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.