'Lost' series finale will expand to two-and-a-half hours

Get ready for a lot of Lost on May 23: The series finale will expand to two-and-a-half hours from the originally scheduled two hours. The news, which was first posted on the website of the Hollywood Reporter, was confirmed to EW.com by a source close to the show. The official announcement was made on Tuesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Lost finale, which was to have aired from 9 to 11 p.m., will now extend until 11:30 p.m. A total of five-and-a-half hours of Lost programming will be broadcast on that Sunday night: A two-hour retrospective special/clip show, Lost: The Final Journey, will precede the finale, from 7 to 9 p.m.; Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Aloha to Lost will run after the finale and local news, starting at 12:05 a.m.

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  • Laura

    Yay!

    • Zeddicus “Zedd” Zu’l Zorander

      I wish it could it go on forever, after this show leaves the air, and Legend of the Seeker was cancelled, Human Target is probably on thin ice, all I have is FRINGE.

      • Joe

        wow, abc is really banking on lost. don’t really know who has time to watch 5 1/2 hours of lost on Sunday, that’s insane.

      • Michael

        Any chance this airs anywhere on a screen in the UK at the exact time it does in America?

      • Erin

        So true! Fringe is filling the void in my heart Lost is leaving behind. Love it.

      • Andy

        Um, I totally have 5 1/2 hours to watch Lost programming.

      • Eloise

        I just spent the last month watching all 5 plus this season to get caught up – how did you people wait between seasons, writers strike – I can’t even wait for next week!!

      • Erik

        @Joe

        The same people who will watch 5 hours of Oscars coverage or a Law & Order marathon or any of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on TNT. Basically, a lot of people.

      • Joe

        Try Happy Town.

      • c

        Or the Super Bowl, or the Olympics. Actually our society seems to have limitless TV time

      • JoshuaRowan

        5.5 Hours is NOTHING. I wish they were doing an all-weekend marathon starting on Friday and running through Sunday night with all the best episodes (The Constant, etc). Kind of like what they do on the SciFi Channel with The Twilight Zone every New Year’s. Now THAT would make for a great send off :)

      • Addison

        @Eloise

        Congratulations. I’m getting my friend to do the same when the series is over.

        And I will make time to watch 5 1/2 hours of Lost on Sunday. Because it’s Lost.

      • pink petunia

        I do!!

      • RyanK

        @Joe, That’s why it’s on Sunday. I’m feeling a Super Bowl-esque Lost viewing party going on.

      • Coco

        Umm… who DOESN’T have 5.5 hrs to watch the FINAL day of Lost? Weirdo

      • keeks

        You have terrible taste in shows.

      • fate

        Please, keeks, tell us what you like, so we can debase it.

      • sally1018

        Human Target is a hit, it’s safe. I like Human Target and Fringe too.

      • leml

        Sally1018 – Human Target is, quite honestly, horse puckey. The two episodes I watched were so far fetched and forced it made me cry. If it wasn’t Rorschach it would be completely lost.

    • mary q contrary

      BEST news I think I’ve gotten in a long time. Softens tonight’s blow. A little. *sniffle*

      • mary q contrary

        Well, it’s the best news I’ve heard in a long time IF they are adding more Lost footage, and not because they’re making bank off the ad space and therefore will be adding half an hour of it………..

      • Chris

        Oh no… they make money. How horrible!

      • Desmo

        Lol don’t know if you guys knew this or not but Lost isn’t free, in fact I think you will be surprised to learn that Lost has been about making money since the very beginning… MUHAHAHA CAPITALISM!!!

      • mary q contrary

        Hey, I’m not complaining that they make money. I just think it would be a tease to us fans, giving the finale an extra 1/2 hour, only to find out it was just for ads. I don’t actually think that’s the case, btw. Just musing.

      • bamalam

        I agree with Mary…this show already has a problem with commercials. It’s liket there is one every 5 minutes. Its why I never watch it live.

      • fate

        Well, I doubt they finish with a half hour of commercials. I’m pretty sure a longer show equals more lost, though possibly just ten minutes more, instead of twenty.

    • The Vicster

      I was surprised to see that Sayid, Jin and Sun all died in last night’s episode!!!

      • bamalam

        you think you are funny don’t you?

    • sandi

      Horrible idea…sorry…this seems a bit out of place and ridiculous to have the show air until 11:30 pm on a Sunday. Why not INSTEAD chose to air it at 08:30 am to 11 am….getting rid of or editing the ridiculous 2 hour filler-fluff that precedes the finale. ABC is not doing itself any favors with keeping the show on this late. I’m not happy about it at all. For full time working folks who enjoy the show and need to be up early on Mondays, this spells of disaster. Thanks ABC.

      • sandi

        I meant to say air it from 08:30 pm to 11 pm.

      • JD

        Come on, you will watch it anyways. And you are complaining about a half hour. How about you skip it then

      • Will watch lost for 24 hours

        We are working folks and I’d stay up until 3 am or later to watch Lost if I had too, especially the series finale! I don’t care what time it ends, if they want to add more and more time to it, I’m there!

      • char jones

        Work should not rule your life, dear. Get your priorities straight and start questioning why your employer has you getting up so darn early in the first place; it’s not healthy.

      • mike

        thats what a DVR is for

    • Jya

      1/2 hour more commercials.

    • Suzie

      Absolutely!!!! Who wouldn’t plan a LOST party on the final day!!! 5 hours or 10, I am there!!!!!!

    • Flaming Moe

      I didn’t read anything about more show being added. They probably have sold all of the very expensive commercial slots and are adding a half hour more of commercials. imo

      • Rob

        The entire point is that the writers asked for more time as they had so much material. I’m sure we will be getting 100 minutes of original Lost content that night. Well, closer to 110. Fitting an extra 30 minutes of commercials in would completely ruin the commercial, that’s not proportionate at all.

    • Chris Beard

      Hey man, just watch Flash Forward. That’s easily the new LOST, although nothing will replace the empty space that will be LOST =[

      • Ruby

        Nah, FlashForward would like to think it’s the new LOST, but it’s not.

        Fringe is the new LOST.

      • ani

        try watching Supernatural. awesome show

    • toni

      in reply to joe , is it ? I will be scheduling in the 5hours. ive watchd for 6 seasons and havnt a clue the absolut meaing of this show……5 hours for a lifetime of fulliment in know what in the island is going on

  • Seaner

    this is only a good thing. thank you

    • www.icstoopid.com

      Actually, this is a very bad idea. With all of the activities surrounding the season finale, I think we already have enough.

    • Pavlinka

      kai ton linus, persi pou ton perikyklwse k tou emsnfiae k tin kori tou.the way i see it, ton richard den ton skotwse giati ton plisiase, diavase tin istoria tou/to parelthon tou, kai profanws thewrise oti mporei na ton xrisimopoihsei later gia na skotwsei ton jacob, patwntas panw sti thriskeftiki tou pisti kai tin agapi tou gia tin nekri gynaika tou.emena etsi pou ton plisiase, ton meletise, eksafanistike kai meta ton xrisimopoihse, mou thimise ton ben persi k to pws o kapnos xrisimopoiise tin alex gia na ton peisei na akolouthisei ton fake locke k na skotwsei ton jacob. afta.@ron moss. otan leme gynaikes, ennooume kanonikes -oxi san ti zeta, kai panw apo mia?? entypwsiako!episis, k egw exw douleia, alla an einai gia aparadektous, ok, diko mou einai to katastima, to kleinw to mpourdelo kai fygame gia tou lamogia!

  • Andrew

    Wow. Just… wow. ABC’s going all out with Lost!

    • Jason

      Yeah, they’re going “all out,” but the trouble is, this series in no way had to end after six seasons. We’re talking about the greatest TV show in history, with more story than a dozen series, and ABC elects to kill it prematurely, while struggling to find “the next Lost” is various sci-fi knockoffs.

      Sorry, ABC, there will never be another show that comes close to the mythology and greatness of LOST, and your decision to end it is as stupid as the decision to fire the man who greenlit the pilot in the first place (while other ABC execs complained that the show would be an epic failure). That mentality still exists at ABC, which is why you can only find success in a tired, old dancing show. Good luck with that and your 60+ demos.

      • Darrin

        ABC did not “kill off the show prematurely”. As should be known by any Lost fan, this was a mutual decision made between the network and the producers 3 YEARS AGO to give the story an endpoint and not just have it spin its wheels not knowing how long it was going to be on. Without this endpoint, none of this season would be happening now.

      • Geoff

        Jason, you do realize it was the writers that decided to end the show, ABC didn’t cancel it. The writer’s didn’t want the show to run endlessly and run out of steam, so they are the ones that set the end date.

      • JS

        Easy, Jason. While I have no love for the decisions being made by any network, most Lost viewers look at the mutual decision by ABC and Lost producers to set an end date for the show as being the decision that revived the show. It freed the creators to pace the story appropriately for the remaining episodes, and ended the “holding pattern” many people complained about in Seasons 2-3.

      • lls

        choosing a definate end date is the best decision abc could have made with lost. if they hadn’t, it wouldn’t be the show we know and love. without knowing how much time they had to work with, we would have had to suffer through seasons of characters like nikki and paulo and people trying to force us to care, then when the show lost viewers because it had no direction, it would have been abruptly cancelled and we would never have had the closure we are getting now. all fans know that lost post picking the end date has been MUCH better than prior to picking an end date. i hate to see it go, but i’ve loved the experience.

      • JS

        Sorry to echo the posts above – we all posted almost the exact same thing at around the same time! Jason’s misunderstanding of the situation was just so obvious – I understand his desire for more Lost, but this time it’s not ABC’s fault.

      • Dean

        It isn’t ABC ending it now. Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse decided two years ago that they were going to end the story after six seasons. ABC had nothing to do with that decision.

      • leigh2

        I agree with you Jason..there is so much more they could have done.

      • Al

        The X-Files came and went (maybe a season too late) and we all despared that there would never be anything like it again on TV. And there hasn’t been, but then LOST came to fill all of our Jones for programming that made us think. I am guessing that life will again go on and a few years from now, we will all be scheduling our lives around a new series that stretches the limits. Who knows, it might even be on NBC.

      • Kate

        If they kept it going the plot would get thin and the fans would lose interest. Ending it now is smart and will be fulfilling for the fans instead of becoming tedious.

      • AL

        If lost hadn’t set an end date and a way to close the story, then it could have devolved into another “Heroes”; just flopping around trying to find then next interesting thread, but never going anywhere.

      • Suzie

        I agree, I hate that Dancing Show, at least with Lost it challenged the brain!!!

      • Tyk

        It’s good they decided to end it how they did. It ensures closure on the show in a predictable way.
        My issue was that the year of the writer’s strike, we missed a few episodes that would have been written due to the shortened season. I wish they’d have made those shows up.

      • char jones

        JS – the problem is that they have not “paced the show appropriately.” In fact, judging from the producers’ comments about The Candidate, posted elsewhere here, it appears that they never needed the first five seasons at all (or even most of season 6) It’s just another “evil bad guy” story. Wish they had revealed THAT before I wasted so much time.

    • www.icstoopid.com

      They are going all out, but they say that the finale will lead to more questions….WTF!!!!!

      • RyanK

        Well yeah, but not questions that need answered. I’m sure they’re talking about more rhetorical questions that can be argued over, like was Snape a good guy or a bad guy in Harry Potter. Not everything should be tied up in a perfect little bow. As much as Lost is a show about black and white, there are some serious shades of gray too, and not all questions should have one be-all end-all answer.

      • lostie

        Probably so that they can sell their “Lost Encyclopedia” that is due to be released at the end of August……

  • Melba Toast

    It’s going to technically be a TV movie!

    • graecey

      Is there a specific length when a show becomes a TV movie? Just wondering?

  • The Realist

    Let’s be realistic. This only means even more commercials. You’ll get the same amount of show content.

    • Sara

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. Just 30 more minutes of commercials.

    • Jacob

      This makes no sense at all. There will be probably 8 minutes of commercials and 22 minutes of extra footage.

      Please make sure you’re not retarded before posting on the internet.

      • Sara

        Stop being so serious and just go with the joke.

      • you’re kidding right

        please make sure you’re wearing pants when you move out of mom’s basement

      • teresa

        Please do not say retarded.

      • Jay

        I bet it will be 8 more minutes of show and 22 more minutes of commercials. Those additional commercial minutes will be spread over the 2.5 hours. So that would be what, 2 extra commercials per commercial break?

      • Jay

        And at close to $1 million bucks per 30 second commercial, can you really blame them?

      • bigworm

        Retards need not apply.

      • Cindy

        Thank you Teresa! Please folks, don’t call people or things you don’t like or can’t agree with “retarded”. It is reee-aaly offensive to those of us with mentally/emotionally challenged loved ones. Anyway, “Yeah!” More lost!!!! I’ll take even a few more minutes! Party’s a great idea!

      • drew

        …retard

      • Kelly

        No, you are retarded. Do the math. There are just more commercials…like every five minutes, there are five minutes of commercials.

    • True Dat

      Yep – more or longer commercials. The ads preceding the last scene of Lost will be the longest (and some of the most watched) ever.

      • Jill

        Most watched ever? I bet this gets less ratings than the final episode of Freinds.

      • RyanK

        Maybe, but also consider the fact that there will be people watching and rewatching and rerewatching over and over again. I could see this not being erased from DVRs for a loooong time.

      • Rishwinder Khalsa

        Yeah, I’ve never heard of the Super Bowl either.

    • Amanda

      way to be optimistic. jerks.

      • Mark

        Exactly Amanda.

        Hey you derelicts, if this means even 8 more minutes of Lost, I’m all for it. Hell, I’ll always take a MINUTE more. Only you negative nancies could find something wrong with this. Get bent.

      • Jill

        Oooh, good one Mark. Except, not really. Questioning people’s masculinity if they don’t like the show? Hope you are not indicative of the audience’s intelligence :S

      • bigdaddyhen

        To Jill
        Mark is not questioning anyones masculinity. Are you referring to his negative nancies comment? That is common phrase for people who complain about things. Also used sometimes is negative nellies.

      • RyanK

        Thank you bigdaddyhen. Who cares if there are more commercials, as long as there is also more Lost. And c’mon, negative nancy has nothing to do with masculinity. Don’t look too deep into such a common phrase Jill.

    • Maria

      When it comes to LOST, I don’t want to be a realist. lol

    • Craig

      EXACTLY what I thought. Some people will swallow anything. You MIGHT be getting 10 extra minutes, but you can be guaranteed more commercials so they can rake in the huge profits. Think about it…for an hour show, you have approx 12-15 minutes of commericals. Two hours=30 mins, 2.5 hrs=40-45 minutes of COMMERCIALS PEOPLE!

      • Tivo forever!

        Every Tivo user knows that it only takes 40 min to watch a 60 min TV show (skipping commercials) and 20 min to watch a 30min show. I’m just glad that I’m not in Craig’s house to watch the LOST finale because he will complain about EVERYTHING!!

      • RyanK

        Zing!

      • islandgirl

        Damn! You’re all a bunch of Whining Willies!!! We get an extra half hour of a show we love. A show that is about to end FOREVER!!!! And you’re complaining about it? What a bunch of ingrates!!!

      • ani

        be careful, islandgirl. your use of the term “whining willies” may attract negative attention from Jill, who is currently raining on a “negative nancy” parade above.

  • Jon

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!

  • kevin

    So this just means more commercials? Or did the final edit (which they just finished today or yesterday) end up being too long and they didn’t want to cut it down? Please let it be the latter!

    • mary q contrary

      My money is on the final edit just having too much crucial footage to cut. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be a few more precious near-million dollar ad slots to sell.

      • Pantagathus

        Bingo! :-)

    • JoshuaRowan

      So if they really wanted to drive us insane, they would do what Peter Jackson did with LotR – Give us the 2.5 Hour version on May 23, then come out with the Ultimate DVD Edition in the Fall with a 4 HOUR version. And sadly enough, I would be buying that DVD set even if it only meant 10 extra minutes of watching the BEST. SHOW. EVER. TO. EXIST.

      • Michelle

        Agreed!

      • RyanK

        The amount of money these guys could make off of us fanatical idiots is insane. I’m already saving up to buy the entire series on Blu-Ray. Sigh…

  • O’Malley

    There is a God! There is a God!
    Thank you, thank you.

    • Jacob

      You should be thanking Jacob.

      • Heather

        No, we should thank Tawaret!

      • RyanK

        The fertility god? Did she give birth to more lost?

      • Harmz

        lol!!

  • John Locke

    RIP Lost 5-23-10
    RP 24 5-24-10

    Time to say good-bye

    • Amanda

      That frees up your time during the week to watch House now!

      • Jaded

        Yeah, except LOST has kicked ass this season and House has completely sucked.

      • Sinbad

        Or you could get serious and watch my wonderful movie Houseguest, starring me and Phil Hartman.

    • Johnny

      It absolutely sucks that the 2 best TV shows out now are coming to an end. Thanks for some damn good television LOST & 24. You will be missed. At least we got a 24 movie to look forward to!

      • mary q contrary

        Haha, I guess now you kind of have a Lost movie to look forward to, as well

    • Harold Bizalls

      RIP LOST – you will be missed. Thanks for literally hundreds and hundreds of hours of enjoyment (as I have rewatched the whole series) and I have discussed each episode for hours.

      RIP 24 – you won’t be missed.

  • Lolita Hansen

    I’m going to miss you LOST. Don’t go!!!

  • MikerMan

    Here is the article! EXTRA FOOTAGE!!

    Get ready for more “Lost.”

    The producers of ABC’s hit drama have shot so much crucial material for the show’s hugely anticipated finale that the network has agreed to extend the last episode by an extra half hour.

    When the “Lost” finale airs on Sunday, May 23rd, the episode will run from 9 to 11:30 p.m. The overrun will air instead of the local news, with the “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost” post-finale special remaining at 11:30 p.m. ABC is expected to announce the plan on tonight’s episode of Kimmel.

    Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof just completed post-production on the finale” — on Monday night. Both sent out identical Tweets: “We’re done. Amen.”

    The supersizing of the finale is the latest adjustment to what might as well be called “The ‘Lost’ Weekend.” ABC is airing an “enhanced” (pop-ups) version of the show’s original two-hour pilot on May 22. On Sunday there’s a two-hour retrospective titled “Lost: The Final Journey,” followed by the finale and Kimmel post-show.

  • Kat

    yesssssssssssssssssssssss!!
    I didn’t know about the two-hour retrospective; guess I better get prepared to settle in for the night because I am not missing a SECOND of the greatest series finale event my generation has ever seen! I definitely need to address at least 2 things before then: how to incorporate a Lost theme into my dinner to complete the Superbowl-like nature of the party, and how many tissues to have ready for tears and/or wiping up the remnants of my blown mind.

    • Vivi

      Xm H alitheia einai oti meta to telos pawgsa, skeftomoun twra ante na perimeneis mexri tin epomeni tetarti to prwi kai meta eipa Oops! Den exei allo- TI LES?Ekei arxisa kai to diabasma, blogs, sites, videos ktl. To telos oso pernane oi imeres mou aresei kai pio poli, itan o monos tropos na dwsoun eksigisi sta pigaine ela tous sto nisi. Gia mena oi apantiseis pou eprepe na dwthoun dwthikan. Emena me endieferan pio polu oi xaraktires kai oxi to ti itan oi arkoudes kai oi karxaries. Se teliki afto to nisi:-upurxan magnitikes idiotites oso se kanena allo nisi-oi anthrwpoi eblepan kai milagan se nekrouskai oi arkoudes mas paraklsenepsan?O walter profanws kai pleon megalwse kai den mporei na paiksei alla kai alliws na to deis o xwros ston opoio mazeftikan oloi itan enas xwros metaksi zwis kai oti epakolouthei meta opote osoi eleipan (Wlater, Ecko, Windmore ktl) i exoun pethanei kai exoun eksilewthei gia tis amarties tous, i einai akoma sti zwi. Aplo O sayid nomizw kseperase gia ta kala tin irakini kai afto to eixame dei sto nisi den thumamai sezon- opou gia prwti fora meta apo tin apogoitefsi me tin irakini ksanagapise opote logiko itan.I Dharma profanws kai itan mia organwsi pou eixe paei sto nisi xronia prin me skopo na to ekmetaleftei kai o Ben leitourgouse san upoxeirio tou MIB kai analogws pote tous xeiragwgouse kai pote oxi.Na simeiwsw oti sto review tou proigoumenou epeisodiou den iksera gia to skuli tou Walter oute gia tin Eloise hahhaha Pws ta efere i tuxi kai emfganistikan ontws sto finale! Mipws na grapsw Lotto? LOLPantws emena to finale me ikanopoiise kai gia afto to logo gia panta tha zei afti i seira-tha suzitietai gia mia zwi

  • nikki

    oh my god this is one of the best things i have heard all day! thank you. haha/.. lost will be really missed. rip lost.

  • Colin

    what a great life

  • Rob

    The writers on that show have no idea what they’re doing at this point. The whole season has been shooting from the hip. While I believe that they may have had the rough points of the overall story (i.e. MIB bad, Jacob good, who the final candidate is) in mind, they came into this season largely improvising it, which is why it has been so uneven. Take out the whole wasted Dogen storyline, the Sideways world (a bad gimmick, which they’ll barely manage to integrate into the larger storyline) and two wasted episodes, and this season would have been up to par with the others.

    • Caleb Jones

      The dogen story helped set up sayid, jack and hurley for the changes in their characters necessary for the rest of the season. Hurley became a leader and seer, jack became a follower who could take poison to prove it wasn’t medicine, and sayid died and came back apparently soulless. Not to mention sawyer getting closure with juliet. Not to mention us getting to see MIB destroy a temple and gain a gang that included 1/2 the losties, even kate!
      Hardly a wasted arc.

    • bossgalaga

      Yeah…gonna echo above. You’re kinda an idiot if you really think that.

    • Dave

      The Dogen storyline wasn’t a waste. The only problem with it was Lennon, who was probably one of the most irritating characters ever introduced on Lost.

      • JRE

        Most annoying has to go to Zoe!

      • Dave

        Haha, Zoe is pretty annoying too, but my vote for worst season 6 character still has to go to Lennon.

    • you’re kidding right

      That sure is some mighty fine trolling, Rob.

      • RyanK

        Yeah, seriously, like dictionary definition You did realize the response you were gonna get to that post right Rob?

    • Desmo

      Unless you have read spoilers then I don’t see how you can say the sideways world was a gimmick that will barely be integrated. Why don’t you watch the show instead of posting your pointless blather.

    • ME

      Why does everyone always question the writers? I’d like to see what Rob could come up with for 6 seasons!

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