Lost absence was profoundly felt last week as it marked the one-year anniversary of the end of drama that drastically altered prime-time television.
There have been several failed attempts in recent years to recreate the success of Lost. Most recently, The Event used sci-fi mystery and political allegory in a drama centered around a bunch of extraterrestrials, some of which have assimilated with the human race and others that have been captured by the U.S. government.
But The Event was canceled by NBC after just one season and no once again, Fall 2011 will be filled with several big-budget sci-fi mysteries looking to pick up the cult-like audience Lost left behind.
Here's a look at the next batch of series that want to be Lost.
Once Upon A Time:
This take on a modern day fairytale comes from Lost's Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. According to ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee, Once Upon a Time is "completely unlike Lost. But in some ways it's like Lost ... because it's about a group of people who are trapped."
The series will utilize flashbacks/ flash sideways, a la Lost, of the fairytale characters before they were transported to the human world. Like Lost, these imaginary characters know something is just not right and are searching to figure out their place in the world.
According to ABC's press release: Once Upon A Time centers around Emma Swan, a 28-year-old bail bonds collector who's been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when the son she gave up years ago finds her, everything starts to change. Henry is now 10 years old and in desperate need of Emma's help. He believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world and is Snow White and Prince Charming's missing daughter. According to his book of fairy tales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen's curse, which trapped the fairytale world forever, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world. Of course Emma doesn't believe a word, but when she brings Henry back to Storybrooke, she finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England town. Concerned for Henry, she decides to stay for a while, but she soon suspects that Storybrooke is more than it seems. It's a place where magic has been forgotten, but is still powerfully close... where fairytale characters are alive, even though they don't remember who they once were. The epic battle for the future of all worlds is beginning, but for good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell. Once Upon a Time stars Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love) as Snow White/Sister Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison (House) as Emma Swan, Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, Trainspotting, SGU Stargate Universe) as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Jamie Dornan as Sheriff Graham, Jared Gilmore (Mad Men) as Henry, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/John Doe and Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket/Archie.
This is legit, a straight-up drama about an island filled with mysteries, and also happens to star Jose Garcia (Hugo, Lost) and is the brain-child of J.J. Abrams Literally the first seconds of the trailer discuss prisoners who escaped from the island. Alcatraz will ask such questions as "Where have they been?" "Why are they here?" and "Who is behind it all?"
Of course, this Island is far from undiscovered, housing what was once considered the most infamous prison in the U.S. While it is believed that all of the prisoners in Alcatraz were moved and the jail closed in 1963, that isn't what actually happened. In this version of history, all of the prisoners vanished one night and now, 50 years later, are starting to reappear.
Person of Interest:
Person of Interest, yet another series from J.J. Abrams, stars Michael Emerson (Ben, Lost). Emerson plays Mr. Finch, a mysterious billionaire who believes he knows crimes that are about to occur and the people who are involved before they happen. He enlists the help of an ex-CIA agent who was presumed dead (Jim Caviezel), to stop these crimes before they are committed.
"I've been watching you for a long time," Mr. Finch says to Caviezel's character, Reese, evoking a Jacob-esq quality.
In Steven Spielberg's new series about dinosaurs, a family from 2149 travels back in time to escape the dying planet. They return to the Jurassic age and join a group of humans also from the future to survive the terrors of the jungle. But they find that the people they join up with can be scarier than the dinosaurs.
A Gifted Man:
A troubled surgeon haunted by his former love? It sounds a lot like Jack Shephard to me. In A Gifted Man stars Patrick Wilson as Dr. Michael, who runs into his ex-wife, only to find out she has been dead for two weeks. Dr. Holt is revisited by his ex who asks him to carry out her life's work, making him a better person in the process.
The River doesn't premiere on ABC until mid-season, but already we are seeing hints of Lost. The trailer features a rescue group breaking into a decrepit, seemingly abandoned hatch-like room when an invisible, but highly dangerous monster appears from out of the depths.