Lindelof Reveals Lost Season 5 Details

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If you’re like me, Wednesday, Jan. 21 cannot come soon enough. That’s when the much-anticipated season premiere of Lost airs on ABC. Last week, I had the chance to ask Executive Producer Damon Lindelof to define the central theme of the show’s fifth season. He promised that Lost will continue its tradition of audience engagement by leveraging the intersection of character and mythology.

“Season five’s defining focus is hopefully a marriage between mythology and character,” Lindelof told me. “Obviously, we’re moving into our end game, so there’s a lot of story to tell and a lot of mysteries to start unraveling, but it’s our hope that the center of the show remains our people.”

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Lizzy Caplan – A Bad Robot?

J.J. Abrams (left) Lizzy Caplan (right) © Paramount Pictures

J.J. Abrams (left) and Lizzy Caplan (right) ©Paramount Pictures

I recently spoke with actress Lizzy Caplan about her upcoming role in HBO’s True Blood.

Being that Caplan is a self-professed and outspoken fan of Lost, I asked her if she would be interested in joining the show or guest starring on it at some point.

“That’s one that’s impossible to turn down,” she said of the ABC phenomenon. “Lost is one of the most innovative shows out right now.” Continue reading

Chuck’s Zachary Levi Loves Lost

© NBC

© NBC

I have an upcoming interview with Zachary Levi, which you can read at The Trades on Monday, Sept. 29 ahead of Chuck’s season premiere later that night.

During our conversation, he talked about his admiration for Lost. “I love, love, love Lost and have since day one and will always love it,” he told me.

It’s not surprising to hear Levi profess his Lost fandom considering that in an episode last season, Chuck referenced Lost’s Oceanic Flight 815. “I literally peed my pants with glee when I read the script,” Levi joked. “I was like, ‘Thank you. I’m so glad we’re making a reference to it.’ I just love [Lost] so much.”

Levi also recalled a time when he read a post online where someone speculated that there was a feud between the writers of Lost and Chuck given that the show referenced Oceanic Flight 815. “That’s the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard,” Levi said about the post. “Why would we even draw attention to another show? We’re doing it because we love it. We’re doing it because we have respect for it. What a cool little Easter Egg for people to find.”

Aside from both shows being primetime standouts for their respective networks, I respect the distinctiveness that each carries. Both find a way to blend action, drama and comedy within the carefully crafted structures of their stories. It would be nearly impossible to pigeonhole either series, a quality of originality that more network entertainment shows could benefit from.