Nellie Andreeva

The panel for NBC’s The Event often evoked 24 and Lost and understandably so as the new NBC serialized thriller about a government conspiracy is touted as a potential successor to the iconic dramas that bowed out in May.  It also has 24 veteran Evan Katz as showrunner. “The show won’t be as dark (as 24) but there will be the same intensity, the same roller-coaster ride that provokes visceral response to what you watch.”

Producers fielded a lot of questions about how they will sustain viewers’ interest in a dense serialized drama. The biggest questions in the pilot will be answered in the second episode, Katz said. (The Event received strong reaction at Comic-Con last week.) Creator Nick Wauters, who admitted to being influenced by Lost and 24, stressed that “we will try and reveal as many answers as we can as we go and set up more mysteries. “But you have to go on faith that we know what we’re doing,” he said. “As a viewer myself and a fan of Lost, I ask for people’s trust.”

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