ABC to Air at Least 8 Episodes of "LOST"
According to Variety, ABC should be able to complete production on at least 8 out of 16 episodes originally planned for the 4th season of "LOST" and even if they are not able to film all episodes, the network will put the show on air come February.
The network has yet to announce when the show will air. Last season the final 16 episodes aired on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m., a timeslot currently occupied by ABC's freshman drama "Dirty Sexy Money."
Although media analysts believe the Donald Sutherland fronted series has a chance to stay on air for a long time (it is doing very well among adults 18-34 and in female demos) it may have to take a rest if the studio is not able to film more than 10 episodes that have already been produced and will run out by Christmas.
If the strike ends soon, ABS president Steve McPherson has said he would prefer to leave Wednesday nights intact as the entire line-up of freshman shows is doing quite well in which case they may have to find a new slot for "LOST."
Although the network has several midseason series and reality shows ready to go, they will replace all-new episodes of their signature shows with repeats rather than put cable shows or imported series on air.
The network ordered as many as 14 new series last spring and has been the most successful in their launch of all networks. Taking these shows off air would only hurt the momentum they have been able to build.