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FlashForward Shown to Critics, MacFarlane to Have Recurring Role

Matthew Belloni of THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER was one of a few TV critics to screen ABC's upcoming fall drama FLASHFORWARD this week, and one new tidbit that emerged is that FAMILY GUY creator Seth MacFarlane has a recurring role as an FBI agent.

Exec producers David Goyer said MacFarlane asked if there was a part for him on the show, so they cast him as an FBI agent who will likely recur in future episodes. "Seth called me up. He said 'I f****** love this script,'" Goyer said.

The show is LOST-like in its mysterious tone and interlocking story lines. In it, everyone on Earth blacks out for two minutes and 17 seconds, seeing a vision of the future six months from present.

Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Sonya Walger (Penny from LOST) and ER's Alex Kingston also star.

Goyer said he and co-exec producer Marc Guggenheim will have everyone's flashes explained by the end of the first season, with up to five additional season's worth of material planned if all goes well.