New York, L.A. events planned for series finale
“Lost” never can say goodbye.As viewers of the long-running hit ABC drama await the show’s May 23 finale — when all their questions may finally be answered — a slew of events have been set up to celebrate “Lost’s” last hurrah. Exec producer Carlton Cuse let slip via Twitter last week that one event, “Lost Live: The Final Celebration,” will take place at UCLA’s Royce Hall on May 13. ABC hasn’t announced the event, but it’s believed to be a fundraiser. According to Cuse, the event will feature a live orchestra — conducted by Oscar winner Michael Giacchino (who serves as “Lost’s” composer) — performing music from the show. The penultimate episode will be screened for that night’s aud, while several cast members (and Cuse and exec producer Damon Lindelof) will be in attendance. That’s a big deal — attendees will get to see that pivotal episode a full five days before the rest of the world. Expect the audience to be asked not to Tweet, blog or even telegraph any spoilers, under penalty of smoke monster. Tickets aren’t on sale yet. Meanwhile, comedy troupe the Upright Citizens Brigade is getting into the act. UCB member Paul Scheer is a friend of the show, and moderated the “Lost” panel at the recent Paley Fest. Now, according to insiders, he’s helping spearhead celebrations at both the New York and Los Angeles UCB outposts, which are expected to feature “Lost” cast members and celebrity fans. Events are expected to take place May 22, eve of the finale. At least one other officially sanctioned “Lost” event is also planned for New York next month: The Vilcek Foundation, which celebrates the contributions of immigrants to the arts, will showcase a two-week exhibit surrounding the show. Held from May 20 to June 5, event will feature props from the show and bio sketches of “Lost’s” immigrant and first-generation American talent. (Full disclosure: This reporter is helping write cast and crew profiles for Vilcek.) Meanwhile, fans who can’t make it to those events can nonetheless geek out in front of their TV for five hours May 23 — as ABC airs a two-hour “Lost” retrospective, followed by the two-hour “Lost” finale, and then a special “Lost”-centric edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” after the local news.