Before ratings tanked, FlashForward had planned to follow through on its pilot prophecy of killing off FBI agent Demetri Noh (John Cho), reveals Gabrielle Union, who played Demetri's fiancé, attorney Zoey Andata. "Then I was supposed to avenge his death in Season 2 by representing defendants against the FBI whom I blamed for his death," Union says. But John's popularity, fueled by the success of his role as Sulu in the big-screen Star Trek, led the writers to alter his fate, thus limiting Zoey's storyline to the point that she wasn't even included in the series finale.
"Certain storylines got shortchanged," shrugs Union, who blames the show's cancellation on the difficulty of trying "to sell quantum physics when you have the Olympics going on."
Flash-forwarding in her own life, Gabrielle heads to South Carolina this month to play an outspoken asexual cop named Gina Holt on the August 15 episode of Lifetime's Army Wives. Plans are for the character to be spun-off with recently divorced wife Pamela (Brigid Brannagh) into her own 2011 cop show set in Atlanta. Union, whose mom is a real-life Army wife, says, "All the butts I wanted to kick on FlashForward and all of the bad guys I wanted to bring to justice, I'll now get to do as this new character — but with a sense of humor. Gina views these Army wives as extra-terrestrials. She has no concept of breast-feeding, sore nipples or child care."