San Diego, CA--The last time the castaways of ABC's hit drama Lost saw the character Michael, the protective father was hightailing it in a boat off the island at the end of season two. Where he went, nobody knows...except for Lost executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.
However, there's a good chance that Jack, Sawyer, Kate, and the rest of the island-bound crew will be seeing Michael Howard, played by actor Harold Perrineau, again. During an executive presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour yesterday, ABC Entertainment president Steve McPherson let slip that Michael would be returning to the show for its upcoming fourth season, reports Reuters.
The info was reportedly pressed out of McPherson begrudgingly after a grilling by journalists. The information was supposed to be reserved for today's scheduled Lost panel at Comic-Con.
Michael's story remains shrouded in mystery. In season two, the character turned against his fellow survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 by leading select key members of the group to The Others. In exchange, he was granted a way off the island with his son Walt, played by Michael David Kelly. Walt has since made some eerie appearances in the show, showing up as an apparition.
McPherson did not mention in what capacity Michael would return, and given the show's format, it even remains a possibility that he won't return to the island at all. Several Lost characters, such as Boone (played by Ian Somerhalder) and Shannon (played by Maggie Grace), once thought to be long gone from the series have returned in the show's trademark flashbacks.
Lindelof and Cuse may shed more light on the Michael situation later today when they host the Comic-Con Lost panel this evening. Check back later to TV.com for coverage of the event, which should include insights into season four, a peek at the upcoming Lost videogame from Ubisoft, and hopefully a few surprises.