This Just In: How Did Lost's Darlton Come to Be? Blame It on Tom Cruise!

Plus, Harold Perrineau talks Michael's return, and Carrie Underwood shows off her acting chops on How I Met Your Mother

By Megan Masters Feb 23, 2010 6:40 PMTags
Damon Lindelof, Carlton CuseABC/Rick Rowell

Lost: Ever sit around wondering how the power pairing of Lost's Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, arguably the most recognizable show runners in the Biz, came to fruition? Believe it or not, we have Tom Cruise to thank for the history-making duo. Darlton tells the Los Angeles Times that while they actually knew each other way back in the day—Carlton gave Damon his first writing gig on Nash Bridges—it was Mission Impossible III that took J.J. Abrams away from his Lost duties, leaving a slot open for Carlton. "Lo and behold, here we are six years later," says Carlton.

Elsewhere in the Lost universe, Harold Perrineau talks about Michael's return, and what that means for Libby (Cynthia Watros)... 

Spoiler Alert! When Michael and Libby show up in the final season of Lost, amends will be made. "I did get to apologize," Harold tells "Every time I did it, it was really emotional. There was something really nice about it. It's not just apologizing to her, but to Hurley as well."

How I Met Your Mother: Watch the always adorable Carrie Underwood pop up in Barney's daydream on How I Met You Mother. She even comes thisclose to kissing Ted!

Casting Crazy: Loads of former TV stars are heading back into the game. According to Jim's Jim Belushi is taking a serious turn in his new series, CBS' legal drama The Defenders; The King of Queens' Leah Remini is working her funnybone again in the upcoming comedy It Takes a Village; and Jane Kaczmarek and Adam Arkin are set to star in ABC's Who Gets the Parents?. Guess he's finished with Sons of Anarchy! And just in case you're still in the la-la-land where a 24 spinoff exists, how's this for a game changer? Katee Sackhoff has landed herself a pilot! The Battlestar Galactica stunner is set to star in an untitled ABC cop drama where, sadly, she will have no geeky ties. 

KUWTK: Congrats to our very own Kardashian crew, whose Keeping Up With the Kardashians fourth season finale brought in E!'s highest ratings ever.

Are you as smitten with the Darlton love story as we are? Are you excited about any of the new pilots? Do your talking in the comments below.


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