Tonight’s PaleyFest panel at the Dolby Theatre was a 10th Anniversary Reunion for Lost — the Emmy-winning ABC fantasy drama that made its debut in 2004. Apparently a decade is a long time when it comes to social media: Executive producer Carlton Cuse and co-creator/EP Damon Lindelof said the show would never have been able to keep the kind of plot secrets that were the signature of early episodes in today’s Twitter-happy world.
“The spoiler culture was not what it is now,” said Cuse, who appeared on the large panel with Lindelof and cast members Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Jorge Garcia, Ian Somerhalder, Maggie Grace, Malcolm David Kelley and Ian Cusick. (At the beginning of the panel, host Paul Scheer called a moratorium on any jokes about the mysterious disappearance of airplanes. “Let’s not have ask questions about that because they won’t be in good taste,” he said.)
The producers cited as a prime example their decision to kill off Ian Somerhalder’s popular Boone Carlyle character early in the show’s run. The decision was controversial even back then, but at least the producers were able to keep a lid on the surprise. Cuse said the show wanted to defy TV series convention. In an episode of CSI: Miami, for example, you always knew that whoever had a gun to the head of David Caruso’s Horatio was not going to pull the trigger. “(We thought) the idea that we could kill a character that was so beloved would give the show incredible energy, so no one was safe,” Cuse said. Read More »
This year is being billed as the biggest William S. Paley Television Festival to date thanks in part to the move to the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland for the fest that runs March 13-28. Added to the already-announced opening-night event featuring the Veronica Mars Kickstarter-funded reunion movie, organizers have added a Lost 10th anniversary reunion on March 16, Netflix participation (Orange Is The New Black), and a so-long session for CBS’ How I Met Your Mother. Also feted this year: Fox’s The Mindy Project and Sleepy Hollow; AMC’s Mad Men; the CW’s The Vampire Diaries and The Originals; ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Showtime’s Masters Of Sex; HBO’s Veep; and NBC comedies Parks & Recreation and Community, the latter of which is back for a fifth season due to “popular demand”, the Paley Center for Media says. The full slate of panels announced today includes the already-confirmed ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars, and FX’s American Horror Story: Coven, which will close out the fan confab. Here’s the full schedule: Read More »
Disney’s announcement with Netflix this morning extends and expands a current deal, giving the streaming service rights to several shows 30 days after the last episode of the season airs. The one with Amazon is new and includes more than 800 library episodes. Both include prior seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and all episodes of Lost. They also both landed ABC Family’s The Secret Life Of The American Teenager and Phineas and Ferb. Beyond that there are a lot of differences, with Amazon landing prior seasons of Marvel’s animated shows including X-Men Evolution and Netflix getting ABC Studios’ Army Wives. Here’s the release for Netflix:
BEVERLY HILLS and BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 31, 2011 — Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Disney-ABC Television Group today announced that they recently entered into an extension of their previous existing licensing agreement. The extension allows Netflix to continue to stream hundreds of library episodes from ABC Studios, Disney Channel and ABC Family over the Internet. As part of the deal, Netflix is also adding new content to its lineup of Disney-ABC series and TV movies.
The agreement adds to the growing selection of content that can be streamed from Netflix in the United States. Episodes from new seasons of current Disney-ABC series will be made available to Netflix 30-days after the last episode of each season airs. Among the series and TV movies extended as part of the deal include:
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Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.
If viewers of the ABC fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time note certain unmistakable references to a certain iconic ABC show called Lost while watching the pilot, it won’t be much of an accident, critics attending TCA were assured this afternoon during a Once Upon a Time panel. The co-creators and showrunners of the new series, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, were Lost staff writers who grew to become executive producers by that show’s final two seasons. And they made no secret of packing the Time kickoff with homages to their former show. “We can’t help ourselves,” Horowitz admitted. Horowitz and Kitsis, who also wrote the feature Tron: Legacy, also employed their Lost boss Damon Lindelof as an adviser on the pilot. “Damon has been a godfather to us,” Kitsis said. “He’s one of our closest friends. And when we first kind of sold the show to ABC, and they said, ‘Great, do an outline,’ we were like, ‘What do we do?’ We immediately went to Damon’s couch and started crying. So, I mean, his name is not on this show, but he’s in the DNA of it. But he also really wants it to be our show, so sometimes he helps and sometimes he gives us tough love.”
In addition to Lost, the Once Upon a Time team also faced the inevitable comparisons to Bill Willingham’s Fables comic-book series. Kitsis maintained … Read More »
Jack Bender is reuniting with his fellow Lost pals Elizabeth Sarnoff, JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk, agreeing to join the upcoming Fox series Alcatraz as an executive producer/director. Sarnoff, the executive producer/showrunner, co-wrote the series pilot with Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt, who are co-executive producing. Abrams and Burke are executive producing. Abrams, Burke, Sarnoff and Bender were linchpins on Lost, which ran for six seasons on ABC and won the best drama series Emmy in 2005 before wrapping its run last year. Bender, an exec producer on that series as well, earned one of series’ 12 Emmy nominations last year for helming the show’s finale. He is repped by UTA.
Alcatraz, slated to run Mondays at 9 PM midseason, centers on a San Francisco detective (Sarah Jones) involved in a grisly homicide case that takes her to America’s most infamous prison, where her prime suspect becomes an inmate who died more than 30 years before. Turning to an Alcatraz expert (Lost‘s Jorge Garcia), they discover that the inmate is not only alive but loose on the streets of San Francisco, exacting decades-old revenge and leaving bodies in his wake, having not aged a day since 1963. They dig into the history of the prison and discover that the killing spree is only the tip of a much more sinister threat. Robert Forster and Sam Neill also star. The series is from Bonanza Prods in association with Bad … Read More »
Lost alum Terry O’Quinn is returning to Hawaii, where the ABC mystery drama was shot. O’Quinn, who starred in the ABC drama pilot Hallelujah this past season, has been tapped for a major recurring role on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, bringing the number of Lost alums on the show to two, including co-star Daniel Dae Kim. More from our sister site TVLine.com, which has the story.
EXCLUSIVE: In its latest attempt to hatch a large-scale film that can play to a family audience, Disney has made a seven-figure deal with screenwriter and Lost exec producer Damon Lindelof to write and produce an original large-scale science fiction feature film. Other than the fact that the project has a working title of 1952, I couldn’t pry plot details out of anybody. I’m not sure if the title connotes a period the film is set in, or if it is a Lost reference. I’ve also heard that this project isn’t just being conceived for movies only, but that it has multiple platform aspirations.
The project came out of a series of meetings that Lindelof had with Disney’s production president Sean Bailey and senior exec Brigham Taylor, and it’s the first film that Lindelof is producing from the ground up. Since ending the run of Lost and serving as one of the show’s architects all the way through, Lindelof has been on fire as a screenwriter. He teamed with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to script the Jon Favreau-directed Cowboys & Aliens. Lindelof came aboard to rewrite Ridley Scott’s 3D Alien prequel and injected enough new ideas into the Prometheus script for Fox and Scott to deem the film an original. Lindelof is right now working with Kurtzman and Orci to pull together a Star Trek sequel that can be ready to begin production later this year or early next. I’ve reported my skepticism that Abrams would ever be able to move from launching Super 8 and jump into a Star Trek sequel that will make its summer 2012 release date, because the scribes need Abrams to give a thumbs up to the 70-page story outline they’ve written, and turn that into a script. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has acquired an untitled action adventure pitch that will be scripted by Lost‘s Carlton Cuse for Hugh Jackman to star in and Shawn Levy to direct. Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment banner will produce.
While Cuse has done uncredited writing on two Lethal Weapon sequels and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, this is the first feature script he’ll write since Lost ended its run. Cuse was the drama’s longtime show runner and executive producer.
Levy and Jackman just teamed for DreamWorks in Real Steel, which Disney will release on October 7. Both have deep ties to Fox. Levy’s 21 Laps is based there, and Jackman’s Seed Productions had a Fox deal until he and partner John Palermo decided to split so Jackman could focus on acting. Jackman is currently prepping to star in The Wolverine, the sequel to the X-Men spinoff that is being directed by Oscar-nominated Black Swan helmer Darren Aronofsky. Levy directed Night at the Museum and Date Night at Fox. Fox prexy Emma Watts and Steven Puri are steering the potential tent pole for Fox with 21 Laps’ Billy Rosenberg and Dan Cohen. Jackman , Levy and Cuse are repped by WME.
EXCLUSIVE: Big news for Lost fans: series co-star Jorge Garcia has joined another J.J. Abrams drama about an island. Garcia is set to play a lead on the Fox pilot Alcatraz, which is executive produced by Lost co-creator/executive producer Abrams. The project, described to be “about secrets and the most infamous prison of all time,” centers on a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who reappear in the present day. It chronicles the efforts of a team of FBI agents to track them down and unravel the mystery behind their disappearance thirty years prior. Garcia will play the hippy geek Dr. Diego Soto, the world’s foremost expert on Alcatraz. Actor-comedian Garcia, who landed his first TV series role on the CBS comedy Becker, rose to fame as one of the key cast members on ABC’s hit drama Lost. He was the first actor cast in the Lost pilot, just like he is now on Alcatraz. Read More »
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2010 Emmy coverage. Here’s his scorecard assessing the Outstanding Drama Series race:
MAD MEN (AMC – Lionsgate TV)
Why It Was Nominated: The critics rave. The fans swoon. But the masses yawn. Fortunately for AMC, the masses don’t get to choose the Emmy nominations. But no Industry type believes AMC’s Mad Men doesn’t deserve to at least try for a 3rd consecutive Primetime Emmy. After all, The West Wing won four Emmys in a row.
Why It Has To Win: The fact that the show launched its new season last month (and to raves) is a shrewd move on the part of AMC to create fresh buzz. As one producer told me: “At this point, the show’s reputation precedes it. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve to win.”
Why It Can’t Possibly Win: Roughly seven times more households tuned to the Lost finale on ABC in May than watched Mad Men‘s Season 4 premiere in July. That greatly shakes up the voting equation. More to the point, can Matthew Weiner shake off some bad press after last year’s win? (The young female staff writer who’d won the 2009 drama-writing Emmy with Weiner quit Mad Men before she could be let go by him.)
LOST (ABC – Grass Skirts Prod w/ ABC Network & Studios)
Why It Was Nominated: Had the voters failed to nominate it, Lost‘s multitudes of fans might have marched on the TV Academy headquarters. The show had a buzzworthy final season that dominated not just watercooler talk but also Industry dialogue.
Why It Has To Win: Before cable became the place where quality lives, voters would have easily anointed a show … Read More »
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.”
EXCLUSIVE: Damon Lindelof has taken his first big solo screenwriting job since concluding the ABC series Lost. I’m been told that he closed a deal to do rewrite work on 20th Century Fox’s Alien prequel, which the studio hopes Ridley Scott will direct as his next assignment.
In a development as vexing as a Lost plotline, studio insiders said that while Lindelof indeed met with Scott and the studio for that rewrite job, the exchange of ideas between them sparked a take that could well turn out to be a free-standing science fiction film. The studio will decide when Lindelof turns it in. Scott Free is producing and Lindelof’s CAA reps closed his deal last night. Read More »
The leadership at the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences must be breathing a sigh of relief after last week’s Primetime Emmy nominations. As the awards show’s future hangs in the balance, the Academy probably couldn’t have asked for a much better list of nominees.
It offers a compelling underdog story – dismissed Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien getting 4 noms for his 7-month stint on the NBC show – as well as plenty of intrigue: will O’Brien be a presenter on the broadcast which airs on NBC, what he would say if he wins.
But most importantly, the list is brimming with big, buzzworthy shows. With the possible exception of The Big Bang Theory, which surprisingly missed the cut for best comedy series (but landed another lead actor nom for star Jim Parsons), the shows that have dominated pop culture for the past year: Glee, Lost, Modern Family, Dexter, True Blood and Mad Men, all earned best series nominations and all, with the exception of True Blood, also scored multiple acting noms. (The list of top nominees also includes the biggest reality series on TV, including American Idol and Dancing with the Stars)
I hear talks between the TV Academy and the Big 4 broadcast networks that hold the rights to the Primetime Emmy telecast have not started in earnest. The current eight-year “wheel” deal is up at the Aug. 29 telecast, which also will mark the end of the 4 networks’ exclusive … Read More »
Lost is making a stylish exit with 12 Emmy nominations for its sixth and final season, including best drama series, best lead drama actor (Matthew Fox), supporting actors (Terry O’Quinn, Michael Emerson) as well as writing (Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse) and directing (Jack Bender), both for the much-talked-about series finale. Here is what executive producers/showrunners Lindelof and Cuse had to say today:
Lindelof: The happiest surprise was Matthew Fox cracking into the best actor category. When you look at the guys he‘s against: Michael C. Hall, Bryan Cranston or Jon Hamm, they are almost in every frame of their series, while Lost is more of an ensemble show, so it has been hard for the Academy to acknowledge Matthew as a lead actor and when they finally did, it meant the world to us.”
Cuse: The expectations were really high for the finale so we knew it wouldn’t please everybody but it must have pleased enough Emmy voters for the show to get all the nominations; if it wasn’t satisfying, we wouldn’t have gotten any nominations. We don’t take it for granted: with incredible shows also ending their runs like 24 and Law & Order to not get (the same recognition), it is easy to see how hard it is to get into the drama field these days.
Lindelof on the Lost finale: I do feel we spent so much time talking about how we were gonna end the show (we started getting questions about that right after the pilot) so the … Read More »
I don’t get the popularity of this ABC series. But here’s a YouTube homage to Thursday’s Lost season finale. With action figure dolls. And Indiana Jones. ‘Nuff said.