Sorry, 24 and BSG, but there's no returning series I'm looking forward to this winter more than Lost. After a shaky third season, the show returned to gloriously mind-bending form last spring, culminating in an amazing finale. So one week before the release of Season 4 on DVD, and just over six weeks before the January 21, 2009 start of Season 5, it was a thrill to participate in an online media roundtable with executive producers/masterminds Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Of course, getting spoilers out of them is harder than moving an island, but they did drop a few tantalizing clues about the new season, along with plenty of insights into their storytelling process, the characters that surprised them, the Stephen King novel that's still an inspiration, the cult TV show they may have ripped off and much more.
EW published a little list of those they deem to be the smartest folks in the TV biz today, and normally I wouldn't be talking about one of their features here but the internet kind of exploded over it for some reason, so I thought maybe we should discuss it. Also because there is some seriously retarded crap on it:
Perhaps one of the mystical properties of the island on Lost is that it allows you to have your cake and eat it too. Because although producer Carlton Cuse was all over the big showrunner protest last week, now he's back at work.
Should we start a pool as to how long it'll take for Cuse to be so eaten up by his strikebreaking hypocrisy that he's moved to drink, drive, and get arrested on DUI like the (by my last count) 8,000 of his actors who've followed the same sordid path? I call five days.