What Does the Writers Strike Mean for Lost ?


Although late-night shows like “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report” and “Saturday Night Live” have already shut down because of the writers strike that started on Monday, primetime shows still have a number of episodes in production before running out of new material.

“Lost” fans, who have been waiting a long time for new episodes, will get to see at least eight new ones if the strike continues for a long time. “Lost” executive producer Carlton Cuse told Entertainment Weekly that ABC will soon have eight episodes in the can that it can begin airing after the first of the year. If the strike is prolonged and the writers 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.”