Lost Withdrawal for June 13th


Our weekly off-season look at ABC’s Lost, with news, spoilers, casting announcement, and interviews:

The big, boring off-season continues, but show runner Carlton Cuse gives us plenty of breaking news on season phone, upcoming Verizon LOST mobisodes, and more. Plus we’ve got Emmy Submissions, an interview with Juliet, a hit about Desmond’s future, and more…

No spoilers in this week’s edition, so its safe to read on!

Carlton Cuse gave a presentation at the Promax/BDA Conference, and we have some great coverage from The Hollywood Reporter:

On the ending of the show:

“We will not be ending with a blackout,” executive producer Carlton Cuse told an audience gathered in Midtown Manhattan for the second day of Promax/BDA’s annual conference.

“I’m not sure there is any ending that will satisfy everyone,” Cuse said. “Our hope is that the ending will be … the logical conclusion of the story.”

On Season 4:

“Obviously, we can’t wait to the 48th hour to say, ‘Here are all the mysteries of the show,’ ” Lindelof said. But Cuse also noted the reality of the sometimes vociferous and heavily engaged viewership of the show, which uses the Web to advance theories and post explanations and even freeze-frames to parse further meaning.

Cuse said the first season was about the Oceanic Flight 815 survivors landing on the island and realizing they weren’t going to get rescued. The second season was about the hatch, and the third season was about the Others.

“Next season, well, we’ll talk about that later,” Cuse said.

On Verizon Wireless Mobisode coming this fall:

While “Lost” viewers will have to wait till next year to see the next TV episodes, Cuse and Lindelof said in the fall there will be a series of “Lost” mobisodes featuring the entire cast and rolling out first on Verizon Wireless and then probably appearing on ABC.com. They said they’re keenly aware of the eight-month gap between last month’s finale and the return of “Lost” at the beginning of next year.

“How do you keep the show alive in the minds of the audience in that time?” Cuse asked. They’re also planning to go back to San Diego’s Comic-Con International, where the show was launched, to address May’s Season 3 finale and what they had in mind.

Cuse said the mobisodes, about 90 seconds each, will give the hardcore “Lost” viewer more information that they probably weren’t going to get through the show itself. What it won’t be, they said, was a mini version of “Lost.”

“It needs to be interesting enough and well produced enough that people feel they’re getting enough bang for their buck, even if it’s free, the bang for their time,” Lindelof said.

Lindelof said the negotiations for the talent took a long time, but they wanted to make sure that all of them were involved in the mobisodes.

“Nobody wanted to see two people sitting on a beach that we’ve never heard of talking and saying, ‘Hey, did you hear what Jack and Kate did today?’ You want to see Jack and Kate. It’s taken us three years to get those deals in place,” Lindelof said.

Cuse also takes about mistakes the LOST team has made, like Nikki and Paolo, and the BAD TWIN novel.

The characters came out of “Lost” viewers’ questions about why the show focused only on the same 12 characters and not the “socks,” the unnamed survivors who provide the background around the camp. Cuse said “socks” comes from the term “sock puppets,” which the writers call the extras.

“We’re like, ‘Trust us, you don’t care about those guys,’ ” Lindelof joked.

They said they realized almost immediately that adding Nikki and Paulo was a mistake, even before the viewer outcry. Many of the scenes they shot would get cut on the editing room floor, not because of the actors but because they were concerned about how they fit into the story. Lindelof said that it was a lesson for the writers to stay true to the show’s vision even if the viewers don’t seem to like it.

“We buried them alive,” Cuse said of Nikki and Paulo. “OK, you guys don’t like Nikki and Paulo, there.”

Variety’s got an interview with Elizabeth Mitchell, who plays Juliet.

“I know when she’s lying, and she’s an excellent liar,” says Mitchell, laughing. “Juliet is so controlled and only allows people to see her in the way she wants to be seen. If she shows too much, she loses all her powers.”

Kristin at E! gives us a glimpse at Desmond’s future:

From Sandy in Oregon: On Lost, what will happen to Desmond after Charlie’s death?
Excellent question! And I have the answer from the man who knows bestest—Damon Lindelof. He tells me, “Desmond will have to deal with the aftereffects and the guilt of it. He will question whether or not Charlie would have made this sacrifice had he not told him that it was what he was going to do. He will question the role he played in Charlie’s death.” So, it sounds like big sexy Dezzie is haunted by Charlie’s passing, as many of us fans are!

And this news about a little behind-the-scenes turmoil within the cast:

Heather in Washington D.C.: In today’s Vine show, you tell us that a certain castmember on Lost is on the outs with most of the other castmembers. Please, please reassure me that you’re not referring to Naveen Andrews or Terry O’Quinn!
I am not.

Cory in Homeworth, Ohio: Tell me, please, who is it on Lost that had a falling out with the rest of the cast? Will this affect their character or story at all?
Ding, ding, ding! It already has! There was a pivotal line during a scene on the beach near the end of one of the last few episodes. It was very telling about what’s happening behind the scenes.

Hmmm… any guesses on who that might be?

Finally, from The Tailsection, a rundown of Emmy Nomination submissions. The official list of 2007 Emmy Nominees will be announced on July 19:

Outstanding Drama Series
Lost “The Man From Tallahassee”

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Evangeline Lilly For “I Do”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Matthew Fox For “A Tale Of Two Cities”

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Naveen Andrews For “Enter 77″
Daniel Dae Kim For “The Glass Ballerina”
Michael Emerson For “Every Man For Himself”
Henry Ian Cusick For “Flashes Before Your Eyes”
Josh Hollaway For “Every Man For Himself”
Jorge Garcia For “Tricia Tanaka Is Dead”
Dominic Monaghan For “Flashes Before Your Eyes”
Terry O’Quinn For “?” (I’m hearing Tallahassee and Further Instructions)

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Emilie de Ravin For “Par Avion”
Yunjin Kim For “The Glass Ballerina”
Elizabeth Mitchell For “One Of Us”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Kevin Tighe For “The Brig”

Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series
Kevin Blanks

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Stephen Williams for “Greatest Hits”

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