4 (Fara)days until Jeremy Davies guest stars on Hannibal
He will appear in the next two episodes (Friday nights, 10pm) of the phenomenal NBC show - it’s one of my favorite shows currently on the air - as Peter Bernardone, an animal rescue worker who becomes a suspect when a bizarre murder is discovered at a stable where he once worked.
When How I Met Your Mother premiered in September 2005, it had been 16 1/2 months since the series finale of Friends and just about a year since the startlingly successful debut of LOST.
The real legacy of How I Met Your Mother, though, may be as the most successful LOST clone ever produced — for both good and ill, as the sharply divided (and deeply felt, on both sides of the argument) reactions to the series finale suggest.
Obviously, the stories LOST and How I Met Your Mother could scarcely be much different (give or take a Jorge Garcia guest appearance). LOST was a global-scale, sci fi-tinged drama that posed questions about the very nature of our existence and our purpose in life. HIMYM took place largely inside a bar and an apartment upstairs and was concerned with five people and their love lives.
But the way creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas constructed and told the story of How I Met Your Mother makes the show a direct descendant of LOST, whether intentional or not. The 2005-06 season featured three sci-fi shows greenlit in the wake of LOST's success the previous season. None of them, including CBS' Threshold, lasted longer than a season.
It went largely uncommented on at the time, but HIMYM was employing a lot of the same tactics that helped LOST stand out — flashbacks and -forwards, a sometimes unreliable narrator and a stories that looped back on themselves. More than any live-action comedy in recent memory, it rewarded close viewing and sustained viewing with call-back stories and jokes, and it tied off most* of the dangling plot threads by the end of the show’s run.
(*Even here, there’s a parallel: “What about the pineapple?” is the HIMYM equivalent of LOST's “Who was in the outrigger?,” although it's implied there will be an answer to the pineapple question on the final-season DVD set.)
Bays and Thomas said repeatedly in interviews, the show knew its endpoint fairly early on. Well, we can see how that worked out. As HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall pointed out in his review of the HIMYM finale, part of the ire over LOST and some other finales stemmed from the fact that those shows’ creators admitted they were making things up as they went along and adapting to ideas and actors that weren’t there in the beginning. Those who didn’t enjoy the HIMYM finale now have a counter-argument: Becoming beholden to a plan you laid out when you thought your show might not last more than a couple of years can prove just as problematic when your show ends up growing and changing for seven more.
HBO has scheduled a June debut for Damon Lindelof’s THE LEFTOVERS
From Damon Lindelof (Emmy® winner for LOST) and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta (Academy Award® nominee for “Little Children”), THE LEFTOVERS begins its ten-episode season SUNDAY, JUNE 15 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), immediately following the season finale of “Game of Thrones.” Based on Perrotta’s bestselling novel of the same name, the drama series is an original look at The Rapture…because it’s not entirely clear The Rapture happened. Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Charlie Carver, Max Carver, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Emily Meade, Annie Q, Margaret Qualley, Amanda Warren and Chris Zylka star. Lindelof serves as the series showrunner.
This Sunday, April 4, just before “Game of Thrones” begins its fourth season at 9:00 p.m., HBO will air teases for THE LEFTOVERS and True Blood. The tease for THE LEFTOVERS will be available simultaneously at youtube.com/HBO
If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it.
Top: Fringe. Season 2, episode 19, “The Man From the Other Side.”
Bottom: LOST. A deleted scene from “Exodus, Part 2,” in which Claire and the Oceanic 815 pilot (Greg Grunberg) chat in the airport before the flight takes off.
The Fringe scene takes place in Walter’s lab at Harvard, and they realize that the previous night, a TV signal from the alternate universe briefly came across the airwaves of their universe. This brief signal contains a quick shot of this deleted scene from LOST.
This suggests that when LOST aired in the alternate universe, the deleted scenes were included. You’ll also notice that the two shots contain one minor difference; in the alternate universe, the pilot has his coffee in his left hand, but carries it in his right hand in the deleted scene, so I guess they went with a different take of the scene in the alternate universe.
Shoutout to Ben for finding this!
Just checked the LOST hashtag on Twitter and early reviews of the How I Met Your Mother finale are NOT good.
"Maybe this will let the LOST dudes off the hook for a little while."
"Years of my life, gone. It’s like LOST all over again, but with no magic island."
Back in May, Damon Lindelof was asked what advice he’d give to the HIMYM writers: "My advice is you can’t win, and just tell your story. People are completely and totally engaged by your show, and they had their theories as to who the mother was, so a lot of them are going to be wrong, and it’s very hard for a human being to say, “I was wrong. You got me! Your way is better!” Most people say, like, “My way is better, and because my way is better, I know your show better than you know your show.” I don’t have to tell them this; I’m sure they’ve been experiencing it for quite some time. Just the fact that they have a quote-unquote sitcom where they’ve built in a serialized mystery element is so audacious and awesome that it’s worth getting beat up for, because they took a risk, and that should be celebrated. I will always celebrate the guy who tries the dive that could’ve broken his neck and ends up getting, like, a .3 from the East German judge more than the guy who just basically, like, goes in without a splash but it’s just completely and totally boring."
From Jeopardy show #6799 (Thursday, March 20, 2014)
The $1600 clue in the “Movie & TV Companies” category reads: On this TV drama, the Hanso Foundation did work on a crazy island.
Diane, who went on to win the game, answered correctly: “What is LOST?”