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'Lost' Team Discusses Upcoming Death and Mysteries

By Daniel Fienberg

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LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - could be heard in Director's Guild of America Theatre. Fans, some of whom had arrived at 6:30 in the morning to queue up for the event, surged the stage, lunging by exiting patrons to get close to their favorite cast members and creative talent.

As this pent-up enthusiasm -- to say nothing of boffo ratings, overflowing Internet boards and boundless critical adoration -- suggests, "Lost" has, in short order, become a genuine obsession for those who follow its every unsolved mystery. So serious was the crowd on Saturday that much of the conversation was fueled by issues of life and death, particularly for one "Lost" character. While co-creator J.J. Abrams has made it clear that one member of the show's core ensemble won't make it through May sweeps, getting more information out of him might take the kind of interrogation skills that Naveen Andrews' (below) Sayid picked up in the Republican Guard.

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Abrams would only say that the character's death hit him hard. "I wasn't really surprised that the death of this character was as hard in real life as it was on the show," Abrams said. Showrunner Carlton Cuse added, "We felt that on a story level, we needed to retain the life-and-death stakes," noting, somewhat humorously, that with a bursting-at-the-seams cast of series regulars, ABC wouldn't have minded some additional casualties during the season.

None of the "Lost" producers would elaborate on which character would die, how they would die or even when the episode would air. The only hint on the latter point was Abrams' admission that he'd seen at least a rough cut of the big episode, suggesting that the episode will come before the yet-to-be-completed two-part finale which will air as a standard episode and then as a 90-minute conclusion. The eight cast members in attendance were able to kid about the upcoming death, with Jorge Garcia (below)acknowledging that his own mother was less interested in Hurley's fate than in one particular fan favorite.

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"I said 'I one of us is gonna die this year,' and she said, 'Not Sawyer,'" Garcia said, a joke that earned both laugher and nods of agreement from more than a few of the session's female attendees.

For Abrams, one of the evening's major themes was passing along credit for the show's breakout success. In absentia, former ABC bigwig Lloyd Braun, co-creator Damon Lindelof and frequent director Jack Bender got shout-outs. Abrams also frequently toasted the actors and at various points asked casting director April Webster, composer Michael Giacchino and a motley crew of writers to stand up in the crowd to receive applause.

Abrams also made sure to show love to the "Lost" fans, a choice that he may have made even if some of the more passionate followers didn't seem just a bit rabid. "The thing about the fans of 'Lost' is that they're so smart and so aware," he said, adding, "We can't believe that people get the connections they get, whether they're there or not."

Although Abrams laughed (appropriately) at a question about when frequent "Alias" plot device Rimbaldi would become a factor on "Lost," he admitted that the show's staff is very conscious of viewer response on sites including "The Fuselage." Thankfully Abrams dismissed the popularly held theory that the castaways are stranded in Purgatory, though he claimed to like the idea. "I'm so grateful and beholden to the fans and to not listen to them would be moronic," Abrams said, fueling many a webmaster ego.

It was a spirited session, characterized by cast banter and collegial teasing. Toward the end, the performers were asked to give their own suggestions for upcoming plot lines. "I think Sawyer should throw a party," suggested Josh Holloway (below). "He's got all these goods."

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Making another reference to "Alias," Harold Perrineau suggested, "I hope we find out Michael works for SD-6." For his part, Dominic Monaghan said that he'd pitched an episode that concluded with burnt-out rocker Charlie sipping tea with the island's previously unseen monster. "I just feel like Season Six we're gonna flash back to, 'Hey, remember that crash we were all in'" cracked Garcia. Nobody, though, knows where things will really go. Even Abrams says as much. "I would be an absolute liar if I said every single thing was planned out from the beginning."

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This is the best post yet Jem ... thanks so much!

I believe it will be exciting when they start exporing some of the rest of the passengers as well, and it opens many possibilities for further diversity, for example I would like to see an elderly character features unless Rose has been filling that spot!

On that subject, I can't shake the feeling that she will have a more prominent role as we go on ...

I don't watch "Alias" ... could someone please explain the reference in the article to it?

Thanks

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The first reference, the Rambaldi one, I guess is a joke because A LOT of the 'Alias' episodes center around this guy named Milo Rambaldi, a 15th century phophet who predicted a lot of things that are happening in current day. Rambaldi sort of has a supernatural feel to it so it would fit into the "Lost" world, in a way.

And SD-6 is the organization that was run by a guy named Arvin Sloane. Everyone working there thought they were working for black ops division of the CIA but you find out in the very first episode of "Alias" that SD-6 is actually working against the CIA. That's when Sydney, the main character, becomes a double-agent for the CIA. Sloane had her fiance killed and that really pissed her off. Not really sure how that pertains to "Lost" but that's what it is.

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Lost Looks Ahead

Source - Sci Fi Wire

J.J. Abrams, who co-created ABC's hit SF series Lost, told SCI FI Wire that he's already coming up with ideas for a second season. "We obviously know what we're doing for the rest of this year," Abrams said in an interview at ABC's winter press preview in Universal City, Calif. "We definitely have big ideas about what we want to do down the line, past just the second season, and a lot of ideas for the second season already."

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But Abrams remained coy about his plans, though he promised to reveal some of the secrets about the island where 48 survivors of a plane crash

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Daily Iowegian may be in 'Lost' TV episode

CENTERVILLE - may show an area newspaper being read in a hospital scene.

According to Michelle Coleman, art department coordinator for the show, filming of the scene will take place Wednesday. Recently, she requested newspapers from 2000 to 2001 for a shot in which a police guard will be reading the Centerville Daily Iowegian.

Centerville's newspaper was chosen, Coleman said, because its name places it in Iowa, the home state of one of the characters, "Kate." The script has Kate, sneaking past a police guard (reading the Daily Iowegian) into a hospital room.

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'Lost' Writer Tells All ... or Not

By Kate O'Hare

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - For weeks, fans speculated on which of the hit castaway drama's large cast of characters - survivors of the doomed Oceanic Airlines Flight 815, which crashed on a deserted island -- would die, as hinted at by series creators J.J. Abrams ("Alias") and Damon Lindelof.

In the Wednesday, April 6 episode, the unlucky soul turned out to be rich-boy Boone (Ian Somerhalder), who succumbed to injuries sustained when the crashed light airplane he was exploring slipped off a cliff edge. Boone and fellow castaway Locke (Terry O'Quinn), a former paraplegic turned island mystic, found the plane, loaded with heroin-stuffed Virgin Mary statues, while following Locke's visions through the jungle.

In an e-mail on April 7, Grillo-Marxuach quips, "He's dead? I better start watching that show. We established Boone as Locke's mentee for the very specific story reason of showing Locke as a character who has the capacity to attract others to his peculiar vision of the island. When the time came to test that vision, killing Locke's newfound 'son' figure was a natural place to go. Now Locke is going to have to deal with the consequences of following his vision and how that brings him into a mano-a-mano conflict with Jack over leadership of the island."

Jack (Matthew Fox) is a surgeon who has become the survivors' unofficial leader. His fury over losing Boone, and his realization that Locke lied about how Boone was injured, sent him into the jungle declaring that he would talk to Locke about the "murder" of Boone.

This plot twist also means that Ian Somerhalder is out of a job on the hottest new show of the year -- although industry trades report he has signed a one-year talent holding deal with ABC and Touchstone Television for a possible series next year.

"It's a terrible thing," writes Grillo-Marxuach, "when you have to part ways with an actor you like, who brings his A-game to the show and has given you really fantastic performances. But when you are doing a show like 'Lost,' which demands that you constantly remind the audience of the life-or-death nature of the characters' predicament while crafting a long-term epic narrative, you sadly have to kill people from time to time."

"Boone's death serves a long-term dramatic purpose, and we are lucky to have had Ian Somerhalder bring that character to life and, ultimately, give him a memorable send-off that will continue to pay off through the length of the season."

In an interview conducted over lunch on March 30, Grillo-Marxuach admits that the passengers did indeed cross paths before getting on the plane, but he will "neither confirm nor deny" that the crash was not exactly accidental. "But the fact that everybody met each other before is something we're really threading into it," he says. "It's the eternal question posed by Echo & the Bunnymen, it's fate up against the will. But as long as people ask those questions, we're very happy over at 'Lost' labs. That's what I call it."

With his last series, "Jake 2.0," having been axed just before Abrams and Lindelof hired their writing staff, Grillo-Marxuach came in very early in the process in the spring of 2004. He says he and fellow writers Paul Dini, Jennifer Johnson and Christian Taylor, were sent off to start fleshing out the characters.

Grillo-Marxuach recalls, "Damon would come in and say, 'Draw three names out of a hat, and that's going to be your character for the next three weeks. You have to develop their backstory.' So we would go create something for the characters, bring it back to the room and workshop the ideas with Damon and J.J. A lot of the backstories actually developed out of those sessions."

"Jack's backstory pretty much survived intact from what we first talked about in there. Hurley's changed a little bit. Sawyer's is very similar. Sun and Jin were born out of an idea that J.J. pitched and we developed. So a lot of the long-running strands of the show were born during those six weeks."

On "Alias," many fans track Abrams' use of the number 47, which recurs in the episodes. "On "Lost," it's a different equation. The number to watch on 'Lost' is not 47, it's 23," Grillo-Marxuach says. "Oh, yeah, and we've got 815, but 23 is also a very important number in the mythology of 'Lost.'"

During the whirlwind casting, many things changed, including rock-star Charlie morphing from middle-aged to mid-20s when Dominic Monaghan was hired. Sometimes, though, casting didn't change the character. That's the case with Vincent, the golden Labrador retriever belonging to boy Walt (Malcolm David Kelley).

"The dog's a girl," says Grillo-Marxuach. "I think that's probably the best-kept secret of 'Lost.' Lassie was a boy, and we're following in the great tradition of canine transgendering in television." While Lassie's long coat hid the fact that she was a he, it's a bit harder to conceal what a dog has -- or doesn't have -- if it has a short coat. "Yes," Grillo-Marxuach says, "and yet somehow we've managed."

Other mysteries include the polar bear from the pilot (explained, more or less, as a manifestation of Walt's powerful imagination), the unseen horror that tramps through the jungle, occasional appearances by the island's other human residents, and the buried hatch found by Locke, which appears lit from within. "Everything is going to have a rational explanation and a sci-fi explanation," Grillo-Marxuach says, "until we decide to tell you exactly what that is. That's what's going to help us walk that tightrope for however many years the show has."

"The show will end when we tell you what the island is. On the day we say, 'The island is on the back of a cosmic turtle,' then you'll say, 'OK, done with that.'"

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'Lost' fans find their way to the show's production sites

Chuck Barney

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In the early days of Lost, ABC's tantalizing plane-crash-survival saga, a few of its stir-crazy castaways are seen gazing up at an all-encompassing drapery of majestic green mountains when one of them flashes a look of utter terror and asks, "Guys, where are we?"

Anyone familiar with Hawaii immediately could have told them that they were on the island of Oahu, and more specifically, somewhere in the Kaaawa Valley region, not all that far from civilization, hot showers and refreshing shave ice.

But then again, why spoil the fun? They're supposed to be lost, after all. advertisement

Since its debut last fall, Lost, with its twisty plots and mind-blowing mysteries, has been one of prime time's hottest shows. At least some of the credit should go to the Aloha State, according to co-creator and executive producer Damon Lindelof. The enigmatic island upon which the castaways are marooned is a key character in the show, and he says Hawaii handles the role with aplomb.

"We could have shot it in Southern California or somewhere else, but we figured that if you're doing a show about a plane wreck on an island in the South Pacific, you really need an island in the South Pacific," Lindelof says. "The jungles and the mountains and the way the water looks are all unique to Hawaii. If the audience doesn't buy the illusion, they check out."

Clearly, the audience has bought it, and some of the show's fervent followers are starting to express interest in Lost production sites. They want to know where, exactly, did Oceanic Flight 815 "crash." Or where the castaways hold those goofy golf games. Or where that creepy unseen jungle "monster" lurks.

"The show has such a powerful pull, and people, in some way, want to be a part of it," says Honolulu film commissioner Walea Constantinau. "It's sort of like the connection Lord of the Rings has with New Zealand. It's shot in a very intriguing, mysterious place that piques everyone's interest."

Constantinau says that she has fielded numerous inquiries about the series and that her office, along with the Oahu Visitors Bureau, is planning a special Web link to help tourists get Lost while they're visiting Hawaii.

Unfortunately, some of the film locations are as impenetrable as the show's mythology. For example, the site where Locke (Terry O'Quinn) first eyed the island creature is on private North Shore property. Those freshwater caves where some of the castaways hang out? They're a fabricated set on a Honolulu soundstage.

On the other hand, several sites, including the plane-crash beach, not only are open to the public, they offer all sorts of enticing diversions that go beyond Hollywood make-believe. Here's a rundown:

  • A few miles west of the fabled beaches of Oahu's North Shore and in a mostly undeveloped area near road's end, Mokuleia often is overlooked by tourists. John R.K. Clark, author of Oahu's Best Beaches, says that's what makes it a "haven for anyone seeking some solitude and a perfect place for all those castaways to get lost."

    Indeed, Mokuleia is where the TV show's plane, or at least its hulking fuselage, performed its explosive crash-and-burn. Apparently, it was quite convincing, because when the pilot episode was shot last winter, several startled residents phoned emergency officials in the area.

    The plane's carcass since has been dismantled, and any remaining parts used by the castaways are on private property. So the stretch of sand where Jack (Matthew Fox) tended to all of those injured crash victims is open to beachcombers, snorkelers, swimmers, campers and anyone else seeking to commune with nature.

  • This 4,000-acre working cattle ranch, which spreads from mountain cliffs to the sparkling Pacific, is an outdoor lover's paradise, offering horseback riding, ATV rides, kayaking and more.

    It's no wonder, then, that Hurley (Jorge Garcia) picked this spot to lay out his makeshift two-hole golf course. Yes, Kualoa Ranch, near the city of Kaneohe, is where the castaways go to get their minds off the island heebie-jeebies and work on their putting.

    The Lost film crew dropped by Kualoa at least a couple of times a month - production ended last month - to shoot many of those gorgeous valley scenes. This is also where Sayid (Naveen Andrews) and company hiked the hills to pull in that troubling radio transmission from the sadistic Frenchwoman.

    Lost isn't Kualoa's first brush with Hollywood. Its credits also include parts of Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates, Pearl Harbor, Godzilla and others. Visitors here can take a tour that offers an up-close and personal view of the film sites.

  • A three-quarter-mile walk from the center's entrance will lead you to lovely Waihi Falls, which dumps into a cool jungle pool. Visitors are invited to take a dip, but Lost fans might think twice.

    This, after all, is the pond where Kate (Evangeline Lilly) and Sawyer (Josh Holloway) took what they thought would be a refreshing swim, only to come upon two submerged corpses still buckled into their airplane seats.

    The 1,800-acre Waimea Valley is home to archaeological sites and remnants of Hawaiian settlements, as well as an array of tropical blooms and wildlife. The valley provides the opportunity for visitors to be immersed in Oahu's history.

  • The verdant Koolau Mountains serve as a stunning backdrop for the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, the centerpiece of which is this majestic replica of a 900-year-old temple of the same name in Uji, Japan.

    Here is where, in a pre-crash flashback, Sun (Yoon-jin Kim) and Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) met and began making plans for their marriage. The environs are more tranquil than their relationship turned out to be.

    The temple is surrounded by ponds teeming with Japanese carp. An 18-foot Buddha rises above the quiet scene, and the booming sounds emitted from a 3-ton temple bell occasionally disrupt the stillness.

    Legend has it that good luck comes to those who are able to ring the bell. Apparently, those beleaguered castaways of Lost never have.

DETAILS: Oahu Visitors Bureau, www.visit-oahu.com
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Cramming so much mystery on small island

By Bill Keveney

Viewers came to "Lost" for the island mystery. Its writers hope they'll stay for the castaways.

Jack (Matthew Fox) tries to save the badly injured Boone (Ian Somerhalder) in last week's episode, then sets off to solve the mystery of Boone's accident.

ABC's "Lost" (7 p.m. Wednesdays) has made its mark on the TV map not only as an immediate ratings hit

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'Lost' cast a real find

BY Maria Elena Fernandez

LOS ANGELES TIMES

HOLLYWOOD -- When J.J. Abrams turned in an outline for "Lost" last year, Lloyd Braun, then ABC Television Group's chairman, bragged excitedly to a buddy, "This, my friend, is 'ER.'" Braun was so convinced by the 25-page outline in his hands, a hybrid of "Survivor" and "Cast Away," that he ordered a two-hour, $11-million pilot with no script, just the creators' vision of plane crash survivors on an eerie, not-so- deserted island.

"The outline was, quite honestly, the best piece of television I've ever read," said Braun, who had conceived the show and is now the head of Yahoo Media Group.

Then came the reality check: The two-hour pilot, featuring an ensemble of 14 actors, would have to be finished in 12 weeks - at the end of pilot season, when supposedly all of the hot talent had been scooped up. Which meant that co-creators Abrams ("Alias," "Felicity") and Damon Lindelof, a writer-producer on "Crossing Jordan," and casting director April Webster would have to pull off a casting feat for the history books.

What they came up with broke new TV ground, but not just for its warp-speed casting efficiency. They also - somewhat inadvertently - managed something with more profound implications: They assembled an ethnically and geographically diverse cast, then hammered out a show for them that favored humanity over tokenism - a casting and writing coup that has sparked water-cooler chatter.

With its unmatched pan-demographic cast of characters, who all defy stereotypical expectations, the show reflects the world as it is increasingly experienced by young people, who are less racially identified than older generations.

Openness was job requirement No. 1 for 25-year veteran Webster, who casts "Alias" and was hired by Abrams and Lindelof to find the would-be castaways. With no script - the creators had not completed it - and few audition scenes, Webster alerted agents in New York, Los Angeles, Europe, Canada and Australia and left the rest up to the universe. The passengers of Oceanic Flight 815, which departed from Sydney, Australia, and was heading for Los Angeles, were supposed to come from all over the globe.

"It just shows you what you can do when you don't try to control it too much," Webster said. "These actors were so willing and able to not know. And in that way, they helped the writers create such interesting people."

As a result of the speeded-up schedule and lack of clear script requirements, actors were cast for parts that didn't exist, and other characters were altered to fit the qualities of actors the producers wanted to hire.

"Because it was all so new and fluid, if they saw a great actor for another role, they'd create it right then and there," Braun said.

Case in point: Yunjin Kim, who was born in Korea and grew up in New York and auditioned for the part of Kate, the fugitive-murderer, a role that ended up being played by Evangeline Lilly, a Canadian actress. What Kim did not know was that Abrams and Lindelof had a vague idea for another character who did not speak English, and meeting Kim was the spark for two more characters. "She had this incredible career in Korea," Lindelof said. "One of her movies

['Shiri'] outgrossed 'Titanic,' and she was so talented we really wanted her. So we thought, 'What if she's Korean and we have a couple and they're alienated from the rest of the group because they can't communicate?'"

She became a character named Sun, and a search began for Sun's husband, Jin, who was scripted as a waiter before he married into a wealthy family and began working for his father-in-law's highly questionable business. Enter Daniel Dae Kim, a Korean-born actor who grew up in New York and Philadelphia. Jin and Sun speak in Korean, and how the show handles it is a TV first: When they're alone, their conversations are subtitled; when the other castaways are nearby, there are no translations.

"Nobody wants tokenism, and that's one of the reasons I'm so proud of this show," Daniel Dae Kim said. "It shows America and television executives and movie producers that you don't have to have a lily-white cast of twentysomethings to have a successful project."

That same attitude transformed the character named Hurley in the minds of the creators from a 55-year-old redneck to the sweet and affable large guy who cracks jokes on the island. Jorge Garcia had guest-starred on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and the producers, taken with his comedic timing, requested that Webster track him down.

"Whoever the characters were in their regular life gets thrown out the window because they're forced to live together in that situation," said Garcia, who is the son of a Cuban mother and Chilean father. "It doesn't matter who any of them thought they were or who society thought they were."

That may hold true in the South Seas, where the castaways are stranded, but Hollywood often misses an important point - one that Michael Crichton effectively made when he wrote the pilot for "ER" without including gender or race for the doctors.

"If racial identity is the only thing that's interesting about a character, that's extremely limiting and also insulting to how society works now," said John Wells, whose company produces "The West Wing," "Third Watch" and "ER."

"Sometimes in an attempt to diversify shows, the characters become stereotypical because they're there for the purpose of providing diversity and you're trying to write to that instead of trying to write human beings."

That was precisely Yunjin Kim's dilemma when she finally read the pilot script for "Lost" and thought her character "was really backward." The actress contacted Abrams, who quelled her concerns by sharing some of his plans for Sun, who, it turns out, had secretly learned English and is much stronger than she seems in the pilot.

"You have an image of what these characters are on the island, but then in the flashbacks, you learn they are quite different," she said. "...The writers don't ignore race. They touch on it when it's needed, but it's not what these people are all about."

Occasionally, Sawyer, the Southern loudmouth (played by Josh Holloway), calls the Iraqi character, Sayid, "Mohammed," and he once blamed him for crashing the airplane. Desperate for something to eat, Charlie, the British rocker (Dominic Monaghan), once accused the overweight Hurley of hoarding the food. And when Jin, the Korean husband, spots Michael, the black father, wearing Jin's father-in-law's gold watch and talking to his wife, he attacks him physically. Michael at first assumes it's because he is black.

"When I first read that scene, I called up the writers because I'm from Brooklyn and I can't say that there's a huge thing between black people and Koreans," said Harold Perinneau, who plays Michael, a single father who turns out to have suffered for many years after being denied contact with his son, Walt (Malcolm David Kelley).

"I felt it was important to speak up because I don't ever want it to dilute to the simple idea that people are going to be mad at Michael just because he's a black guy."

The actor and the writers compromised. After the fight, "Walt asks me about it and I tell him that I was just angry," Perinneau said. There are a lot of shows where they have a black guy and when they have an episode about the black guy, it's about somebody dissing the black guy for being black. I'm not in that show.... We heard that one already."

The trick now, as "Lost" has shown, is to acknowledge in storytelling the realities of an increasingly multicultural world while avoiding a big song-and-dance routine around characters' diversity.

"If this show says anything, it's that it's got to be about people and not about filling quotas," said Naveen Andrews, who plays Sayid, the sexy, techno-savvy Iraqi Republican Guardsman. "It's about people and soul."

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Fans Get 'Lost' in Hollywood

By Kate O'Hare

LOS ANGELES - The polar bear (a large, taxidermied one) was in the house on Saturday, April 16, as fans of ABC's hit castaway drama "Lost" gathered at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood to celebrate the show's first season.

The party was the centerpiece of Destination: L.A., a three-day event co-produced by E.M.A. (Events by Maya & Allyson) and FanGeek.com. More than 100 fans -- predominately female -- attended the gala, which was a fund-raising event for the favorite charity of "Lost" co-creator J.J. Abrams, the Children's Defense Fund of Los Angeles.

Fund-raising efforts, which included a silent auction of such items as autographed scripts, a bag of goodies emblazoned with the logo of the fictional Oceanic Airlines, and lunch with supervising producer/writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, netted $5,000.

Among those behind-the-scenes folks on hand to accept the donation and mingle with fans were Abrams and co-executive producers Damon Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Carlton Cuse and David Fury (who's departing the show at season's end to work on the upcoming FOX drama "The Inside" and then on the fifth season of "24"), Grillo-Marxuach, producer Adam Horowitz and writer Brent Fletcher.

Since the show continues in production in Hawaii until April 25, only a few of the large cast were able to attend. Joining regular cast members Daniel Dae Kim (Jin) and Harold Perrineau Jr. (Michael) were guest and/or recurring stars Greg Grunberg (pilot of the doomed Oceanic Airlines Flight 815), William Mapother (evil Ethan Rom), Andrea Gabriel (Nadia, childhood friend of Sayid, played by Naveen Andrews), Neil Hopkins (Liam, brother of Charlie, played by Dominic Monaghan), Zack Ward (Marc, best man of doctor Jack, played by Matthew Fox) and John Terry (Dr. Christian Shephard, Jack's dad).

Other cast members greeted fans via videotape, including Madison, who switches genders to play the show's male Laborador retriever, Vincent, and Ian Somerhalder, who played the late, lamented Boone.

"It was just great," says Grunberg. "You have a huge room filled with people who appreciate your work. It's just fun."

While producers were expectedly mum on future developments, Cuse did drop a little hint about the finale, airing Wednesday, May 25. Back in 1993, Cuse was co-creator of the much-praised but short lived Western romp "The Legend of Brisco County Jr.," which starred Bruce Campbell as a freewheeling frontier bounty hunter.

According to Cuse, someone from "Brisco" appears in the "Lost" finale, but he or she may be hard to recognize. But, Cuse did say that it would not be the mysterious, alien "orb" that became a large part of the "Brisco" mythology. That, he says, rests in a corner of his office to this day.

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"LOST" AND FOUND: ABC's "Lost" crew found its way to Bali by the-Sea at the Hilton Hawaiian Village recently, and executive chef Daniel LaGarde and his staff created a number of choice items, like summer rolls with Thai mint sauce, coconut shrimp, filet mignon and macadamia-crusted 'opakapaka. Gathered around the table: Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Dominic Monaghan, Jorge Garcia, Malcolm David Kelley, Harold Perrineau, Josh Holloway, Maggie Grace, Emilie de Ravin, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, and Naveen Andrews, as well as executive producers Bryan Burk and Jack Bender. ...

Cause and effect: Before his TV life was cut short on "Lost," actor Ian Somerhalder was house-shopping in Hawai'i. Now that his Boone character has been eliminated from the cast of survivors, perhaps taking along the knowledge of other beings on the deserted island (heard on the airplane radio, shortly before his fatal fall in the ditched aircraft), Somerhalder is looking to buy a place in Venice, Calif.

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Lost in Hawaii

An ardent fan of the popular TV drama about marooned plane crash survivors, Paul Brownfield goes in search of the series' location and discovers an enviable lifestyle along the way

When I say I sneaked on to the set of the popular American TV drama drama Lost, trudging along a deserted beach and cutting through a bit of jungle to find the cast and crew, it sounds more intrepid than it actually was. In truth, I wasn't anywhere near lost; in fact, I knew exactly where I was: the North Shore of Oahu, the most commercial of the Hawaiian Islands, which only confirmed my suspicions as an avid Lost viewer that if the camera panned too far to the left of the deserted beach and the banyan trees, one would see a home, perhaps, or even a Starbucks.

This isn't quite true, because the North Shore is a sleepy place, a world away from Waikiki. I didn't have to hike through jungle to find the set; basically, I parked and walked about 1

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"Lost" in the moment

"E!'s" TV expert goes beyond plotlines to find the secrets to this small-screen megahit. Plus, the show's creators reveal what's next.

By Kristin Veitch

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It's fandemonium at its finest, with the cast a cult-TV version of the Beatles.

What is that monster on the island? What if they're really all dead? And why is that bald guy so creepy?

If you've been anywhere near a water cooler or, say, another human being lately, you know these are the questions consuming America this TV season, thanks to the astounding popularity of ABC's "Lost" (Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET).

" We don't just watch this show: We obsess over it, canceling Wednesday-night plans, joining online forums, and discussing plot points and character flirtations ad nauseam.

It's fandemonium at its finest, with the cast a cult-TV version of the Beatles. "We were mobbed at the airport," Daniel Dae Kim (who plays Jin) says of a recent flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles with his co-stars. "We signed autographs for an hour and a half."

"I just stood there with my jaw open," says Jorge Garcia (Hurley). "I was calling my mom and going, 'Did you ever think it would come to this?' " Truth is, no one did. When Damon Lindelof joined forces with "Alias" mastermind J.J. Abrams to create a show for ABC about plane-crash survivors stranded on a mysterious island, success wasn't guaranteed. And yet, despite a pitch that was created in just four days, "Lost" has become a bona fide hit, with more than 16 million viewers tuning in to watch these castaways face the perils of the island -- and one another.

So, as the first season concludes, we ask: How did this show gain such a rabid following? Critics will credit the stunning writing, acting, cinematography and special effects. Fans will tell you it's the devastatingly likable cast and the twists that keep everyone guessing. My take: It's smart TV anyone can enjoy. The show appeals to both sci-fi-minded high thinkers and the average American Joe who wants to plop on the couch and be entertained. Sure, there are secret codes and interlocking character arcs, but there's also simple stuff: running, fighting, fishing, kissing ...

There's a bit of magic, too. "Lost" appeases both skeptics and believers with elements of the fantastic (a dead father reappears; a paralyzed man walks) that are grounded in reality by very human characters. "Those are my favorite stories," Abrams says. "The situations are larger than life, but those responding to them are relatable."

"X-Files" creator Chris Carter, who knows how to satisfy both the Mulders and the Scullys of the world, attributes the show's success to just that. "When ["Lost"] first came on, people said, 'They've gone supernatural too early. They'll have trouble sustaining that,' " he says. "But once they hooked the audience with the mythology, the even bigger hook was that everything is personal to the characters, and that is the perfect recipe."

True, isn't it? We feel we know these guys -- thanks to flashbacks that reveal their lives before the crash -- even better than they know one another. And with a massive, diverse cast, we feel we are them. After all, they aren't super-spies or CSIs -- just people who boarded a plane.

Of course, what gnaws at fans are the unanswered questions: What does it mean? What comes next? "Lost" is driven by unsolved mysteries that keep us waiting anxiously for another piece of the puzzle. That frenzy has led to manic online chatter.

"It's amazing," Abrams says. "The Internet has really changed the way we watch TV. Instantaneously, thousands of people are interacting and reaching a consensus on what they like and don't like. The scrutiny is mind-blowing, and you'd be moronic not to listen to the fans."

Especially ones this crafty. "We put out these hidden 'Easter eggs,' and we think we're so clever," Lindelof says. "But five minutes after the show airs, it's out on the Internet." Those "eggs" are obscure, lightning-quick character connections, such as Hurley showing up on a TV in Jin's flashback episode. Given this online fervor, the producers must guard their scripts to prevent spoilers from leaking. Even so, Lindelof and Abrams were willing to share exclusive dish on what's next.

(SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you want to know!)

So far, the focus has been on only 14 of the 48 crash survivors, but that'll soon change. "The population of the island will be shaken up," Abrams says, revealing he's now casting new second-season regulars. "Not everyone will be coming back, and other people will be stepping up. Also, the survivors have explored almost none of the island, so next year becomes more mission-driven. And the inevitable fractious aspects of society-building begin to arise." As for the current season ender, a two-hour finale airing May 25, brace yourself: "We've managed to pull off a cliffhanger that is emotionally satisfying but that demands that people talk about it all summer," Lindelof says. "It's a 'Who shot J.R.?' moment."

"The end of the season is unabashedly, mind-bendingly shocking," Abrams adds. Hear that? It's the sound of Lost fans running to a water cooler near you.

Writer Kristin Veitch is E! Entertainment's TV expert. Catch her on E! News every Tuesday at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m., or read Watch With Kristin at eonline.com.

CFDaddy

PS: Just for you Jem and ranster I added a picture, but you're not getting any more formatting out of me than the large bold title :wink:

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great article CFDaddy!!

anyone read that, the cliffhanger is like "Who Shot JR?" ... hmmmmm I wonder who has said that before in this very forum?????

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The Secrets of the 'Lost' Phenomenon

Elizabeth Vargas Talks With the Cast and Crew of the Surprise Hit

The success of ABC's hit series "Lost," surprised even its cast and creators. (ABC News)

May 6, 2005

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OK Jem seriously, how did you get a script of that so fast? I was just coming to see if anyone had posted about the special and here you have the whole dialogue on it already!
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Trewa, did you watch it??? I was mesmerized and taped it ... there was so much to digest!

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Trewa, I think that COULD be the episode that Jack and (insert other character here cause Jem cant remember) got stuck in the cave when it collapsed. I could be wrong, wont be the first time.
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