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May 20, 2010

Geek Out!: Can anything replace 'Lost?'

Posted: 09:01 AM ET

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Where will the next "Lost" come from? Just as Jacob found his replacement in Jack, one has to wonder what, if anything, will replace this phenomenon. The Geek Out! team members have some very different opinions on this subject.

Henry Hanks:

Intriguing mysteries, parallel worlds, weird science and J.J. Abrams… yes, of course, I’m talking about “Fringe.”

Currently in its second season, this show is quickly becoming one of my favorites, and quickly grabbing a cult fan base. I think “Lost” fans looking for the next show to obsess about (or just watch for fun) could do no better than to check out “Fringe,” if they haven’t already, that is. John Noble’s performance as Walter is certainly on par with Michael Emerson or Terry O’Quinn.

And we actually know what it’s about now! That didn’t even take two years!

Christian DuChateau:

Viewers are much more likely to see the next “Lost” not on the major broadcast networks but on cable TV. Networks like AMC, FX and USA are attracting viewers with edgy, intelligent, character-driven dramas like “Mad Men,” “Justified” and “Burn Notice.”

Because they don’t have to attract as big an audience as the major networks, the cable nets can afford to take a risk on a new show with a complex mythology. AMC will put this to the test in the fall, with their new sci-fi drama, “The Walking Dead.”

The network has ordered six episodes of the series, based on the comic book of the same name. The story follows a small group of survivors stranded in an apocalyptic future overrun with zombies.

It’s a sci-fi premise, a story driven by interpersonal conflicts, and if you’ve read the comic you’re already aware, no character is safe. Hmmm, sounds familiar.

Doug Gross

George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy novel series is epic in scope and complexity in a way "Lost" fans should recognize and enjoy.

After years of turning down several movie offers, Martin - a fan of series like "Rome" and "Deadwood" - signed up with HBO to turn the books into a series. The show, "Game of Thrones," named for the first book in the series, is set to start up some time next spring.

Martin's characters are complex, with the line between good and evil often blurry at best. There are surprises aplenty in a fully realized high-fantasy world that rivals Tolkein's Middle Earth.

No seriously. It does.

If the series stays true to the books, there will be bloody medieval-style battles, alliances made and broken and just enough magic to keep things interesting.

Plus ... dragons.

Topher Kohan:

There will never be another “Lost” and we should stop trying to look for one. What made shows like “Lost,” “X-Files,” “Battlestar Galactica” - and, heck, even “24” - what they are is that they were, and are, cultural phenomena.

Let’s forget that fact that “Lost” is one of TV’s most expensive shows to produce, and let’s forget that TV is more and more going away from sci-fi-type shows. “Lost” is one of a kind, and if we keep looking for the next “Lost” we’ll will hate a bunch of good TV just because we thought it should be the “next” whatever.

I will miss “Lost” when it goes off the air. Then I will look for a the next show I will like and watch it for the show that it is, not try and compare it to the show it will never be.

Is “Lost” truly one of a kind, or is there something out there that can replace it for fans? Share your opinion below.

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Richard Meeks   May 20th, 2010 10:43 am ET

Lost was great. If JJ Abrams created a show called Found I'd give it a shot.


Jim H   May 20th, 2010 11:47 am ET

While not Sci-Fi based, Breaking Bad on AMC is one of the best regular network TV series I have seen in ages. Sons of Anarchy on FX is the best show out there on any non-premium network. As somebody who likes biker movies for the schlockiness of them, it stunned me at how gritty and above all, realistic biker show of any kind ever! That's spoken as a former outlaw biker and a lifelong participant in the lifestyle. If you ever wanted a true look inside that world from a safe distance, that's the way to peek in. The only pans are the language is too clean, but it's network TV and there isn't as much attention to the women's roles and the aversion to drug trafficking by the SOA is unusual, but not unheard of.

I have heard Fringe is an excellent series as is Mad Men but I am so used to avoiding anything on the regular broadcast networks I missed them when they started. I plan to play catch up via Netflix on those and do the same with the entire Lost! series.


Amy   May 20th, 2010 3:13 pm ET

It's too bad HBO cancelled Carnivale, because the first season was the best sci fi/fantasy series in the history of television. Everyone should check it out. Season two wasn't nearly as good because they made the decision to rush what was supposed to be a six-season series to conclusion when they found out they had been cancelled, and the writing and storyline really suffered for it.


Kurt Gladwell   May 20th, 2010 3:30 pm ET

One new show which has already been commented as the next "Lost" is a new web series called "TYRANNY" – which is about a man who has a vision of the near future and must figure out what it means before time runs out. The web series stars Bond girl Olga Kurylenko.


Kurt Gladwell   May 20th, 2010 4:51 pm ET

btw- TYRANNY plays on tyranny.tv


javier   May 20th, 2010 7:11 pm ET

To be honest, I've never liked "Lost" that much, but I think it was great that a show was able to do what it did.......
Have to agree with Amy, "Carnivale" was awesome, and the end of the second season left so much open to continue...what a shame....
Actually I thought the the next "Lost" was going to be "Flash Forward"


Brack   May 20th, 2010 8:44 pm ET

As the clock is ticking on my favorite TV series, "Fringe" is one other series that has grabbed my interest. The first season seemed hit and miss, but as the main storyline took center stage this year, things became MUCH more intriguing. Curious to see where this story goes. Still, I don't see anything "taking the place" of "Lost" in terms of cultural impact....for the meantime anyway.


lukester   May 21st, 2010 9:21 am ET

Lost is truly one of a kind. Never to be replicated. Never to be even close to being touched.

That being said, Fringe plug.


Alex   May 21st, 2010 9:57 am ET

As much as I wish there could be another "Lost," I don't think it would be possible to combine all the wonderful elements that made "Lost" truly one of a kind.

That being said my "Lost" void is now being filled with "Caprica" and "V".
If it wasn't for those 2 shows and a few others, I would get rid of my cable completely.


Mia   May 21st, 2010 10:49 am ET

@ Amy – I loved the 1st season of Carnivale too ... Clancy Brown (who was also in Lost) was awesome as Brother Justin. That show could have been amazing, but it did fall short in season 2. It had great characters and mystery.

I have watched the 1st 2 episodes of Happy Town but haven't connected with it. I have the next eps. DVR'd but did not watch them yet – trying to motivate myself and hoping it will turn into a show I like, but just sn't doing it for me.


jamie   May 21st, 2010 12:25 pm ET

With Lost going away, I'll probably stop watching television altogether. It was the whole reason I have a tv in the first place.


Brand   May 21st, 2010 12:31 pm ET

Didn't really think about that until reading this. I'm not sure what I'll watch anymore on TV once LOST is done. The only reason I have a DVR and cable for the most part was for LOST.


Stiles   May 21st, 2010 12:46 pm ET

Live Sports!


Johnny   May 21st, 2010 12:47 pm ET

Man...it would be one very long series if they made George RR Martin's Song of Fire and Ice. When is the next book supposed to come out?!


Morgan   May 21st, 2010 1:31 pm ET

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Oleg Kerpotkin   May 21st, 2010 2:30 pm ET

Jim H – Sons of Anarchy is one of the WORST television shows ever. There's nothing "gritty and honest" about making sure your characters always shout "here, smoke some pot!" to each other, or always zooming in on a bottle of tequila, just so viewers say "golly, look! They're drinking alcohol! In mid-day! heavens!" Frankly, it's stupid, and treats the viewers as if they're low-iq children.


judy   May 21st, 2010 2:45 pm ET

My daughter & I watched Lost together. We curled up on the sofa at opposite ends & every once in awhile she would look over at me & say, "ma, close your mouth." Can anything replace Lost? Absolutely not. Will another series come along one day that will make my jaw drop like Lost did? Yes. It's just like when the X-Files went off the air, I was destroyed. It took Lost for me to get over the X-Files & that was already off the air for years (except for reruns & DVD). But I have faith that one day someone will have an idea that will blow me away again.

A thought: I just hope that Lost's finale is a lot better than the X-Files ending. It stunk. It was a slap in the face. Terrible.

Another thought: I"ve been into Fringe the past 2 yrs. I like it & won't miss it. Is it Lost – no. But it will soothe my wounds next year when there will be no more Lost. Fast Forward was looking good, but.....


J.Crobuzon   May 21st, 2010 3:04 pm ET

Replace it with Folger's Crystals© and see if anyone notices. . .


Lester Knox   May 21st, 2010 3:11 pm ET

I love LOST, but remember how AWESOME Cheers was? I know that's apples and oranges, but the point is I remember wondering how there would ever be a comedy show as good as that. Now I can barely stand to watch an episode of Cheers. It's almost embarrisingly hard to watch. (Try watching an episode of Happy Days or Mork & Mindy or, god forbid, ALF and you'll swear these were never primetime shows.) The point is TV shows come and go. Even X-Files is getting increasingly difficult to watch. Styles change, tastes change and the "next big thing" will eventually make you wonder how you ever thought LOST was the greatest show ever. Mark my word.


Joe   May 21st, 2010 3:28 pm ET

Whats Lost?


I know they're here   May 21st, 2010 3:28 pm ET

V and Fringe are all thats left for scifi. Big Love is an excellent show. I liked the last X Files, Dana and Fox in bed pondering the future, the invasion thwarted, I liked them as a couple in the latest XFiles Movie. The Shield was good TV with an ending full of irony. Nip Tuck was great. Battlestar was great tv as well. Its a shame these newer shows dont run a decade like Xfiles did.


CoCu   May 21st, 2010 3:39 pm ET

You jacka$$, have you ever heard of posting the word SPOILER if you're going to include text that contains SPOILERS of any sort. In this day and age, you should realize that not everyone watches TV shows the night they air.

Idiot.


Aaron   May 21st, 2010 3:42 pm ET

Another show I think that could be a good Lost replacement is Warehouse 13 on ScyFy.


Dave   May 21st, 2010 3:45 pm ET

What's "Lost"?


Cody   May 21st, 2010 4:25 pm ET

I'm surprised that no one mentioned 'Dexter' Its not as complex as Lost or other series like it, but well worth your time.


Dave   May 21st, 2010 4:45 pm ET

I'm totally digging "Flash Forward".


Grayle   May 21st, 2010 4:46 pm ET

Well we've got two superhero shows, and a vampire show coming in the fall, not to mention the Spielberg alien invasion show on TNT, that looks like a combo between Lost and War of the Worlds...None of them will be Lost, but who knows, they might hold us over until we either forget or find a new show to obsess about.


Charles   May 21st, 2010 5:05 pm ET

Fringe won't replace lost. There's to many, "Well, we did do this one experiment that just might work..." to explain plot resolutions. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of the show, family and I watch every episode but, the overall mystery of a series of inter-related occurrences is rarely even mentioned any more. Truth is, Lost won't be replaced. It combined Survivor with Cast Away with Fat Albert. Maybe it doesn't need to be replaced, only revered.


Arthur   May 21st, 2010 7:32 pm ET

I had become a fan of 'Flash Forward' and had hoped it would develop over the next season as a possible replacement for Lost but have recenly seen that it has been cancelled and won't return. This week is the end of both Lost and Flash Forward. Now I wait for the next great thing.


The thinker   May 21st, 2010 7:54 pm ET

I found lost to be utterly boring, loosely connected, extremely unengrossing( My own Neologism) to watch! The show had a profound nowhere quality to it. The Show was truly well named!:) I was lost on how anyone could possible found it remotely interesting to watch, unless you had a profoundly disconnected sense of self.

I doubt the networks could ever produce anything like the "Prisoner" with Patrick Mchooan.. The Prisoner was an example of smart TV


Terry W. Brookman   May 21st, 2010 9:23 pm ET

Google Earth!


bob   May 21st, 2010 9:59 pm ET

yes cutting the grass or doing laundry can replace that show


JL   May 21st, 2010 11:07 pm ET

I'm beyond excited for "The Walking Dead". i was hoping Peter krause would take the lead, but he's kiling it on "parenthood".
"Walking Dead" is the closest thing to "lost" out there, and hopefully it gets written with Robert Kirkamans style of pacing and character.


Ernest   May 22nd, 2010 1:39 am ET

Im going to missed lost was great show. ! But in sci fi channel has two new shows coming out. That looks good.


Jensen   May 22nd, 2010 4:11 am ET

I'm LOVIN ABC's FLASH FORWARD! It's been my fave all season. FOX's Fringe is also really good.


Joni   May 22nd, 2010 9:25 am ET

YES ,,,,THE WHITE HOUSE & AMERICAN GOVT THEIR ALL" LOST"


Windy   May 22nd, 2010 9:59 am ET

I agree that Lost is a one of a kind show but it is just that because of more than the writing it is from the actors that developed the characters that we so closely align ourselves with. The concept of Lost is unique and it is doubtful anything will come along like it but good acting and character development, in an other series, will involve us just as the characters in Lost did.


Ogham   May 22nd, 2010 10:56 am ET

Yes, something can replace "Lost" ... Turn off the TV and read a book.


Sarah   May 22nd, 2010 11:42 am ET

What to watch when lost is gone? Hmm... Lost on Hulu!


Tony   May 22nd, 2010 12:50 pm ET

I think Breaking Bad is the best show on TV, and Dexter is also a great show. However, you have to watch both those shows in order so it might be tough for someone to catch up. Seriously, though, Breaking Bad is unparalleled, highly recommended.


WildBill   May 22nd, 2010 1:22 pm ET

Hell, they'll replace Lost after a fifteen-minute brainstorming session. There have been a BUNCH of excellent shows that got axed either thet ran opposite another excellent show, or the networks just didn't let stay out there long enough (these days, 2 weeks!) to get a following, Remember Moonlight? Went from ABC to the Phantom Zone, and then SciFi picked it up. What about Invasion? Lasted 22 episodes, got yanked, went to SciFi. (Yeah, I know it's "SyFy" now, and I think that's retarded, too!) Threshold was another one.


Kevin   May 22nd, 2010 2:50 pm ET

Lost is very good.. still trying to figure out if this was a God/Devil thing (like..why they can't die?) or what. Hopefully the finale will explain the light and all that.

Fringe is probably the next best sci-fi show on TV right now. It's got that sort of battle-star-galactica character driven aspect.. you really get to know the main characters, but also has great "almost possible" sci-fi twists. Some of them are a bit out there, but many of the story lines are based on a lot of what is being worked on today in the science world.

Flash Forward.. tsk tsk.. it got canceled after one season. It's another really good show that was finally starting to get a lot better, but due to something like only 8 million viewers, it's *not good enough* and is over. Really not happy about this. This makes at least the dozenth or so sci-fi show I got into that got canceled and will be left hanging. This was the deal breaker for me. With hulu and other sites out there posting most tv shows, I am ready to give up on cable. I am for sure not going to watch any new shows.. I'll wait till they are off the air to watch them all. It's ridiculous to get wrapped up in a show to have it taken away with no conclusion. I for the life of me don't understand why a show doesn't have a "guarantee" 2 part 2 hour series finale when it gets canceled, so it can at least tie up the show for us that got into it.

V and Caprica are also very good. Stargate Universe.. not so good. I'd say my favorite all time was Stargate SG-1 for the first several years, and even Atlantis was very good. Universe is way too slow.. they tried to make it very BSG like with characters, but it's just taking way too long for anything good to happen. They better come up with an amazing season finale that ties into a 2nd season that picks up, or I fear it's over. Frankly, why Universe, and other stupid shows like 90210 are continuing on and a great show like Flash Forward is being canceled I don't get.


Matt   May 22nd, 2010 3:47 pm ET

I will not watch anymore TV... Before I watched LOST, I had lost my faith in Television, and now after LOST (which had restored my faith) I am in danger of losing it once again. There are many shows out there that are mildly entertaining for a short term, but lose interest shortly thereafter (excluding some comedies of course). LOST got better and better as time went on, and it is being cut short I think.

I believe this is because of the DIVINE qualities it has captured, that we as humans can all connect with... Primarily the Christian ones that most Americans believe in.

GREATEST SHOW EVER!!!


erg57   May 22nd, 2010 4:07 pm ET

Breaking Bad is, indeed, the best show on TV right now. Mad men is a close second


Chelsea   May 22nd, 2010 4:28 pm ET

I have always loved "Lost"!! I would come home from my youth group on wendsday and I would watch it with my mom as soon as i walked through the door it is a shame they are not going to be running it anymore!!


Jesse - Canada   May 22nd, 2010 4:42 pm ET

Surprised no one tipped their hat to the proto-LOST show Twin Peaks. Yes much like many other good shows, it too was canceled early and only ran two seasons, but in my opinion this is where the LOST format originally cropped up on TV.

Can LOST be replaced? Strictly no... neither can BSG. But in the meantime, I will continue to enjoy Breaking Bad, Fringe, and Caprica... and I hope that anyone reading these comments who isn't watching the above three shows will do so to help ensure that they don't get canceled early too.


robbie   May 23rd, 2010 4:44 am ET

Yeah, there will never be a next lost. I will miss watching new episodes, and it kind of makes me sad in a really sort of bittersweet way.


fringer   May 23rd, 2010 9:39 am ET

Fringe is already better than Lost was, because we started getting answers earlier on, and you don't just end every week going, Huh? It's hooked me good, but in a more satisfying way than Lost did. I won't spend six years that "lost" again.


thumppr   May 23rd, 2010 9:45 am ET

Yall dont pay much attention.(lost) He gets off the island and this will end life as we know it.......


blegs38552   May 23rd, 2010 11:39 am ET

Fringe, Fringe, Fringe. Lost became too much for me after the first season and I never went back to it. As for Warehouse 13, which they would bring it back, but I have read that ScyFy is taking different directions. Also, Eureka would be a nice series for them to continue. Caprica wasn't bad but did not hold my interest beyond 3 episodes.


Ken C   May 23rd, 2010 12:13 pm ET

I'm happy to say, I never watched a single episode of "Lost." The commercials and previews were more than enough to convince me it was a total waste of time and brain cells.


Jeff   May 23rd, 2010 12:24 pm ET

Come on people, lets wake up and get a life. Lets wake up and smell the leftover wiskey..........


Libster   May 23rd, 2010 1:34 pm ET

Everyone should get caught up on Fringe Fringe Fringe....what a great show! and I am very disappointed they took Flashforward off the air........
I'm gonna watch Lost to the bitter end!!!.


yankeefan1a   May 23rd, 2010 3:14 pm ET

If you want good sci-fi and you missed it the first time around; go rent the entire series, Babylon 5.

If you enjoy tongue-in-cheek sci-fi, check out BBC America Saturday nights at 9:00 P.M. for Doctor Who.


Anti-Lost   May 23rd, 2010 6:41 pm ET

Almost anything would be a better replacement for Lost. The show jumped the shark after the first season. At MOST it could've lasted two seasons. The basic story truly is not one that could reasonably last more than that. At least Gilligan's Island wasn't trying to be serious and suspenseful.


foreverlost   May 24th, 2010 1:33 am ET

the best 6 yr movie ive ever watched!! emotionally drained after the ending...best ending imaginable too. nothing could top the acting, producing, and writing of this show, david and carlton really listened to the fans and produced a blockbuster ending. i will be forever lost without this thought provoking show. the rest is tv mind mush!!


Steve   May 24th, 2010 9:43 am ET

I'm not exactly expecting it to be the best written show of all time, but let us not forget the planned Star Wars series coming reportedly next year that will certainly be a big-budget Science Fiction series for at least 100 episodes.


No Wei   May 24th, 2010 10:51 am ET

IMO ANYTHING could replace a series that put polar bears on a tropical island.


aVEGER   May 25th, 2010 11:17 am ET

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

OVER IT!


islandlight   May 25th, 2010 1:28 pm ET

Agree that the next thing to get obsessed with is definitely FRINGE!!

BUT:
Nothing will ever be able to replace Lost. The big hole in our hearts ( which I thought I seriously felt the next morning after seing the finale ) is gonna have to heal on it´s own, somehow


Helena   May 26th, 2010 12:05 pm ET

Watch Fringe! It's beter than Lost


Suzie   January 9th, 2011 12:26 pm ET

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica has a lot of parallels to Lost and there isn't any technogabble like the other sci fi shows. I love both, but Battlesta Galactica is better than Lost in my opinion!


Suzie   January 9th, 2011 12:28 pm ET

Oh, and I thought no other show could replace Lost, but Battlestar Galactica did. It had well developed characters, complex plotlines, twists, and dramatic stories.


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