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Lost: ABC Series to End, No Sequels or Spin-offs

Lost castaways - pack your bags! Lost showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse caused quite a ruckus in January at the TV Critics Press Tour when they announced that Lost would be ending after two more seasons. ABC quickly responded that while they and the producers had been discussing an end date, they hadn’t come to an agreement. Four months later, its been announced that the Lost producers are getting their wish — sort of.

ABC has agreed to set an end date for the popular series in three, not two, years, albeit with three abbreviated seasons. Each of the next three years of Lost will be made up of only 16 episodes (versus the usual 22-24) so the total number will be about the same. The last episode, the 120th, will air presumably in May 2010. Its unknown at this point if this new schedule will mean that any of the Lost actors’ contracts will need to be renegotiated to keep them on board.

Of course, this new plan is all contingent on the series actually being renewed for fifth and sixth seasons. Thus far, ABC has only renewed Lost for its fourth season which is scheduled to begin airing in early 2008 (likely February) and will run with no repeats.

This new deal with ABC assures that the creative team will steer the mysterious drama through to its conclusion and continue to develop new projects for the network. The duo had made Lost’s firm end date a condition of their continuing with the series.

This move will likely help the show in the ratings. ABC hopes viewers will be more likely to stick with the series if they know the show has a firm end date — versus the overly drawn out storylines of shows like The X-Files. The network can also make each season return of Lost into an event along the lines of HBO’s The Sopranos or Deadwood.

Cuse hopes that more shows will declare future end dates and said, “I think for story-based shows like Lost, as opposed to franchise-based shows like ER or CSI, the audience wants to know when the story is going to be over. When J.K. Rowling announced that there would be seven Harry Potter books, it gave the readers a clear sense of exactly what their investment would be. We want our audience to do the same.”

Series co-creator J.J. Abrams, who is now working with Warner Bros. TV and on a new Star Trek film, supports the decision and told Variety, “It is the right choice for the series and its viewers,” he said via an email message. “It takes real foresight and guts to make a call like this. I applaud ABC and Touchstone for making this happen.”

But can the producers and network really let Lost go after only three more seasons? How many times have we been told that The Sopranos was over? Lindeloff says it won’t happen to Lost. “There will be no extensions or enhancements. That number [48″] is absolute. Once you begin to see where we’re going, I think the idea of sequels and spin-offs will completely go away.”

And if the producers some up with an incredible idea that doesn’t fit into their plans? “We’ll do it as a radio play.” Lindelof joked. I don’t think they could come up with a better twist than this one. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

 

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Sefora November 4, 2010 at 9:02 am

lost is my favorite show in the world!!! i loved it i watched 4 episodes a day! its soo good and mysterious they should make more show like this.

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KPaulette January 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm

LOST is incredible and genius. I have come to love this show and all its believable characters. The honesty in the acting and the story lines are fabulous, and unique.
I have not missed an episode from the get go.
I have checked out ABC and watched and watched again and again, can’t get enough of this wonderful story.
It would be a wonderful idea to bring it back after all is said and done, in May.
All the characters are superb.
Yes bring it back as an ongoing TV series each week, cause I don’t believe all good things come to an end. Or even a 1/2 hr. show each night, all week long.
As I said can’t get enough of this wonderful story.

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JRock March 13, 2008 at 5:52 pm

Yo, Lost is the best show ever, besides The Shield, and it needs to go on FOREVER, only 2 more years sucks but atleast we know that it wont be cancelled with no chance of finding out what the hell is goin’ down. And also, ‘Monica Marciel’, is a gay fag who has no idea what good television is and why would you be reading about Lost if you don’t like the show? Is that how much of a loser you are? You don’t have anything better to do? Douche Bag!

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haley france December 26, 2007 at 9:18 am

i cant belive lost is going to end after just 2 more years, i am a major fan and if it was up to me id keep it going 4 many years to come, i think that lost is one of the best shows i have seen on tv for a long time, and even though im very sad it will end, im also glad that we will finally find out what the hell is going on. well done lost producers, cast and writers for such a great show

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anonymous November 5, 2007 at 5:32 pm

Lost is one of the better shows airing at this time. If you have not watched you are missing out, if you have and had anything negative to say you are obviously to dumb to reconize great telivison. You are most likly among the Jerry Springer junkies of the world.

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Anonymous October 18, 2007 at 10:42 pm

It’s a waste of time???? Then why are you wasting your time reading about it?

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Monica Marciel May 15, 2007 at 6:53 pm

Please….get LOST. It is a waste of anyone’s time to watch that idiotic show.

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Kiel May 15, 2007 at 8:00 am

The outlook of the proposed ending of the series “Lost” is a further damnation of the American viewing public demenor… is says something when shows that have no connecting factor, like CSI, are winning the ratings. As i watch television critics, they complain that Lost is a series, for one, if you miss an episode that you, aswell, are lost! But I propose that isnt this the sign of a great series? If the critics are correct that just means that “Lost” doesnt indulge in “throw-away” episodes, which it doesnt – if you forgive the episode about the backstory of side charachters paulo and nikki and there rushed, subsequent deaths. – If each episode is completely pertanent to the next and the next then the show isnt wasting your time, it is a continous novel, not an empty fluff piece. I watch Smallville aswell, and I love the show and the advanced aspect they take on the superman character – I find it much superior to the far-stretched comics and movies – but I often find myself picking apart the episodes… the first season was plauged with, the much complained of, freaks of the week, but though the show responded with advancing a more character direct story line it is only through, mostly, one-shot villans that are proposed to the viewer only to perpetuate a five minute continuity of a season story. What is pertanent to the next episode is slim. Lost doesnt fool with us, it lets it be known that this is a series for those who value a quality story, that yearn for and end that they cant predict with any certainty. This brings me to the annouced ending of the show. Much has been mad that the writers\producers knew where they wanted this show to go before they pitched it, but after the successful pilot they were asked to stretch the middle to last the high ratings. This approach can possibly be blamed for the recent lag in the ratings, but the beauty and pain of the show is that although granted the knowledge that not each episode is truly pertenant to the conlusion, the viewer cant readily tell which episode is a throw-away, hence making each epi important in context to the next. Through the airing, of the series – and this is coming from a tele-junkie – “Lost” has never been anything other than the best show on television (in action\drama (comedy goes to Arrested Developement)) …It bothers me that CBS has the best ratings on network television without having a single show that a care to tune in for weekly (King of queens is great but faces a bad timeslot and a not much adu finale approaching.) Its a shame that all of the best shows on TV are facing either, what they feel is, a forced end\cancelation or to anouce a future end date to ensure a trust in the story line… no one every suggested that Seinfeld announce a date because viewers were becoming compacent with the storyline, or Mash, or Friends! (tho, i cant say I ever enjoyed Mash or Friends) but the point is that TV shows that are considered great, that go into the Tele hall of fame do so when the character-actors on it refuse to go on and break-up like the Beatles over some reason or another *eheh! money desputes. ehem!* This al rings of a damn shame to me, right down the line… Arrested Development, BattleStar Galactica, Smallville, and Lost all announcing proposed (or in arrested’s case, already) endings! Its a sad thing to me, I see the talk of dwindeling ad revenue and the debate of the threat of DVRs and Tivo, companies are looking to another medium, now beeing viral ads. If this trend is to continue it wil spell the end of either quality network programs or congressional outlawing of DVR systems… never before have networks thought it best to take there big shows and annouce a finalization date to boost already fair (to great ratings, i mention this because Lost has been noted as the most DVR’ed tv show, and companies dont count that in their ratings… though, i wonder how they differenciate given that they go off of detected tuned-in systems, which would includes cable and satalite DVRs- which must commit a tuner to record- and neilson fill-outs, which any loyal viewer would include a show that they taped but havent yet watched in their loggings… I dont know… Kudos to any who have read through this, but TV is hitting a major obsticle and milestone, a make or breaker. I feel with the desperation to take afformentioned shows and force them through to abbrieviated finales via annoucment, not through proper process, is a sign of extreme desparating, dooming desparation. a show like arrested, granted all of its awards and acclaimations would not have been shown the door so sson twenty years ago.. hell, ten years ago… but when an ad campaign decides a show’s fate the road is clearly becoming far too narrow!

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Kiel May 15, 2007 at 2:20 am

The outlook of the proposed ending of the series “Lost” is a further damnation of the American viewing public demenor… is says something when shows that have no connecting factor, like CSI, are winning the ratings. As i watch television critics, they complain that Lost is a series, for one, if you miss an episode that you, aswell, are lost! But I propose that isnt this the sign of a great series? If the critics are correct that just means that “Lost” doesnt indulge in “throw-away” episodes, which it doesnt – if you forgive the episode about the backstory of side charachters paulo and nikki and there rushed, subsequent deaths. – If each episode is completely pertanent to the next and the next then the show isnt wasting your time, it is a continous novel, not an empty fluff piece. I watch Smallville aswell, and I love the show and the advanced aspect they take on the superman character – I find it much superior to the far-stretched comics and movies – but I often find myself picking apart the episodes… the first season was plauged with, the much complained of, freaks of the week, but though the show responded with advancing a more character direct story line it is only through, mostly, one-shot villans that are proposed to the viewer only to perpetuate a five minute continuity of a season story. What is pertanent to the next episode is slim. Lost doesnt fool with us, it lets it be known that this is a series for those who value a quality story, that yearn for and end that they cant predict with any certainty. This brings me to the annouced ending of the show. Much has been mad that the writers\producers knew where they wanted this show to go before they pitched it, but after the successful pilot they were asked to stretch the middle to last the high ratings. This approach can possibly be blamed for the recent lag in the ratings, but the beauty and pain of the show is that although granted the knowledge that not each episode is truly pertenant to the conlusion, the viewer cant readily tell which episode is a throw-away, hence making each epi important in context to the next. Through the airing, of the series – and this is coming from a tele-junkie – “Lost” has never been anything other than the best show on television (in action\drama (comedy goes to Arrested Developement)) …It bothers me that CBS has the best ratings on network television without having a single show that a care to tune in for weekly (King of queens is great but faces a bad timeslot and a not much adu finale approaching.) Its a shame that all of the best shows on TV are facing either, what they feel is, a forced end\cancelation or to anouce a future end date to ensure a trust in the story line… no one every suggested that Seinfeld announce a date because viewers were becoming compacent with the storyline, or Mash, or Friends! (tho, i cant say I ever enjoyed Mash or Friends) but the point is that TV shows that are considered great, that go into the Tele hall of fame do so when the character-actors on it refuse to go on and break-up like the Beatles over some reason or another *eheh! money desputes. ehem!* This al rings of a damn shame to me, right down the line… Arrested Development, BattleStar Galactica, Smallville, and Lost all announcing proposed (or in arrested’s case, already) endings! Its a sad thing to me, I see the talk of dwindeling ad revenue and the debate of the threat of DVRs and Tivo, companies are looking to another medium, now beeing viral ads. If this trend is to continue it wil spell the end of either quality network programs or congressional outlawing of DVR systems… never before have networks thought it best to take there big shows and annouce a finalization date to boost already fair (to great ratings, i mention this because Lost has been noted as the most DVR’ed tv show, and companies dont count that in their ratings… though, i wonder how they differenciate given that they go off of detected tuned-in systems, which would includes cable and satalite DVRs- which must commit a tuner to record- and neilson fill-outs, which any loyal viewer would include a show that they taped but havent yet watched in their loggings… I dont know… Kudos to any who have read through this, but TV is hitting a major obsticle and milestone, a make or breaker. I feel with the desperation to take afformentioned shows and force them through to abbrieviated finales via annoucment, not through proper process, is a sign of extreme desparating, dooming desparation. a show like arrested, granted all of its awards and acclaimations would not have been shown the door so sson twenty years ago.. hell, ten years ago… but when an ad campaign decides a show’s fate the road is clearly becoming far too narrow!

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