"Lost" producers come full circle in final season

Tue Jan 5, 2010 11:17pm EST
 
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Get ready to return to the island one last time: The final season of ABC's "Lost" is going to be an emotionally intense journey that harks back to previous highlights of the series, with the ideological battle between Jack Shephard and John Locke taking center stage.

By the time most major network shows cross the finish line, they're limping in the ratings and creatively exhausted, wrung out by networks and producers trying to mine just a few more hours. With "Lost" producers having persuaded ABC to set 2010 as a series end date years ago, the hit drama is going into its final lap with level of fan anticipation rarely seen for the ending cycle of a broadcast show.

In their first full-length interview focusing on the sixth season, "Lost" executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof promised a satisfying cliffhanger-free conclusion. And even after the May finale, there's almost surely going to be more "Lost" to come.

YOU OBVIOUSLY CAN'T TALK ABOUT THE CONTENT OF THE ENDING. BUT HOW DO YOU THINK FANS WILL FEEL ABOUT IT?

Lindelof: That's a very cagey way of asking it. It's tough to prognosticate. But the one area we're in agreement is there will be a short-term reaction to the ending and then a legacy reaction that comes six months, a year down the road, looking at the show as a whole. Carlton and I were trying yesterday to remember what the final season of "The Sopranos" even was about -- we couldn't remember much about the finale itself except Anthony Jr. was going to go into the Army and crashed his car and changed his mind. But we remember every frame of the diner scene. What people take away from our finale is going to be based purely on that two-hour episode, but our hope is they'll be able to connect that experience to the six years that preceded it.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THIS SEASON IN TERMS OF ITS, SAY, TONE? WHAT IS IT LIKE COMPARED TO PAST SEASONS?

Cuse: We feel tonally it's most similar to the first season of the show. We're employing a different narrative device, which we feel is creating some emotional and heartfelt stories, and we want the audience to have a chance in the final season to remember the entire history of the show. So we have actors coming back like Dominic (Monaghan) and Ian (Sommerhalder). We're hoping to achieve a circularity of the entire journey so the ending is reminiscent of the beginning.

IS THERE ANY ONE CHARACTER'S STORY LINE THAT YOU THINK PARTICULARLY EMOTIONALLY RESONATES THIS SEASON?   Continued...

 
<p>Damon Lindelof (L) and Carlton Cuse, executive producers of "Lost" take part in the Show Runner panel at the Disney ABC Television Group summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California July 17, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>