This is probably a better plan than what Lost did this year. We only got to see six new episodes, and then the series went on a 13-week break. Ever since its return last month, Lost has lost 1-2 million viewers. It could also be the move to the 10 pm time slot that dinged the ratings.
The interview also reveals how Andrews feels about the direction of the show. Without getting angry or too specific, he basically says that he thought the first season was awesome, but he's not so hot on the subsequent seasons. He says he'd sure like to see more Sayid in the show (wouldn't we all?!?). About the writers, he says, "It's their choice to do what they want with that show, and they will." He sounds mildly unhappy, doesn't he?
DocArzt over at The Tailsection has come up with a very intriguing theory about the upcoming Lost episode "Exposé." The theory covers Paulo and Nikki's pre-island past, their relationships with the island's inhabitants, and some dark events that may be in their future. DocArzt's theory is based on more than a few spoilers, rumors, and screencaps, so anti-spoiler types should stop reading ASAP.
I thought that it would be fun to go over the main points in DocArzt's theory and open things up for discussion in the comments section. If even some parts of the theory turn out to be true, this week's episode will be seriously cool. In the newest Lost podcast, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse mentioned that they are curious to hear fan's reactions to "Exposé," and that opinions may be split on the episode.
(S04E03) I'm always amazed at just how much programming ABC is able to mine from Dancing With The Stars. The performance recap show that led up to the live results show was another good example. Not that there's anything wrong with it. I'm guessing that when the numbers come in that recap show will do two, if not three, times as many viewers as George Lopez and According To Jim would in the same slot.
- Charlie Rose: Madeleine Albright and Newt Gingrich
- The Daily Show: Dennis Miller
- The Colbert Report: Madeleine Albright and James Fallows
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Patricia Arquette, Macy Gray, and Paul Mooney
- Jay Leno: Jeff Foxworthy and Dierks Bentley
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jenny McCarthy
- Tavis Smiley: Marian Wright Edelman and Rod Paige
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Sacha Baron Cohen, Jack McBrayer, and Mastodon (repeat)
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Randy Jackson and Piper Perabo
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Timothy Busfield and Colbie Caillat (repeat)
Two of the men behind the show (Carlton Cuse and Damon Lidelof) even mentioned in their latest podcast that Alcatraz island was planned all along, and Rousseau's maps seen in Season One proves it.
Evangeline Lilly has fallen victim to Ashton Kutcher and his Punk'd gang. The Lost actress will appear on the newest (and supposedly last) season of the MTV prank show, along with fellow celebrities Hilary Swank, Magic Johnson, and Nelly Furtado. Lilly's episode will be aired in an eight-episode marathon of the show on April 7. Each episode will be aired individually beginning on April 10.
No word yet on how Lilly was punk'd. Perhaps they switched Dominic Monaghan with Billy Boyd and waited for her to notice. MTV is promoting this season as the show's last, but fake announcements about the show's cancellation have been released before. A similar claim was made after the 2003 season of Punk'd, but the show returned in 2004. A Punk'd Awards highlight special covering all past seasons is scheduled for June 5.
ABC has posted the newest Lost audio podcast, which was once again hosted by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Lindelof and Cuse claimed to be in "answer mode," and provided a lot of details and teasers about upcoming episodes. Cast members Jorge Garcia and Josh Holloway discussed the great Lost ping pong match as well. Here's what we learned:
- Unlike his character, Josh Holloway is an excellent ping pong player, and considers himself to be tough to beat. The actor is always surprised that Sawyer does not learn his lesson after losing at poker and being the "slowest draw" among the Lost characters.
She floated effortlessly on the dance floor and made a mambo booty shake that caused an earthquake on the dance floor and took home the high score on last night's Dancing With the Stars. If you missed it, you can watch her shake it in this clip of TV's Top 5! moment.
However, some women are not so graceful...
Heather Arthur, a stuntwoman who has done film and television work, keeps a very interesting blog about her life and career. Arthur has been the stunt double for Evangeline Lilly and Michelle Rodriguez, and her posts contain plenty of behind-the-scenes details about Lost. The stuntwoman had the following things to say about her scenes and the show's stars:
Since "The Man From Tallahassee" aired, Terry O'Quinn has gotten a lot of recognition for one of the most exciting performances of Lost's third season. The LA Times recently published an extensive interview with the actor, who gave his take on Locke's transformation over the last three seasons. Executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse also shed light on what we can expect from Locke in the future. Here are the highlights:
- Damon Lindelof has stated that when the show ends, Locke will be one of the most significant characters.
- Carlton Cuse believes that John Locke is "the heart of the show."
(S02E19) That wasn't much of a finale, was it? You can definitely tell that there were a couple more episodes that were meant to be and this one just got tweaked a little. I'm not sure how much else could have changed had we gotten a full 22 installments, but you never know.
As I expected, Dave and Deena's impromptu wedding become the focal point of the episode, while everyone else just ran around like chickens with their heads cut off. That's one of the things you still gotta love about this show. No matter what else is going on, it always boils down to who's sleeping with who.
Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough (Quick Step) - At its base, the show is about the "Stars." The partners certainly factor in though, and I continue to be impressed with Julianne. She might be just 18 years old, but she carries herself as well as any of the other pros. It doesn't hurt that she is absolutely adorable either. Apollo has officially impressed me now. I didn't have high expectations for him coming in, but he really shows the potential to be a contender. Len said Apollo is going to stay for weeks and weeks. Bruno called it cool, fresh, young, and exciting. Carrie Ann was impressed with the footwork and sync. High praise all around, and deservedly so. The scores, (8, 9, 9) I like that score. A great start to the night.
- Charlie Rose: Newt Gingrich and Bill Bradley
- The Daily Show: Senator John Kerry
- The Colbert Report: John Perry Barlow
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Will Ferrell and Kings of Leon
- Jay Leno: Quentin Tarantino, Pete Rose, and Mika
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Andy Dick, Ivanka Trump, and Nas (repeat - wait a second, they're showing this for the third time in a month??)
- Tavis Smiley: Ice Cube and Eddie Glaude
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Robin Williams, Christian Slate, and Panic! At The Disco (repeat)
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Rainn Wilson and Joss Stone
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Lizzy Caplan and Taking Back Sunday (repeat)
Former President Bill Clinton said even though 24 is run by "an uber right-wing guy" (referring to producer Joel Surnow), he thinks the show is fair in making both Democrats and Republicans look equally evil, according to a Reuters article.
Of other contemporary programs, Clinton said he's fond of Boston Legal and that his McFavorite is Grey's Anatomy. (Wonder where he stands on the Callie-Izzie contretemps?)
The Hollywood Reporter also said Clinton likes watching TV Land -- I Love Lucy, All in the Family and Bonanza -- because his wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, is frequently away campaigning and it gives "me something to do at night."
Besides being one of the best Lost episodes in a long time, "The Man From Tallahassee" had a major helping of Easter eggs. The objects in Ben's house were a significant source of clues about the Others. As usual, the eggs provide more questions than answers, but that's what makes Lost so complex, right? Here's what the vast community of bloggers, fans, and critics has noticed so far:
The Numbers: Many viewers noticed the presence of the numbers in Locke's flashback. Ben mentioned that Locke had spent four years in a wheelchair before the plane crash. In what was probably the coolest use of the numbers ever, Locke was paralyzed after an eight-story fall.
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