The good news for “Lost” fans is the series has an end in sight and the producers are promising to answer all the questions the series has posted.
The bad news–some of those answers won’t come until 2010.
The once-stellar hit drama “Lost” announced its end date. The series will continue for three more seasons on ABC before it ties everything up on 2010. The seasons will be sixteen episodes long (down from 24-25 per season in the first three) and shown in without repeats from February through May.
The block-scheduling of shows has worked well for FOX’s “24.” ABC tried an experiment with block-scheduling in the fourth season of Alias, which never produced the desired spike the ratings ABC was hoping for.
“Among fans there was an unease that they were making an investment in a show that’s complicated without any sense of where that’s going to lead them,” co-creator Damon Lindelof told “USA Today”. “From the very beginning, fans and even critics have been saying, ‘Are you making it up as you go along?’ ” which was “a legitimate question.”
Lindelof and executive producer Carleton Cuse say they can now turn their sights to bringing the end of the series into focus.
“It’s practically unprecedented in network TV to announce the end of a show this far out,” Cuse said.
Cuse is not worried the eight-month lag between seasons will turn off fans or cause the show to lose viewers.
“People wait longer than eight months for the next books and films in the Harry Potter story and they don’t seem to lose interest,” Cuse said. “We have faith that our audience, knowing exactly how much of the story we have left, is going to be with us for the rest of the ride.”