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Welcome to Lost-TV, the first unofficial fansite for the hit ABC drama series Lost. The show, created by JJ Abrams (Alias) and Damon Lindelof, premiered 22 September 2004 and will return to our screens for its sixth and final season on Tuesday, 02 February 2010, 8-11pm Eastern/Pacific, 8-10pm Central. The site itself was launched on 20 March 2004, even before the series was picked up. To contact the webmaster, send an email to webmaster@lost-tv.com.

Announcements and Exclusives
LOST to Return for Season Six on 02 February 2010
Lost will return to our television screens for its sixth and final season on Tuesday, 02 February 2010! The show returns with a recap episode at 8pm Eastern/Pacific, 7pm Central, then the two-hour season premiere airs at 9pm Eastern/Pacific, 8pm Central. Lost will then air every Tuesday at 9pm Eastern/Pacific, 8pm Central beginning the following week on 09 February 2010. Need to catch up? Then order Lost: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD!

The Complete Fifth Season of LOST Now Available on DVD at Amazon.com!
Lost: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD was released on December 8, 2009, and you can order your copy today on Amazon.com! The 5-disc DVD box set is packed with special features, including: 7 Lost on location, A Day with Josh Holloway, Los Angeles crew tribute with Michael Emerson, the 100th episode, Time Frame and Continuity, Bloopers, and Deleted Scenes. The set is available for you to order at Amazon.com. Also available to order is Lost: The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-ray.

Transcript for March 15 Show of Fictional Frontiers with Sohaib Now Available
The transcript for LOST-TV's third monthly appearance on the radio show Fictional Frontiers with Sohaib, held last Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 11:00am ET, is now available online. Fictional Frontiers is a live one-hour journey through the comic/novel, film, and television universes. Seeking caller opinions, host Sohaib Awan will engage listeners in one-on-one debates and discussions. In addition, Fictional Frontiers will tap into its reservoir of industry guests for insights into upcoming trends and projects. In Episode 39, LOST-TV celebrated its fifth anniversary with a live segment featuring webmaster and site creator Master Xander, as well as monthly guest, staff member, and forum moderator Scott Gotschall. The transcript is now available here, and you can listen to it here. Check out past transcripts at our exclusives section.

News and Updates
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Variety - Dramas heating up 
   The season's two hottest new dramas -- CBS' "CSI: NY" and ABC's "Lost" -- remained at scorching ratings levels in their second outings Wednesday, while the Alphabet's "Wife Swap" and UPN's "Kevin Hill" also looked good in their premieres.
   "CSI: NY" impressively held on to all of its adults 18-49 aud from week-to-week, and "Lost" declined by only a modest amount.
   Wednesday is shaping up to be quite a competitive night, as special programming in the middle hour from NBC's "The Apprentice" and CBS' "CSI" strengthened their nets' standing this week, and ABC looks to be a consistent contender with its regular lineup.
   CBS edged out ABC for Wednesday's 18-49 lead (5.0/13 vs. 4.9/13), while the Eye led in total viewers (15.3 million), according to Nielsen. CBS has now won the first two Wednesdays of the season.
   ABC had to be extremely pleased by the week-two perf of survival drama "Lost" (6.5/19 in adults 18-49, 17million viewers overall) as well as the timeslot preem of "Wife Swap" at 10 (5.0/13, 11.05m). In between, though, "The Bachelor" (3.3/8 in 18-49, 7.84m) was overwhelmed by the special competish and fell to series lows.
   "Lost" easily won its 8 o'clock slot for a second straight week, retaining 96% of its premiere 18-49 rating (6.5 vs. 6.8) and improving on ABC's comedies in the hour a year ago by a hearty 44%. It was the night's No. 1 show in men 18-49 (5.9/18) and teens (3.4/12).
   "Wife Swap," meanwhile, built sharply on its "Bachelor" lead-in to place second in 18-49 to CBS' "CSI: NY" (7.1/18 in 18-49, 19.47m) but a couple of ticks ahead of NBC's "Law & Order" (4.8/12, 12.94m), which had one of its lowest firstrun scores ever.
   "Swap" led in women 18-34 (6.1/16), while "CSI: NY" rolled in most other key categories. "CSI" spinoff impressively retained 100% of its premiere-week 18-49 rating and built a bit in both 25-54 and total viewers, getting a good lead-in from a repeat "CSI" at 9 (5.5/14, 16.36m).
   "NY's" numbers were nearly identical to those put up two nights earlier by "CSI: Miami."
   SOURCE: Variety
Permanent Link | 11:52 PM

Reuters - Struggling ABC May Have Found a Hit in 'Lost' 
   After strong ratings in its first two weeks, ABC's new castaway thriller "Lost" appears to have given the network something it has struggled for years to find -- a hit drama.
   In its second episode, the show about plane-crash survivors marooned on a tropical island with a mysterious man-eating monster drew 17 million viewers on Wednesday, easily dominating its 8 o'clock hour and ranking as the most watched show all night after CBS's new powerhouse crime drama "CSI: NY."
   "Lost" also clinched the night's third-highest rating among viewers aged 18 to 49, the target audience most networks use as a benchmark for prime-time success, Nielsen Media Research reported on Thursday.
   Only "CSI: NY" at 10 p.m. and a 9 p.m. episode of Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" on NBC scored better in the key young-adult demographic.
   Among 18- to 49-year-olds, "Lost" even beat out NBC's aging "Law & Order," which fell to No. 3 in the 10 o'clock hour behind "CSI" and another emerging bright spot on the ABC lineup, the mobile matriarch "reality" show "Wife Swap."
   Moreover, the second outing of "Lost" retained 91 percent of the 18.7 million viewers who tuned in to the show's premiere last week and 96 percent of its debut 18-49 audience -- an impressive feat for any brand new program lacking a potent "lead-in" or ties to an already established hit.
   Last week's "Lost" premiere was the first ABC drama to crack the Nielsen top 10 in 18-49 ratings since "The Practice" in 2001.
   ABC has found moderate success with several new comedies in recent years, but the last prime-time drama the Walt Disney Co.-owned network has managed to get off the ground was the espionage thriller "Alias" in 2001.
   Shareholder anger over ABC's lackluster performance was a focal point in the recent ouster of two top network executives and the installation of a new management team, who have made drama development one of the network's top priorities.
   Rolling out "Lost" was seen as a particularly big gamble at 8 p.m., an hour that has traditionally proven difficult for new dramas. But the show appeared to have benefited from an all-out marketing blitz that included radio spots, special screenings and ABC's first billboard advertising campaign in five years.
   Interest was particularly strong among teens and men aged 18-49, with "Lost" ranking No. 1 for Wednesday night for both those groups.
   Meanwhile, the latest edition of romance reality show "The Bachelor" turned in a second week of mediocre ratings against NBC's "Apprentice," but ABC executives are hopeful "Bachelor" will pick up steam as it goes along.
   On the bright side, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" debuted on Sunday with the night's biggest audience overall, 16.4 million viewers and the No. 1 rating in adults 18-49. ABC's "Monday Night Football" also has gotten off to a strong start this season.
   Still to come on are two highly anticipated ABC shows that have drawn favorable reviews and are set for launch this coming Sunday -- "The Practice" spinoff "Boston Legal" from David E. Kelly, and the darkly comic "Desperate Housewives."
   SOURCE: Reuters
Permanent Link | 11:36 PM

Wednesday, September 29, 2004
LOST Premiere Finishes 9th! 
   The LOST premiere finished 9th over-all last week, with a total of 18.7 million viewers. You can check out stories of last week's ratings from AP and E!.
Permanent Link | 11:21 PM

   The second episode of LOST airs tonight! Don't forget that you can discuss the episode at the message board, and chat with other fans of the show at the chat room (just click on the Join Live Chat! link at the message board). See you there!
Permanent Link | 1:21 PM

Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Pilot Screencaps Uploaded! 
   Many thanks to Bobbi of starDom! She has uploaded 554 screencaps of the first half of the Pilot episode of Lost. Check those out as well as other event pictures at the pictures section. (Apologies in advance for the crappy quality of the thumbnails; rest assured that the actual caps are of top quality!)
Permanent Link | 11:46 PM

Saturday, September 25, 2004
Variety - 'Lost' in flight 
   ABC has not exactly been the home of popular dramas in recent years, but auds had no problem finding the net's "Lost" on Wednesday night.
   The J.J. Abrams/Damon Lindelof survival drama, which has generated the best reviews for any program this fall, opened to surprisingly socko numbers for the Alphabet, dominating its timeslot with the best young-adult rating for a drama premiere on any net (excluding spinoffs) in four years.
   ABC sure could use a breakout drama success, as it hasn't had a real hit since "The Practice." "Lost" reps the net's best start for a drama in 18-49 since "Once and Again" in 1999, and in total viewers since "Murder One" in 1995.
   "Lost" shared center stage with a strong start for CBS drama "CSI: NY," which prevailed over NBC's "Law & Order" in the first matchup of the crime franchises and bested "Lost" as the night's top-rated program overall.
   "Lost" (6.8/20 in adults 18-49, 18.65 million viewers overall) took the 8 o'clock hour in every ratings category from kids to 50-plus. It showed broad appeal in key young-adult demos and among both genders.
   Another positive sign was the nice growth on the half-hour, including 16% in 18-49 rating (7.3 vs. 6.3). No drama premiere on any net (excluding "CSI" spinoffs") has opened to a higher 18-49 rating since NBC's "Ed" in October 2000.
   ABC Entertainment prexy Steve McPherson credited an exhaustive marketing campaign for bringing viewers to the table, but declined to declare victory in the slot just yet.
   "This just makes us want to work harder," he said. "There's a lot of work ahead of us. We're not relieved. ... The build inside the show (at 8:30) shows that viewers think it's a good show."
   McPherson noted one of the chief early boosters of "Lost" was former ABC Television Entertainment Group chairman Lloyd Braun. Ironically, Braun ankled the net before he had the chance to enjoy the fruits of the show's initial success.
   CBS won Wednesday in 18-49 (5.5/15) and bested the competish for a third straight night to open the season in both 25-54 (6.3/15) and total viewers (15.1 million), according to Nielsen.
   First Wednesday of the season also saw CBS grab good numbers for a "Dr. Phil" spec, the WB hold its own with "Smallville" and a pair of reality franchises -- ABC's "The Bachelor" and UPN's "America's Next Top Model" -- get off to modest starts opposite tough competish.
   "CSI: NY" (7.1/19 in 18-49, 19.26m) got the best of NBC's "Law & Order" (5.5/14, 15.39m). It's second to NBC's "Joey" among fall preems in 18-49 and first in both adults 25-54 (8.4/20) and total viewers.
   Compared to the opening Wednesday last year, "Law" was down by 28% while "CSI: NY" nearly tripled the bow of feeble CBS drama "The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H." (2.4/6).
   "CSI: NY" was the night's No. 1 program in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers, but it fell shy of the premiere scores of "CSI: Miami" on a Monday two years ago (8.6/21 in 18-49, 23.10m).
   Still, for the time period and opposite such established competish, this is an excellent start for the second spinoff of the scorching-hot "CSI" franchise. CBS hasn't done this well in the hour with regular programming since the conclusion of mini "The Last Don" in May 1997 -- and knocking down "Law & Order" a peg or two is key in the net's attempt to dethrone NBC for the season's coveted 18-49 crown.
   "It's a good start," said CBS senior exec VP Kelly Kahl. "I don't think anybody walks in with the expectation of beating a show like 'Law & Order' in a time period it's owned for 15 years. Our expectations were to be competitive and improve the time period, and that's what we did."
   Leading into "CSI: NY" was a good showing by two-hour spec "Dr. Phil: Family First" (4.7/13 in 18-49, 13.08m), which placed second and grew with each half-hour. It held its own at 9 opposite the first of two segs of "Law & Order" (6.4/16 in 18-49, 18.86m), this one introducing the detective played by Dennis Farina.
   At ABC, "The Bachelor" (3.7/10 in 18-49, 8.19m) opened with tame third-place scores for its two-hour premiere. It can hope that some of the large femme aud watching atypical programming on both CBS and NBC chooses the unscripted dating show next week.
   The WB did well at 8 with the season preem of "Smallville" (3.0/9 in 18-49, 6.07m), which was on par with last year's preem despite opposing "Lost" and placed No. 2 in adults 18-34 (3.7/12). Lead-out drama "The Mountain" (1.7/4 in 18-49, 3.89m) did OK in its bow, nabbing 6 and 7 shares in key femme demos.
   UPN certainly improved upon its Wednesday averages of last season but did only so-so with the third edition of its top-rated skein, "America's Next Top Model" (1.8/5 in 18-49, 3.62m). It fared best in women 18-34 (3.6/11).
   And at 9, a preview of the well-reviewed "Veronica Mars" (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.49m) didn't generate much interest. Show moves to Tuesday at 9 next week.
   Fox had a weak night, placing a distant fourth in 18-49, led by "That '70s Show" (2.7/8).
   SOURCE: Variety
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Friday, September 24, 2004
And a big thank you from Damon Lindelof 
We e-mailed Damon to congratulate him on the success of the premiere and got this in response:

We're obviously in shock over how well the show did... but what REALLY thrills us is the fan response.Thank you SO much for your continued dedication to LOST -- we'll keep doing our best to earn the love...Hugs,Damon

Back at ya, Damon !
Permanent Link | 8:25 AM

Thursday, September 23, 2004
MSNBC News - 'Lost,' 'CSI: NY' score high ratings 
   In a closely watched duel between New York-focused crime dramas, the first round goes to "CSI: New York" over "Law & Order."
   But the most stunning development from Wednesday night was the birth of a potential hit for ABC, a network that sorely needs one. The new drama, "Lost," was sampled by 18 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.
   The CBS premiere of the third installment of the "CSI" franchise, starring Gary Sinise and Melina Kanakaredes, drew 18.5 million viewers, Nielsen said.
   In the same 10 p.m. EDT time slot, "Law & Order" opened its 15th season with 15.7 million people, Nielsen said. Another new "Law & Order" edition aired as a special at 9 p.m., and that had 18.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen’s preliminary estimate.
   The "CSI: New York" victory wasn’t wholly unexpected. The franchise is hot — "CSI: Miami" had 22.5 million viewers for its season premiere Monday — and CBS has been relentlessly promoting the second spinoff. "CSI" also won among the 18-to-49-year-old demographic craved by advertisers.
   If the new series' numbers hold up, it could mean some long-term problems for NBC.
   "Law & Order" has been one of its sturdiest franchises, and Wednesday’s opening drew slightly less than the show’s average for all of last season. NBC could be tempted to move it and compete with "CSI: New York" with something other than a crime drama.
   Flipping time slots with "The West Wing" may seem an obvious solution, but "Law & Order" is the more popular show and the White House drama is widely considered to be nearing the end of its run.
   Even at ABC on Wednesday, jaws were dropping at the ratings for "Lost," the drama about plane crash victims trapped on a tropical island with monsters. The Associated Press' Frazier Moore called it "'Gilligan's Island,' the nightmare edition."
   It was the highest-rated drama premiere on ABC since 1995's "Murder One," and nearly beat the offerings of CBS and NBC combined in the time slot.
   Even better for ABC, the viewership grew from 17.3 million in the first half-hour to 18.7 million in the second. That's considered a strong indication of popularity, meaning few viewers were turning away in disgust and, instead, more were coming in due to word-of-mouth.

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Zap2It TV Ratings - 'CSI: NY' Beats 'Law & Order' Wednesday; 'Lost' Is Found 
   The first round of the "CSI: NY" vs. "Law & Order" battle went to CBS Wednesday night, although not by a knockout. Elsewhere, "Lost" opened big for ABC.
   CBS led the night with a 10.0 rating/16 share, beating NBC's 9.4/15. ABC was a solid third at 7.9/13. There was a pretty steep dropoff to fourth-place FOX, 3.4/5. The WB averaged 3.1/5 and UPN 2.3/4.
The Eye network also led among adults 18-49 with a 5.4 rating. ABC and NBC tied for second at 4.7. FOX's 2.4 was good for fourth, beating The WB, 2.3, and UPN, 1.4.
   ABC's new drama "Lost" premiered to a surprisingly strong 11.6/19, dominating the 8 p.m. hour. A prime-time "Dr. Phil" special on CBS was second at 7.9/13, while NBC's "Hawaii" took third. The season premiere of "Smallville," 3.5/6, put The WB in fourth. "That '70s Show" and "Quintuplets" averaged 3.3/6 for FOX. "America's Next Top Model" opened its season on UPN with a 2.7/5.
   The first of two hours of "Law & Order," 12.2/19, gave NBC the lead at 9 p.m. "Dr. Phil" improved to 10.1/16 for CBS. ABC dropped to third with the return of "The Bachelor," 6.2/9. Two episodes of "The Bernie Mac Show" moved FOX up to fourth. "The Mountain" debuted to a 2.6/4 on The WB, while UPN's "Veronica Mars" managed only a 1.8/3 in its premiere.
   At 10 p.m., the premiere of "CSI: NY" averaged 12.1/20 for CBS, beating NBC's second "Law & Order," 10.7/17. "The Bachelor" came in at 5.8/10 for ABC.
   Ratings information is taken from fast national data. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.
   SOURCE: Zap2It
Permanent Link | 11:41 AM

Wednesday, September 22, 2004
   Tonight's the night! While you're watching the show on ABC (or before, or after), come visit the message board and post, or check out the chat room (just click the "Join Live Chat!" link on the message board) and discuss the show as it happens.
   Missing the episode? Check out the Play-by-Play which - hopefully! - someone will provide us...
Permanent Link | 10:00 AM

Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Monaghan is Lost and Found 
Monaghan got lost after 'Rings,' then found 'Lost'
September 21, 2004By TERRY MORROW, Knoxville News Sentinel
(SH) - When Dominic Monaghan came zooming back from Middle Earth, he hit with a resounding thud.

"My first year in Los Angeles was pretty hellish," says the British actor who played Merry in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. "I came over here after the high point of 'Lord of the Rings,' and I saw all my friends jumping around to jobs, and I had nothing."
He's found work now. The 28-year-old is co-starring in the ABC Wednesday night series "Lost," the latest action ride from J.J. Abrams ("Alias").
The expansive cast also includes Matthew Fox ("Party of Five") and Ian Somerhalder ("Rules of Attraction").
Monaghan plays Charlie, an ex-rock star with a jones for heroin. Unfortunately for Charlie, he's stuck on a remote island after a plane crash and has no hope of being rescued anytime soon.
The island's jungle has its own dangers. Mysterious creatures with a taste for the survivors are lurking and ready to pounce.
To say Charlie has seen better days is an understatement. Monaghan can relate to that piece of the character when his career was basically on hold for a year.
"My manager at the time was not doing anything for me, and I kind of got into a little bit of a funk. I was living in a (lousy) house in a (bad) part of town. I didn't have a car, and living in L.A. without a car, well, is difficult," Monaghan says.
"I couldn't get a car because I didn't have an American bank account and could not get credit. It's harder to get (good) credit (in America) than what you might think. So at that point, I was just hanging out at my place all day, playing Grand Theft Auto III. I was waiting for the phone I didn't have to ring."
The journey from Merry to Charlie was an unusual one for Monaghan. He never expected to find himself "Lost."
"It's hard to imagine that this was happening to someone who was in one of the biggest movies of the year before," he recalls. "But I would not give up that time for anything in the world.
"I remember writing in my journal that I was going through this growing experience because of it. I came back down to Earth with a bump."
After Monaghan got new management, he started finding work. He says he was on the lookout for more movie roles when the script for "Lost" came his way. The part of the tortured Charlie intrigued him.
"The frustration of Charlie's situation means he has a lot going on in his head," Monaghan says. "He lives in his head quite a lot. He's a drug addict, and drug addicts, by nature, are a selfish lot. It's a little like life imitating art. I'm not there now, but I can remember what it was like being a little bit out there on a limb."
Born in Germany and raised in Manchester, England, Monaghan gained fame through "Rings."
"Lost," his first major American series, is shot in Hawaii, forcing him to uproot again. But this time, the bachelor says, the move is to paradise.
"I've always had itching feet," he says. "I like being on the move every couple of years."
In reflection, Monaghan says he learned from the past year. "The whole experience (of unemployment) kind of got me back to who I am. I needed that," he says. "Two years of working solid (on 'Rings') put me at a point where I was a little bit exhausted. I needed to chill out and take it easy for a while."
Charged up about his new series, Monaghan says that playing Charlie could turn out to be the professional challenge he needed.
"For lack of a better word," he says, "Charlie is lost, and I can understand that almost too well. The (woes) you carry around with you as an actor always helps you flesh out a character."
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Lost Saves the Day in This Reviewer's Opinion 
This is excerpted from the Seattle Post Intelligencer. No point in reading about the shows she didn't like....

Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Hope for the fall season is found in ABC's new 'Lost' series
Maybe you weren't aware of this, what with NBC and Fox doing their best to throw us off by debuting shows all willy-nilly, but the fall television season officially started yesterday. Go ahead, breathe a sigh of relief. Those early premieres don't come close to embodying all the season has to offer.


WHEN: 8 p.m. tomorrow on KOMO/4
WITH: Matthew Fox, Harold Perrineau, Dominic Monaghan, Evangeline Lilly, Daniel Dae Kim
If they did, the season could be summed up in a short word: bad. Because while NBC's new series (and Fox's newish ones) stood out from the crowd of reruns, they did so in the manner of Quasimodo making the scene at a Mr. Universe pageant.
Take comfort in knowing better cuts of beef are on their way to market, with "Lost," debuting tomorrow at 8 p.m. on KOMO/4, being foremost among them. The two-hour pilot's so dense, in fact, that ABC's airing it in two parts, the second portion coming next Wednesday.
"Lost" is one of those shows people started talking about as soon as it was announced. (Even over the summer, I was fielding tens of phone calls and e-mails from the curious. That's unusual.) If the combination of viewer interest and critical buzz translates to viewership, this one will be on for a while.

Less certain is whether "Lost" can find enough of an audience.
You can't say it doesn't get off to an explosive start. The series begins in a state of shock, as a man named Jack (Matthew Fox) wakes up in foliage and, upon gathering his wits, realizes his plane has gone down, and somehow he and 47 panicked, dazed others survived, including a father named Michael (Harold Perrineau), a rock star (Dominic Monaghan) and a young woman named Kate (Evangeline Lilly.)
Horrifying as this is, the unknown looks worse. Most of the survivors are complete strangers to one another, although we eventually get to know them in a series of flashbacks to the second before the plane crashes. The question then becomes, who poses the most danger to the survivors, their fellow man, or a sinister, noisy beastie in the jungle?
Truly the most adventurously scripted and visually stunning pilot of the fall season -- and, we must say, a tad grisly for the 8 o'clock slot at times -- "Lost" also is a tremendous gamble. This is ABC and "Alias" wonderboy J.J. Abrams counting on the sci-fi/adventure viewership being larger than anyone currently imagines.
Factor in the logistics. Even if Abrams and fellow producers Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk can maintain the pilot's tension over what will surely be a season chock full of death and cliffhangers, they potentially have 48 stories to tell, a ponderous tangle for anyone to take on. Taking that into consideration, "Lost" could easily decay into an approximation of "Land of the Lost," filled with monkey boys and giant lizards.
Keep the faith, though. ABC and the viewers at home could be looking at the next cultural firestarter here, if you remember the kind of audience "The X-Files" used to command. There's nothing like it on television, network or cable, a notion ABC should use to its promotional advantage. Then again, "Lost" may be so unique, so demanding, that it eventually becomes financially and creatively untenable.
For now, we definitely can appreciate the attempt, especially compared to the stale new shows the past few weeks have brought us, or even last season, which only yielded a smattering of decent dramas. If "Lost" is the among the best the 2004-2005 season has to offer, we should consider ourselves fortunate.
P-I TV critic Melanie McFarland can be reached at 206-448-8015 or tvgal@seattlepi.com.

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Eye Candy --Whoo hoo! 
The reviewer in the following article takes issue with the utter loveliness that is stranded on the mysterious island. We at Lost-TV quite frankly couldn't be happier. Read on. This is from Page Six of The New York Post

Tue Sep 21, 4:40 AM ET
A planeload of incredibly good-looking yuppies and Gen-Xers crashes in the mid-Pacific, killing everyone who isn't a model.
We assume this to be true right off because all the survivors on ABC's "Lost" look like they fell out of the Ford model book - not an airplane.
Only four survivors are not perfect, demographically speaking - a woman who looks to be mid-40s; a man in his 50s who may or may not be a pervert, but is for sure a weirdo; and a kid. (There's also the kid's dog who, even though he isn't a Gen Xer, is a labrador, which is demographically desirable.)
Despite the fact that the plane breaks into three pieces, all the dead are conveniently stuck inside the fusilage so we don't have to look at them. Better yet, none of the Gen Xer's injuries are serious. Yes - it's a miracle.
As luck would have it, all have survived the crash without having broken bodies, ripped off limbs or burnt faces. I don't know about you, but I love a neat crash.
Most of the injuries appear to be restricted (thank God again!) to really attractive gashes on the left sides of faces.
The setup after the clean plane crash is good, too. There's handsome doc Jack (Matthew Fox); Kate (Evangeline Lilly), a mystery woman; Charlie (Dominic Monaghan, formerly a Hobbit); and Hurley (Jorge Garcia), the one fat guy. (Will he turn out to be doomed like "Piggy" from "Lord of the Flies"? Nah. It's TV!)
The other passengers, particularly Sayid (Naveen Andrews, the great actor from one of my favorite movies, "The English Patient"), add some spice to the stew.
Sayid is a former Iraqi soldier who fought in the first Gulf War. This brings up all kinds of prejudices - as does the Korean married couple (Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim) who don't speak English but definitely don't like to be around the African-American guy and his kid (Harold Perrineau and Malcolm David Kelly).
There's one seemingly bad guy (Josh Holloway) who must be unredeemable because he is - oh God, no! - a chain smoker, although we never see any smoke come out of his mouth because, well, it's TV after all.
At any rate, while they've had the damn bad luck to have crashed on the only Pacific Island with neither luxury hotel accommodations nor the cast of "Survivor" already camped out, there is a monster that eats people. (I'm not kidding.)
It sounds dopier than it is. In fact, it's actually scary and kind of riveting.
The flashbacks to the crash from various the survivors' viewpoints are harrowing and the storyline, once the dopey non-injury plane crash is gotten through, is very good.
What's missing is any real diversity in the cast.
I mean, seriously, have you ever been on a plane with only gorgeous, young people? Neither have I.
Permanent Link | 7:14 AM

Monday, September 20, 2004
Matthew Fox as Indiana Jones 
Not really --- just read on in this article from the New York Times, via the Tacoma, WA News Tribune:

'Alias' creator adds another supernatural soap to the tube
"Lost" debuts at 8 p.m. Wednesday on Channel 4.
When ABC executives approached J.J. Abrams about making a series centered on plane crash survivors marooned on a distant atoll, he knew the concept could work for a miniseries - but a whole season of episodes?
"When I first heard the idea, I wasn't interested at all," he confessed.
The experienced Abrams, however, creator and executive producer of "Alias" and co-creator and executive producer of "Felicity," rose to the challenge. He recruited Damon Lindelof, a supervising producer of "Crossing Jordan," and the result of their collaboration is "Lost," a high-tension supernatural soap that has its premiere Wednesday night at 8.
The series begins with a routine flight between Sydney and Los Angeles that goes down in uncharted waters stranding 48 passengers on a mysterious island. If lyrics like "the weather started getting rough/the tiny ship was tossed" float into memory, you're not alone.
"How can we make it not 'Gilligan's Island'?" asked Lindelof, co-creator and executive producer of the show. "What if you handled the premise of 50-odd people on an island . . . more seriously? What is the societal development if you played it in relative real time so that every week that the show is gone you're coming back a few hours later? At what point would a leader develop? When do they break into two separate camps? When do they start making shelters? And we started to realize that this was an engaging story."
The premise, especially the demographics of a typical flight from Sydney to Los Angeles, also gave the creative team an opportunity to cast an unusually diverse set of characters for network television.
"We needed a huge cast," Lindelof said. "It's like a petri dish. You need as many protozoa as you can to begin with. You just can't have people come in and out like 'Gilligan's Island.'"
First came Jack (Matthew Fox), the broad-shouldered doctor and putative hero. Fox, a "Party of Five" star who first auditioned for the part of Sawyer, a roughneck, cigarette-smoking Indiana Jones type, didn't want to play a superhuman hero. "Jack's a reluctant leader in the beginning," he said, "but over the series he'll learn how to lead, and how to lead well." After tending his fellow castaways in the opening minutes of the disaster drama, Jack enlists Kate (Evangeline Lilly) to stitch up his own gaping back wound with a hotel sewing kit.
Also stranded are a former member of the Iraqi Republican Guard (Naveen Andrews), an African-American father (Harold Perrineau), a non-English-speaking Korean couple (Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim) and a grizzled has-been rocker (the sweet-cheeked "Lord of the Rings" hobbit Dominic Monaghan playing against type).
Acknowledging the bizarre elements, Lindelof was quick to point out: "This show isn't 'The X-Files.' Everything that happens to these characters is grounded to reality as we know it. Time and space are not bent."

Permanent Link | 7:56 PM

Friday, September 17, 2004
E! Online - Watch With Kristin: The Lure of Lost and a Smallville Lois-Palooza 
   It's here, it's here, it's finally here! JJ Abrams' Lost premieres this Wednesday--you'd better be writing this down--at 8 p.m., before the new Bachelor (and sadly, up against Smallville, but we'll get to that in a bit).
   Lost is already getting positive buzz from the general public (check out our Watch/Pass Poll results) and critics (the panel session at the TCA Press Tour was standing room only). "It seemed that people were enthusiastic in general this year," JJ tells me, "and also about Desperate Housewives and about Lost, which is really flattering."
   That said, we all know how critics' darlings (and my faves) normally fare (Wonderfalls, Freaks and Geeks, Boomtown, etc.), so I really should be telling you Lost is the worst thing we've seen since The Mullets. But I cannot lie! Lost is (in my humble opinion) the best new series of the season, which is why I've done everything short of selling my body to promote this show. I even, out of the kindness of my selfless heart, agreed to go to Hawaii a few weeks ago to cover the premiere in Honolulu. (I give. I do.)
   Lost is about survivors of a plane crash stranded on a deserted island, so naturally, at the premiere, the Gilligan's Island jokes were running wild. Castmember Daniel Dae Kim (Angel, 24), God bless his silly soul, said he's working on his "coconut bike." He also suggested I wash ashore as a guest star and fashion a microphone out of bamboo. Evangeline Lilly thought she and I could shack up in a hut as the new Ginger and Mary Ann.
   But Lost is slightly different from Gilligan's Island (insert: sarcasm), and I think Yoon-Jin Kim (who plays Sun) describes it best. "In each episode, we'll discover layer upon layer to each character. This is about a bunch of people who've lost something. And on this mysterious island, we hope to find whatever it is we lost, whether that's forgiving someone or moving on or finding ourselves."
   The Lost cast includes a mixture of proven faves (Matthew Fox of Party of Five and Dominic Monaghan of The Lord of the Rings) and newcomers like Lilly. And she's bound to incur the wrath of aspiring actresses everywhere--it's her first speaking role, and she's the leading lady, opposite Fox.
   "I'm from snowy Canada," she muses. "I popped out of an igloo and landed in a palm tree, and I'm the luckiest girl in the world."
   Evie, as they call her on set (Matthew Fox is Foxy), was nearly the sole lead on the series. In the original pilot, Matthew Fox's character, Jack, was killed off halfway through the episode in a jaw-dropping twist. "Apparently," Fox explains, "people reading the script were like, 'You can't do it, you just can't do it.' So, Jack got to live, and I got to stay." (And I think I speak for ladies everywhere when I say: Thank you, J.C.)
   The entire first season of Lost takes place in the span of only one month. And in the first ep, we learn the island is not what it seems--there's something, well, monstrous, living on it.
   "I don't have any idea [what it is]," Foxy tells me when milked for spoilers, "and I don't even use the M-word for it, because I'm not sure it is a monster. I just know it's fast, and it does serious damage."
   "All we know is it's something substantial," Dominic says. "We know it's bigger than an elephant--and clearly in a bad mood."
   After spending time on set and at the premiere, I can tell you: Just like Alias and Felicity before them, the cast and crew of Lost are some of the most genuine people you'll ever meet. "We're family, we mesh, it's incredible," Ian Somerhalder tells me. "It sounds cheesy, but it's true."
   They're so tight, they've already formed a friendly little rivalry with a fellow Hawaii-based series, Hawaii on NBC. I asked Terry O'Quinn (Alias, Millenium) if he has run into the other actors. "I haven't really talked to those guys, outside of going by and honking my horn and shouting obscenities," he deadpans.
   "Actually," says Harold Perrineau Jr., "I do know they've been scheduling a regular softball event, and I think we are, can I say this, kicking ass? [Laughs.] I'm sorry Hawaii, I know y'all try real hard."
   "Hawaii? Whipped 'em. North Shore? Whipped 'em," O'Quinn says with a laugh.
   A precursor of ratings to come? Let's hope so.
   SOURCE: E! Online
Permanent Link | 9:41 PM

Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Planning a LOST Premiere Party? Tell Us! Show Us! 
   With roughly a week until Lost finally premieres on ABC, I'm aware that some of you are planning premiere parties, both big and small.
   If you're planning a BIG party, open to anyone and everyone, then advertise it HERE on Lost-TV! Just email me the details of the party (where, when, who to look for, what to bring, and what to wear) and I'll post it here ASAP.
   If you're planning a smaller party, or one that's not open to the public, be sure to take lots of pictures to share with us! (Just be sure to get everyone's permission to have their pics taken and posted online.)
   We gotta show ABC, the producers, cast, and crew of Lost how much we all appreciate the show, and that it's a much-anticipated event! I'm sure it'd be wonderful for them to check out the site and see the outpouring of love for their show!
Permanent Link | 10:57 PM

Tuesday, September 14, 2004
It's Not About the Dinosaur: The EXCLUSIVE Damon Lindelof Interview (Part Two) 
   (Apologies for the delay. I've just been really busy. If you want to read the first part of the interview, read this.)
   Strangely enough Xander hasn’t even seen the pilot. He was offered the pirated version but his computer won’t let him play VCDs.
   "I'm proud of you!" Damon said, when he found that out. Of course when "Lost" officially premieres on September 22, hopefully Xander will have upgraded his computer.
   In a previous interview with Bryan Burk, Bryan told Lost-TV that the internet was a blessing AND a curse. Yes, the bootleg version making the rounds raised interest, but no that's not what exactly you're going to see when the show premieres.
   (Note to self: tape the pilot when aired and compare the two).
   We wondered what the time line was for the characters. How much time elapsed during each episode?
   "The first season is the first 40 days on the island," Damon replied. "Every episode begins the day after the episode before it ended so we see everything that is happening. We don't go away and come back three weeks later and find they've built a village. It means we (the writing staff) have to put our heads to together to put together a story arc for the characters. They need food, they need water, they'll explore the island and get to know each other.
   "Every episode is about one character (since the cast is so huge) and it will tell you the story of their past before the crash in flashbacks. Every episode starts with the idea that this will be Kate's episode or Jack's episode. This will be Charlie's episode (NOTE: That will be Episode #5) and it will connect to whatever it happening on the island at the time and goes from there. Ideas come from a billion different places. There is no specific writing hierarchy. J Jand I are the creators of the show but that doesn't mean that we create every episodic concept."
   Forty days? Was that coincidental? It does seem to rain a lot for no apparent reason on the island. We asked the obvious question: was the biblical reference intentional? Damon's answer was immediate.
   "That was NOT unintentional," he said with a hint of glee in his voice.
   Most of the fans know that Lost is currently filming eleven episodes. A season is typically 22 episodes. So where does that leave the rest of the season? Will we see the 40 days and 40 nights in those 13 episodes (two-hour pilot plus the other eleven)?
   "The 13 episodes will be roughly the first 20 days," Damon told us. "Each episode is roughly 48 hours. But we are anticipating being picked up."
   We were particularly interested in the "mix" of survivors on the island. What lead to this diversity in age and ethnicity?
   "The diversity was deliberate," Damon said. "This is an international flight originating in Australia. It's going to Los Angeles, and it's an American TV show, so the majority of characters are going to be American. This is also a possibility to have something more than a diverse cast with all ages, and religions. If half the case is white, then half the cast should be non-white. Like Star Trek with Vulcans and humans... to say that the color of your skin is not relevant is ridiculous. To say that racism in American doesn't exist is absolutely ridiculous. But on the Island, the color of your skin in completely irrelevant and so are all those things about how much money you have or what your race is or what your religion is or what you've done in the past. That life is over. You're not going back to it. We wanted characters from different backgrounds. That was an extremely deliberate action. For every single character, including Jack and Kate, we chose the best actor regardless of skin color."
   As a result, Damon went on to say, after Harold Perrineau was cast as the African American father, the search went out for African American kids, and the result was the very talented Malcolm David Kelley.
   Then of course there are the extras. The expendable people. "Red shirts" in Star Trek lingo. You know, the security guys in landing parties who were offed at frighteningly regular intervals.
   Damon and the lads refer to them as "meat socks."
   "That's what's great about Lost," he said. "One of our regular characters can go out on an expedition with two people you haven't seen, then the regular gets killed, the other two come back and now they're regulars, so we certainly want to keep the audience guessing. There is a reason that in addition to the 14 regulars there are 33 other characters who survived the crash. They're not just monster food."
   Regulars get killed? Oh no, Mr. Bill!
   And speaking of groups, what about group psychology? What about the sociology of this whole "experiment"?
   "We talk about that a lot," said Damon. "I minored in sociology in college and a couple of the other writers have a background in sociology. You talk about things like the Stanford Prison Experiment (Ed. Note: Conducted at Stanford University in Palo Alto California, this project sought to answer the question: What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? These are some of the questions posed in a simulation of prison life conducted in the summer of 1971.) But at the end of the day, there has never been an experiment done about a group of people surviving on an island for a protracted period of time.
   "The reality is we don't know what would happen. All we can do is extrapolate based on who they are as characters and what would happen. We also looked at political formation in terms of what would emerge in the very early stages of them being on the island would be some sort of communism: We're all going to pool our resources, we'll share our food and water. But then human nature begins to exert itself and individuals say, 'Well, I'm the one out there who's hunting the boar, why should all of you guys get to eat it when I go to bed hungry every night?' Then that person who has the ability to hunt the boar becomes a powerful person. We start with communism, and then it evolves into a dictatorship. Then the dictatorship is overthrown or becomes so strong that it breaks off from the initial group, and you have a couple different societies and maybe one of them evolves into a democracy that elects its leaders. But at the end of the day, episodically, we're talking about what are the seeds of that. The reality is that the week after a plane crash, you're not going to have people sitting down electing their leaders. They're still trying to figure out how to get off the island and how to survive so the society formation issues, while they begin to color the ethical debates the castaways are having with each other, don't begin to manifest themselves in any real way until much later on."
   Well, this is an election year. This reporter knows who SHE would vote for.
   Of course by this time, quite a few people have seen Lost. Not only via the internet, but test screenings, cable channels, Comic Con and since this interview, the Sunset on the Beach premiere. This has generated a lot of positive buzz, not just from audiences, but from critics as well. Did JJ and Damon expect this?
   "It's exciting and flattering but at the end of the day we're writers and we'll always remember the one person who hated the show rather than the 99 who like it but it's exciting. One of the things about JJ is that he has an amazing talent and reputation and associated with projects that have a high expectation. I'll get excited about seeing a movie and hold it to a much higher standard because I am a fan of the filmmakers. The fact that Lost is being received well... that's exciting and encouraging."
   And it's no secret that ABC is trailing in the ratings game. Could this show save the network?
   Much like wishing a stage actor "good luck" (rather than "break a leg"), Damon, while pleased, was still wary of THAT idea.
   "It's a question no one can answer til the date the show airs," he said. "Like when I was writing on Nash Bridges, The Fugitive was the show that had all the buzz. It was going to be a BIG deal and a little show called CSI was going to be on after The Fugitive. Nobody was talking about CSI at all. Well, the first night came and went and no-one was watching The Fugitive, but 3 years later, everyone is watching CSI. I'd rather not have the buzz. People are looking at you to save the network. Buzz creates high expectations. There is nowhere to go but down."
   And then Damon had a question of his own for Xander. "It’s amazing that you have gone to such lengths to set up such a well thought out site and you haven't seen the pilot yet. What do you know about the show?"
   Xander explained he was a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and Alias and seeing Dominic Monaghan attached to the Lost project was very exciting.
   "Dominic is an amazing guy and an incredibly talented actor and we're lucky to have him," Damon said fondly.
   Damon admitted he wasn't aware of any other Lost fansites, except one or two in French. He became aware of Lost-TV when Ian Somerhalder told him during the first week of filming. At first he thought it was a joke, until he got a look at it.
   And now one of the big questions (but not THE BIG question): What is that thing in the bushes? We know it's not a dinosaur. Was it always NOT a dinosaur?
   "JJ and I have always known what it was and we're VERY discriminating about who we tell, because that's one of the biggest secrets of the show. We know from the beginning it wasn't a dinosaur. If the network ever said anything about it to us it was more on the order of, 'Please tell us it's not a dinosaur.' And we're like, 'Ok, it's NOT a dinosaur!'
   "Because of Jurassic Park or Land of the Lost, that's what people expect to be on a mysterious island," Damon explained. "I think you'll find that what that thing is not a constant presence in every episode. It’s not a TV show about what is that thing in the jungle. It becomes more about the monsters in each other as opposed to the monsters out there And some of the secrets are much darker than others.
   "People have been there (on the island). There is a transmission that is being transmitted in French, from somewhere on the island, repeating on a loop for 16 years and this keys into this idea, asking the audience, what do YOU think this is? Where might it be? Who might have left it? Why did they come here in the first place? Are they still here? Are they stranded? What is the content of that message? The word 'mythology' is used alongside a show like the The X-Files which is built on the mythology that his Mulder's sister is abducted and that is the beginning of his obsession with extra terrestrials and his search for the answers and every couple of weeks they would service that mythology but eventually that was all the show was about anymore."
   So the question becomes, how do you maintain the level of tension without exhausting the audience? If they move from crises to crises, the audience will wear out. And yet this isn't Gilligan's Island either.
   "That's the trick isn't it? This is not the easiest show in the world to write which tells me that it is something that might actually be good. This is not your typical, 'someone gets killed at the beginning of the episode and we have to find out who did it.' It's not doctors or lawyers or cops. That's what the challenge is."
   And now for THE burning question: We've seen the chicks in bikinis. What about some male eye candy?
   "Yes, I promise," Damon laughed. "You'll get more eye candy that you've bargained for."
   Oh god, we certainly hope so.
   (Later on in the season, Damon promised we could visit with him again so keep those questions coming as the season progresses!)
Permanent Link | 11:36 PM

Lost-TV at ABC Primetime Weekend! 
   Lost-TV was at the ABC Primetime Weekend event at Disney's California Adventure, where Kit and Bianca talked to Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Dominic Monaghan and Harold Perrineau. And we visited with Bryan Burk as well! And don't think those guys don't know who we are! According to Dominic we are the "green site". (Note to Dom: not green anymore!). Pictures and video are coming in. ABC videotaped our interviews but we shall have to have the tape converted to a format we can upload to the net. In the meantime, there is some "Dominic-centric" stuff on starDom; Bobbi at that site will host our video interviews when they come in! Check the message board for hints and tidbits about our day!
Permanent Link | 10:42 PM

The Futon Critic - Viewers Say 'C.S.I.: New York,' 'Joey' Most Anticipated 
   Two spin-offs - NBC's "Joey" and CBS' "C.S.I.: New York" - are the most anticipated series of the 2004-05 season according to a recently released survey by Philips Electronics commissioned through Harris Interactive.
   The pair were two of just 12 new or returning series that garnered a 5% favorable reaction from the 1,000 people polled:

"C.S.I.: New York" (CBS) - 47%
"Joey" (NBC) - 31%
"The Apprentice 2" (NBC) - 23%
"Survivor 9: Vanuatu" (CBS) - 23%
"Father of the Pride" (NBC) - 21%
"Dr. Vegas" (CBS) - 19%
"LAX" (NBC) - 17%
"Lost" (ABC) - 13%
"American Dad" (FOX) - 5%
"Life as We Know It" (ABC) - 5%
"Next Great Champ" (FOX) - 5%
"Renovate My Family" (FOX) - 5%

   (% denotes the percentage of the 1,000 polled that designated the series as being anticipated by them; i.e, a person could be anticipating more than one series)
   SOURCE: The Futon Critic
Permanent Link | 10:13 AM

Sci Fi Wire - Fury Happy To Find Lost 
   David Fury, co-executive producer of ABC's upcoming SF series Lost, told SCI FI Wire that he intended to develop his own show after the end of his last one, The WB's Angel, but that he couldn't pass up the new series co-created by J.J. Abrams (Alias). "I turned down everything this year and had some nice offers, but nothing felt right to me," Fury said in an interview. "I wanted to spend more time at home and thought I was entitled to take a year off. It's a testament to J.J. and [co-creator] Damon Lindelof, because I had turned down Lost initially. It's only because they forgot that they tried me again. I decided I owed them the courtesy to see the pilot, and it was great! I decided to meet them, and I was totally seduced."
   Shot on location in Hawaii, Lost centers on the survivors of a plane crash trying to stay alive on an isolated South Pacific island, where freakish occurrences take place. Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly lead an ensemble cast.
   "It's not an easy show to categorize," said Fury, who previously wrote for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. "It borders on genre, an adventure show and character studies. It's what appealed to me about Buffy, which was that it could be so many different things. My biggest problem with shows in general is that they are what they are. But this is a show where we can mess around with the tone of it. I'm really happy to be on it." Lost premieres on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Sept. 22.
   SOURCE: Sci Fi Wire
Permanent Link | 9:42 AM

Sci Fi Wire - Lost's Secrets Hinted 
   David Fury, co-executive producer of ABC's upcoming SF series Lost, told SCI FI Wire that one of the most mysterious characters on the new series about plane crash survivors stranded on a mysterious South Pacific island is the island itself. "It is very interesting and has its own mythology that will hopefully unfold over many seasons," Fury (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) said in an interview. "We are hearing and seeing very odd occurrences, like a polar bear on the island. How does something like that happen in the South Pacific?"
   While Lost is an amalgam of different genres, including SF, Fury explained that realism is the key in making it all work. "What we are trying to do is make sure everything has a very Scully explanation," Fury said, referring to the X-Files character. "This is not a show about the supernatural, despite the fact that we have a very huge creature that likes to eat people. Despite the surreal, bizarre aspects of the island, there will be an explanation for it. It may not come for a very long time, but certain information about the island will explain how things are possible. We'll try to root it in real science or real pseudo-science. There will be no mystical reason or an island of monsters. The island has been around for millennia, and many people have found themselves on it, and as far as we know, nobody has ever gotten off. There is also the possibility of others being on the island, they just haven't seen them yet. And we'll never know how big this island is. It could be enormous, but odd things will keep them from knowing the full length and breadth of it. It's an interesting little allegory. It will be very mysterious."
   Lost, which was co-created by Alias' J.J. Abrams, balances a core cast of 11 main characters, led by Matthew Fox (Haunted) and newcomer Evangeline Lily. That many characters gives the creative team a lot to explore, Fury said. "We are discovering there are so many stories to tell," he said. "There will be burgeoning romances that will be handled in a credible fashion and triangles, and not to get soap opera-y, but things are going to happen. Also, the show will always be from the perspective [of] the people on the island, so we never see the outside world, except from their perspective. We'll see how things go, whether or not other people can arrive on the island. There could be an errant parachute, but certainly not the Harlem Globetrotters," he said with a laugh. "I hope people recognize this is a show that is unique and compelling, because there will be lots of surprises." Lost premieres on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Sept. 22.
   SOURCE: Sci Fi Wire
Permanent Link | 9:39 AM

YeonHap News - Performing on American television in Korean 
   Actress YunJin (pronounce YoonJin) Kim will perform almost half an hour in her native language, Korean, during 6th episode titled "House of the Rising Sun" in ABC's 13 series action drama "LOST". With subtitle but not entirely, this episode scheduled to be broadcasted on October 27th at 8pm nationwide will begin with Sun's (Her acting role name) recollection why she had to pretend she didn't speak English and describe her love/hate marriage with her husband (Daniel D. Kim).
   SOURCE: YeonHap News (translated by Josh Park)
Permanent Link | 9:26 AM

Monday, September 13, 2004
MSNBC - Must See or Must Flee? 
   Best #1: LOST (ABC)
   "Lost" would be scary enough if it had stuck with its basic premise: a plane crashes on a deserted island, stranding dozens of (suspiciously photogenic) passengers. But J. J. Abrams ("Alias") doesn't do predictable drama. So just when the survivors are worrying about living off leftover pretzels, they encounter a beast that sounds like a T. rex. And a marauding polar bear. And someone else's distress signal, sent years ago. What is going on? Hard to say, but any show with this kind of imagination deserves to be seen. Even if ABC scheduled the adult "Lost" at 8 p.m. ET.
   Thanks to Amber for the link. Also, if you check out the site, you'll find a clip. "It's got a promo clip, and it's longer than one that I've ever seen!"
Permanent Link | 10:44 AM

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