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"Lost" Producers Promise Not to End Like "The Sopranos"

"Lost" Producers Promise Not to End Like "The Sopranos"

After "The Sopranos" ended the series on Sunday night with a black screen, "Lost" producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof have sworn not to do that when "Lost" finally wraps up in 2010. Without revealing much further about their own finale, they did promise that they "will not be ending with a blackout."

This was discussed at the annual Promax/BDA conference, along with these other tidbits:

  • The writers have fleshed out a plan for the final three seasons.
  • "I'm not sure there is any ending that will satisfy everyone," Cuse said. "Our hope is that the ending will be... the logical conclusion of the story."
  • Apparently, the first season was about the plane crash and the survivors of Oceanic 815, the second season was about the hatch, and the third season was about the Others. No hints about the fourth season's theme were revealed.

Three more points if you

  • Because the next season of "Lost" will not resume until 2008, the producers are having "mobisodes" made for this fall, but they're rolling them out via Verizon Wireless which just seems sneaky and cruel to me. The assumption is that they will ultimately make their way to, but still. I don't have Verizon!
  • "Cuse said the mobisodes, about 90 seconds each, will give hardcore 'Lost' viewers more information that they probably weren't going to get through the show itself."
  • The producers admitted that making peripheral characters Nikki and Paolo into more important characters was a mistake. Apparently, they did that because viewers were wondering why they were concentrating so much on the core characters and none of the "extras." "They said they realized almost immediately that adding Nikki and Paulo was a mistake, even before the viewer outcry...[and] they were concerned about how they fit into the story. 'We buried them alive,' Cuse said of Nikki and Paulo. 'OK, you guys don't like Nikki and Paulo, there.'" Yikes!

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