Today's cuppa: Two cuppas of joe from the new Tassimo coffeemaker (following two, maybe three, during "Chuck" last night). Pretty wired!

500x500_0426cover Tomorrow night, ABC's "Lost" celebrates its 100th episode with some Sawyer-centric goodness. In honor of that, I talked to Sawyer himself, Josh Holloway, and producer Elizabeth Sarnoff for a syndicated feature story. Thanks to the Reading (Pa.) Eagle, you can click here for that.

As a bonus, here's my syndicated "Inside TV" column for that week, which features additional comments from Sarnoff, who wrote for one of my favorite shows, HBO's "Deadwood," plus pictures of the 100th episode cake, created by Baltimore's Charm City Cakes, featured on Food Network's "Ace of Cakes."



NOT DRIFTWOOD, ON ‘LOST’…No TV show is created in a vacuum, and no TV show is

written in one. Those who create television have usually worked on other shows,

and often they bring lessons from one show to the next.


she came to ABC’s castaway drama “Lost” — which celebrates its 100th episode

this Wednesday, April 29 — co-executive producer Elizabeth Sarnoff worked under

legendary writer/producer David Milch on the HBO drama “Deadwood.”


might think there’s very little in common between a show about plane-crash survivors coping with life,

death, time travel and the activities of the enigmatic Dharma Initiative on a

freaky Pacific island, and one about the denizens of a lawless town in Dakota’s

Black Hills in the 1870s.


out they have a lot in common, at least for a writer.

“What I

learned from working on ‘Deadwood,'” Sarnoff says, “besides everything about

working on a show like that, was, in some ways, that when you have a huge cast

like that, you’re able to go from story to story to story.


were so many layers of storytelling on that show, and I think, on our show as

well. It just showed me how to use that kind of an enormous cast to your

advantage, rather than it being, ‘My God, what am I going to do?’


you learn is all the different options you have and all the ways you can

unravel storytelling. It can be complicated.”


also learned that characters can change over time, and that the audience can

also change what they think of characters over time.

In season three, “Lost”

introduced a character who was not one of the castaways. Elizabeth Mitchell

plays Juliet, a physician duped by the Dharma Initiative. She came between

castaways Jack (Matthew Fox) and Kate (Evangeline Lilly), and now, owing to

some time-travel machinations, is in a relationship with Kate’s old squeeze,

reformed con man Sawyer (Josh Holloway).


learned about what happens when you throw the two most unlikely people

together,” Sarnoff says, “which in some ways, are Sawyer and Juliet. If you go

back to season three, there ain’t no way those two are going to be shacking up,

but it seems the audience is rooting for them. It’s awesome.”


has brought out the best in Sawyer, who has emerged as a leader. It’s a

transformation Sarnoff has seen before.

“What a

show like ‘Deadwood’ can show you,” she says, “is you can take a guy like

(saloon owner) Al Swearingen, who is, in the pilot of ‘Deadwood,’ unforgivingly

evil, unredemptive.

“By the

end of the series, you understand that he’s basically bee protecting a

character like (the handicapped) Jewel her entire life. You can turn


“With no

one have we been more successful at that than with Sawyer, who, back in season

one, before I was even on the show, was a bit of a jerk — lovable and so damn

handsome, but not a guy you thought was particularly nice.


what’s fun. I think ‘Deadwood’s’ the same, in that you often found yourself

rooting for people because we were able to take them on a journey. Deadwood was

a place that collected lost souls; I think the ‘Lost’ island is similar that


And, as

a bonus for a female drama writer, “Lost” allows Sarnoff to have fun with the

women characters.


want all your characters to be interesting on any show, but we have an

opportunity on this show, because we are outside of the boundaries of a real

society for the most part in our storytelling, to have them be a little bit

more radical in some ways.


done a lot with Juliet this season. She’s not in a lab looking at microscopes

anymore; she’s a gun-toting chick who’s got Sawyer’s back. I fell pretty secure

when she has his back. That’s awesome.”

UPDATE: Just noticed this in my Food Network highlights for May, so tune in!

Ace of Cakes Premieres: Saturday, May 9th


LOST in Hawaii”

The season finale of Ace of Cakes wraps up a special “Ace Goes Hollywood Week” featuring

Hollywood-themed encore episodes of Ace

of Cakes. When ABC's hiit series LOST needs a cake to celebrate its 100th episode, actor Jorge

Garcia (Hurley) calls the bakery to commission a unique cake creation. Duff and

his crew head out to visit the Aloha State and the set of LOST. While on the island, Duff also

bakes an Army cake and gets to experience the thrill of a Blackhawk helicopter

ride. It’s a week of surfing, sand and don’t forget the bakery puppets!

Posted by:Kate O'Hare