LOST At Screenwriting Expo 2008

IGN TV has an excellent write up of a Q&A session LOST producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse gave. They talk about decisions about which characters stayed and which left, how they dealt with flashbacks, and the direction of the final season of LOST. One quote:

Cuse said that while they know the fans love to dissect the mythology, “We probably spend 80% on character, and 20% on mythology,” stressing that he thinks the focus on the characters, is “Why the show crossed over to not being a small genre show.” That being said, he acknowledged, “This year will probably be a little bit more science fictiony.”


LOST: Interview with Charlotte

One of the new actors in season 4 was Charlotte, the red-head that we first saw dig up a polar bear skeleton in the desert. In an interview with IGN, she discusses what it’s like to be on a new show, what it’s like to be in Hawaii and how much the producers let her know about the show’s secrets:

Oh god, nothing! None of us know anything! It’s funny when people ask, “What do you guys do on your downtime in-between scenes? Do you all sit down and talk about the show?” I say, “No, none of us know anything. We’re all sitting there talking about the iPhone vs. the Blackberry,” you know what I mean? [Laughs] That’s about it.


Lost: Naveen Andrews Interview

Digital Spy has a new interview with Naveen Andrews, who plays Sayid on LOST. In it he discusses, among other things, what he thought was wrong with season 3, and how season 4 became better:

We all know what the executive producers, Damon [Lindelof] and Carlton [Cuse], were going through because they had this burden of an endless show. I don’t think it’s what Damon wanted in the first place. He always used to say to me ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we were a bit like the Sex Pistols and did just one season of great television and then bang, that’s it?’ Sort of smash and grab. Obviously you can’t do that on primetime network TV but he wanted a limit to the show. He managed to do a deal where he was able to achieve that. Now that we have an ending to aim towards, I think it’s inevitable the quality will get better.

Read the whole interview

LOST: Harold Perrineau Explains His Previous Interview

On LOST, even when your character dies, it doesn’t mean we won’t see him again. I got that feeling when reading this new interview with Harold Perrineau (Michael) on his departure from LOST. In his previous interview, he sounded pretty bitter. In a new Entertainment Weekly interview, he tries to set the record straight:

Do you regret going public with your feelings?
I should probably think more before I say things. I should especially think before I say anything racial, because I recognize that when you make a racial comment it polarizes people. That was never the intention. It’s like, “No, no, no, don’t choose sides. I’m just telling you this is what I think. Everybody stay on whatever side you’re on; this is my point-of-view.” I should think about those things, and then unfortunately what happens is I just start to talk — like I’m doing now, I should probably shut up. [laughs]

The article discusses other things, such as his favorite scenes from LOST, his least favorite moment, and what happens when you find out that your character won’t be around much longer.

Via EW.com

Michael Is Glad To Be Back On LOST

Harold Perrineau, who plays Michael on LOST, took a brief hiatus from LOST, but is glad to be back:

Nausea aside, the actor is relieved to once again be part of the Lost crew. His character, Michael, hadn’t been seen or heard from since motoring off the island in the Others’ boat with son Walt at the end of season two, leaving fans to wonder what the holy smoke monster had happened to them.

“It was time to come back,” Perrineau says. “Even if Michael was going to die, I [wanted] him to finish, as opposed to just disappearing.”

Question is, how long will Michael stay alive?

Season 4 of LOST Will Be Shorter Than Expected

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The Writer’s Strike is ending and it appears that Season 4 will be a total of 13 episodes, rather than the planned 16.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Cuse said he’s happy with the outcome of the strike and can’t wait to go back to his day job on “Lost.”

“We’re going to have to hit the ground running, go from zero to 100 mph in a matter of days to make as many episodes as possible,” he said.

The goal for Cuse and co-showrunner Damon Lindelof is to produce five more episodes this season, a tall order given the time constraints and the scope of storytelling and production on “Lost.” Even with five additional hours, Cuse and Lindelof will be three episodes short of the premapped fourth season.

“We will have to condense some stories,” Cuse said.

(Thanks to Andy)

The Real Reason People Didn’t Like Nikki and Paulo

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Over on SCI FI Wire, the producers of LOST talk about fan reaction to Nikki and Paulo:

“People asked questions about the other characters on the beach,” Cuse said. “Are we ever going to learn anything about them?” In response, the writers expanded the storylines of Nikki Fernandez and Paulo (played by Kiele Sanchez and Rodrigo Santoro). “But once we did it, people were angry that we were taking time away from our main characters and giving it to Nikki and Paulo, so we listened to the fans and decided to bury them alive,” Cuse added.

Wrong, wrong, wrong!

That’s not the reason people didn’t like Nikki and Paulo! We’ve had a TON of new characters on LOST, and a lot of them have been interesting. Take “Mr. Friendly”… Great character, love to know more about him. Richard Alpert? Same thing. Even the ill-fated Artz was a great character which people liked.

So what went wrong with Nikki and Paulo?

The real reason people didn’t like Nikki and Paulo is that they just seemed to pop up out of nowhere on the beach. They acted like a couple of kids trying to inject themselves themselves in the group. Viewers have been in that kind of social situation before, recognized it and reacted just like they do in real life – they didn’t want any part of it.

Sure, the characters felt that they were being left out of the action (and they even said that), but there are better and more subtle ways of bringing characters off the beach. Bringing them in more slowly would have given them more of an opportunity to slide into the show the right way. If the characters had been brought in that way, people would have probably liked them a lot more. Even if their fates had remained the same, it would have been OK… In fact, it probably would have had a much bigger impact.

The way the did come into the show was like being hit over the head with a shovel.