Lost got some good news last week in advance of its annual — and final — appearance at Comic-Con this Saturday: Emmy nominations for Best Drama (the third nomination the show has received in this category in its five years on the air), Best Writing (for the season finale, “The Incident,” scripted by exec producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof), and Best Supporting Actor for Michael Emerson (his third for playing Ben Linus). Cuse and Lindelof have been in radio silence since the finale aired in late May, but they briefly broke it when we asked for their reaction to the nods. In a statement, they say: “Once we wrote the words, ‘the island is moving through time,’ we pretty much looked at each other and said, ‘Well, let’s not hold our breath for an Emmy nod this year.’ It feels pretty awesome to let that breath out.” Congrats to the producers, Emerson, and the show.
Speaking of Comic-Con, my Totally Lost partner Dan Snierson and I will be hosting our own Lost geek-out down in San Diego this weekend. Which is to say: Tere is going to be a Totally Lost panel on Saturday, from 3:30-4:30, in Room 5AB. Among the many things that will happen in that room during that hour: discussion, theorizing, humiliations (small and large), ill-considered humor, and a couple surprises. Sorry: No Pig E. If you’re going, please stop by and say hello.
Meanwhile, visit ew.com all this week and into next for my EW University course on Lost. I have some essays on the show’s cult TV roots and its themes, as well as my own testimony of bizarre Lost fandom. PS: You can follow me at Comic-Con via Twitter here: @ewdocjensen.