by Josie Kafka
PaleyFest Polar Bears
The cast of Lost will reunite for a tenth-(OMG I am so frakking old)-anniversary panel at the 2014 PaleyFest in Hollywood. I’ve never been to a PaleyFest, but they’re usually a more sedate version of the TV panels at Comic-Con and they tend to generate a lot of buzz, so I’m excited to see what emerges from the Lost panel, as well as from the panels from other currently-running shows, listed here.
If that's not enough wackadoo for ya, you might enjoy this Damon Lindelof interview with Entertainment Weekly about his upcoming HBO show The Leftovers. Lindelof described The Leftovers as “‘If Lost and Friday Night Lights had a baby and then that baby was severely neglected, that would be The Leftovers.” I have no idea what that means, and I don’t care: I am still very, very excited about this show, which will premiere sometime this summer.
A Justified Ending
Nick Grad, the president of FX, told Variety that Justified will probably end after the sixth season. That is the plan “right now,” he said. “We like having shows that rate really well, and there’s an instinct that you want it to go on forever. But it doesn’t.”
I’m 100% behind the idea of shows setting an end-date, but I’m not sure how I feel about the president of the channel being the one to make the announcement. Letting creator and mastermind Graham Yost be the one to break the news to the press and the fans would have helped make the six-season cut-off feel like an organic story decision rather than a corporate dictate.
House of Cards
The trailer for the second season of House of Cards is now available right here on your screen!
This Week in Casts
• Gracepoint (the American remake of Broadchurch) has added Jessica Lucas to the roster as a guest star. Jessica Lucas was—aside from Matt Davis—the only good thing about the short-lived CW series Cult.
• Michelle Forbes will have a recurring role on the second season of Orphan Black, which premieres on April 19th.
• Zoe Saldana will take on the Mia Farrow role in the upcoming NBC adaptation of Rosemary’s Baby. Because that totally needs to be made.
• Craig Robinson (Darryl from The Office) will star in a sitcom called Mr. Robinson on NBC.
King’s Landing, UK
Kings Langley, a town in the county of Hertfordshire, will change its name to “King’s Landing” (the capital of Westeros) in February to celebrate the release of the third-season DVD of Game of Thrones. Apparently, the residents of Kings Langley are willing to risk death, betrayal, death, incest, death, torture, death, and more death just for a little cash in their coffers.
This Week in Cats
The New York Times has an excellent review and an interesting excerpt of a new book: Cat Sense by John Bradshaw, a biologist at the University of Bristol. According to Bradshaw, our cats don’t bring us dead animals as “treats”: they hunt by instinct, get home, and realize that canned cat food is tastier than dead bird, so they leave the treats for us to find. (I refuse to believe this, as does the book’s reviewer.) Despite that questionable claim, Bradshaw’s book sound interesting, and like a great gift to get for the cat lover in your life. Hint. Hint. Hint.