Exhale, "Lost" legions. ABC's popular, genre-bending drama will go on for three more seasons with its creative team intact. In a highly unusual move, ABC announced Monday that it would air 16 uninterrupted episodes of "Lost" from February to May in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Yes, that means fans won't know exactly what the island is, why the airplane crash survivors are there and how a polar bear survives in the tropics until midway into the next U.S. presidential term.
The announcement came several months after executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, whose contracts were up this season, discussed publicly their wishes to negotiate a finite ending for their island mystery instead of letting the show stay on the air indefinitely and die unnoticed.
"What this allows us is both the ability to plot out exactly the remaining mythology and to give our audience comfort that their investment in the show is going to pay off and is leading to a now specified destination," Cuse said. "It's like book-marking a novel. You can now know at any time exactly how much of 'Lost' is left before you finish the novel."