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Exclusive: Lost Abandoning Wednesday?

Josh Holloway, Naveen Andrews, Evangeline Lilly and Matthew Fox in Lost by Bob D'Amico/ABC
Lost has found a new time slot.

As I reported in today's Ask Ausiello, ABC is expected to unveil its strike-proofed midseason schedule within hours, if not minutes. And although the contents of said schedule are being guarded more closely than the secret of the islanders' escape, multiple sources who have seen an early draft of the document tell me that the big news concerns Lost.

Mind you, the lineup has not yet been finalized, but according to this early draft, the network has decided to air the eight completed episodes beginning in February. However, they won't be airing on Wednesday nights. I haven't been able to find out which night the show is moving to, but when I do, you know you'll be the first second seventh to know.

As you'll recall, it was the wish of Team Darlton that ABC not air its remaining in-the-can eppies. If that happened, Carlton Cuse suggested, "It will feel a little like reading half a Harry Potter novel, then having to put it down. There is a mini-cliff-hanger at the end of Episode 8, but it's like the end of an exciting book chapter, it's not the end of the novel."

Still, Cuse acknowledged that the choice wouldn't be his or Damon's. "It's really [ABC honcho] Steve MacPherson's call," he said, adding, "No one was happy with the six-episode run last season."

Of course, we might be even unhappier having to wait months and months for the strike to end and new installments to be written. So maybe this is, in the worst of times, a good thing? What do you think? And where, if not Wednesdays, on the schedule would you drop Lost? All you armchair network execs, this is your big chance. Show me what you've got!

Lost Finds New Time Slot: Thursdays at 9

Posted by Michael Ausiello
Dec 12, 2007 2:13 PM
I don't know about everyone else, but I agree with Team Darlton. I'd rather wait until all 16 episodes were written and shot BEFORE airing them.
Posted by kchez
Dec 12, 2007 2:18 PM
They should run 32 episodes in the 2008-2009 television season. I don't really mind where they put it because I'll be watching. Best bet would be an 8pm CST slot for ratings and maybe Lost will see a ratings bump if it's going against nothing but R/R (reruns and reality.) I could see a jump from 10-12 mill to 15 mill with weak competition.
Posted by bwschultz
Dec 12, 2007 2:28 PM
I'm actually "OK" with the idea of uncorking the eight in the can and then... whatever. Because yes, the TV schedule is getting that bleak. We need the bestest fresh stuff we can get, even if it's just for a couple of months.

As for what day of the week, I'd go with Tuesdays at 9. Lost needs the larger potential audience of a 9 o'clock show. The 10 pm slot was killing it. Too many brain cells are fried by that crispy hour.
Posted by Matt Webb Mitovich
Dec 12, 2007 2:29 PM
I'd rather get the 6 eps rather than wait. I think if they wait they'll lose viewers since the wait will be too long and possibly everyone will be "into" something else. If they hold off, I'll probably DVR it and watch it at another time. That just might have to happen if they move it to another night. I'm a big LIFE fan too and Moonlight, and Numbers, and CSI, asnd NCIS, AND House and Bones and Without a Trace and, and, and, and;.....
Posted by Cobby
Dec 12, 2007 2:33 PM
As much as I want Lost to come back in February, I really would rather have a full season be shown, much like Fox is doing with 24. These eight episodes will feel much like a blip on the radar and it doesn't seem they will make as much impact as they could if the whole season ran fully through. I guess the only thing to hope for is that the strike will end and it can still be possible to have the whole batch of 16. If not, maybe, just wait until the fall and have a 24 episode season, scrapping the 3 16s in order for 2 24s. The wait is very long though. At least the third season is out now to hold fans over.
Posted by kpatrick
Dec 12, 2007 2:38 PM
The rumor has been Monday for some time. Should be interesting to see if that happens.
Posted by docarzt
Dec 12, 2007 2:41 PM
I'd have to go with Tuesday at 9:00. The future of television is coming down to game shows and reality shows, and Tuesdays need the help. Who wouldn't choose Lost over According to Jim? And if you would, why are you reading this??? ]<img border=">
Posted by Michelle
Dec 12, 2007 2:46 PM
Mark my words, they are going to plug it into the hole left by Heroes -- Mondays at 9:00. Not sure what NBC will air there, but with similar audiences, it's a nice bet.
Posted by DRGarbark
Dec 12, 2007 2:47 PM
My bet is anytime other than against American Idol. So, probably Monday at 9:00 EST.
Posted by TVBlonde
Dec 12, 2007 2:52 PM
I forgot where we are with Lost. I would rather wait until next year for an uninterrupted season.

My ideal would be to have them run all or at least part of last season over the summer, then start Lost uninterrupted right after.
Posted by Meowmix
Dec 12, 2007 2:55 PM
I am with those who would rather wait for an uninterrupted season to play out as Darlton wish. I applaud FOX's decision to postpone "24" and fans of "The Sopranos" literally waited years between some seasons.

Having said that, it seems ABC will air the 8 eppys in the can. And I will be watching.

The only thing I don't want to hear is the tiresome, inevitable and predictable bitching and moaning from those who want to see the eight no matter what if the "finale" at the end of the run doesn't live up to their expectations. Because I GUARANTEE that is what is going to happen.
Posted by DS9Sisko
Dec 12, 2007 2:55 PM
I just want LOST now... I rather read a good chapter and wait until I get to finish the great book, rather than just waiting forever!
Posted by JS815
Dec 12, 2007 2:58 PM
Right now most networks are running dry and by February pretty much everything is going to be gone. Monday at 9 might sound good because the Heroes audience can switch, but Thursdays have always been TVs biggest night. With 2 episodes of CSI left and 1 of Grey's, and with NBCs comedy shows basically reduced to Scrubs (and even that is likely to be running out by the end of February) Lost will be one of the biggest names still on the air, I think Thursday would be a great spot for the show.
Posted by pinkgrl0210
Dec 12, 2007 3:07 PM
any night - just need it back!!! If I can't watch it live, I have a DVR.
Posted by Susan Marvin
Dec 12, 2007 3:16 PM
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