Lost Returns in Late April

Posted on March 25, 2008

Lost will return to TV screens on April 24th and will wrap up the current season with five new episodes. The truncated season was necessitated by the writers' strike interruption. But things are back on track now.

Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, co-executive producers of ABC's Lost, told SCI FI Wire that the current season's final batch of new episodes will unspool a story arc based on a plan devised in anticipation of the writers' strike. "The last two weeks before the strike, we actually sat down and said, 'Here is what we want to tell for the rest of the season,'" Kitsis said in an interview. "We all sat down, and the entire staff came up with a battle plan in place."

When Lost returns in late April, it will wrap up the fourth season with five episodes, three fewer than planned before the strike took place. "We got to tell a little more story this season than we anticipated," Kitsis said. "It's really worked out well. We came back from the strike, and everyone is just really excited, and I have to say, creatively, every day has been a pleasure. Everything we're doing right now is exciting, and every script that is going out, you're jealous if you didn't write it."

As for the missing episodes? "I feel that the three missing episodes will be made up over the course of the next two seasons," Horowitz said. "Seasons four, five and six are meant to encompass 48 episodes." Kitsis added: "I have a feeling it will mean more, like, two-hour shows as opposed to more episodes, but those are decisions above our pay grade."

We've been very happy with this season so far, although some fans are really getting tired of the flash-forward scenes. But we aren't. Plus, Lindelof has promised that the mystery of the four-toed statue will eventually resolved, so that makes us happy. Lost returns on ABC on April 24th at its new timeslot. It's still on Thursday, but starts an hour later at 10 p.m. ET.

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