So there was this character on “Lost” called Charlotte, played by Rebecca Mader, right? And Entertainment Weekly has breathless TV writer named Michael Ausiello, who often writes headlines that begin with “Exclusive!” and end with a question mark.
Ausiello is taking credit for resolving a dispute waged over podcasts and Facebook pages stemming from a timeline discepancy in which Charlotte’s character appears as a young girl in a flashback to 1974, even though her character CLEARLY wasn’t born until 1979, as stated explicitly in a single line of dialogue back in episode 402. GLAYVIN!
[E]xec producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse… alleged that Mader changed the age of her character from 28 to 37 in an earlier script “because she did not really want to brand herself as 37, which is what she would have had to [have] been had we stuck to the initial script.”
Mader fired back on her Facebook page, accusing Team Darlton of throwing her under the bus. “The timeline error was their mistake,” she harrumphed, “and they are making it out to be my fault. Not cool.”
Reached for comment this evening, D&C now concede that they got their facts wrong. “Rebecca is absolutely right and we apologize to both her and the entire fan community for screwing up the story…
“When we inquired as to how [the discrepancy] happened, the intel came back that we used Rebecca Mader’s birthday, July 2, 1979 because she was actually eight years YOUNGER than the character as originally conceived/scripted. We misremembered this as having come from Rebecca herself on the set, but in fact, it came several days earlier when our continuity expert Gregg Nations pointed it out and suggested using Rebecca’s actual birthday for Charlotte. And so, the mistake was OURS. Rebecca’s production draft DID have the date as being 1979.”
In conclusion, any fans of the show who really cared about this need to punch themselves in the groin.