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— Fred Schultz (@FredSchultz35) August 10, 2022
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And here’s the thing: people who make comments like this attacking Lost have no fucking idea what they are talking about and do not know their television history. SO, HAVE A SEAT, ANGUS, I’M ABOUT TO LEARN YOU.
American network television has always been based on a model where you renew a show until the audiences stop tuning in. And to some degree, it still is that way: just look at Grey’s Anatomy, the Law & Orders, and all of the CSIs, and NCISes running around out there in double-digit seasons. In network TV, you don’t kill the golden goose, you just wait for it to die of inattention.
This brings us to the early 2000s: Lost was one of the biggest hits on television at the time, but Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, they knew they had to have an endpoint for the series, they couldn’t just keep this weird, genre show going indefinitely. And so, despite Lost being the watercooler show of its day, they went to ABC and asked to end it ideally after four seasons. ABC wanted ten seasons. The compromise was six shorter seasons. Nothing like this, as far as I know, had ever happened in network television before, and it changed how showrunners and networks looked at projects, viewing them as a contained story with a beginning, middle and end, instead of something that you just milk to death.
AND SO, when little shits like this kid who is on a cable series (which in and of itself allows it so much more creative license than anything on network TV) deigns to look down his nose at Lost and accuse it of running too long, it makes my blood boil. You can complain about how Lost ended, but you don’t get to complain about how long it took for Lost to end.
Somewhat surreptitiously, Vulture just ran this terrific interview with Lindelof, in which he discussed his conversations with ABC about ending the series:
At the time that Lost started, the primary critique of the pilot was “How are you going to keep this up?” There’s this big cinematic plane crash, and then you start introducing 14 major speaking-part characters, all of whom we’re going to be tracking. And in addition to that, the island that they’re on they’re not going to be leaving at any time soon. The show’s called Lost, so they kind of have to stay that way. Are you going to run into the Gilligan’s Island problem where the audience starts to get frustrated?
And my response to that always was like, “You are right. So let’s design a finite beginning, middle, and end.” ABC just didn’t want to engage in that conversation. At the time that they picked up the show, they said, “Make 13 of these, and let’s see how it goes.” It was such a ratings hit that it became clear to me instantly that all conversations about ending the show would be over. I said, “Hey, guys, we can’t keep this up forever,” and that’s when ABC said, “Oh, we were thinking more like ten seasons.” The compromise ended up being six, but I personally wish that we could have done it in four.
DO YOU HEAR THAT, ANGUS?
Lindelof also had some great thoughts about the inherent tension and contradiction of fan expectations: in which invested fans both want to know that the creators have a plan, while also wanting them to be listening to the fans:
One of the things that I was fascinated by, as it related to Lost, was that one of the two questions that we got asked most often was “Are you making it up as you go along?” And the fans wanted the answer to that question to be “Absolutely not. We have a plan. We are executing that plan and understanding that not everything is going to work, but we’re sticking to the plan.” The second question that they asked most often was “What input do we have as fans? Are you listening to” —
But do you feel like you should have to listen to them at all?
Here’s the thing: They want the answer to be “We listen to everything that you say, and it affects the outcome of what we write.” But then that would suggest that we don’t have a plan and everything that we’re doing is like the band that finishes a song and asks, “What do you want us to play next?” But we have a set list, so you can’t win.
Yeah, you can’t have it both ways.
But this leads me to this terrific Atlantic piece about theorizing fans, and how they’ve become part of the writer’s room to some degree. It’s a blessing and a curse for the creators involved. And yes, Lindelof is named-checked. As someone who knows a thing or two about overzealous theorizing, I feel this.
The Succession cast has become Real Housewives, apparently:
he had it coming
— J. Smith-Cameron🇺🇸 (@j_smithcameron) August 9, 2022
— J. Smith-Cameron🇺🇸 (@j_smithcameron) August 9, 2022
— succession gifs (@successiongifs) August 11, 2022
He really did have it coming.
This is fascinating: the “sleeping sickness” that is portrayed in The Sandman really was an ailment that afflicted over one million people in the 1920s, and to this day, no one knows what caused it. People who survived the affliction would later in life develop a strange form of paralysis, and were the subjects of the Oliver Sacks book, Awakenings, and the Robin Williams movies based on it. Anyway, the point is, The Sandman‘s explanation for the illness is as good as any.
Lisa Kudrow is probably not bringing The Comeback back, but she should, dammit. That is a gem of a show.
The Terminal List isn’t “woke.” OK, noted. Thanks.
The studios don’t want to have to think about those pesky abortion issues, ladies, please stop bothering them to come up with a plan for their employees’ safety.
You’re going to have to wait longer to get Warner Bros. movies on HBO Max. Warner Bros. Discovery has thrown out that 45-day theater window, and plan to milk them for as much PVOD money they can.
So You Think You Can Dance named a winner last night, if you are interested. (Although, I suspect if you’re interested, you would have watched.)
God bless Jordan Klepper. I don’t know how he does it.
This is now a Tyra Banks is a Supervillain blog:
The 2000s were something else. This woman’s body was sickening. pic.twitter.com/OPxF3ML5px
— Aggressively Wholesome Flautist 🍎🅴 (@KVeinFlautist) August 7, 2022
This is why Beyoncé doesn’t do interviews anymore pic.twitter.com/OOPKAuGgpR
— Call me Miguelito (@CAdreamboy) August 5, 2022
were you a child in the early 2000s listening to tyra banks call women who were 5’10 and 115lbs plus sized? if so, you may be entitled to financial compensation
— tiff (@TlFFANYK) August 8, 2022
- The Mandalorian has likely been renewed for a fourth season on Disney+.
- Grantchester has been renewed for an eighth season on PBS.
- Harry Wild has been renewed for a second season on Acorn TV.
- Cooper’s Bar has been renewed for a second season at AMC+.
- Zerlina Maxwell and Ayman Mohyeldin’s streaming shows on MSNBC’s Peacock hub have been canceled.
- Sinking Spring, a crime series starring Brian Tyree Henry, is about to be ordered at Apple TV+.
- Totally, Completely Fine and Sanctuary, two drama series, have been ordered at Sundance Now.
- The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto is being adapted into a documentary on HBO.
- The Awoken will be adapted into a TV series.
- Good Neighbors, a documentary about soccer, is in development at Prime Video.
- Tatiana Maslany will star in Invitation to a Bonfire on AMC.
- Lauren Ambrose has joined the cast of Yellowjackets on Showtime. (!)
- Zachary Quinto, Billie Lourd, Isaac Powell, Patti LuPone, Sandra Bernhard, Joe Mantello, and Charlie Carver have been cast in American Horror Story season 11.
- Lauren Ash has joined Not Dead Yet on ABC.
- Glynn Turman and Sonita Henry have joined the cast of Black Cake on Hulu.
- Imogen Reid has been cast in the untitled orphan series on Hulu.
- Lamar Johnson and Keivonn Woodard have been added to the cast of The Last of Us on HBO.
- Zoe Terakes has joined the cast of Ironheart on Disney+.
- Max Martini has joined Bosch: Legacy on Freevee.
- Tosin Cole has been cast in Supacell on Netflix.
- Miles Mussenden has been added to the cast of Tulsa King on Paramount+.
- ACK! Original Love Boat cast members Jill Whelan and Ted Lange will guest star on The Real Love Boat on CBS.
- Karrueche Tran has been cast in Upcycle Nation on Fuse.
- Shannon Bream will host Fox News Sunday.
Mark Your Calendars
- Catherine, Called Birdy will debut on Prime Video on October 7.
- Wedding Season debuts on Disney+ on September 8.
- Selling The OC premieres on Netflix on August 24.
- Fakes premieres on Netflix on September 2.
- Bachelor in Paradise returns on ABC on September 27, saints preserve me.
— Bachelor Nation (@bachnation) August 10, 2022
- Rick and Morty returns on Adult Swim on September 4.
- Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler will return on HBO Max in October.
- Raven’s Hollow will premiere on Shudder on September 22.
- Drag Race Philippines will premiere on WOW on August 17.
- Narco-Saints will debut on Netflix on September 9.
- Sherman’s Showcase will return on IFC and AMC+ on October 26.
- The Mayfair Witches will premiere on AMC and AMC+ in early 2023.
- From Scratch will premiere on Netflix on October 21.
- ACM Honors will air on Fox on September 13.
- Good Bones: Risky Business will debut on HGTV on September 6.
- CMT Storytellers returns on CMT on August 31.
- Roku released some cooking show dates: Emeril Tailgates on September 8; Emeril Cooks on November 18; Martha Gardens on October 14; Martha Cooks on November 16; Martha Holidays on November 18; and Milk Street’s Cooking School and Milk Street’s My Family Recipe on October 28.
- Kvodo is available on Prime Video now and Just for Today will be available on August 23.
- Why Not Us: Southern Dance premieres on ESPN+ today.
- Eli’s Places returned on ESPN+ yesterday.
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Gene LeBell, Stuntman and martial artist in more than 250 movies, and hero for this anecdote alone:
— Vikram Murthi (@fauxbeatpoet) August 10, 2022
Chase Mishkin, Broadway producer
A League of Their Own: This reinterpretation of the classic Penny Marshall film stars Abbi Jacobson and Nick Offerman. Series premiere. Prime Video
Five Days at Memorial: This series starring Vera Farmiga chronicles the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when one New Orleans hospital had to make impossible choices. Series premiere. Apple TV+
Bump: A straight-A student suddenly and to the shock of everyone goes into labor at school, changing her life forever in this new Australian comedy series. Premiere. 7 p.m., The CW
Great Chocolate Showdown: Third season premiere. 8 p.m., The CW
Cosmic Love: In this spectacularly dumb reality dating show concept, people try to find their romantic connection using astrology. OK. Series premiere. Prime Video
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Megan Thee Stallion; Natalia Dyer
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Karine Jean-Pierre, Tatiana Maslany, Joe Walsh
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Ashton Kutcher; Amandla Stenberg; Jessie Reyez
- The Daily Show: Abbi Jacobson
- Watch What Happens Live: Naomie Olindo, Taylor Ann Green
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