- The Washington Times - Friday, June 15, 2007

'Confidential' return

Culture vultures, take note: “TV Land Confidential” returns to the airwaves with six more episodes starting July 11.

Cable’s TV Land network initially aired seven installments of the original series back in 2005, revealing choice bits of trivia, like the ways the producers of “I Dream of Jeannie” hid Barbara Eden’s pregnancy in the first season of the show.

The latest “Confidential” installments will focus primarily on television, with occasional forays into movies and music. Each episode will zoom in on a different theme of behind-the-scenes minutiae — from the secrets of television series finales to the stories behind guest-star appearances.

Stars of all stripes — ranging from past series and variety-show stars such as Kirk Cameron (Mike on “Growing Pains”) and Donny Osmond to current players Jorge Garcia (Hurley on “Lost”) and Josh Duhamel (Danny on “Las Vegas”) — provide nifty tidbits and anecdotes about what goes on when the cameras aren’t rolling.

The series, which will premiere with a night of back-to-back episodes, will air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. through Aug. 8.

'Lost' won’t black out

The creators of “Lost” probably won’t have to hide out in France when the ABC drama ends in 2010.

Three days after the controversial finale of “The Sopranos,” the “Lost” minds promised their series would not conclude so ambiguously, Reuters reports.

“We will not be ending with a blackout,” said Carlton Cuse, referring to the black screen that delivered an unresolved ending to HBO’s mob drama.

Speaking at the Promax/BDA conference, Mr. Cuse and Damon Lindelof told electronic-media professionals that they planned the last three seasons during a recent writers “minicamp.” “Lost” will end after 48 hourlong episodes, with 16 installments per season. Mr. Lindelof said the show has to move from asking questions to answering them.

“Obviously, we can’t wait to the 48th hour to say, ‘Here are all the mysteries of the show,’ ” he said.

Mr. Cuse also noted that the sometimes vociferous and heavily engaged viewership of the show uses the Web to advance theories and post explanations and even freeze frames to debate meaning.

“I’m not sure there is any ending that will satisfy everyone,” he said. “Our hope is that the ending will be … the logical conclusion of the story.”

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