Next 2 Seasons of "LOST" to Have 17 Episodes
ABC has agreed with "LOST" producers it will air 17 episodes of the cult drama in each of the next two seasons to compensate the 2 episodes lost this year due to the writers' strike.
Last year, ABC and "LOST" head writers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse agreed, in an unprecedented move and due to the unique nature of the series, to bring "LOST" to its ultimate conclusion after 3 seasons of 16 episodes.
Those plans were marred by this season's writers' strike which halted the Hawaii-based production in November 2007.
Although the cast and crew managed to churn out as many as 6 all-new hours this spring, bringing the season total to 14, 2 episodes were still missing sparking speculation among fans if and how ABC would compensate that loss.
The series will end after 126 episodes in May 2010 and the producers dismissed any possibility that the show would be extended beyond that date feeling any backpedaling on last year's decision would be betrayal to fans.
This year's 2-hour 4th season finale (airs Thursday, May 29, 9:00-11:00pm) will be a an action-based cliffhanger which may end with the Oceanic 6 leaving the island.