ABC and producers of Lost have come to an agreement about when to end the hit series. According to Variety, the show will air for three more seasons.
The episode order for each season will be reduced to 16 per, meaning there will be 48 more episodes set to air through the 2009/2010 season, with the 119th episode of the show to serve as the series finale.
Producers of the show wanted to end the series after two more years, but ABC managed to gain an additional year, by shortening the total episode order (the 48 episodes through three seasons equals the 48 from seasons 1 and 2).
Lost will also air repeat free (ala 24).
“In considering the powerful storytelling of ‘Lost,’ we felt this was the only way to give it a proper creative conclusion,” ABC Entertainment prexy Steve McPherson said.
“I always said that we would allow the series to grow and give viewers the most compelling hour possible,” he added. “And, due to the unique nature of the series, we knew it would require an end date to keep the integrity and strength of the show consistent throughout, and to give the audience the payoff they deserve. ”
Co-creator, J.J. Abrams, busy with multiple projects, including the upcoming next film installment of Star Trek, had the following to say via e-mail:”It is the right choice for the series and its viewers. It takes real foresight and guts to make a call like this. I applaud ABC and Touchstone for making this happen.”
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