Home Television Exclusive: ‘Lost’ Returnees, ‘Brothers & Sisters’ Renewed


My favorite show, “Lost,” won’t come to an end without bringing back a few favorite characters.

I am told exclusively that the actors who play Desmond, Penny, Charles Widmore, and the French doctor, Rousseau, are all on their way back to the island.

That means we’ll see Henry Ian Cusick, Sonya Walger, Alan Dale and Mira Furlan, respectively, all returning. I am told that the trouble with getting back some of the recurring, non contract players to reprise their roles is that either ABC or Bad Robot Productions is offering very little money. Ironically, “Lost” will sell and sell for years on DVD and in syndication. Why not pay these actors appropriately for their contributions?

Anyway, let’s hope everyone from the six seasons gets to make one last visit to the island …

… Other TV news: I’m told ABC has renewed “Brothers & Sisters” for a fifth season. The Sally Field soap opera has had, I think, five show runners in four seasons. Maybe they can somehow get back to the show’s basic premise, from which it has seriously drifted, next fall …

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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