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ABC Adds Two Hours to Lost

The final two seasons of Lost will be two episodes longer.  The 2009 and 2010 seasons of the series will be 17 hours each, not 16 as was originally planned.  When the network picked the show up for three more seasons, it was for 48 hours (16-16-16), but because the writer’s strike knocked out three hours out of the current season, the network is compensating for that loss.  ABC recently added an additional hour to Part 2 of the season finale that airs on May 29th.

With the changes, the show will wrap with the same number of episodes that producers and ABC negotiated last year.

“We were supposed to do 16-16-16,” “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof said. “But we ended up doing 14 this season, so we owe two.”

Those hoping for additional episodes will be disappointed though, as producer Damon Lindelof made it clear the show will not be extended beyond the remaining 34-episode order.

“(Executive producer) Carlton Cuse and I worked so hard to get the show to end that I think to suddenly say, ‘Oh, I think we got another season in us’ would be a betrayal to everybody involved in the show — but most of all the audience,” he said. “It’s better to retire your number at the top of your game.”

Lindelof also discussed the season finale, and a little of what to expect for next season.  Here are the highlights:

“The finale this year will not be as tricky as last year,” he said. “Hopefully, this year it’s a little bit more of a straightforward action-adventure narrative. But the ending of the episode will hopefully engage and intrigue people looking forward to the next season of the show.”

About those flash forwards:

“It’s very exciting that the audience is going to be wondering when is the present going to be (next season),” he said. “We’ve moved backward in time, now we’ve moved forward in time. The present of the show has always been on the island — that may not necessarily be the case in the future.”

And what do the producers have planned when the time comes to air the series finale in 2010? Well, Lindelof said he and Cuse plan to “go into hiding for many, many months” at an “undisclosed location.”:

“David Chase set a great example when he went off to Paris after ‘The Sopranos’ ending, which is great because all these people are going to be asking, ‘What does it mean? What is it?’ ” he said. “The fact that there’s no one really around to answer that question, it forces people to come up with what they think it means. We can guarantee our show will not end with a cut to black, it will be more clear than that. But whenever anything you love ends … there’s a certain disappointment.”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter