(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or TV show, or sets their sights on something seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: a defense of the final season of the ABC TV series LOST.)
LOST was once at the pinnacle of the early Golden Age of TV. Ambitious, awe-inspiring, and frustrating, it brought forth a new age in serialized primetime television and was perhaps the last great TV show to command the attention of audiences across the country before streaming and prestige cable shows dispersed them.
You remember those glory days, right? The connective flashbacks, the masterful character work, the scavenger hunt for hints, the jaw-dropping cliffhangers. It was like nothing on TV. And it ended seven years ago today, airing its series finale on May 23, 2010.
So it pains me that LOST, one of the most exciting and daring sci-fi TV series — and one of my favorite shows of all time — is met with derision because of its final season. To be sure, it’s an oddly opaque finale for a show that until then, had operated in grays — espousing realist and borderline nihilistic philosophies that called into question the nature and morals of man. But one of the charms of LOST was that it never tried to answer these questions. Yes, it bludgeoned you over the head with that “man of science, man of faith” debate between Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) and John Locke (Terry O’Quinn), but neither were able to ever really win the upper hand.
The finale changed that. The answer, it seemed to say, was faith. And in a show that depended so heavily on sci-fi tropes and staples, this switcheroo understandably angered people.
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Want to read a MAJOR SPOILER about the suits in Iron Man 3? Which Lost star will be voicing The Joker in The Dark Knight Returns Part Two? Has the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase One: Avengers Assemble box set finally been cancelled? When does Batman Live finally hit US shores? Where can you see hundreds of cosplay photos from DragonCon? How can you find out what happened before the start of Dredd 3D? Why is Batman playing the drums along with the score to The Dark Knight Rises? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2011 by Angie Han
There’s some bad and some good in today’s TV Bits, but I’d say there’s more of the latter — more Shameless, more Homeland, more Jennifer Coolidge, and Olga Kurylenko in late ’50s Miami all count as pluses, right? After the jump:
- Showtime’s Shameless get a Season 2 trailer — and invites fans to play Truth or Dare with one of the characters
- Starz debuts a trailer for Magic City, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, and Danny Huston
- CBS gives full season orders to Unforgettable and Person of Interest
- Showtime renews freshman series Homeland
- Jennifer Coolidge signs on for CBS’ 2 Broke Girls
- Jenna Elfman boards the fifth season of DirecTV’s Damages
- Starz’ Boss loses its two showrunners
- ABC’s Pan Am gets a new showrunner
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Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Last week, we reported on an as-yet-untitled documentary about South Park that would be airing on Comedy Central October 2, days ahead of the show’s October 5 return. We now have a bit more detail on what, exactly, the special will be about. According to Playbill (via Collider), the documentary will be:
an all-access pass to the behind-the-scenes world of creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone at South Park Studios in Los Angeles through this special documentary, providing an exclusive, insiders look into the making of a ‘South Park’ episode.
The documentary is apparently part of a year-long celebration of the series to mark its 15th anniversary. Other components of the celebration include the “South Park Fan Experience” at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, a traveling exhibit curated by artist Ron English, and limited-edition South Park-branded merchandise.
After the jump, lots of TV marketing: posters for Boardwalk Empire and Person of Interest, plus a poster and an intriguingly creepy teaser for American Horror Story.
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We’ve already teased you with info from one J.J. Abrams produced show that’s set to premiere on TV this Fall, the Fox series Alcatraz. But Abrams isn’t stopping there. He’s also got a show on CBS that’s from the people behind The Dark Knight, Lost and even The Passion of the Christ. The show is called Person of Interest and if your a regular reader of the site, you know we’re excited about it. It stars Michael Emerson (Ben Linus from Lost) and Jim Caviezel (Jesus from The Passion of the Christ) as a New York crime fighting team that uses advanced technology to stop crimes before they happen. Think Law and Order meets Minority Report. It’s co-executive produced, and written by, Jonah Nolan who wrote The Dark Knight along with his brother (Christopher Nolan, maybe you’ve heard of him) and will begin airing Thursday nights at 9 p.m. this Fall.
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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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Earlier this week the rather promising story cropped up that J.J. Abrams and collaborators Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec were pitching networks on a new show with comedy elements that would star Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn from Lost? Well, NBC has gone for the show. There’s no season order yet (way too early for that) but this is a step closer to the project hitting the air.
According to Vulture, NBC got the rights to the show and made a pilot commitment. The title we’d reported before, Odd Jobs, was the temp title, but has been left behind. As far as we know, this would still have Emerson and O’Quinn playing former black ops agents, possibly in a suburban setting. Appelbaum and Nemec are the writers and exec producers, with Abrams and Bryan Burk also exec producing. More on this one as we get it.
Briefly: I’m convinced that J.J. Abrams has a closet packed with Abrams clones, as that is the only possible explanation for the steady stream of news we’ve had lately about new projects from the guy. The latest is a report of an Abrams pitch for a new TV show that would reunite Lost‘s Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson, aka John Locke and Benjamin Linus, as ‘former black-ops agents.’
Vulture has the report, saying that Abrams and collaborators Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec were pitching a ‘comedic drama’ tentatively called Odd Jobs, which would bring together Emerson and O’Quinn as the agents. This is just the latest news of a possible show featuring the two actors, which began in February when the pair said they were working on a possible post-Lost project. (One possibility mentioned then was a show that would feature the two as ‘suburban hit men,’ which could have become this setup.) At this point it is just a possibility, but it’s a ramping up of several months’ worth of rumor, so stay tuned…
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Somehow Videogum got their hands on the entire 12 minute long LOST epilogue which will be included with the huge complete series dvd/blu-ray set. I’m stuck in New Orleans with a crappy internet connection, which means I’ll have to wait a while to see the whole thing. You don’t have to wait however. Hit the jump and watch the whole thing now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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Access Hollywood has gotten their hands on a clip from the 12-minute Lost epilogue “The New Man in Charge” that will be included on the Series Finale DVD/Blu-ray set. In the clip, actor Michael Emerson reprises his role as Benjamin Linus, and shuts down the Dharma food warehouse which is responsible for the (until now) unexplained food drops. The clips doesn’t so much explain, but give closure to one of the bigger fan mysteries. Watch the clip now, embedded after the jump.
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