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LOST Moves Back
To Wednesdays With
2-Hour Jan. 21 Premiere!!

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“Lost” spent last season on Thursdays, but for season five it’s back to its old Wednesday stomping grounds. Its 2-hour season premiere launches Jan. 21 at 9 p.m., then the series settles into the 9 p.m. Wednesday slot currently held by “Private Practice.” Read all of James Hibberd’s Hollywood Reporter story on the matter here.

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  • Nov. 7, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST


    by fofo

    Can't wait! Hurry up January!

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST


    by Thorstrongstone

    Fuckin' LOST!

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 5:27 p.m. CST

    What's Lee Adama looking at...?

    by NetSlut

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    its not a 2-hour episode

    by me_so_horny

    the first hour is a "special/recap"

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    It's two full hours of new material

    by Hercules

    though there'll probably be a recap show preceding those two hours at 8 p.m.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Hope they match the quality of S4

    by Yeti

    Does this mean Private Practice is going going gone?

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST


    by DeeJay

    ... the first episode will give us an answer to at least one big question (and explore one core sci-fi concept, as did "The Constant"). From there, they can invest the next few episodes advancing the narrative in a more significant fashion. Whatever they've already put in place, I hope they begin the season giving the fans some sort of "payoff" for being so loyal to the product.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    FUCK YEA!!!!!!!!

    by Turd Furgeson

    Aw yeah, LOST is back soon, and 24, life is good....

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    New Hatch!

    by G100

    I'm almost certain there was a new hatch in the preview trailer.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Any word on Daisies?

    by br1947

    Maybe keep it around as a lead in to Lost? Maybe pick up a few Lost loyalists? It'd definately be ABC's best night of tv...

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Can't wait

    by Hamtaro Hentai

    Bring it on! And yeah, a Pushing Daisies/Lost lineup on wednesdays would be tits.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 9:26 p.m. CST

    So, American Idol Deathslot?

    by fedrich519

    Not that we have to worry about Lost getting canceled, but it is nice to see the ratings at a respectable level.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 10:09 p.m. CST

    I LOVE YOU, REIKO!!!!!!!!!!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST

    That's going to be a good week!

    by sidshifty

    New President. New Lost.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST

    About frickin' time...

    by GeorgieBoy

    I've almost forgotten about this show. And glad it's back on Wednesdays too.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 11:49 p.m. CST

    FUCKING "LOST"......

    by Playkins

    ....should be ON THE AIR RIGHT NOW. Bullshit, it is.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST


    by PirateEmery

    THANK YOU GOD! It isn't LOST if it isn't on Lost-day. Back to Wednesdays like it should be!<p> Now, remind me to make sure not to sign up for Lab sections on Wednesday nights. I made sure to avoid Thursday nights, but it appears I can move my night sections back there.<p> God, I love college.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 2:17 a.m. CST

    still the best show on tv.

    by soup74

    and thats saying a lot. because there is a lot of good Tv/cable series out right now. Although Dexter is hot on Lost's tails.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 5:36 a.m. CST

    With 100 characters in it, it needs 2 hours.

    by F-18

    Lost has alot of characters, is basically what I'm saying.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Love Lost...

    by Roland_The_Gunslinger

    ...My theory? Cloning is on the island.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    LOST time slot

    by Titus05

    YES!!...I've always preferred LOST at 9:00 PM because that way the show can run over its time slot by a few minutes which was not possible when the show was on at 10:00 PM due to local news restrictions at 11:00 we can expect LOST over-runs every week, so that it'll really end at 10:03 or LOST is always a good thing!!

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    The Ender Smites Foes: fuckin' relax

    by Pdorwick

    You don't know Locke's father. You know a character actor. End of story. He's just a guy doing his job like you do yours.<br><br>The only difference is that the storyline line of your job is ridiculously incomprehensible.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 8:31 a.m. CST


    by Roland_The_Gunslinger

    Leave poor Ender alone, if he or she wants to get excited about meeting a famous person so be it. God knows I do

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    By The Way...

    by DeeJay

    ... whatever happened to the whole "Dharma Initiative" sign-up that was online and pushed heavily at the San Diego ComiCon? Does it look as if it'll tie into a viral marketing campaign as we get closer to January, or something else? Also; we know that the saga itself will end within the next 2 seasons. Still... does anyone get the feeling that the producers will leave the door open for "Lost" movies? I've tended to think that they're looking to close the door after the series ends... but the more we see different timelines converging, the more it seems that this may not be the case.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST


    by jimmy rabbitte

    Everything you said is absolutely correct and true; but... a little harsh, no? Roy DeSoto from Emergency! just made this guy's year; and you had to drop the whole reality thing on him... tough room.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Really Pdorwick?

    by Willips Brighton

    Ender didn't actually meet the character from the LOST universe? You mean he met some sort of human who occasionally 'acts' in the role of Locke's father--an 'actor', one might say? That clarification was very helpful, Pdorwick.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    I haven't figured out why everyone loved last season so much

    by smackfu

    Imo it wasn't near as good as the previous 3 seasons. I'm not sure if you noticed, but the whole season was basically one big 'stall' to keep the real story from going forward. I suspect it's because they've found themselves in a position where they're ready to do the final act 2 seasons too early. So they gave us Season 4, one huge stall. It ended where it started. And now, sadly Season 5 is going to be all about them getting back to the island. Then season 6 will finally resume the story of them on the island. Doesn't anyone else feel kind of gyped about this? Like imagine if This season of BSG, rather then actually being the story ending season, started off with Galactica getting sucked into a wormhole or transported 6 months back in time, and the whole next 2 seasons was just them getting back to the exact spot they were at when last season ended.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Kind of agreed smackfu

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    In retrospect, Season 4 was the weakest. In my opinion, that's no slam on it, since it was still very good - but it didn't have the same "wow" material the first three seasons had. I personally thing S3 is underrated, even though it was a somewhat rough start. <p>S4 was by far the most consistent, but #1 it had fewer episodes, and #2 consistency isn't everything.<p>(Also, no matter my reservations about S4, it was still better than BSG which just lost its compass almost entirely.)

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Wow The Ender Smites Foes!

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    That is actually pretty cool. <p>Can't wait for the premiere. It has been too long. </p>

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 1:37 p.m. CST

    New hatch?

    by TheKappa

    ...Or old hatch? Keep in mind that the Swan Station still hasn't blown up in 1977... Giving Charlotte and Farady plenty of time to explore the island in the past and still have time to die in each others arms under the waterfall back in the caves. <br> Think about it.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 1:41 p.m. CST

    LOST season rankings...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    1 > 4 > 2 > 3 <p>Then again, every season had its OMG moments. I started watching during Season 2 (it was extra credit for a test in grad school), and then quickly bought the DVDs for Season 1. I have never seen a show that was so intelligent and both heart/thought provoking! I am also a fan of BSG, Heroes Season 1, The Sopranos and a few other cool shows. But LOST takes the cake! I have never followed a show with so much interest! </p> The saddest and happiest thing about this show is Season 6 will be the end.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Rampart this squad 51!

    by Xiphos_2

    Ender good on you buddy for meeting Ray DeSoto.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    Beginning is the end is the beginning

    by Rei-Ginsei

    For those that dislike that season 4 technically ended where it began - I think the purpose of the "big reveal" at the end of S3 was to give you something to look forward to all summer. "OMG! They get off the island?!"<p> Yeah, it was kind of a gimick, but it kept me theorizing on the various "Lost" forums during the break. S4 had some pretty cool moments, too. C'mon - who didn't love when Ben ran into his secret room and set ol' smokie on the mercs?

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST


    by turketron

    The best show on network TV returns! And finally it's back to Wednesdays where it belongs. I can't wait. I have enjoyed every season of this show. Bring on S5.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Nice going Ender

    by I am the most horrible

    That's pretty effin cool. I had Mike Brady (yeah, Robert Reed)from the Brady Bunch come into a health food store I managed looking for smokes. It was completely surreal, but it rocked. <p> You scored. I don't understand the crazy ire from tbers. That seems like a textbook case of cool news to me.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by I am the most horrible

    I tend to agree with you about the stall. The point of a show being on tv is to tell a story. Sometimes this show resists being on tv and resists telling the story.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Lost is my favorite show, but one thing sucked..

    by Mundungus

    is the way the writers treated the whole Jacob plotline. They must have taken notes from "Contact" with Jodi Foster's father appearing as the mysterious alien. <p> They have one of their coolest sequences ever introducing Jacob's cabin, then they have teased the viewers about Jacob's identity ever since, inexpicably having Jack's dead father eventually serve as a stand in... what? Weak. <p> Then they need Claire out of the picture for a while, so let's have her disappear to the mystery cabin without explanation and act like she's on ecstacy for some reason. <p> Okay, fine. But if they have Locke ending up as Jacob, or the show ending in a time loop like The Dark Tower, as much as I love the show, F'em.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Thank god

    by chewyou812

    I needed some good news after reading that horrible story about another Steve Martin Pink Panther.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Season four had "The Constant"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    'nuff said.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 11:32 p.m. CST


    by BigGuy219

    I'm sure glad to see Michelle Rodriguez will be returning to make an appearance as Ana-Lucia again. She was my favorite character and I stopped watching when she was senselessly killed.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST


    by slave to the one

    Although normally I would be rejoicing, but I decided to go back to school and registered for Monday and Wednesday classes! I guess I'll have to watch it online the next day and stay the hell away from the talkbaks!

  • Nov. 9, 2008, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Good old Lost

    by bender7

    I'm hoping the season continues to make this the best show on TV. Despite Prison Break being surprisingly good this season, most of the good shows are lacking a bit this season. I hope there's some kick ass Locke moments though!

  • Nov. 9, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Season 4 was NOT a stall...

    by RongoRongoMu

    That's like saying that ALL of Fight Club was a stall because it started with Jack with a gun in his mouth and then flashed back to everything that led up to that point. That's not a stall, it's called a framing device. Season 3's finale showed us a present-day Jack who was guilty and suicidal, and convinced that he had to return to the Island. Season 4 was therefore about connecting Point A to Point B to see WHAT happened to put him in that place. And how do you define "advancing the story?" The most common (stupid) complaint about LOST is the "lack of answers," and season 4 provided more than any other previous season.

  • Nov. 9, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST


    by Loosejerk

    I've been dieting to try and make weight for a high school reunion coming up. Every day I drink a Slimfast shake for breakfast and lunch and then follow it with a sensible dinner. For each dinner I have a salad to go with it. As I ate my salad, I kept thinking "why does this salad taste so familiar?". The suspense was killing me so I went and google'd the salad and found out it was MOTHER FUCKING DHARMA INITIATIVE RANCH DRESSING. To think, I've been putting in my mouth the same stuff that Hugo "Hurley" Reyes has been drinking down for all this time in the Island. I wanted to write Hurley a letter asking him if he likes the buttermilk or the original, but his address keeps changing.

  • Nov. 9, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Sp Pushing Daisies will lead into Lost? Sweeeeeeet!

    by Mindtrip

    If so, what a fantastic combination.

  • Nov. 9, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    ABC Network Executives:

    by chickenmonkey

    You obviously read these talkbacks and take each and every opinion to heart. That is why I'm glad that you will be renewing Pushing Daisies for at least two more seasons to air on Wednesdays before Lost. Thank you for listening, and thank you for letting this message make a change in your Nielsen-ratings-backed, stockholder-supported, advertising -revenue-generated, test-marketed and frozen-head-of-Walt-Disney-approved television scheduling. We look forward to seeing the fruits of these comments.

  • Nov. 9, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST

    chickenmonkey: Don't kid yourself

    by Playkins

    "ABC Network Executives" don't give a shit about talkback. Our kind of geek is about 5% of the audience.

  • Nov. 9, 2008, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Pushing Dasies is worst that the new Knight Rider.

    by namasteandgoodluck

    Please 86 that crap from the menu.

  • Nov. 9, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Ender Smites Celebrities

    by shellfishh

    I played blackjack with Martin Landau once. Nice guy, but he splits tens.

  • Nov. 9, 2008, 5:46 p.m. CST


    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Uncalled for, but funny nonetheless ...

  • Nov. 9, 2008, 8:20 p.m. CST

    smackfu, gyped????

    by necgray

    Are you kidding? That season was f'n AMAZING! I guess if you're ONLY concerned about the single storyline of "how does everyone get off the island", then it is a "gyp". But if that's all you care about, then I think you kinda miss the point of the show. And I gotta disagree, chrism, 4>1. There is no Ben in season 1, so it therefore MUST be lesser.

  • Nov. 9, 2008, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Ben's S4 Flashforward

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    or flashback, whatever. Anyway that was a great episode too.

  • Nov. 10, 2008, 2:12 a.m. CST

    RE D.Vader Alpert doesn't age?

    by VoxMillennium

    Not necessarily, he could be time traveling.

  • Nov. 10, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST


    by Crow3711

    Just blew my mind a little bit reading this. I've always been fascinated by people's theories on the Adam & Eve skeletons from S1, and I've thought since S3 it would probably turn out to be someone we know who found themselves back in time and died, but I never considered Faraday and Charlotte, an inspired choice. The idea of them dying together in the past is a pretty romantic ideal that fits well with the heart of what Lost is. And Ender, don't listen to those A-Hole, its sweet you serve Cooper drinks. I don't think you should bug him, considering he doesn't know shit about anything on the show (they don't even tell Ben anything I bet), but still, you should tell him how much you enjoyed his performance. And season rankings, IMO, 4 > 1 > 3 > 2 (3 is so under-rated its disgusting. Sure, it starts slow, but not boring or bad. Just a little contemplative. And those lsat 3 or 4 episodes might as well be considering part of S4, especially Greatest Hits into Through The Looking Glass, some of the most emotional television I've ever seen.)

  • Nov. 10, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Happy Birthday to me!

    by Seth Cohen

    2 hour lost premiere on my birthday! the gods doth smile upon thee!

  • Nov. 10, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST

    And BTW,

    by Crow3711

    As nostalgic as we all are for S1 and its epic greatness, I own the DVDs and if you go back and watch it now, it's considerably less interesting knowing what we know now. Re-watching S1 you see what was planned and what wasn't. While yes, I agree S1 was amazing and is a great season for the show, if you are all up-to-date and go back and re-watch season 1, its pretty boring. It's perfectly built for drawing in new viewers (I consistently challenge friends to watch the Pilot and not want to watch the rest of the show, and I consistently win that bet) it's just that going back its so underwhelming. It really feels like they are misleading you with a lot of characters knowing what we know now and compared to new seasons there just isn't a lot going on that is very deep. As good as it is, it's a little shallow when watching in retrospect. Seeing S4 makes things in S3 so much cooler, which is why I think 3 is under-rated. It's a very strong season with tons of intrigue and set-up.

  • Nov. 10, 2008, 11:38 a.m. CST


    by DeeJay

    ... I agree that the storyline has advanced so far that Season 1 can't really compete in that regard. However, I think it's worth noting that Season 1 was still the most effective when it came to exploring some of the deepest fears people have (plane crashes, being attacked by a bear in the woods, falling off of a cliff, being trapped in a cave, a woman finding out she's married to someone violent, the threat of a mysterious/unknown group of "others," etc.). Had the show creators not masterfully explored fears in the first season, I don't think it'd be featured in an AICN talkback, today. Almost each season, seemingly, could be used for a different subject in the typical core of the liberal arts curriculum (Psychology, Sociology, Physics, etc.).

  • Nov. 10, 2008, 12:30 p.m. CST

    What really makes me happy...

    by Willyer Hero all the Heroes lovers that are ready to jump off a bridge. Remember when they were saying "Heroes is what Lost should be" "Heroes gives us answers every week" "Lost sucks, Heroes rules". Suck it, nerds.

  • Nov. 11, 2008, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Did you guys see that...

    by PirateEmery

    ...ABC put a full Dharma jumpsuit in their online store? HOLY FUCK that just screams Nerd Tax.

  • Nov. 11, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Season 4

    by _Maltheus_

    <p>While it may not have really covered much, season 4 was enjoyable to watch. I wasn't looking the clock, pacing around like I was in season 3. Talk about a finale where NOTHING happened ('cept Charlies death that everyone knew was coming for most of the season).</p> <p>I'm looking forward to the new season, but I'm hoping that they focus less on Jake and Kate. Nothing brings the show to a crawl more than a Jack or Kate episode. Kate is the Lana Lang of Lost. No level of hotness will make her character interesting/likable. As for Jack, let's just say that if I were on that island, I'd send him to go live in the cabin with his dad and sister. I'd sooner put Bernard in charge.</p>