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savafan
01-15-2007, 11:59 AM
http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=11372

By James Hibberd
In a highly unusual move for a broadcast series, ABC and the producers of "Lost" are in discussions to determine an end date for the show.

The date will set a limit to the number of "Lost" seasons to come and will be announced to fans. The show's producers, speaking at ABC's Television Critics Association press tour session, said having a conclusion date will bolster fan confidence in the series' narrative. A timeline for making the decision was not announced.

"It's time for us now to find an endpoint for the show," said executive producer Carlton Cuse. "JK Rowling announced there were seven books in the Harry Potter series and it gives fans [a framework for understanding the arc of the show]. 'The X-Files' was a cautionary tale for us. It was a great show that ran two seasons too long. 'Lost' has a short-half life."

"None of us want to be doing the stalling show," added executive producer Damon Lindelof. "We don't want them to be building sandcastles next week."

Thought the series ratings have dipped this fall, the show remains one of ABC's top-rated programs. During the first season, Mr. Lindelof said the show could run nine seasons if necessary, noting the island has plenty of mysteries. Recently, fans and critics have grown frustrated, however, with the show's continually expanding mythology that keeps piling on new mysteries and characters.

After the panel, Mr. Lindelof suggested the series might cap at 100 episodes, which would only result in two more seasons. But ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson sought to downplay the producers' statements, noting that "we've had those discussions for the past two years."

Earlier while on stage, Mr. McPherson said he agreed with critic complaints that the first six episodes this season pulled the story too far from the group dynamics that made the show popular.

"[The writers] made a clear choice that first installment would be about Jack, Kate, Sawyer and The Others," he said. "For me, the show I really invest in is having everybody together. I thought it was a riveting six episodes, but I like it when they're all together and they're heading toward that again after the break."

Though Mr. McPherson stood by his decision to schedule a four-month break in the "Lost" schedule this season, he reiterated his plan (first reported last month in TelevisionWeek) to try and run next season's episodes without a break or repeats, launching either in the fall or spring.

While at TCA, Mr. McPherson also said that freshman dramas "The Nine" and "Six Degrees," which were pulled from the schedule earlier this season, will likely return to finish their runs before May. But "Day Break" will only be available ABC.com.

Two other dramas on ABC's slate-"The Traveler" and "Notes From the Underbelly"-will premiere by the end of the season.

Red in Chicago
01-15-2007, 12:20 PM
Initially, I was very intrigued by Lost. Unfortunately, I think that ABC did a major disservice to the show early on by playing re-runs in between new shows. This season, they decided to go on hiatus for several weeks in between shows. Now, I really have no idea of what was happening prior to the break, and frankly couldn't care less, as I won't be wasting anymore time to it. They really have ruined what seemed to be a unique show. I hope more viewers stay away from the show as well.

kaldaniels
01-15-2007, 12:40 PM
Initially, I was very intrigued by Lost. Unfortunately, I think that ABC did a major disservice to the show early on by playing re-runs in between new shows. This season, they decided to go on hiatus for several weeks in between shows. Now, I really have no idea of what was happening prior to the break, and frankly couldn't care less, as I won't be wasting anymore time to it. They really have ruined what seemed to be a unique show. I hope more viewers stay away from the show as well.

Why do you hope more viewers stay away from the show...what difference does it make to you. There are hundreds of shows on TV I don't watch, but just because I don't like it (or stopped liking it) doesn't mean I hope others don't watch it. You don't like it...turn the channel. The quality of the show has dropped, yes, but I still watch. And I do believe the pace will start to pick back up come February. Sounds like you have some lingering anger issues with Lost.

Red in Chicago
01-15-2007, 01:04 PM
Why do you hope more viewers stay away from the show...what difference does it make to you. There are hundreds of shows on TV I don't watch, but just because I don't like it (or stopped liking it) doesn't mean I hope others don't watch it. You don't like it...turn the channel. The quality of the show has dropped, yes, but I still watch. And I do believe the pace will start to pick back up come February. Sounds like you have some lingering anger issues with Lost.

I only hope viewers stay away so that the network executives take notice and learn to air shows like this more reasonably. It's very difficult to watch a series such as Lost when they have consistently aired it with long breaks between new shows.

If you don't care what others watch, then why did you just tell me to turn the channel? "Anger issues with Lost" is a real stretch, don't you think:rolleyes:

savafan
01-15-2007, 01:06 PM
"Anger issues with Lost" is a real stretch, don't you think:rolleyes:

Not really. I've had anger issues with "Lost". :D

TeamCasey
01-15-2007, 01:49 PM
I understand RiC's point.

Remember when TV series played through the season? I hate all the reruns in between. All the shows are doing it - Lost, CSI, ER, etc. It's annoying.

The only time I understand it is at the holidays or during the Superbowl, etc. Even then, it isn't necessary with VCRs and DVRs, etc.

KronoRed
01-15-2007, 01:52 PM
The network TV season was 26 episodes as recently as 8 years ago, now it's a shock to see a show go more then 22

The good ole days, season of 30+, reruns only on holidays.

kaldaniels
01-15-2007, 02:23 PM
I only hope viewers stay away so that the network executives take notice and learn to air shows like this more reasonably. It's very difficult to watch a series such as Lost when they have consistently aired it with long breaks between new shows.

If you don't care what others watch, then why did you just tell me to turn the channel? "Anger issues with Lost" is a real stretch, don't you think:rolleyes:

I don't care about what others watch. I do care about reading a thread about the end date of Lost and seeing someone whining that no one should watch it. Do whatever you want. Turn the channel. Turn the TV off. Just don't whine. If there was a thread entitled "CSI planning end date" I would ignore it, because I don't watch. I wouldn't post a diatribe ending with my statement that people shouldn't watch. :bang:

zombie-a-go-go
01-15-2007, 03:43 PM
:lol:

It's like oroborus in here.

DFA
01-15-2007, 04:40 PM
I think LOST is an amazing show! However, I started watching it via renting DVDs...it was so much better without commercials. I'm thinking of not watching the new season and waiting for it to come out on DVD. Or perhaps I should just get TIVO, but I can't justify it.

TeamCasey
01-15-2007, 05:21 PM
I hope they focus on the rest of the survivors more. They sort of split the show with this whole prisoner direction.

MrCinatit
01-15-2007, 08:59 PM
I like Lost a lot, but, yeah, it is about time to put this old dog to rest. The show simply does not seem to have the shelf life of a 24.

marcshoe
01-15-2007, 10:39 PM
Actually, I find the idea of a sandcastle-making episode intriguing....:p:

letsgojunior
01-15-2007, 10:58 PM
Lost has really jumped the shark this season IMO.

LoganBuck
01-15-2007, 11:28 PM
Lost has really jumped the shark this season IMO.

Yep, I have seen every episode and am almost dreading its return. I loved the show, but this season has been excrutiating to watch.

savafan
01-15-2007, 11:49 PM
Lost has really jumped the shark this season IMO.

I think the phrase "jumped the shark" has jumped the shark. :p:

KronoRed
01-16-2007, 12:10 AM
The phrase jumped the shark can't jump the shark, it's a psychical impossibility

:D

bengalsown
01-16-2007, 11:37 PM
I think LOST is an amazing show! However, I started watching it via renting DVDs...it was so much better without commercials. I'm thinking of not watching the new season and waiting for it to come out on DVD. Or perhaps I should just get TIVO, but I can't justify it.

Don't understand how you can't justify getting TIVO.

It's glorious.

ochre
01-17-2007, 11:31 AM
an XViD capable DVD console and bittorrent > TIVO :)

KronoRed
01-17-2007, 01:07 PM
an XViD capable DVD console and bittorrent > TIVO :)
True, but then you're dependent on the person doing the encoding knowing what they are doing :help:

ochre
01-17-2007, 01:26 PM
"Those with many seeds grow strong plants."

-The Sphinx on torrents.