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A six-episode retrospective on the TV show Lost hosted by SYFY WIRE's Senior Producer, Tara Bennett, and renowned TV critic, Maureen Ryan. Fifteen-years ago, Lost changed the television landscape and its impact is still influencing what we watch today. For this podcast series, we're not recapping episodes. Instead, we're exploring how Lost impacted high-concept, serialized storytelling, opened the door for shorter U.S. seasons, created a transmedia landscape that fed water-cooler TV, ushered in a new era of fan engagement, and went on to populate the next generation of showrunners and landmark television series.
Discussion with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse
In the grand finale of our exploration of Lost, co-creator and executive producer, Damon Lindelof, and executive producer, Carlton Cuse, sit down with co-hosts Mo Ryan and Tara Bennett to go back. As some of the first ‘celebrity’ show runners, they candidly talk about the demands of writing a massive global hit, the reception of the last season, and how the show changed Damon and Carlton as writers/showrunners with their subsequent series: The Leftovers, Watchmen, Colony and Jack Ryan.
|Oct 29, 2019|
Fan Expectations vs. Showrunner Vision with Drew Goddard and Liz Sarnoff
What is the responsibility of creator/writers vs. pleasing fans, and is it possible to do so with high concept, genre series? Co-hosts Tara Bennett and Mo Ryan discuss that and many more Lost writing-centric topics with VIPs of the writer's room: Drew Goddard and Liz Sarnoff. Both have gone on to write and executive produce for contemporary classics such as The Good Place and Barry (respectively). Join us as they explain the legacy Lost had on their careers.
|Oct 22, 2019|
Lost and the Birth of Transmedia
Lost embraced and encouraged its rabid fan base with an onslaught of creative viral marketing, from ARG games like HansoExposed, and Lost University, to showrunner podcasts and copious exclusive DVD features. Overseas, Sky1 even had an after show, The Lost Initiative. Lost changed fan engagement forever so, co-hosts Tara Bennett and Mo Ryan welcome former ABC transmedia innovators, John Bernstein and David J. Daniels, and Editor of the Official Lost Magazine and co-host of The Lost Initiative, Paul Terry, to dig into it all.
|Oct 15, 2019|
What TV failed to learn (and learned) from Lost
Remember all the Lost wannabes, with big mythologies that were front-loaded and usually kinda lame? Co-hosts Mo Ryan and Tara Bennett welcome EW's Sarah Rodman as they parse out why those shows did NOT work and what shows are the true successors to Lost. They'll debate why broadcast networks never really cracked the code of re-creating Lost with a slightly different cast/premise, but what shows did learn the right lessons and followed in its (four-toed) footsteps.
|Oct 08, 2019|
The Mythology that Bred a Watercooler Monster
Co-hosts Tara Bennett and Mo Ryan sit down with Finding Lost author, Nikki Stafford, for an insightful look at how Lost took fan engagement to a new level. They discuss how they each interacted with fandom back in the day, the history of Lost's official fandom board, The Fuselage, and how from there, the show's speculation/theory culture spun out to new heights. From blogger recaps to journalist mega theories, Lostpedia’s fan community, spoiler culture, and the evolution of toxic fan culture, this episode tackles it all.
|Oct 01, 2019|
How Lost Changed TV
Hosts Tara Bennett and Maureen Ryan kick off the limited series with their first guest, Melanie McFarland, TV Critic for Salon.com, to discuss "How Lost Changed TV". Together, they cover their first impressions of Lost and the unique elements of the series: its structure, serialized elements, genre elements, shorter TV seasons now because Lost negotiated its ending, the development of flagship showrunners, the advent of spoiler culture and fandom culture outside of niche shows, the tip up of toxic fan culture, the controversy of the ending, and shows inspired by Lost.
|Sep 24, 2019|
Through the Looking Glass: A LOST Retrospective
SYFY WIRE presents a six-part retrospective on the TV show Lost hosted by SYFY WIRE's Senior Producer, Tara Bennett, and renowned TV critic, Maureen Ryan. Fifteen-years ago, Lost changed the television landscape and its impact is still influencing what we watch today. For this podcast series, we're not recapping episodes. Instead, we're exploring how Lost influenced high-concept, serialized storytelling, opened the door for shorter U.S. seasons, created a transmedia landscape that fed water-cooler TV, ushered in a new era of fan engagement, and went on to populate the next generation of showrunners and landmark television series. Subscribe now and don't miss an episode.
|Sep 16, 2019|