"LOST" to Return in January 2009?
One of the possible scenarios for the return of ABC's "LOST" is to hold off the 8 already filmed episodes till January 2009 adding them to the 16 planned for the 2008/2009 season and having a non-stop season of 24 episodes. But can the show survive being off the air for 19 months?
Earlier this year, the show's head writers and show runners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse made a deal with ABC to end the island mystery series after 3 seasons of 16 episodes which would air non-stop February-May in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Unless the strike is resolved quickly, the cast and crew will have filmed only 8 out of the 16 episodes planned for this season. Earlier reports suggested that ABC would air those 8 episodes regardless.
ABC is however not sure at this point if that is indeed the best course of action as last season's Others-centric mini-season of 6 episodes (along with a timeslot change) was blamed for significant viewer erosion.
Cuse says to TV Guide: "Damon [Lindelof] and my concern about running the [eight] episodes we will have made is that it will feel a little like reading half a Harry Potter novel, then having to put it down."
"There is a mini cliff-hanger at the end of Episode 8, but it's like the end of an exciting book chapter; it's not the end of the novel. Damon and I didn't write [the ending of Episode 8] differently [with the looming strike in mind]. We wrote it to be the ending of Episode 8."
ABC president Steve MacPherson will be the one to make the final decision when and how "LOST" airs.