LOST Showrunner Back At Work During Strike

The Wall Street Journal has an article about “showrunners”, writers who are also producers on their shows going back to work, inspite of the writer’s strike. The reason? Well, there are two. First, they’re getting “breach of contract” letters since they haven’t been showing up for work to do their producing work. Second, they want to make sure that the integrity of the show they’re working on remains intact, and doesn’t go off in a direction they don’t want it to go in.

Who’s one of the people returning to work?

One of the most high-profile to return to producing is Carlton Cuse, a member of the WGA’s negotiating committee who is a showrunner and writer for ABC’s “Lost.” He plans to do some postproduction for the eight episodes of “Lost” that have been shot, he says. “We feel we owe that to our fans,” he says. “We would harm our franchise if we didn’t do it ourselves.”

The studios have put these people in a hard position. Get sued if they don’t fulfill their contract obligations, and maybe have a show turned over to people that aren’t going to do the show the way it was intended. For LOST, I think handing it over to others would be a real disaster, and I think Cuse is doing the right thing.

What Happens To LOST During A Writer’s Strike?

Lost Logo
Variety is saying that LOST might be one of the few shows that won’t be in repeats because of the late start (February 2008) of next season.

LOST should have seven episodes done by the end of this month, and had been hoping to have all 16 episodes run straight through with no repeats next year. If there’s a writer’s strike, that might not happen as planned.

Carlton Cuse, one of the executive producers of LOST, is on the panel negotiating for a new Writer’s Guild contract.

Interview with Lindelof and Cuse on Mapping Out LOST

Entertainment Weekly has a brief interview with Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof about the decision to end LOST after three more season.

They also talk about the rest of this season, and even specifically say we’re going to start getting some answers.

“And more importantly, we meet Jacob — the elusive, unseen, presumed
leader of the Others — for the first time. And this is a character who
is every bit as significant to our universe as the Emperor was to the Star Wars universe — a character that you didn’t get to meet until
Return of the Jedi
but was referred to all through the preceding films. Jacob is a guy who
is going to have a very significant, ongoing sort of story value in our

LOST to Continue For Three More Years

Variety is reporting that LOST will run for three more years, but instead of the usual 22 to 24 episodes per season, there will be only 48 more episodes after this season ends.

That means 16 episode seasons instead, and they’ll run without repeats (get your DVRs ready).

The good news is that Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, the masterminds behind LOST have signed on until the end of the series, so we’ll see how the show was intended to end.

Lindelof promised: “There will be no extensions or enhancements. That number (48) is absolute,” he said. And “once you begin to see where we’re going, I think the idea of sequels and spinoffs will completely go away.”

Thanks to TropicHunt.com Guy!

Two more years of LOST? Not so fast….

One of our regular visitors, TropicHunt.com Guy, was kind enough to point me to a story earlier today that says that LOST is going to end in 2009, it’s going to be off for another seven months, and that it will be moving to an earlier timeslot.

Long time listeners of the LOST Podcast will know that Lindelof and Cuse, the two head writers of the show have hinted at this for some time now.

Is that the end of the news…. well, not quite.  I just found out that the exact number of seasons might not be set into stone just yet.

It might not be exactly two seasons!   Whether this means less or more that two, I’m not sure, but we’ll keep an eye on this, because  they’ll be making an official announcement in the next couple of days!

Via Watch with Kirstin.

Michael Emerson talks about what it’s like to be on Lost

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin has a great article on Michael Emerson, the actor that plays Henry Gale/Benjamin Linus on Lost. It talks about his background in theater, what the differences are between being an actor on TV and an actor on stage, and how he approaches acting roles.

He also reveals a few hints about what’s coming next in Lost:

“He’s vulnerable now,” he said, referring to the trauma under Jack’s surgical knife that could lead to Ben’s demise. “There’s much more operating room drama to come; the operation has even more complications that lead to a number of crises,” he added, carefully choosing his words. New, powerful characters also will be introduced, and “there will be a struggle for power within the Others’ community.” Then he paused and smiled. “I have to be cagey about what I say.”

Via Honolulu Star-Bulletin