But the reasoning may surprise you.
The show’s producers spoke today at ABC’s TCA press tour session and told the crowd that they are in discussions with ABC to plan an end date for the show.
It has been hinted at in the past that Lost would not be a show that would continue on and on, year after year, but this is the first official and detailed announcement that it an end is coming.
One of the executive producers of the show, Carlton Cuse, had the following to say about the decision: “It’s time for us now to find an endpoint for the show. JK Rowling announced there were seven books in the Harry Potter series and it gives fans [a framework for understanding the arc of the show]. ‘The X-Files’ was a cautionary tale for us. It was a great show that ran two seasons too long. ‘Lost’ has a short-half life.”
The end date will not be kept secret either, the producers made it known to those in attendance that they will announce to fans when it will end. They feel this announcement would not harm the show at all, in fact, they expect the quality and ratings to increase.
Damon Lindelof (Executive Producer/Writer) suggested the series could be capped at 100 episodes (two more seasons).
ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson followed up on the producers’ statements by making note that they’ve been having this discussion for the past two years. It is nothing new.
McPherson also told the crowd he hopes to try to run Lost straight through next year, without a break.
Lost returns Wednesday, February 7 at a new time; 10:00 p.m. ET.