My accidental lunch with ABC's Steve McPherson - TCA Report
It seems that little bombshell the Lost producers dropped about an "endpoint" had the reporters all atwitter, as the two were peppering him with questions about it. Before we knew it the table was jam packed with reporters, asking McPherson if he knew about this endpoint and when it might be. When he speculated it might be after a seventh season, one reporter chimed in that "they said it might be after five." But McPherson was smooth throughout, telling everyone that he's been talking with the producers about an endpoint almost since the beginning of the series, and he didn't seem to be that concerned about it.
As the conversation turned from Lost to other shows, I decided to throw him a question about my favorite fall disappointment, The Nine.
I asked him if the producers of the soon-to-be-dead show told him what a second season and beyond would look like. He said they did; the plan was to have the mysteries of the initial robbery resolved at the end of the first season, then examine the lives of the survivors in the subsequent years. The show was based on a real case where a couple on their first date was attacked and robbed; the experience made such a strong bond between the two that they later married. See? You always learn by asking, boys and girls.
Part of why the show didn't open well was, of all things, the name of the show. It was originally supposed to be called Nine Lives, which he thought would explain things more (how, I don't know). But they went with The Nine, and it made the show more ambiguous to viewers. I just think people didn't want to deal with another serial after watching Lost, but I'm just a lowly reporter.
Anyway, for NBC's session on Wednesday, I hope to have Kevin Reilly sit down next to me so I can ask him about Kidnapped. I think I've just discovered a new interview method: accidental lunch partners. What do you think?