Lost’s surprise ending: Jeff Probst and his snuffer

After the profoundly moving and/or frustrating and/or stupid and/or predictable ending to Lost, its showrunners and cast members paid homage to the reality show that inspired the series, and to some of TV’s other famous finales.

In three alternate endings that aired during Jimmy Kimmel Live, executive producers, writers, and media manipulators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse made fun of themselves and the show as the cast acted out three other possible endings to the show. The first was my favorite:

Jeff Probst may be insufferable in EW, but he’s proven to be exceptional at self-deprecation. The whole exchange is hilarious: “I’m Jeff Probst. Hello?” “You’ve got to be kidding me.” And then the kicker, a nod to Lost fans frustrated with the show’s treatment of Michael: “Where have you been?” Well-played all around.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.