Lost's Man in Black is named...

... Inspirational guru Tony Robbins probably isn't flashing his blinding smile right now. Robbins' reality show Breakthrough With Tony Robbins tanked on NBC and has been pulled after only two episodes. It will be replaced by an hour of some bleach-haired guy giving people money to attempt stupid stunts in 60 seconds. Seriously, who is running things over at that network? [Associated Press]

... Entertainment Tonight is saying goodbye to Mary Hart, or maybe it's the other way around. Hart joined the show as a host in 1982, back when Chariots of Fire won the Academy Award for Best Picture. In other words, she's old. [THR]

... Motorcycle cop show CHiPs is being eyed as the next candidate for a series remake/reimagining/reboot. Warner Bros. Television is working with Topher Grace (That 70s Show) on an updated version of the show that made Erik Estrada a household name outside of the Estrada household, and made that other white guy known as "that guy who starred in CHiPs with Erik Estrada." [Deadline Hollywood]

... The first-ever reality television fan convention is taking place next April in Los Angeles. Dubbed "Reality Rocks Expo," the convention will allow fans to meet their favorite stars from reality television, such as The Racist Guy from Real World, the overly sensitive lesbian from that bisexual dating show, and that guy who burned toast on that cooking show. [Reality Rocks]

... Fox has finally made it official: Nigel Lythgoe is returning to American Idol as executive producer. Jesus, it's about f***ing time. [Fox via press release]

... NBC, always right on the pulse of "what's hip with the kids these days," is taking a stab at not just the vampire genre, but also the zombie genre! The network has purchased the script Zombies vs. Vampires, about two cops (one of which is secretly a vampire) who deal with zombie-related crime. NBC, the home of cutting edge entertainment. [Deadline Hollywood]

... And finally, the thing you've all been waiting for. The name of Lost's Man in Black is... (disappointment in 1... 2... 3...) [/Film]


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who cares what his name is NOW? the ending sucked because it didn't answer TOO MANY of these types of questions so they think I'm gonna care now? I don't. I already deleted and erased every single saved episode I had because of this kind of trickery and manipulation. Shame on them.
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Nah. I'm not disappointed at all. I really glad he just had a normal name. and not something crazy and evil sounding, that would have just been overkill
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@AnoukvdZee Oh, so that's why the world ends in 2012.
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these remakes are awesome! finally making thes eold crappy shows good classic doesn't mean good people chips was trash in the past and trash now chris pine doesn't even like it! hahahaha!.Topher i think could be an awesome cop he has alot of potential and unfortunatly no one gives him a chance one thing the world needs to learn you can't be an actor without range.
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A CHiPs remake? Not good. I can't see how it would succeed in the current TV climate. You can't make shows like you used to and they'd have to make a lot of changes to how it works. I also can't see Topher Grace as a cop. Thinking of him cast as a cop is like seeing Gregory Smith (Everwood) cast as a cop in Rookie Blue. It just doesn't fit. Hollywood has systematically destroyed older TV shows with these stupid remakes that fail or, worse yet, taking a show and creating a campy movie that simply makes the show into a joke. Lastly, we're overloaded with vampire/werewolf/zombia stuff. We really don't need more. I find it quite sad that Moonlight was canceled and yet since the writer's strike ended we had Twilight make vampires HUGE and you can't look anywhere without seeing this stuff. Moonlight was silly in ways but had potential. While it wasn't a vamp show I also think New Amsterdam got shafted. TV is fickle and I honestly don't think TV Network execs have the faintest idea what they are actually doing. I don't go out of my way to watch shows because, hey, anything or everything I may like could be canceled at any moment on the whim of some clueless exec.
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I am glad I now know the man in black's name.
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Wow! Harsh words for Mary Hart. True but harsh. . . A remake of Chips is sooo not necessary. . . And the first ever reality tv fan convention?! Say it isn't so!!! That's lame, boring, and just stupid. It would be so cool if no "fans" showed up for it.
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Actually that was just a placeholder name for casting purposes and went on to be on the chair, nothing more.
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I think it's a good name for The Man In Black. Not diappointed at all. Ok, so he's the "bad guy". Does that mean his name has to be something hard, like Baltazar or Igor? The name is fitting, I think...
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FINALLY exactly the thign I wanted to know all this time THIS was the question that was goign to haunt me forever after the Lost finale. What's that guy's name? Thank god that question got answered, now I can finally not resent the finale for not giving any answers, woohooo!.
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When there is a reality television fan convention, you know the world will end. No universe can cope with such stupidity (if you adore people featured in reality tv, yes, I'm calling you just that).
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The Tony Robbins cancellation? Well that comes as no surprise. Chips reboot? Say it ain't so. Zombies vs. Vampires? Belongs in the stupid ideas hall of fame. Man in Black name? dragonslayer168 belongs in the, "I'm a better writer than them" hall of fame.
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and all this time I thought his name would be jacoA (as opposed to jacoB) lol
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With all the Bible parallels in Lost it would have made more sense to call him Esau(Jacob and Esau were bros in the Bible, they were good and evil too, would of made much more sense).
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Hi Tim, I had a feeling Mary was leaving, she hasn't been on the episodes and when she is it's less frequent. I've been watching ET since day one and always liked her. I really hate that anyone "OLD" is shoved aside. One can only watch so much young angst and for those that want to watch young ones stutter and muddle thru interviews turn on TMZ. Yes I watch that too. I agree with you on Nigel returning to the EP position, I adore Nigel. :) NBC is muddling thru, they want to be young and hip but at half the cost. And don't you dare make fun of Guy Fieri, one of my favorite guys from the FOOD Network. Diners and Dives! ever heard of it? Okay so Minute it to Win It' isn't rocket science but as a onetime pretzel peddler he's doing well, reeeeal well. As for Zombie's and Vampires that gets a bit old too, and is just another phase in a downward spiraling network programming list.
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Well, I was pissed they didn't give him a name at the time, but now I realize it was better this way ... no name is more mysterious, ominous, than such an un-special name ...
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I liked the mystery of the man in black's name.
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While I don't object to Samuel I still don't see why they bothered to give a name now. It seems rather pointless.
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samuel isnt that bad, why does everyone hate it? u thought it was gonna be something like viper?
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Seriously? the title is "Zombies vs. Vampires"? that has got be one of the dumbest tittles I've ever heard!
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I always presumed he wasn't named because it would emerge he was the darker side of Jacob and they were therefore one and the same. Therefore there was no name as calling them both Jacob would be confusing. That theory got me through half the series then got ripped to shreds by the flashback episodes.
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Didn't Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones have to give their names to become men in black, too?
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Why? The man in black. Awesome name...why give him an official name...when the show already ended!?.



It's like The Smoking Man on X-Files...he was the smoking man...that was his name...we know he has a name...we don't care, we knew him as the smoking man, his real name is irrelevant.



Well, the same thing with The Man in Black.
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it doesn't matter anymore 0_0 the show is over . I used to be obsessed on knowing his name but now I just want him to be MIB , I think it's better this way .. although Samuel wasn't a bad name at all , it suits the character :)
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Mary Hart may have been around a while but she is no where near as annoying as Samantha Harris. UGH! And as for CHiPs...yawn...then and now.
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"The Man in Black" is a much better name. They should have just left it at that.
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It would have just been over and done, and possibly cool if they did finally drop his name before the series end, just to make it cannon. Maybe he just came from a different time where you only can say one person's name (Jacob) but gloss over the other person standing there, or trying to kill you and everybody else. Meh. Heck, why even name Jacob, . . . just be the man in white . . . ahhhhh, blessed.
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The "Man in Black"'s name has been Johnny for about 50 years now.
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I never understood why people were so obsessed with the Man in Black having a name. Whatever it would have been - Samuel, John, Xavier - would have fallen flat of expectations because it's JUST A STUPID NAME. "The Man in Black" will always be way more BA than any name he could have really had. And Samuel was just used in the casting process. If they planned to give him a name it would have been canon.
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His name isn't even actually Samuel. They had to give him a name during casting so they called him Samuel but apparently he was never referred to that in scripts, just Man in Black. So he's still nameless... which is pretty lame.
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Meh, Samuel.. was it really necessary to keep his name a secret...
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I had money on his name being Maximillian Badasstard.
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I knew for a long time that his name was Samuel. Samuel and Jacob, kinda biblical if you ask me.
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really thats his name i was expecting something i dont know impressive
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