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Patrick Dempsey, Michael Emerson, and Earth, Wind & Fire were in the news this week

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One man’s prediction: Lost will end not with a bang, but with a teardrop
Break out the Kleenex, Lost fans. Next May’s series finale is going to be a real downer, predicts Michael Emerson, who plays Ben. ”I don’t think Lost will have a happy ending,” he confesses to EW. ”I think we are going to start seeing more casualties. I would put money on major characters being killed. I believe it will be a sad ending to the show — or at least bittersweet. I think it will definitely be a series finale for grown-ups.” Emerson, meanwhile, is still trying to make sense of the season 5 finale. (Join the club!) ”I killed Jacob…maybe…probably,” he hedges. ”It isn’t like we haven’t seen plenty of other people be killed and somehow come back. And what does it mean if I did kill him? Who the hell was he, anyway? Obviously, Ben wanted a father. So much of our show is about bad fathers. It is one of our biggest themes. And Jacob disappointed in those final moments.” Okay…here’s a nugget that’s easier to understand: If you’re an aspiring musician and a Lost fan, this is your lucky day. The producers are sponsoring a contest to write a hypothetical theme song for the show. Go to ABC.com for the details.

Earth, Wind & Fire get animated for the Family Guy spin-off
Guess what awesome ’70s band Earth, Wind & Fire did last week? No idea? They recorded a song for the new Family Guy spin-off, The Cleveland Show, which premieres Sept. 27 on Fox. Why the heck would they do that? ”They’ve officially become friends of the show. We love their music and they fit with our retro feel,” says executive producer Mike Henry. Everyone must have gotten along great, because Earth, Wind & Fire (well, their voices anyway) will recur on the show later in season 1. (Because of long lead times, production has actually begun on season 2 of Cleveland even before the first episode has aired.)
Michael Ausiello and Lynette Rice, with additional reporting by Carrie Bell

MOVIES

Patrick Dempsey lands a role in Valentine’s Day
McDreamy is about to hit the big screen again. Grey’s Anatomy star Dempsey has just signed on to director Garry Marshall’s star-studded romantic comedy Valentine’s Day. He’ll play a doctor romancing Jennifer Garner’s teacher in the Love Actually-inspired movie following five interwoven stories that all play out on a Valentine’s Day in L.A. ”How could you not say yes to a project like this?” Dempsey tells EW. His Grey’s costar Eric Dane felt the same way. He’ll also be featured in the film, which comes out — no surprise — on Valentine’s Day weekend next year.
Nicole Sperling