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Lost: TV Show’s Last Episode Bumped Up to M*A*S*H Finale Size

LostLost star Jorge Garcia was a guest on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kimmel is a big fan of the ABC drama, frequently has the executive producers and castmembers on as guests, and will be hosting a special post-Lost finale show.

Kimmel briefly mentioned that the last episode of Lost, which was previously expanded from one to two hours, will now be two and a half hours long. That’s the same size as the blockbuster series finale of M*A*S*H that aired back in 1983. The “super-sizing” comes because executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse found they couldn’t fit all of the content they wanted to include in 120 minutes.

When you add in the ABC’s plans for Saturday night, that means the weekend of May 22nd and 23rd will have an amazing 7.5 hours of Lost. The two-hour pilot episode will be rebroadcast on Saturday night, with those informative (annoying?) popups.

On Sunday evening, a two-hour retrospective called Lost: The Final Journey will air at 7pm. The last episode of the series (“The End”) will run from 9-11:30pm, pushing local newscasts back a half hour. Then, the 60-minute special, Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost, will begin at 12:05am. Members of the cast will appear on the special to discuss the show. Lindelof and Cuse will appear in a pre-recorded comedy bit.

Post production of the series finale of Lost was completed on Monday night. Both executive producers tweeted the same message, “We’re done. Amen.” Lindelof and Cuse plan on going into seclusion after the series finale airs, preferring to not answer questions and to let the last episode speak for itself.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to the extra half-hour of Lost or does it sound like too much?

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Cristan May 13, 2010 at 7:06 am

This really bites, this show needed another season in my opinion to answer more questions. But worst off all there is NOTHING on TV left worth watching. Well “Fringe” but still a far cry from the greatest show ever.


spot618 May 7, 2010 at 9:57 am

2 1/2 hours is a bit much for one sitting. Would probably have been better if the season were extended an extra week, having the first hour be a separate episode with perhaps a really great cliffhanger ending that concluded the following week in a 1 1/2 hour finale.


Demented May 7, 2010 at 6:12 am

I hope they are able to answer all the questions they’ve introduced throughout the series. There’s a lot to cover but it’s gettin’ good! Can’t wait to see how it all ends. There have been several references to Alice in Wonderland. Will that have anything to do with the ending?


Devin May 6, 2010 at 10:56 am

Maybe I’m missing something, but isn’t it 7.5 hours and not 8.5 hours of Lost that weekend? I got:

Series Premiere: 2 hours
Retrospective: 2 hours
Series Finale: 2.5 hours
JKL Lost Special: 1 hour


admin May 6, 2010 at 1:13 pm

@Devin: Whoops! You’re right. I originally thought it was eight hours and accidentally changed it to 8.5 rather than 7.5. Fixed!


Lola May 6, 2010 at 9:59 am

Ok, I just did some research and their names were Niki Feranadez and her boyfriend Paulo, it was diamonds they stole that they were looking for and were both bitten by a spider


admin May 6, 2010 at 10:14 am

@Lola: The way they brought the characters in was pretty bad but the episode where they left the show was great!


Lola May 6, 2010 at 9:51 am

Altho I can’t remember the characters names wouldn’t it be a hoot if they brought back the couple that were buried (alive?)on the island!..If I remember correctly they were cursed or under some kind of evil influence. I think they were thieves, please help me out here , I confess I don’t recall all of their story just that they were like the living dead in the end…right?


Melissa D. May 6, 2010 at 6:55 am

I get misty eyed just thinking that it’s near ending. At least it gets such a grand sendoff, and won’t have a chance to jump the shark like all of those shows that stay on the air for 15 seasons.


Kim May 6, 2010 at 5:33 am

The greatest tv show ever. The writers are absolute marvels and we are loving this final series- especially how all the pieces are coming together. Cant wait to see how it all ends after watching every week after all these years, but at the same time we don’t want it to end. I was in tears tonight after watching Jin,Sun & Sayeed all perish, and the emotion shown by the other characters. Had no idea that was coming………


admin May 6, 2010 at 5:52 am

@Kim: Amazing show for sure. Still hoping that Frank Lapidus survived but it didn’t look good.


Noel Damian May 5, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Now what am I supposed to do Tuesday nights at 9?


Ruselle Cherry May 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Not fair that they are ending Lost, now there is nothing more intresting to look forward to on TV anymore. I’ve seen every episode from day one and have all the DVD’s that are out so far. This is by far the best show I’ve ever seen. Now what can compare to this????


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