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One year after 'Lost' finale, Hurley, Ben and others live on with new shows

May 23, 2011 | 12:21 pm

Hurley Today is the first anniversary of the "Lost" finale, and some people are still mad about it. (Check out the Twitter hashtags #WeHaveToGoBack, #GetOverIt, and #TheyWereDeadTheWholeTime for proof.) But the show's creator, Damon Lindelof, still feels a little wistful about the long-lost Dharma days. "For all you castaways -- 815 flies forever," he recently tweeted. "Sixteen tons and I got Lost. This May 23, I raise my forty to those gone, but never forgotten."

The "never forgotten" part is obviously true -- but maybe that's because they're not really gone. "Lost" alumni are already dominating the networks' upcoming fall and midseason schedules.

Fans will find Jorge Garcia (Hurley) on Fox's "Alcatraz," a sci-fi series from "Lost" executive producer J.J. Abrams and writer Elizabeth Sarnoff. Michael Emerson (Benjamin Linus) will star in CBS's crime thriller "Person of Interest," which also comes courtesy of Abrams, along with "Lost" alum Bryan Burke.

Nestor Carbonell (Richard Alpert) appears to be wearing his "Lost" guyliner in the CW's "Ringer," which stars Sarah Michelle Gellar in a double role, playing twins. Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) will be in ABC's political drama "Scandal," from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers ("Grey's Anatomy"). And Rebecca Mader (Charlotte) pops up in ABC's "Bosom Buddies" revamp, "Work It."

As for that magical polar bear, we hear he's still struggling to find work. There just aren't enough good roles for middle-aged bears these days.

-- Melissa Maerz

Photo: Jorge Garcia, who played Hurley on "Lost," returns in the sci-fi series "Alcatraz" on Fox. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images