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Through the Looking Glass: A LOST Retrospective

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A six-episode retrospective on the TV show Lost hosted by SYFY WIRE's Senior Producer, Tara Bennett, and renowned TV critic, Maureen Ryan. Fifteen-years ago, Lost changed the television landscape and its impact is still influencing what we watch today. For this podcast series, we're not recapping episodes. Instead, we're exploring how Lost impacted high-concept, serialized storytelling, opened the door for shorter U.S. seasons, created a transmedia landscape that fed water-cooler TV, ushered in a new era of fan engagement, and went on to populate the next generation of showrunners and landmark television series.

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Lost embraced and encouraged its rabid fan base with an onslaught of creative viral marketing, from ARG games like HansoExposed, and Lost University, to showrunner podcasts and copious exclusive DVD features. Overseas, Sky1 even had an after show, The Lost Initiative. Lost changed fan engagement forever so, co-hosts Tara Bennett and Mo Ryan welcome former ABC transmedia innovators, John Bernstein and David J. Daniels, and Editor of the Official Lost Magazine and co-host of The Lost Initiative, Paul Terry, to dig into it all.
Remember all the Lost wannabes, with big mythologies that were front-loaded and usually kinda lame? Co-hosts Mo Ryan and Tara Bennett welcome EW's Sarah Rodman as they parse out why those shows did NOT work and what shows are the true successors to Lost. They'll debate why broadcast networks never really cracked the code of re-creating Lost with a slightly different cast/premise, but what shows did learn the right lessons and followed in its (four-toed) footsteps.
Co-hosts Tara Bennett and Mo Ryan sit down with Finding Lost author, Nikki Stafford, for an insightful look at how Lost took fan engagement to a new level. They discuss how they each interacted with fandom back in the day, the history of Lost's official fandom board, The Fuselage, and how from there, the show's speculation/theory culture spun out to new heights. From blogger recaps to journalist mega theories, Lostpedia’s fan community, spoiler culture, and the evolution of toxic fan culture, this episode tackles it all.
How Lost Changed TV

How Lost Changed TV

2019-09-2400:38:31

Hosts Tara Bennett and Maureen Ryan kick off the limited series with their first guest, Melanie McFarland, TV Critic for Salon.com, to discuss "How Lost Changed TV". Together, they cover their first impressions of Lost and the unique elements of the series: its structure, serialized elements, genre elements, shorter TV seasons now because Lost negotiated its ending, the development of flagship showrunners, the advent of spoiler culture and fandom culture outside of niche shows, the tip up of toxic fan culture, the controversy of the ending, and shows inspired by Lost.
SYFY WIRE presents a six-part retrospective on the TV show Lost hosted by SYFY WIRE's Senior Producer, Tara Bennett, and renowned TV critic, Maureen Ryan. Fifteen-years ago, Lost changed the television landscape and its impact is still influencing what we watch today. For this podcast series, we're not recapping episodes. Instead, we're exploring how Lost influenced high-concept, serialized storytelling, opened the door for shorter U.S. seasons, created a transmedia landscape that fed water-cooler TV, ushered in a new era of fan engagement, and went on to populate the next generation of showrunners and landmark television series. Subscribe now and don't miss an episode.
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