How will the strike affect 'Lost?'

So far, the news about what the strike will mean for Lost’s return to ABC this winter isn’t all that bad, but it could get worse if the picketing persists. According to Lost executive producer Carlton Cuse who was walking the picket line Monday in front of Burbank’s Disney lot with fellow EP Damon Lindelof ABC will soon have eight episodes in the can that it can begin airing after the first of the year (ABC has yet to announce a start date, though it seems likely the show will return in February). If the strike is prolonged and the scribes can’t get back to work writing the rest of the episodes, fans are going to be stuck with the kind of stunted season they were forced to endure last year. "It will feel like buying a Harry Potter book, reading half of it, and then having to put it down for many months," explains Cuse. "There is a cliffhanger at the end of the eighth episode. It will only be frustrating [for viewers] to have to step away from the show and not see the second half of the season.

"The first half of the season, like a good novel, sets all the events of the show in motion and the second half deals with the consequences," Cuse continued. "We’re very proud of the first eight but it feels weird to have to stop literally mid-stream."

 

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  • TheBookPolice

    ::incoherent stuttering:: God, I can’t wait for February. Please, suits, give them their due!

  • RyRy

    this is why the writters don’t deserve anything… hello a cliffhanger on the episode they last wrote coinciding with the strike… how convenient.
    what d*o*u*c*h*e*bags

  • Mike

    The fate of Lost is the main reason I hope the writer’s strike gets resolved quickly. With the shortened season, we were supposed to be treated to Sopranos-quality episodes. I can’t help but wonder if quality will be affected if the strikes cuts into production time, but not enough to justify scrapping the season.

  • Mike

    The fate of Lost is the main reason I hope the writer’s strike gets resolved quickly. With the shortened season, we were supposed to be treated to Sopranos-quality episodes. I can’t help but wonder if quality will be affected if the strikes cuts into production time, but not enough to justify scrapping the season.

  • Anonymous

    Argh. This will eventually get resolved, so how about now rather than later.

  • D.J.

    RyRy,
    Oooooh….sorry the strike inconveniences you. Don’t you think that the people that write the shows that you watch (even Lost) deserve to make their piece of the pie? Media is changing and the terms of contracts must be updated in accordance with that.

  • TheBookPolice

    “RyRy,” first of all…your handle here implies that it is YOU who is the d*o*u*c*h*e*bag. Second of all, as a member of a union, let me tell you that you’re a moron. Do you honestly think that compensation to writers should NOT reflect changes in media and technology? Do you think the writers should be paid at silent-film rates? And do you REALLY think that the writers of LOST wrote their episodes the way they did because they SOMEHOW knew FOR SURE that there would be a strike? Idiot.

  • Adam T. Martin

    Alright suits, pay the writers what they want and we can have our full season of Lost.
    Capice?

  • AAR

    16/2=8. THAT’S why there’s a cliffhanger in Ep. 8. No conspiracy, just simple storytelling. And if this strike goes on for long (and I have a feeling it will run through the New Year), those eight episodes are going to be a welcome change to whatever reality tv show is on (and this is coming from a person who loves reality tv).

  • Jack M

    We’re used to having new episodes of Lost only being shown every other decade or so anyway, so I wouldn’t worry about the writers’ strike at this point.

  • buddahead508

    writers are een MORE important than theses overpaid actors…..pay them already!!!!!

  • buddahead508

    writers are even MORE important than these OVERpaid actors,so PAY them already & let’s get the season going…b4 we ALL defect to internet & cable,in disgust

  • Nick

    We’re used to not getting any answers, so honestly, who cares. Lost takes another 5 month break. Awesome.

  • Dutch

    The show goes on hiatus from May to February to accomodate an odd 16 episode season and these Cats only have half the eps written 6 months later? Lame! I’m mostly for the writers on this strike issue but this whole thing should have been a complete NON-issue regarding LOST and their high priced writing team. Big mistake putting a delayed season on hold half way thru, better figure it out C&L or you’ll have even fewer fans follow you to the bitter end.

  • Dutch

    The show goes on hiatus from May to February to accomodate an odd 16 episode season and these Cats only have half the eps written 6 months later? Lame! I’m mostly for the writers on this strike issue but this whole thing should have been a complete NON-issue regarding LOST and their high priced writing team. Big mistake putting a delayed season on hold half way thru, better figure it out C&L or you’ll have even fewer fans follow you to the bitter end.

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