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Why the next 'Lost' shouldn't be anything like 'Lost'

“The next Lost.” For the past seven years, it’s been a TV industry grail quest, and, for the past 18 months since Lost left the air, a felt need for those who not only miss the Oceanic 815 castaways and the Island but the sense of community that the show spawned. From the moment ABC’s saga about redemption-needy souls trapped in a mystical, tropical purgatory became an instant phenom in September of 2004, the leading purveyors of small-screen entertainment have been trying to replicate the success of a cult pop property tailored to our Comic-Con culture that somehow managed to connect with a whole host of non-geeks, too. Key ingredients: Mystery. Monsters. Morally ambiguous heroes and misunderstood villains who belong to a world gone strange, fighting or surviving supernatural beings, strange science and/or secret history, debating things faith and reason, fate and happenstance as they go. Toss in some quips, sex appeal, and a smattering of literary and philosophical hyperlinks, and DUDE! you got yourself another Lost. Right?

Among the wannabes that launched during the span of Lost’s six-year run, Heroes came closest to achieving Lost-like glory, though its critical and popular regard quickly waned after its first season. Fringe — developed by Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams and launched late in Lost’s run — is a critical favorite that remains on the air, but has never cracked the code for mainstream acceptance. Since Lost self-terminated in 2010, cable hits like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and American Horror Story have engendered the kind of intense following that Lost engendered and received the Cool Thing! anointing that Lost received, yet they will most likely will never produce the kind of weekly viewership numbers that Lost produced. This past fall, ABC introduced Once Upon a Time, a fantasy from two of Lost’s key producers that has aggressively courted old Lost watchers, with promos that touted the Lost pedigree and episodes sprinkled with Lost Easter eggs like Apollo candy bars and McCutcheon whisky. The family-hour fairy tale ranks among the season’s top-rated rookies, yet many media folks — often allergic to earnestness and partial to Buffyesque grim — haven’t been able to wholly embrace it. Here at EW, we’re constantly getting e-mails from readers that go something like: “I love [Insert show here] – but it’s not the same as Lost.” READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': Top 10 craziest moments from season 1

We teased tonight’s American Horror Story finale yesterday, but what about the 12 absolutely insane episodes that have preceded it? In advance of tonight’s season-ender, we’ve narrowed down 10 of the show’s weirdest, wackiest, WTF-iest moments so far. With so many spine-tingling, mind-blowing revelations, it was a tough call — tougher than munching on a plate o’ brains! Click through to see our countdown. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): 'Creepy Woman' Maria Olsen talks scaring audiences in 'Paranormal Activity 3'


As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the unsung heroes of the year for their outstanding achievements in entertainment. Most women wouldn’t relish landing roles with names like “Creepy Woman,'” “Crack Whore Girlfriend,” and “Succubus,” but South African actress Maria Olsen welcomes the chance to scare the bejesus out of millions of moviegoers. Her wordless role as a member of a terrifying witch coven at the end of Paranormal Activity 3 certainly left an impression. So how do you tell a witch? Olsen shares her secrets below. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

As told by: Maria Olsen

When I was starting off in film, I would watch the footage of the stuff that I shot. I realized I’m really intense on screen. It’s not something I set out to do specifically. It’s just how I come across. Not everyone can do those very intense and scary roles. When I went to the audition, I didn’t even know that I was going in for Paranormal Activity 3. It went out under a code name [Sports Camp], and everything was very hush-hush. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): 'American Horror Story' co-creator Brad Falchuk names his scariest scene of the season

As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. American Horror Story co-creator Brad Falchuk has been behind some of this fall‘s most shocking television. With so many murders and revelations under his belt (or Rubber Man suit as it were), how can Falchuk (pictured, right, with creative partner Ryan Murphy) pick a single scene as the most chilling of all? It was surprisingly cut-and-dried. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

As told by: Brad Falchuk

The idea of horror in the show is that people have all these fears that manifest themselves in so many different ways — in our imaginations, as monsters like the Bogeyman. We’re exposing ourselves and our vulnerabilities, the pains and pleasures of our lives — it’s all very personal. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story' Murder House for sale: Would you pay to live here?

Considering it’s been an ongoing plotline on American Horror Story that the unhappy Harmon family couldn’t sell their home (a.k.a. “Murder House”) if their lives depended on it — and, yes, those are actually the stakes — will the real-life abode featured on Ryan Murphy’s latest show fare any better? The 15,000-square-foot house, located in L.A.’s Country Club Park, recently hit the market.

Some of the highlights: READ FULL STORY

'Bag of Bones' part 1: How did the miniseries stack up to the novel?


From the outset of A&E’s two-part, four-hour miniseries based on Stephen King’s 1998 novel Bag of Bones, it was clear that the TV incarnation of King’s ghost story would take on a very different feel from the book. (Some spoilers ahead… ) First of all, the circumstances of Jo Noonan’s (Annabeth Gish) death altered significantly from the opening chapter of the book (in the A&E version, Jo gets hit by a bus in Mike’s presence; in the novel, she collapses in a Rite Aid parking lot while Mike is at home), but these changes were forgivable because they streamlined the story a bit, which is necessary in adapting this big tome. But while it’s no surprise that the A&E version left out a lot of the details, did part 1 of the miniseries somehow feel slower than King’s 562-page book? READ FULL STORY

POLL: 'American Horror Story': Is Violet dead?

If you’ve read Tim Stack’s post-episode convo with Ryan Murphy (if not, GO NOW!), then you know that next week will answer one of the many many questions that have been swirling in our heads for a while: Is Violet dead?

Since we know we’re about to get closure on the issue, it seems like the perfect time to choose a side and make an official prediction — hence the poll you’ve been promised. But first, let’s chat properly about this. READ FULL STORY

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part I': A hater's guide


The last couple of weeks have been worrying ones for someone who has been tasked with writing a “Hater’s Guide” to each Twilight movie but who remains open to the possibility that one day the vampire franchise might actually produce a decent film. After all, if an infinite number of monkeys given an infinite amount of time can write the works of Shakespeare, then it would surely take just one chimpanzee a few weeks to write a film better than, say, 2008’s thunderingly dull series opener Twilight or 2009’s  The Twilight Saga: New Moon which, to the best of my recollection, consists entirely of Kristen Stewart’s heroine Bella looking out the window and watching the seasons change. In real time. READ FULL STORY

'The Human Centipede' inspires children's poem, cute-as-a-button t-shirt design

From South Park parody to musical adaptation to Funny or Die sketch to sock monkey to foot tattoo, it has long been clear that the NSFW Human Centipede torture porn franchise really is the gift that keeps on giving. But we never expected Tom Six’s deranged horror movies to gift us the quite delightful, kiddie-friendly t-shirt design you can see on the left.

The illustration comes from the Threadless website, where it is accompanied by a children’s poem about a “centipede human” who was always in a hurry — “He was late for his work, and late for his lunch/He was late for supper, and late for Sunday brunch” — until one day he decided to watch the Human Centipede and (spoiler alert!) died from a heart attack.

Which is sad — but, in the world of the Human Centipede, probably qualifies as a happy ending.

Read more:
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence): Review
‘Human Centipede 2′ director and star on their controversial sequel: ‘It’s NOT a Jennifer Aniston movie!’

EW's Bite of the Night for Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011

We at EW scoured the TV line-up last night to find the best one-liners from your favorite shows. Wednesday’s truth resided somewhere between Horror stories, jumbled fairy tales, and whatever yarn Paul Abdul is currently spinning for her X Factor protégés these days. So what did naughty neighbor Constance, mixed-up Cheftestant Chris Jones, and the lovably loopy mentor had to say?

Image credits: American Horror Story, Ray Mickshaw/FX; The X Factor, Nina Munoz/Fox; Top Chef, Virginia Sherwood/Bravo

Want more? Unravel Doc Jensen’s latest theories about American Horror Story, salivate as Stephan Lee dishes on Top Chef deliciousness, and read through Annie Barrett’s appraisal of The X Factor‘s movie night.

Read more:
EW’s Bite of the Night for Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011
EW’s Bite of the Night for Monday, Nov. 7, 2011
EW’s Bite of the Night for Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011

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