Lost's pilot is a masterclass in writing for syndication and binge-watching

No matter your thoughts on how ABC’s Lost evolved over the years (or its bizarre vision of “heaven”), nearly everyone can agree that its pilot is a pretty perfect piece of television. Not only does it introduce a rich, freaky mystery laden with possibility, but it compellingly introduces a core ensemble of no less…

Enjoy this Talking With Chris Hardwick clip about Damon Lindelof meeting Tom Cruise

We recently reported that @Midnight, the Comedy Central quiz-and-hashtags show hosted by Chris Hardwick, is coming to an end. While that may be a source of sadness—or relief, who knows, perhaps you agree with Hardwick, who thinks it has run its course—fear not: Now the Nerdist creator and stand-up is taking his…

How filming their shows almost killed The Brady Bunch, Gilligan, and Aaron Paul

Movie shoots naturally seem like a risky business, what with all the harnesses and green screens and car crashes. But it turns out that filming a TV series also poses some inherent dangers. Today Whatculture posted the short video “10 Actors Who Almost Died Filming Major TV Shows.” With Whatculture being based in the…

Now’s your chance to buy Superman’s cape, an X-Wing, or a Hogwarts acceptance letter

Big Hollywood memorabilia auctions are always a lot of fun, because they let us normal people get tantalizingly close to owning a piece of movie history. An actual screen-used prop like a Stormtrooper blaster from Star Wars or an animatronic Facehugger egg from Aliens seems priceless, but could actually be possessed…

John Doe’s lack of identity extended beyond its main character

When it comes to the discussion of one season, “canceled before their time” television, few networks get as much finger-pointing as Fox does. Google search autocompletes “Fox cancels” with “Fox cancels everything” or “Fox cancels everything good,” and plenty of pop-culture sites have featured such compilations as “The…

Watch what you read: 19 essential books about TV

Among its 100-plus lists, the 2009 Inventory book (now available for the low, low price of a penny!) contains “TV Guides: 5 essential books about TV.” The books it highlights—The Late Shift by Bill Carter, Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, Total Television by Alex McNeil, The Glass Teat by…

Lost-traumatized Damon Lindelof wants people to be nicer to Game Of Thrones

Damon Lindelof has spent the years since he escaped ABC’s endlessly polarizing Lost engaged in the healing process, writing screenplays and serving as showrunner for the relatively placid The Leftovers. (After all, his new show might be inconsistent, but at least he doesn’t have to worry that people are going to…

This chart shows how hard it is to craft a satisfying TV series finale

People love to hate series finales. Reddit user ChallengeResponse has taken up the task of exploring fans’ tumultuous relationships with television conclusions in a graph that charts a show’s finale reception when compared to the average rating of the rest of its run. There’s a catch, though: All the data used for the…