new showrunner has not yet been named on the drama. Goyer, whose feature writing credits include “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight,” said he will now return to focusing more on his film career. “As my feature projects have started ramping up again, I felt I was being pulled in too many directions,” Goyer said. “I’m proud of the show and excited about the relaunch. It’s in great hands.” “FlashForward,” however, faces an uphill battle, given the show’s behind-the-scenes drama. Not only is it about to be led by its third showrunner in less than a year, but the series has has been dinged by critics, who have knocked the show for being repetitive. “FlashForward” is in production on its 17th and 18th episodes of a 23-seg order. Show returns on March 18. Series was shut down for a week last fall, but the network said that move was a pre-scheduled hiatus. Based on the 1999 novel “FlashForward” by Robert J. Sawyer, the show stars Joseph Fiennes as an FBI agent trying to figure out what caused the entire world to blackout — and see visions of the future — for two minutes and 17 seconds. Goyer, who directed the pilot, exec produces with Braga and Jessika Borsiczky. Goyer directed the films “The Unborn” and “The Invisible” and has several more in the works.