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.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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.