A TV show featuring plane crashes, abandoned survivors keeping dark secrets, secret nefarious societies... sound familiar? While audiences might be most familiar with said elements from the mid-'00s drama Lost, they can also be found on Wrecked, a comedy that's been spoofing the now-classic series for the past two years on TBS. But will Wrecked return for Season 3? Sadly the show has not been renewed yet, leaving a third season of the TBS comedy up in the air.
Don't give up hope, though. According to Deadline, Wrecked's second season ratings have justified a potential return. "It’s looking good" for a Season 3, TBS president Kevin Reilly told Deadline. Yet several weeks after Reilly's statement at the Television Critics' Association press tour, TBS still hasn't decided to bring back the series. If Wrecked does come back, it seems fair to expect it will return in the summer of 2018, around a year after the season finale airing on Aug. 22.
Wrecked is doing well at its basic cable home, even though at first, it seemed a bit odd to have a Lost parody on television, years after that show's 2010 season finale. But while Wrecked's first season largely resembled the first season of Lost, it stood out in many ways, like by being set in the Internet and wifi-connected present day. Due to that, the characters had even more absurd reasons to miss the real world, and the introduction of a group of pirates during Season 2 helped differentiate them logistically, too. And while Lost eventually revealed itself to have a philosophical heart at the core of it's complicated plotlines, Wrecked is so far keeping things simpler.
Wrecked is standing out from Lost in some truly important ways, too. At the time it premiered, Lost featured one of the most diverse casts on TV, with a huge ensemble of men and women that spanned many nationalities, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and ages. Wrecked airs a time far more cognizant of how the cast of a major television should and can represent more people. So in addition to a diverse cast, the show is also creating characters that aren't quite as stereotypical.
As Wrecked star Ally Maki told Tell Tale TV, "I almost didn’t go on the audition, because I kind of just figured the industry wasn’t there yet in terms of hiring an Asian American girl for this role." Maki's character, Jess, who's spent most of her time on the island becoming a badass and weighing the pros and cons of her relationship, is not defined by her ethnicity the way that Lost's Jin, Sun, or Sayid were.
And while Wrecked's third season might not be confirmed yet, the writers are setting up new possibilities. "The very last shot of the season kind of teases a big, high-concept premise for Season 3," co-creator Justin Shipley told TV Insider. Whether that means the characters are finally able to escape the island on the pirate ship, wind up spending a whole season at sea (surely a production challenge), or travel to a totally different location is still undetermined.
Whatever the plans for Wrecked Season 3, chances seem good that TBS will be interested in another year with these intrepid survivors, and, surely, more ways to take it from just a Lost spoof to a comedy in its own right.