EW's 2005 Entertainers of the Year
Friday, December 23, 2005
On July 7, 2005, Lost executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse arrived at ABC to present their second-season vision for the network's rookie sensation. They should have been brimming with confidence: In a few short months, Lost had become the biggest cult breakout since The X-Files. Instead, the producers were twitching with anxiety. For the first time, they would be sharing with ABC the answer to Lost's most tantalizing riddle — the contents of a glowing air lock, inexplicably buried on an island teeming with inexplicable things. Since May's cliff-hanger finale, which ended with plane-crash survivors Jack (Matthew Fox) and Locke (Terry O'Quinn) peering into this Pandora's box, Lost's brain trust had been constructing a backstory for the Hatch that was so complex and dense, it would require a three-minute orientation film to explain it to viewers. There was no plan B.
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