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Lost creators set 2010 finish date

Lost - Season 1

Story by Jack Foley

TV HIT Lost is to continue for a further three series before finally ending in 2010, according to its network ABC.

A “highly-anticipated and shocking finale” is reportedly being planned for the Emmy-award winning TV show in a bid to keep viewers from drifting away before it concludes and answers all questions.

In a further move to appease existing viewers, ABC president Stephen McPherson said that each series will contain 16 episodes with no mid-season break, following complaints that the last series was divided in two during both its US and UK run (on Sky One).

The desert-island based programme boasts an ensemble cast including Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly and follows the survivors of a plane crash as they attempt to come to terms with life on a mysterious island with apparently supernatural powers.

Commenting on the end date, McPherson elobrated: “Due to the unique nature of the series, we knew it would require an end date to keep the integrity and strength of the show consistent throughout and to give the audience the pay-off they deserve.”

He was backed by executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse who, in a joint statement, added that they had always considered the show to have a beginning, a middle and an end. They are now happy that this end would now be allowed to play out as intended and have agreed to remain with it until the end of the run.

In its heyday Lost was watched by over 20 million viewers a week in the US – but as frustration mounts over the perceived lack of answers the figure had fallen to an average of 12 million.

UK viewing figures have also started to slip and dipped still further once it moved to Sky from Channel 4.