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"Lost" Gets its End Date: 2010

The rumors are true. Variety says "Lost" will wrap up during the 2009-2010 television season.

But here's the twist (it's "Lost," so you know there's a twist): The "Lost" crew will only produce 48 more episodes. Episodes will be broken up into three, 16-episode chunks, and each chunk will represent one season. The series finale will come in the 119th episode.

This unusual set-up guaranteed that show-runners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse would remain with the show for its full run, Variety reports.

Thanks to Perrin for the tip.

Hey, great way to make THREE out of TWO :). Yayness.

#1. Posted by: r-Yawn at May 7, 2007 8:48 AM

Yeah, it's pretty slick. I hope the same concept applies to other serial shows. Shorter bursts make a lot of sense, especially if one episode leads into the next. 23-24 episode seasons are fine for procedurals, but myth series would certainly benefit from a different structure (e.g. look at the short run of "Life on Mars" -- the producers are able to develop 8-10 GREAT episodes).

#2. Posted by: mac at May 7, 2007 8:51 AM

And more important: the waits between the episode blocks (16 each) will be shorter!!

#3. Posted by: r-Yawn at May 7, 2007 8:53 AM

Well...at least they revealed the answer to one of the mysteries! Enjoy!

#4. Posted by: JT at May 7, 2007 9:11 AM

So does this mean that Lost will still start in January, have an uninterrupted run (a la '24'), then end several weeks before other 22-24 episode shows?

I know we're going to get the equivalent of 2 more full seasons over the course of 3 seasons...but I can't help but think we'll feel a little cheated by the 'abbreviated' seasons. It'll be over so quick! But in the end I'm all for it if it helps the show's mythology play out better, and if Cuse/Lindelof can stay involved for the duration.

And I wonder if they will film 24 eps next year, 24 more the following, but then just show them 16/16/16 so they can stay on the air until 2010? Probably not...I'm sure the producers/actors would prefer to just write and film 16 per year to be freed up for other projects...

#5. Posted by: JoePike at May 7, 2007 10:26 AM

Amazing news. With this in place, Lost could go down as one of the greatest shows of all time. Good to know it won't be dragged on forever.

#6. Posted by: James at May 7, 2007 10:37 AM

I'm thrilled and I have complete faith in the writers and creators of this show. They know what they have to work with now, and have molded this into THEIR intended end date (alas 16 episode seasons instead of almost 25). ABC made the decision but the Lost folks are making it work out the way it should.

I look forward to spending the next three years theorizing with you all! :)

#7. Posted by: hookedonlost at May 7, 2007 10:50 AM

Wouldn't that be something if the 3 sets of '16' episodes remaining equaled a grand total of '108' episodes in all instead of 119? Of course they would have to short us 11 episodes, and well none of us wants that!

#8. Posted by: BunnyLover at May 7, 2007 11:16 AM

I'm all for setting an end date, and for the shorter bursts, but I wish the end date was closer in that case. If they do the 16 season 4 eps all in a row and then wait until the next season, that will be 16 weeks on, 36 weeks off. That much down time is terrible for a show as complex as Lost. Couldn't they bump up the end date to 2009 and do something more like 16 on, 16 off?

#9. Posted by: CDog at May 7, 2007 12:41 PM

Sigh! So we wait three years, not two, to see how this all plays out?

Maybe the networks can schedule two complete sets of shows per year. A "fall season" of 16 week shows, then a "spring season" of completely different shows. More diversity and chance for experimentation! No reruns except in the summer (or maybe a third season, since there's 20 weeks left over). Nah, never happen.

#10. Posted by: Cecil Rose at May 7, 2007 1:15 PM


Good and bad. Good, finally an end date! This will make the show much more exciting and focused. That I love.

The bad? Well, Damon/Carlton said that we won't know anything about the smoke monster until the final season. That sucks. (during their radio week tour)

#11. Posted by: amelia at May 7, 2007 5:28 PM

BLA BLA BLA, I'm just very happy that they finally confirmed that there will be an ending.. unless they are priming us for "LOST" the Motion Picture (coming out in Summer 2011).

#12. Posted by: Kalico at May 7, 2007 11:18 PM

They need just one more season or at the most 2 but three is way too much and too dragged out - they are going to lose viewers.

#13. Posted by: Sean at May 8, 2007 11:43 AM

And when it's over, we're sure to see the spinoff - "Lost: Again"

#14. Posted by: perrin at May 8, 2007 3:23 PM

Finally... Ever since Lost first aired 3 yrs ago I can recall the producers always wanted to set an end date. ABC had to give in; and considering the bumpy year it has had w/ ratings this season, ABC owed it to their viewers. GREAT NEWS.

I (along w/ everyone else) am just curious if they still plan to wait until Jan. for a non-stop run. I ,personally, would prefer not to wait until Jan. A few reruns throughout the season is tolerable. Season 2 was just torture having 2-3 weeks of reruns in between each new one.

However, I'm guessing that Lost seasons will still premier in the fall. That's the only reason I can figure for the shorter 16 episode seasons.

#15. Posted by: middies at May 8, 2007 3:48 PM

Or even worse how about these new series based off our favorite shows - "Afer: Lost" or the kooky comedy "Smokie & The Bandit" (the story of Sawyer & his constant eluding of that goofy Smoke Monster), or how about "The John Locke Mysteries" a former island healed paraplegic solving mysteries in his own Obi Wan way.

Any others??

#16. Posted by: Kalico at May 8, 2007 11:24 PM

This just in (May 9) from ABC execs:

"Starting with the 2007-08 season, ABC will begin airing the 48 remaining original episodes of the hit drama "Lost," it was announced today by Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment. 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."

#17. Posted by: GatorGal at May 9, 2007 9:48 AM

Then in 2015 we can have the LOST Reunion Show when the survivors take a three hour tour and end up back on the island.........

#18. Posted by: norockets at May 12, 2007 7:39 PM

2010! That's amazing! I thought it was going to end with this season, but God gave us three whole more!!

YESSSS, I get to screw around and be a Lost nerd* for three more years!!

*lost nerd: n. The type of person who TiVo's lost and goes back to watch every scene a minimum of 20 times before moving on to the next, then analyzing the episode until your head spins so you can post something that sounds smart on mac's blog.

Fellow Lost Nerds, unite!

#19. Posted by: dominoghan at May 16, 2007 8:18 PM

Okay, here's my two-cents worth for a storyline over the next couple seasons. I think the Losties do eventually get off the island. However, there are certain parties (the government and the private research/medical industry) who would have been happy if they had been left there to rot. I foresee the Losties trying to get their story out against an ever-growing number of people/agencies that discredit the Losties at every turn AND wants/needs to make sure the world never finds out about this "magic" island where no one ages or gets cancer. Unfortunately, they're also not able to reproduce just yet....but they're working on it. Just some food for thought...

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