'Lost': Dominic Monaghan will return, Lindelof and Cuse looking for a way to bring Walt back
The 27th Annual William S. Paley Festival is off to a killer start.
Friday night, roughly 1,400 people packed the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills for opening night ("Modern Family") and Saturday's (Feb. 27) tribute to "Lost" brought close to 1,900 devoted fans out.
First things first, the cast and crew in Hawaii is safe and sound despite the tsunami warnings there earlier Saturday (there was little damage to report). The writers and producers we spoke to at Paley are in contact with the entire "Lost" family and said that everyone is in a secure location.
So, on to the celebration: The biggest show news coming out of the evening is probably that we haven't seen the last of Dominic Monaghan (Charlie). Though Charlie was in the sixth season premiere earlier this month, his story isn't quite over. Executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse spilled this tidbit of information during the panel and also told the audience that they're currently working on a way to bring Walt (Malcolm David Kelley) back too before all is said and done.
Because writers Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis and Elizabeth Sarnoff have already turned in their draft of the series' penultimate episode, we have to assume that Walt's possible return would end up in the series finale, which Lindelof, Cuse and Co. are currently breaking.
Also, on the arrivals carpet before the panel, Sarnoff confirmed to Korbi TV that Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) and Penny (Sonya Walger) will be back as well. "Desmond often shows up right when we need him to," Sarnoff said. "So we will see him again, but not for a little while... [Penny] will be there before the season ends."
As far as show-specific scoop is concerned, that's pretty much where it ends, though we did manage to ask Damon and Carlton what Locke (Terry O'Quinn) wants with Claire (Emilie de Ravin) and what he'll be doing with her in the forseeable future. And, to our surprise, they answered. Sort of.
Take a look...
Solid minute and a half with them, no?
But there was so much more that went down during the evening, much of it thanks to the panel's moderator, Mr. Paul Scheer of FX's "The League" and MTV's "Human Giant." Scheer -- who is a close personal friend of Korbi TV, not to mention a self-proclaimed nerd -- did an absolutely stellar job leading the line of questioning.
So please check back with Korbi TV tomorrow for a play-by-play, as well as one-on-one time with Nestor Carbonell (Richard Alpert) and Michael Emerson (Ben Linus).
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