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Have you bought your Dharma Initiative maternity T-shirt yet?
Well, you can’t. The Hanso Foundation hasn’t managed to expand that far into parallel universes just yet.
Click on the above link for the full range but here are a few examples to whet your appetite:
Do you love Lost? Are you up the duff? Getting ready to ‘hatch’?
This is for you:
Yes, it’s the Dharma Initiative maternity T-shirt. Get it here.
I know that I featured this about a year ago, but since the sixth and final season of Lost debuted in the US tonight (the two-hour season première is airing as I type this, I believe – viewers in the UK get to see it on Sky 1 on Friday), I thought it was worth revisiting.
(Don’t forget, if you want to remind yourself of what happened during the first five seasons – or catch up very quickly – to have a look at the excellent Story Of Lost So Far In 8 Minutes, 15 Seconds.)
Lost is brilliant but the one thing it is sadly missing is a great theme tune. Or, indeed, any theme tune.
Since many of the truly great TV theme tunes belong to 1980s shows, here (courtesy of Weebl’s Stuff) is what Lost might have been like, had it been made 20 years ago:
And talking of Lost and theme tunes we have this.
Looking forward to start of the sixth and final season of Lost next month?
Spent hours studying the official cast photograph for clues?
Want to remind yourself of the story so far, but don’t have the time to rewatch all of the last five seasons?
Fear not! Here is the official ABC recap of seasons one to five.
It’s concise yet extensive, pertinent yet witty – in short, everything you need to know about Lost in just 8 minutes 15 seconds. See what they did there?
The sixth and final season of Lost starts airing in the US on ABC on Tuesday, February 2.
The UK date, on Sky One, is yet to be confirmed but will be later that same week. Some sources are reporting it will begin on Friday, February 5. This would be a bit of a surprise, since it has been airing on Sunday nights since Sky One picked it up and also Friday night is not a night that attracts the big audiences.
In any case, the point of this post is to share with you the official final season promotional cast portraits.
Here they are (click on the photos to see larger versions):
That’s no big surprise, given the biblical allusions and symbols scattered throughout the Lost mythology.
Whether the portrait offers any clues as to plot twists or the fate of the characters remains to be seen. A few observations, however:
1. Claire (Emilie de Ravin, right) is back in the main cast, which isn’t surprising as producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof revealed some time ago that she would return to play a prominent role in Lost‘s final chapter.
2. Given Locke’s (Terry O’Quinn) story arc so far – the revelations in the final episode of season 5 notwithstanding – it’s no surprise to see him in the Christ role here.
3. The photo is not an exact recreation of Da Vinci’s painting of Christ and the apostles… however, the character who appears to be assuming the Judas pose is – surprisingly – Kate (Evangeline Lilly). Are they trying to tell us something?
4. Season-five newcomer Ilana (Zuleikha Robinson) is at the far left, next to the mysterious Richard Alpert (Nestor Carbonell, who, I think, also features in the main cast pic for the first time). Frank the pilot (Jeff Fahey, far right) is also upgraded, it seems, from supporting character to main cast.
5. These main cast returnees and newcomers mean that a few former regulars have been, well… Lost. Most disappointingly, from my point of view, both of my favourite characters are missing: Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell, left) and Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick). I’m sure they won’t be entirely absent from season six but the portrait suggests that they won’t play a big part (note that I’ve been avoiding any spoilers for the final season, so the extent of their involvment – or lack thereof – may already be common knowledge).
6. Less surprising, but still disappointing, is the absence of Daniel (Jeremy Davies), another of my favourite characters. Charlotte (Rebecca Mader) is also missing. Now, given their fates during the course of last season, it’s perhaps not much of a shock – but we don’t know what effect the explosive ending to last season has had (if any) on the characters’ timelines, so they’re perhaps not gone for good?
7. Most of the characters remain in the same positions in both photos but two change sides (Claire and Miles (Ken Leung)), while Sun (Yunjin Kim) and Ben (Michael Emerson) switch places… is this significant in any way?
It’s that time of year when the US TV networks decide (or rather, share with the world) which shows live and which shows die.
The upfronts take place next week in New York, when the fate of your favourite show will be officially revealed.
However news about the future (or lack thereof) of many of the bigger shows has already leaked, plus a few already had previous multi-season agreements in place.
So here is a round-up of which shows will definitely be back (some of these, in particular the shows that air during the summer, were already known and mentioned in previous Choob posts), plus the ones that are still sweating it out.
The sixth and final season of Lost will begin early in 2010.
Brothers And Sisters will be back in September for its fourth season.
New comedy-drama Castle, starring former Firefly star Nathan Fillion as a mystery writer who teams up with an NYPD cop to help him research his new novel, has been renewed for a second season. The first season ended in the US last week.
Grey’s Anatomy gets a sixth season, while its spin-off Private Practice is renewed for a third.
Desperate Housewives has been given a sixth season.
Season four of Ugly Betty begins on September 24.
ABC Family comedy-drama Greek has an order for a 20-episode third season.
CBS has yet to make a decision on a fifth season of sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, starring former Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus (right), but ABC has agreed a back-up deal which will see the network pick up the show if CBS decides to pass on it. It’s the second time in two years that ABC has tried to take over the show.
This is less certain than most of the other shows listed here but rumours are circulating that, somewhat surprisingly, David Mamet‘s special forces military drama The Unit is being given a fifth season.
Again, not a dead cert, but police drama Cold Case is said to have a good chance of a seventh season.
It was revealed back in March that sitcoms Two And A Half Men and The Big Bang Theory have been guaranteed three and two more seasons respectively.
Day eight of 24 will begin early next year. Is said to be set in New York and feature the return of CTU.
Sci-fi detective drama Fringe has been renewed for a full second season.
Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, starring Eliza Dushku, will be back for a second season of 12 episodes.
The Simpsons has been renewed for two more seasons. The 44-episode order will take the show through to the end of its 22nd season (and 493 episodes), making it the longest-running series in primetime US TV history.
The first season of Family Guy spin-off Cleveland is yet to air (it was pushed back from Spring to the Autumn), but it has already been given a 13-episode second-season order.
A fourth season of bigamy drama Big Love (below) has been ordered.
Vampire drama True Blood will be back for a second season.
Entourage gets a sixth season.
Despite diminishing ratings, Heroes will be back for season four.
The American version of The Office gets a sixth season.
Tina Fey’s (right) comedy 30 Rock saw ratings grow slightly this year and, though still on the low side, it has been rewarded with a fourth season.
Season eleven of Law and Order: SVU has been ordered.
Friday Night Lights has been given two more 13-episode seasons (its fourth and fifth).
Parks and Recreation, the new sitcom from the makers of the US version of The Office, which stars Saturday Night Live‘s Amy Poehler, gets a second season.
Supernatural drama Medium has been given a sixth season.
New LA-set cop drama Southland began its seven-episode first season last month and has already been renewed for a 13-episode second.
Historical drama The Tudors will return for a 10-part fourth (and final) season, which will complete the saga of King Henry VIII.
Season 5 of Weeds, starring Mary-Louise Parker, right, begins on Monday, June 8.
Dexter, starring Six Feet Under’s Michael C Hall as a serial killer who works for the Miami police department. Season three recently ended its run and the network has been renewed for at least two further seasons, of 12 episodes each.
Black comedy-drama The United States Of Tara, has been given a second, 12-episode season. The show, created by Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody, stars Toni Collette as a wife and mother-of-two who suffers from dissociative identity disorder.
Californication, starring David Duchovny as a charming but troubled writer, has been renewed for a third season.
A second season (15 episodes) of crime drama Leverage has been given the go-ahead.
Superboy drama Smallville will be back in the Autumn for its ninth season.
Supernatural returns for season five.
One Tree Hill gets a seventh season.
A third season of Gossip Girl has been ordered.
The Sarah Silverman Program will be returning for a third season. With Sarah Silverman, right, obviously.
The superb Mad Men has been renewed for at least two more seasons.
Miami-set tongue-in-cheek drama Burn Notice, below, about a spy inexplicably cast adrift by his bosses and left to fend for himself, has earned a 16-episode third-season order. It begins on June 4.
Comedy-drama Psych, about a fake psychic who helps the police, has been given a fourth season.
Monk, the comedy-drama about an obsessive-compulsive private detective, gets an eighth and final season.
With the third season of Army Wives not due to begin until June, the Lifetime channel has ordered a fourth season.
A nine-episode third season of My Boys, a comedy about a female sports writer in Chicago and the men in her life, has been ordered.
Syndicated sword-and-sorcery fantasy drama Legend Of The Seeker, currently airing its first season, has been renewed for a second run. The show is based on the Sword Of Truth series of books by Terry Goodkind.
Prospects for the following shows could still go either way but they haven’t been officially cancelled yet:
A third season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, starring Summer Glau, right, looks highly unlikely but if you believe in miracles, now’s the time to start praying for one.
Talks are reportedly underway for a ninth season of medical comedy Scrubs, though possibly without regular appearances from several of the original cast.
Negotiations for a possible fifth season of My Name Is Earl continue.
A fan campaign to win a third season for Chuck continues, amid rumours that a decision will be delayed until after the upfronts.
No word either yet on season 20 of the original Law and Order.
(This post seemed like a good, simple, quick idea when I started it – several hours ago! Hope someone finds it useful.)