'Lost' Season 4 Will Have One Additional Episode
'Lost' Season 4 Will Have One Additional Episode
When the plan for Lost's final three years was initially announced, each season was supposed to have 16 episodes.  However, the writers' strike soon came along and derailed this nice little idea.  The Lost producers were only able to complete eight episodes before the strike, and after it wrapped up they announced that five additional installments would be produced.  While the show's fourth season would be somewhat truncated, the writers would at least have enough time to tie up certain story threads.

It's a lucky day for fans who were bemoaning the shortened schedule, as TV Guide's Michael Ausiello has announced that one more episode has been added to the show's fourth season.  Not only does that bring the episode total to 14 for this year, but it allows Lost to wrap up with a huge two-hour event.

Lost's season finale was originally supposed to air on May 22 at 10pm, following the conclusions of Ugly Betty and Grey's Anatomy.  However, now that the extra hour has been added, Lost won't be airing at all on May 22. The series will air its 12th episode on May 15, and will then come back with a mind-blowing two-hour finale on Thursday, May 29 at 9pm.  The 10pm slot on May 22 will instead be filled by an additional hour of Grey's Anatomy.

"We are very excited and grateful to [ABC president] Steve McPherson for working out the scheduling difficulties to allow us to make the second part of our finale two hours," says Lost executive producer Carlton Cuse. "Damon [Lindelof] and I were working on the script and we just couldn't get it all done in one hour without shortchanging the story.  Now the finale will have all the sweep and emotional completeness we wanted it to have — along with, of course, answering who's in the coffin."

Like many Lost fans, I'm extremely excited that the season gets to wrap up with a two-hour extravaganza.  I don't know if the episodes can possibly be better than last year's "Through the Looking Glass" two-parter, but I can't wait to find out.

- Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: TVGuide.com
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