December 12, 2007
Perhaps no current series is in a stranger strike-induced limbo than ABC’s Lost. While fall premieres at least got out of the gate and 24’s own midseason return was officially postponed, Lost has eight episodes in the can but still, technically, awaits word on when they will unspool. “I think there’s still a wonderful market for Lost and that it’s a really good show, so I think [ABC is] going to have to play it by ear,” Elizabeth Mitchell shared at Hollywood Life Magazine’s Breakthrough Awards. “But from what I’ve heard, they want to see it back on the air.”
Cast mate Jorge Garcia was a bit more assured of a scheduled February return, saying, “I do believe the plan is to definitely air them right now. I don’t think they’re going to save them.” If anything, he says, the strike delay “is just going to throw off the original plan” to wrap up the series with three uninterrupted 16-episode seasons.
Until production someday resumes, many cast and crew members are left to bide their time, many of them in not-exactly-affordable Oahu. As Mitchell notes, “A lot of people are still in Hawaii because their kids are in school there, so they’re all kind of… “stuck” in Hawaii is really the wrong thing to say, but a lot of people are there, so I have my fingers crossed. The crew’s not getting paid, so you’ve got hundreds of people out of work right now. It’s really hard.”