"Sex For Sunscreen," And Other Rejected Story Ideas For Lost Season 1

Back when Lost was nothing but an outline for the most expensive pilot to date, the writers were struggling to come up with more story ideas. Including stuff like: "Shannon trades sexual favors for sunscreen, which has rapidly become the most prized commodity on the island." That's just one of the revelations from a… » 3/24/15 3:38pm 3/24/15 3:38pm

If You Want To Rant More Eloquently About Television, Read This Book

We all obsess endlessly about television, but we don't really understand how those wavy images appear on our screens. The more we try to demystify the process of making TV, the more mysterious it seems. That's why it's great that veteran TV writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach has written an ultimate book of knowledge. » 3/06/15 4:00pm 3/06/15 4:00pm

The 5 Best And 5 Worst "I Wanted to Get Caught" Villain Schemes

Villains sure do like to be captured on purpose, don't they? We've seen it again and again as a trope, but it's not always a bad thing. Sometimes, it does show just how brilliant our bad guy is. And sometimes, it shows just how stupid our heroes are. Here are the best — and worst — times a villain got sent to the… » 2/05/15 10:08am 2/05/15 10:08am

The Whole Crazy Process Of Creating A TV Show, From Pitch To Pilot

Right now, it's pilot season — which means you're going to be hearing about a lot of TV shows getting ordered. And then, nine months from now... most of those shows will not be on television. What is this mysterious crucible? Here's our step-by-step guide to the process of pitching a brand new television show. » 1/23/15 11:00am 1/23/15 11:00am

10 Flashbacks That Totally Changed Our Favorite Stories

A great story has lots of layers, and a rich backstory. When you only see part of the picture, you might reach a snap judgment about what's going on — but then you see events from years ago, that make you rethink everything. Here are 10 flashbacks that turn your understanding of a story upside-down. » 12/29/14 10:25am 12/29/14 10:25am

11 Fan Theories That Are Better Than The Actual Story

Fan theories can be wonderful and strange, but sometimes a fan will come up with an idea that's even better than the official story. Here are just some of the fan theories that actually make a lot of sense—and would actually improve the stories they come from. » 12/09/14 10:07am 12/09/14 10:07am

10 People on Whom Immortality Was Totally Wasted

It's hard for the average person to understand why anyone wouldn't want to be immortal. Immortality has been a fruitful lens for fiction to examine the human condition. But sometimes there are immortals who completely fail to get the horror of immortality across. Instead, you can't help but think you'd do better. Here… » 10/01/14 4:33am 10/01/14 4:33am

7 Deadly Sins Of Talking About Pop Culture

We love to argue about pop culture, because geeking out about movies, books and television makes them even more fun. But sometimes these discussions can go to a terrible place. Here are seven mistakes to avoid when having a spirited debate about entertainment. » 8/27/14 10:00am 8/27/14 10:00am

Flashback Wigs: The Best And Worst Of "This Is The Past" Hair

When TV shows and movies do flashbacks, they face a dilemma: They can cast a younger actor that looks like their star, sacrificing easy recognition, OR they can just slap a wig on their actor. They usually go with the latter, with... mixed results. Here are the best and worst of flashback wigs. » 7/10/14 1:45am 7/10/14 1:45am

The Three By Sarah Lotz Could Be This Summer's Most Engrossing Thriller

I'll be very interested to see if airport bookstores stock Sarah Lotz's new novel, The Three. It's a creepy, engrossing look at the stories we come up with in the face of disaster, involving four airplane crashes on a single day. » 6/25/14 4:19pm 6/25/14 4:19pm

​12 Of The Most Game-Changing TV Episodes Ever

If a TV show nowadays doesn't have at least one big twist now and then, chances are it doesn't remain on the air for long. But only a handful of TV series have the courage to completely transform themselves — to show something so crazy, it irrevocably redefines the show from that point on. We've been lucky to have… » 5/27/14 10:40am 5/27/14 10:40am

Are You Ready For A Lost Reboot?

It's only been four years since the Lost finale, but co-creator Carlton Cuse already thinks ABC will likely reboot the series. "We have to go back to the island!" an ABC executive will presumably scream. » 4/25/14 11:50am 4/25/14 11:50am

All The Ways You Can Screw Up Your Own Timeline

Time travel and temporal anomalies can be messy and unpleasant. When time starts getting out of whack, anything can happen. People can be born over and over, meet themselves, relive the same day, or just screw up all their relationships. Here are all the ways people get tangled in their own timelines in science… » 4/14/14 10:00am 4/14/14 10:00am

What Makes You Watch, And Then Re-watch, A Television Show?

There are shows you watch once and enjoy — and then there are those shows that are a continual presence in your DVD player or Netflix queue. So what makes the difference? » 3/26/14 4:20pm 3/26/14 4:20pm

​Could The Star Wars Sequels Be Worse Than The Prequels? Absolutely.

Did I tell you guys that after the apocalypse happened, magic returned to Earth? Yeah, it's pretty wild! One day I was stopping in a town on my mail route and then this guy told me to pick a card and put it back in the deck without him seeing. And he still knew what it was! It was crazy! Also, I'm pretty sure there… » 3/26/14 8:02am 3/26/14 8:02am

Every Single Person on Lost, Ranked From Most to Least Annoying

This year marking the 10th anniversary of the premiere of the television show Lost, and disappearing airplanes being quite (tragically) at the forefront of the international consciousness, and a Lost cast reunion this week burdening us all with the knowledge that Walt "MY BOY" Dawson is now a fully hot adult human man… » 3/18/14 5:23pm 3/18/14 5:23pm

Forget crossovers – what happens at the fictional pet daycare?

This is from Pinkwa on tumblr, and the only complaint I have is that there aren't more pets here. I'm partial to Person of Interest's Bear. And also Myfanwy, the Torchwood pterodactyl. Let's get all the pets together, preferably in a location convenient to my apartment, okay? » 3/09/14 2:00pm 3/09/14 2:00pm

Michael Keaton nearly played Jack on Lost

In the early days of Lost's development, the creators had a very different idea for the character of Jack: first, he would die in the pilot episode; second, he would be played by Michael Keaton. » 9/22/13 9:30am 9/22/13 9:30am

The series bible that sold ABC on Lost is full of lies

If you take a peek inside an early series guide to the TV series Lost, it's immediately clear that there are some major differences between that early production piece and the show itself. That's because the document served as a not entirely honest pitch to sell ABC executives on the series. » 9/21/13 8:00am 9/21/13 8:00am

The Season Finale of Under the Dome, Recapped by the Dome

Hi, everybody! It's me, the Dome. I hope you enjoyed the first season of my show. I felt like I was able to wrap myself around a lot of important themes, including fascism and propane and stuff. The season finale aired the other day, and I thought I should share my thoughts about it. Spoilers ahead! » 9/18/13 8:40am 9/18/13 8:40am