"LOST" Producers React to New Timeslot
"LOST" producers and head writers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, who are currently on strike with the rest of the WGA members, have responded to ABC's decision to move their island set drama to a coveted new timeslot, Thursdays at 9, in an interview with LA Times on Friday.
"The only show you don't want to be up against in January is 'American Idol,' and there were very few time slots that would afford us to not compete with 'Idol.'
"If they had told us last year we were going to get the 'Grey's Anatomy' time slot, I would have been thrilled, especially since there's no new 'CSI' to go against."
"But the time slot is completely colored by the fact that we're still engaged in this writers strike. It's bad for the entire town."
"What I would not want to do is hold these episodes of 'Lost' indefinitely. I feel like the fans haven't seen any 'Lost' since the end of May, and I completely understand the network's decision to air these eight episodes."
"We certainly designed our season as 16 straight, and this is not ideal by any stretch of the imagination. But we can't go on strike in one breath and then complain about the fact that the series isn't airing the way we want it to in the other."
"Because of complaints from fans last year that the show poses more questions than it answers, we learned to wrap up our seasons more definitively. To that end, we designed the first half of the fourth season as setup and the second half as payoff."
"There is a fear that if the strike continues and we're not able to complete the season, that people might feel a little frustrated because those eight episodes aren't conclusive."