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January 17, 2007

Running for nearly two weeks straight, the TCA (Television Critics Association) winter press tour is a major endeavor, where nearly all the biggest channels — from the broadcast networks to popular cable stations — have presentations and panels discussing their upcoming programming, including new and returning series.

This weekend saw one of the most eagerly awaited panels of the entire TCA press tour, as the producers and cast of Lost took the stage. The panel included Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Michael Emerson (Ben), Matthew Fox (Jack), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Evangeline Lilly (Kate), Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet), Dominic Monaghan (Charlie) and executive producers Damon Lindelof, Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse. Terry O’Quinn (Locke) and Naveen Andrews (Sayid) were unable to attend because they were filming scenes for the show, though the producers pointed out this was the largest gathering of cast members the Hawaii set production had managed to bring together in Los Angeles in quite some time.

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For her part Lilly said, “What I found really exciting about these first six episodes and all that we’ve done, we’ve been facilitating part of the introduction of these other incredible characters that have come to join our team. When you are working doing the same job for three years playing the same character on the same island, with the same people, you adore that job and you adore those people, but it’s always really exciting to have something fresh and new brought into the fray. Elizabeth and Michael have been such incredible additions to the show, that it’s been really, really fun for Josh and I. I can’t speak with Matthew because we haven’t really worked together very much, but to interact with those other characters and have something new to try. It really has brought out different sides of our character that we haven’t seen before. As an actor, that’s exciting.”

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Said Fox of his character’s recent events, “I’ve enjoyed this storyline very much working with Michael and Elizabeth. I certainly miss the rest of the cast that I haven’t worked with in a long time, and the captivity stuff was very, very intense. But I’ve really enjoyed the storyline so far this year. It’s been very challenging and rewarding.”

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Asked how she felt to join Lost this season, Mitchell said, “It’s amazing, of course. But I do feel always like it’s a little bit&#Array; Maybe it’s the wrong word, but a little bit of a cheat being that they did all the hard work and then I get to just kind of come in and be part of something that is so huge and is so good. So I’m very grateful to them for doing that work. I love my character. It’s amazing. It is. I love my work.”

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Regarding relationships on the show, Cuse said, “I think the Jack/Juliet relationship is one that’s very interesting for us, and also, I think, you know, the Claire/Charlie story is something where there will be some really good additional&#Array;” “..Sex!”, Holloway quipped.

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Lindelof noted that, “Some mythological questions are expressly character-related, like ‘What is it that Kate did?’ or ‘How did Locke get in a wheelchair?’ or ‘How did Jack get his tattoos and why?’ Those answers are not satisfying to the audience that is on the message boards. They want to know what the monster is, what the island is, and where The Others come from. And those kind of mysteries, you don’t give one big answer. It’s a slow and subtle reveal. As we were coming into season 3, our mission was to answer the question in these first six episodes of why The Others have kidnapped Kate, Jack, and Sawyer. Why those three? What is the play? And that’s one level of it. And the then, obviously, the next level is ‘Who are these people? Why have they been taking kids? Why were they abducting people? How long have they been on the island? Why were they having book clubs? Who is Ben in relation to Juliet?'” Lindelof said that in the next episode of Lost, the seventh of the season, “We answer a very significant mystery about Juliet, at least in terms of how she came to the island and why. And that begins to posit sort of new questions, some of which will be answered by the end of the season and some of which won’t.”

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