Lost creators say that they see an endpoint - TCA Report
Interesting, huh? Executive producer Carlton Cuse let the news slip, when asked about whether they've planned on a closed end to the show, that they are in discussions with ABC to pick an endpoint for the show. No real timetable was confirmed -- speculation ranged from two more to four more seasons -- but the producers want to make sure the show doesn't overstay its welcome. "We don't want to be to the point where we're doing the stalling show," explained co-creator Damon Lindelof. He then joked by giving such an example: "We're building sand castles this week!" He cited The X-Files as a show that was great but went on "two seasons too long," and that once they've determined when the endpoint will be, they will announce it right away.
At lunch, reporters surrounded ABC Entertainment president Steve McPherson (more on that later to day) about this little tidbit. He didn't know that the producers had mentioned this, but didn't seem to be surprised, as he told the group that they had been talking with the show's producers about an endpoint almost from the beginning of the series. I'm sure we'll hear more of this later.
More tidbits and some funny lines after the jump.
It seemed that the producers were doing most of the talking, even though most of the cast was in attendance (Terry O'Quinn was the most noticeable absentee). The focus was on the return of the show from its mid-season break, and what stories we're going to see when it comes back. Starting with the return episode, we'll see stories between the main characters, which is something that wasn't seen in the first six episodes. In other words, less captivity stuff and more of the Jack/Kate/Sawyer triangle.
According to Lindelof, it's tough to satisfy everyone's curiosity about the characters without boring them to death. For instance, he jokingly refers to the other 35 survivors viewers rarely or never see, using everyone's favorite reference for Star Trek's doomed peons. "Are they just red shirts? Are they just monster food?"
Other funny stuff:
- When Damon mentioned that Jin Kwon will speak more English in upcoming episodes, Daniel Dae Kim bowed his head and mock-gratefully said "Thank you!"
- When Evangeline Lilly was asked by a reporter if she'd rather be with Sawyer or Jack, she asked that reporter, "Who do you want me to end up with?"
- Jorge Garcia had a pretty practical response to a question about how the fact that these storylines mean that certain actors don't appear every week. He loves acting on the show, he said, "but like any job sometimes you'd just like a week off."
- Matthew Fox didn't say much -- he looked like he'd rather be anywhere else -- but he did say that he enjoyed the captivity storyline a lot. "I certainly miss the rest of the cast, and the captivity stuff was very intense. It's been very challenging and rewarding."
- Another reporter asked why, if the Oceanic flight originated in Sydney, do we not see more Aussies on the island. That's when Emile de Ravin piped up: "I said I'd do the the show if I were the only one." The ever-quick Garcia chimed in by saying, "Technically, the baby's Australian." Finally, Lindelof joked that the "Austrailians are all hanging out with Nikki and Paulo."