'Lost' Still Lacking a Time Slot
'Lost' Still Lacking a Time Slot
Comicon brought a number of thought provoking tidbits for Lost fans, but one important detail is still unknown.  When will Lost air?   The later timeslot of Lost's third season proved to be a pet peeve for change averse fans.  Many argued that the change, from 9pm to 10pm, contributed to the ratings attrition Lost suffered last season.  With that in mind, many fans are growing more and more anxious over the fact that Lost has yet to be given a place on ABC's midseason schedule.

While the current line is ‘sometime in February,' the last word from ABC's Entertainment President Stephen McPherson on the matter was back in May when McPherson announced that the hunt was on for an earlier slot.  “I think it's better as a 9 o'clock or 8 o'clock show.”  He said.

Lost made good use of its later time slot, getting much more graphic than usual.  If Lost is moved to the family friendly 8pm slot, don't expect any exposed spinal cords or cross-bow arrows in the throat.

For the show to get an earlier slot at this point, it seems that one of the new shows would need to fail to make room for it.  Of course, new shows failing is part of the natural order of television programming, and for ABC to present a season of new shows that all succeeded would practically be in violation of the laws of nature.

At Comicon, Co-Creator Damon Lindelof made the comment, in regards to repeats, that there wasn't much room on the schedule for them unless you looked at Friday nights.  Some took this as Lindelof ‘testing the waters.'  There was no initial reaction from the audience, but the consensus online is that Lost's most favored timeslot would be 9pm on Wednesday, where it also experienced some of its best runs with regards to ratings.

For Lost fans to get their way, however, another highly touted ABC show Private Practice will need to be one of those shows that doesn't make it.  It currently holds Lost's former Wednesday, 9pm slot.

- Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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