Imagine the ultimate CW drama, set on an Earth inhabited solely by telegenic young-adult brats celebrating their complete lack of adult supervision. It's a Tribe Without a Cause! Toss in post-apocalyptic echoes of The Hunger Games, forbidden desires out of The Blue Lagoon and the jungle mysteries of Lost — with a toxic cloud of acid fog instead of a mystical Smoke Monster — and you've got the YA formula for The 100, a high-concept guilty pleasure that comes as a bit of a creative relief after a dreary season of derivative spin-offs, reboots and retreads (reaching a nadir in Star-Crossed and The Tomorrow People).
p>The 100 takes place nearly a century after a nuclear war destroyed the Earth, leaving the last remaining humans struggling to survive on a haggard alliance of space stations dubbed The Ark. With the air supply waning, the government decides to send 100 juvenile delinquents and political criminals down to Earth to test its inhabitability.
On Sept. 22, 2004, Oceanic Flight 815 crashed in the series premiere of Lost, changing the lives of not just those onboard, but also the millions of fans around the world. Nearly 10 years later, executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cusewere joined by various cast members during Sunday's PaleyFest panel to share some of their favorite memories and little-known facts from the show that changed the landscape of television:
Lost stars: Where are they now?
1. As many know, de facto leader ...
Scandal, I have some questions for you. Namely, what the hell happened?
The ABC drama used to be believable. Not plausible, but at least somewhat believable. For any show to pull off the over-the-top melodrama Scandal does without becoming completely unhinged, it needs to be grounded by some semblance of reason. Even cartoons exist within a set of limitations. For example, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote can both run in midair unless Coyote looks down and realizes he's about to fall. Then, by the rules of cartoon physics, he plummets. Recently though, it's felt like Scandal's been running full-speed ahead with no ground beneath it, but when they look down and see they're about to fall, they say, 'F--- it, I'm going higher."
Henry Ian Cusick has no regrets about leaving Scandal just prior to the ABC political fixer drama became wildly popular.
On Scandal, Cusick played ladies' man Stephen Finch, who served as Olivia Pope's (Kerry Washington) right-hand man on her team of professional fixers. It was announced after the first season that the Lost alum's contract had not been picked up for a second season and his exit was a "mutual decision."
Mega Buzz: What's coming up for Scandal?
How does Cusick feel now about leaving Scandal just before it exploded on Twitter and in the ratings?