Lost is one Pandora's Box that doesn't look like it's ever gonna shut. The mysteries unleashed by the series are hardly in short supply, and they are well cataloged online.
In an attempt to not appear entirely redundant, I've decided to focus on the 10 mysteries that I think even the writers can't solve. These are the mysteries that I doubt we'll ever get a truly satisfying conclusion to because, frankly, I'm not sure the writers always know what they're doing. Even if they do, the chances that Lost's eventual payoff could ever equal the energies fans have poured into decoding the show are slim. A false lead here. An obscure reference there. Lost's loose ends are going nowhere.
Read on after the jump for your questions and Jane's responses!
You'll never take me alive, Grim Reaper! --Grandpa Simpson
Damn, this episode had a lot of guest stars: Tom Wolfe, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Franzen and Gore Vidal*. Oh yeah, and John Updike and Thomas Pynchon both make cameos on a writer's panel, sans dialogue. Pynchon, whose book Gravity's Rainbow I actually heaved to the ground and did victory laps around because I finally made it through the damn thing, was decked out in his usual paper bag mask. The best guest appearance of all goes to J.K. Simmons, who reprised his role as the fast-talking editor from the Spider-Man movies, this time as the editor of a poetry publication. The man should do more voiceover work. Hell, bring him back for more episodes of The Simpsons, give him a reoccurring character like Fat Tony or Sideshow Bob.
I have to admit, this is one show I thought I'd never see on DVD, so maybe there's hope for other short-lived shows from the 80s.
Anything But Love, the ABC comedy that ran from 1989 to 1992, will be released on DVD February 6. The first set will be the first two seasons (28 episodes total). Here's the info, including episode titles.
If you can't place the show, it starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis as writers at a top Chicago magazine. They're friends at first but eventually (of course) they become more than that. The show costarred Ann Magnuson as their boss, as well as Holly Fulger, Richard Frank, Louis Giambalvo, and Joseph Maher. It was a solid little show, smart and funny, so I'm really glad it's coming to DVD. The set will include commentaries by Curtis and Lewis.
If you recall, the writers and editors at ANTP went on strike in July over issues like health benefits, pensions, etc. It was the first attempt by the Writers Guild of America to bring reality writers into the union, and the show's staffers thought that going on strike would get everyone's attention. It did... at first. But according to this TV Week article, the picketers have decided to stop protesting in front of the show's offices -- the show's on hiatus, but they won't come back after the show resumes production -- and start looking for other jobs. The show has shifted the strikers' responsibilities to show editors.
Technically, the strike continues, but I'd imagine it's like Kramer's strike on H&H Bagels on an episode of Seinfeld; after a while, even the protesters are going to forget they're on strike.
The writer-producers are demanding healthcare, residuals, pension, better pay and writing credits (they're currently credited as producers). The writers argue that they should receive similar treatment as writers in other genres, such as dramas and comedies.
So far, executive producers are steering the writer-producers toward government mediation, but the writers say that's a stall tactic to get them to conclude the next two seasons and then can them all. Americans Next Top Model is currently in the middle of season seven, so this could get real interesting.
This LA Times article details the dispute. Only a few episodes of season seven have been produced, and, considering the CW is kicking off its fall schedule with the show, this might become a big problem for the new network.
I think the interesting part about all this is that it's not even surprising anymore to learn that a reality show has writers. Also, why shouldn't they be in the union? I would think it's harder to make models interesting than to make Jim Belushi funny. Well, maybe that's a bad example.
While Pepsi cans and Fed Ex trucks in the background are all strategically placed, the writers and actors have a problem when the powers-that-be require them to work products into a story or even write an entire story around a product.
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