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The LOST Creators Come Clean

Ten years later, they talk about their mistakes, their successes, the worst episode, and why we're all still talking about this damn show. Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are seated around the infamous hatch from Lost. The duo, who became the voice of the ABC series during its six-season run, have met up in Lindelof's office on the WBR lot in Burbank to reflect on Lost's cultural legacy exactly ten years after shooting the show's pilot. This particular hatch is made of papier-mâché and smaller than you might imagine because it was used for exterior shots during a later season of the show, but it's still indescribably thrilling to find yourself hanging out at the hatch with these two guys. Read More...

PaleyFest 2014 Includes 10th Anniversary LOST Reunion

The Paley Center has announced the initial lineup for the 31st Annual Paley Television Festival, which honors the best in television with enlightening and entertaining panels for various TV shows. The headliner this year seems to be a 10th anniversary reunion panel for Lost, which is sure to be a fascinating watch. Also part of the lineup is a farewell panel for How I Met Your Mother, a reunion for the cast of Veronica Mars, and panels for current series Orange Is the New Black, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Veep, Masters of Sex, Community, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Read More...

J.J. Abrams to direct next Star Wars film
The Guardian

J.J. Abrams will direct the next Star Wars film, Disney has confirmed after days of speculation, giving hope to many long-suffering fans who were disappointed by the past three installments in the iconic franchise. The announcement was greeted with celebrations on online networks by the films' army of enthusiasts who have already watched Abrams rescue the aging Star Trek series with a high-grossing prequel in 2009. The 46-year-old made his name with TV shows Alias and Lost and earned his stripes as a director of effects-laden blockbusters with Super 8, Mission: Impossible III and another widely expected Star Trek film Star Trek Into Darkness, due out later this year. Read More...

I Pretty Much Wanted to Die - The Origins of LOST
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The origins of Lost, as told by the people who made it, in an exclusive first serial excerpt from The Revolution Was Televised

The story of Lost makes no sense.

And by that I don't mean the story on the show — though this is the point where you can feel free to insert jokes about the numbers, the outrigger shootout, or the reasons why Walt was "special" — but the story of how Lost itself got made.

The creation of Lost defies nearly everything we know about how successful television shows — or great ones — are made. The idea for Lost came not from a writer, but a network executive. The first writer on the project got fired. The replacement creative team had a fraction of the usual time to write, cast, and produce a pilot episode. The executive who had championed the show was himself fired before it ever aired. One of the two creators all but quit the moment the pilot was finished. Nearly every creative decision at the start of the show was made under the assumption that it would never succeed. Everyone believed it was too weird, too dense, too unusual to work. And it may have been. But it worked, anyway. Read More...

New Book LOST Thought Hits Shelves Today
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Sam McPherson, TVRage/Lostpedia staff

It's been a little over a year and a half since LOST went off the air, but the series has remained polarizing amongst fans (and former fans). The discussion regarding the series is still very much alive. That's the reason for the new essay anthology book LOST Thought, which hit shelves on February 29. Edited by (and featuring contributions from) Pearson Moore (LOST Humanity, LOST Identity), the book is a compilation of essays about the show, featuring entries from some of the biggest names from the LOST community. Jo Garfein (JOpinionated), Erika Olsen (Long Live Locke), Ryan Ozawa (The Transmission), Andy Page (DarkUFO), Sarah Clarke Stuart (Literary LOST), and Nikki Stafford (Finding LOST) are all figures of the LOST community contributing to the book. Lostpedia administrator, TVOvermind contributing editor, and TVRage contributing news editor Sam McPherson also contributed a rather thought-provoking piece about Egyptian themes in LOST, but he doesn't like to brag... Read More...

Birmingham-Southern College students take class based on 'Lost' TV series
Greg Garrison, The Birmingham News

Birmingham-Southern College's January term is full of unusual offerings, including a class called "Lost: My Religion," which plays off the cult-hit TV series "Lost," that went off the air in 2010. During class, BSC Chaplain Jack Hinnen lectures on moral and religious lessons and parallels. "We cheapen religion when we try to boil meaning down to just what happened," he said. It's more about finding meaning through stories, just as Jesus taught through parables, Hinnen said... Read More...

A Lostpedia Administrator Takes a LOST Class: Week 2
Sam McPherson, TVOvermind/Lostpedia staff

I've written thousands of words about LOST on both Lostpedia and TVOvermind, and still it was really difficult to write my first paper about the series. I struggled with what the subject of my paper would be as soon as I got the assignment. There was just so much I wanted to write about. The subject of the paper was simple: take a theme from LOST, find religious implications to that theme, and write a paper about it. For me at least, that's much harder than it sounds... Read More...

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"Pilot, Part 1" is the first of the two-part pilot episode of Lost. It was originally broadcast on September 22, 2004, and "Pilot, Part 2" aired the following week. The two parts re-aired together on October 2, 2004. Jack Shephard, a doctor from Los Angeles, finds himself one of forty-eight survivors of a plane crash on a mysterious island. With the help of other survivors, he begins to treat the injured and attempts to find the cockpit of the plane in the hope of contacting civilization.

The episode establishes the show's use of flashbacks to show characters' lives before arriving on the Island. The one flashback in this episode depicts Jack's view of events on the plane just prior to the crash. (Read more...)

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