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From Yahoo! News

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070725/ap_en_tv/tv_lost_perrineau

Turncoat Michael returning to 'Lost'

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Turncoat Michael is making a "Lost" `comeback. Harold Perrineau, who plays the character last seen betraying his fellow crash survivors to save himself and his son, will return to the show next season.

ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson didn't offer any details Wednesday of what's in store for Michael. He also didn't say whether Walt, the son played by Malcolm David Kelley, will be seen again.

The pair fled the mysterious island where the crash victims were struggling to survive against the dangerous "Others," with desperate Michael turning over his friends in exchange for escape.

The network had planned to make the "Lost" announcement at Comic-Con International, the comic book and pop-culture show starting Thursday in San Diego. But McPherson, speaking to a meeting of the Television Critics Association, was pressed for the information.

McPherson initially balked at talking, instead joking about what the announcement might be.

"I've cast Don Imus on `Lost,'" McPherson quipped.

Earlier this year, ABC said will run for three more seasons, concluding in 2009-10. The series will return for its fourth season in January.


OH MAN! Now I seriously can't wait til next season. Does this mean Michael was tricked or is he returning with some help to wage a war on the Others? Or maybe even showing up during present time?
 

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Or it goes with my theory, that the rest of the show will be progress from Jack's flash forward (in the 'real world', where Michael is), and the flashback portions of the show will be flashbacks to the island.
 

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MitchO said:
Or it goes with my theory, that the rest of the show will be progress from Jack's flash forward (in the 'real world', where Michael is), and the flashback portions of the show will be flashbacks to the island.
Thank God you don't write for Lost.
 

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I remember reading that they tried to get him to come back for the season finale but he was busy doing something else
 

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dswallow said:
ABC should just turn over the series to FOX so they can kill it quickly instead of letting things like this destroy the show slowly.
Well, you may have it backwards--the actor was the one who left the show. This may give them the opportunity to restore some of whatever was lost story-wise when he left.
 

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MitchO said:
Or it goes with my theory, that the rest of the show will be progress from Jack's flash forward (in the 'real world', where Michael is), and the flashback portions of the show will be flashbacks to the island.
I'm 99% certain I read an interview with the producers where they said this won't be the case. At least not this season. While there would be *some* flash forwards like in the season finale, the show would not be exclusively flash forwards. I think he said there would be a mix, but the great majority would still be flashbacks.

I'm not certain about this, as it was back in May, and my limited brainRAM has already flushed that cache so as to store other, more valuable TV news. :)
 

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astrohip said:
...and my limited brainRAM has already flushed that cache so as to store other, more valuable TV news. :)
That's the funniest thing I've read in these fora in a LONG time....thanks Hip! :D :D :D
 

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tewcewl said:
Does this mean Michael was tricked or is he returning with some help to wage a war on the Others? Or maybe even showing up during present time?
We saw him and Walt "leave", but that is certainly no guarantee that they actually got anywhere. They could have been chugging along in circles, washed ashore down the beach, captured by pirates, or in the tiger section three cages over from Sawyer and Kate for all we know.
 

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Yeah. They were trying to get him to come back for the finale but it didn't happen. Guess it will now be written into next season opener perhaps.
 

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My initial reaction after the finale was the same as Mitch's. We'd still see flashbacks, but they would all be flashbacks to the island, and present time would be back in the states.
 

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astrohip said:
I'm 99% certain I read an interview with the producers where they said this won't be the case. At least not this season. While there would be *some* flash forwards like in the season finale, the show would not be exclusively flash forwards. I think he said there would be a mix, but the great majority would still be flashbacks.
It is my hope they do no more flash forwards. Flash forwards either trap them or force them into lame-o temporal discontinuity excuse. We finally watched the last 4 episodes of Lost a couple of days ago, and while it was a nice trick once, I think it could really cause problems to keep doing Flash Forwards.
 

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It is my hope they do no more flash forwards. Flash forwards either trap them or force them into lame-o temporal discontinuity excuse. We finally watched the last 4 episodes of Lost a couple of days ago, and while it was a nice trick once, I think it could really cause problems to keep doing Flash Forwards.
Actually, I think the writers doing a fantastic job of keeping timelines and continuity intact. Remember, they have an overall arc already planned, so it's not like they're making things up as they go along. That's where you run into problems, writing yourselves in a corner if you don't have the timelines carefully plotted. Damon has been on record saying that things from Season One will fit with the last season as evidence they were planning this whole thing all along.

I think Michael and Walt's storyline was meant to end where it did. They didn't need them at all to progress the other story arcs (Desmond, Charlie, Ben, the Others, etc.), and now that some arcs have converged or ended, they were fortunately able to get Harold Perrineau back and are picking it up again.

The reason why all of this excites me, unlike dswallow who thinks LOST is, well, lost, is because old threads are being resurrected after being left alone to deal with the Others' thread. And who knows, with Michael's return, we might get to see Libby again. The creators have also noted how important Walt is to the mythology of the show.

Does anyone know what Year 4's focus is? Remember, each season has been gradually pulling back, becoming bigger in scope. Year 1 was about the Losties, simple plane crash survivors on a mysterious island; Year 2 was about the Hatch, discovering clues that things were bigger than they were; Year 3 was about the Others, discovering who they were and how they came to be, including explaining most of the infrastructures on the island. Some people have speculated that Year 4 might be about the history of the island and/or Jacob as evidenced in some of the hints of the ancient ruins that we've seen around the island.
 

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tewcewl said:
I think Michael and Walt's storyline was meant to end where it did. They didn't need them at all to progress the other story arcs (Desmond, Charlie, Ben, the Others, etc.), and now that some arcs have converged or ended, they were fortunately able to get Harold Perrineau back and are picking it up again.
I agree with everything else you said, but Michael and Walt definitely made them change their plans. They HAD to get rid of Walt because the kid was growing too fast for the 40-days-per-season timescale of the show. And the Michael actor left because he didn't want to do the show any more; having to ditch Walt just gave them an easy out for Michael.
 

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Even if they only do some flash-forwards, considering that we sometimes don't see even the "regulars" for a few episodes at a time, it's still possible that we won't actually see Michael on the island again. I'm not convinced of that necessarily, but it's a possibility. I still (based on pure conjecture) like my theory that the Jack/Kate scene in the season finale will be the chronological end of the series, and that they'll fill in a lot of what happened between them getting off the island and then.
 

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jeff125va said:
I still (based on pure conjecture) like my theory that the Jack/Kate scene in the season finale will be the chronological end of the series, and that they'll fill in a lot of what happened between them getting off the island and then.
You "like" that, as in you predict it (you like its chances), or you "like" it as in you'd be happy if that's what they did? If the latter, I'd have to disagree with you. I think Jack ending up the way he was in the flash forwards at the end of last season would be way too much of a downer for the end of the series.
 

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aindik said:
You "like" that, as in you predict it (you like its chances), or you "like" it as in you'd be happy if that's what they did? If the latter, I'd have to disagree with you. I think Jack ending up the way he was in the flash forwards at the end of last season would be way too much of a downer for the end of the series.
Well, both I guess. But you have a good point.
 

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And the Michael actor left because he didn't want to do the show any more; having to ditch Walt just gave them an easy out for Michael.
Are you sure of this? I recall an interview with Harold Perrineau where he seemed upset that he was getting written out of the show. I do recall the guy that played Eko wanting out of the show though.
 
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