--A reader wrote in asking me if I had heard about Bachelor Lorenzo supposedly not going out with Jen, and now going out with the virgin Sadie. There are a couple unsubstantiated reports about this, but there has been no official confirmation. Unfortunately, my top secret source inside the Bachelor organization is in Australia so I can't get any inside scoop.
But the whole thing made me think about how weird it must be to watch your dating life on TV, as edited by the producers. Think about it, when Lorenzo was watching the show, did he see it as we did: "hey, Jen seems kind of dumb and lame". Or, "you know, that Sadie is kinda cool...except for the whole virgin thing". Or, "why am I such an awkward kisser?"
--And now, "Lost". This story came out a little bit ago, but I wanted to talk about it. Basically, the "Lost" creators have talked to ABC about figuring out when the last season of the show will be. Yes! Thank you! That's exactly what they should be doing. This is something I was thinking about a couple months ago as people were complaining about the third season. I was thinking that it must be pretty hard to know how to pace out a show when there is no end date. Because "Lost" is like a movie. Do they restrain themselves so they have enough to last the season? Or do they just let it go and hope they have more story if they have to do a season 10?
Imagine making a movie and you have no idea how long it is. "Lost" has done a 50 hour movie so far, is the movie going to be 100 hours? 200 hours? You have to know to beat out the story properly, or else the pace is gonna be weird and the ending is either going to be very abrupt or anti-climactic.
It's a weird situation. It goes against everything the network wants: planning the end to a show that's a hit. You just don't do that. But the fact is, with this type of show, you have to. Look at "Desperate Housewives", the creator basically planned the show as if it would end after one season and now they're fucked. Same goes, in a way, for "Prison Break" - although they've done a lot better job with coming up with stuff for season 2.
Anyway, I think it's a very smart move and something that is going to have to be dealt with for other shows. Like if "The Nine" had survived, or still with "Prison Break", or any show with an overall arc.
Okay, I'm working, maybe I should get back to that now.