ABC Television Today announced that, starting with the 2007-08 season, ABC will begin airing the 48 remaining original episodes of the hit drama Lost. Network entertainment president Stephen McPherson also announced that the episodes will air uninterrupted over three seasons (16 episodes each season), with the series concluding in 2009-10 with a highly anticipated and shocking finale.
"In considering the powerful storytelling of Lost, we felt this was the only way to give it a proper creative conclusion," said McPherson. "I always said that we would allow the series to grow and give viewers the most compelling hour possible. And, due to the unique nature of the series, we knew it would require an end date to keep the integrity and strength of the show consistent throughout, and to give the audience the payoff they deserve. "
"Additionally, having Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse signed on to complete the journey of this show was critical to me and the network. Damon and Carlton have tremendous talent, and we're thrilled that they'll be with the show throughout its run."
"This is a bold and unprecedented move for ABC," said Lindelof and Cuse, the program's executive producers. "The show would not be what it is without the vision and support we've received from Steve McPherson, Mark Pedowitz and everyone at ABC and ABC TV Studios. We always envisioned Lost as a show with a beginning, middle and end. By officially announcing exactly when that ending will be, the audience will now have the security of knowing that the story will play out as we've intended."
Lost exploded, literally, onto the scene at the beginning of 2004-05 season with the disintegration of Oceanic Flight 815 over an uncharted – and apparently undetected – island. There were 46 survivors – and they soon found that, although climatically desirable, the island was definitely not a paradise.
Created by J.J. Abrams [Felicity, Alias], Damon Lindelof [Crossing Jordan, Nash Bridges] and Jeffrey Lieber, what looked and felt like a cult series became a phenomenon – demolishing its Wednesday night competition both in terms of total viewers and desired demographics. After two seasons of ruling Wednesday nights, the series ran into a couple of glitches: fans began to loathe reruns, and the six-week excursion into the camp of the show's "Others" at the beginning of this season took time away from some of its most loved characters. The three-month wait between new episodes, and the dwindling rate of answered questions also contributed to dropping ratings.
While the show remains the most highly-rated series at 10 p.m. in the Adults 18-49 demographic, it now attracts 50 % fewer realtime viewers – despite a resurgence in "big" episodes and revelations. No doubt the show's fans were beginning to wonder if the series' showrunners, Damon Lindelof and Carlton cuse, really knew what they were doing. Today's announcement addressing those fans' concerns directly.
Lost" has garnered numerous awards, including six Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Writers Guild of America Award, a Producers Guild Award, an NAACP Image Award, a Prism Award and two ALMA Awards, just to name a few.
After Oceanic Air flight 815 tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a Pacific island, its survivors were forced to find inner strength they never knew they had in order to survive. But they discovered that the island holds many secrets, including a mysterious smoke monster, polar bears, a strange French woman and another group of island residents known as "The Others." The survivors have also found signs of those who came to the island before them, including a 19th century sailing ship called The Black Rock, the remains of an ancient statue, as well as bunkers belonging to the Dharma Initiative — a group of scientific researchers who inhabited the island in the recent past.
The band of friends, family, enemies and strangers must continue to work together against the cruel weather and harsh terrain if they want to stay alive. But as they have discovered during their 70-plus days on the island, danger and mystery loom behind every corner, and those they thought could be trusted may turn against them. Even heroes have secrets.
"Lost" stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet, Dominic Monaghan as Charlie and Terry O'Quinn as Locke.
"Lost" was created by Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof. Abrams, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender, Jeff Pinkner and Carlton Cuse serve as executive producers. "Lost," which is filmed entirely on location in Hawaii, is from ABC Television Studio