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Lost may lose half-season

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As day two of the Writers Guild of America strike marches on, more information about the fate of various television programs is trickling in. The forecast of the effects of the strike is grim no matter how one looks at it, but reality really hits when one of the industry's biggest and most anticipated returning shows gets a dire prognosis.

Diehard fans of ABC's Lost have been clamoring to get information about the show's fourth season, which is scheduled for February, and today they got it. Showrunner Carlton Cuse, who was out joining the writers on the picket line in Burbank, California, told Entertainment Weekly that it doesn't look good if the strike continues.

Cuse says that the first eight episodes of season four are almost complete and ready to air. But if the writers don't get back to work, that's all that may be available for a while.

"There is a cliffhanger at the end of the eighth episode," Cuse said. "It will only be frustrating [for Lost fans] to have to step away from the show and not see the second half of the season."

Lost relies heavily on a serialized approach to television; that is, stand-alone episodes are few and far between as the attraction of the show is its many ongoing twists and turns spread out over a season. In other words, breaks in the action pretty much suck for the viewers, as evidenced by the declining ratings that plagued the show after its midseason hiatus.

ABC and the producers decided to avoid that pitfall this year, and came up with some interesting ways to do so. The parties agreed to shorten the remaining three seasons to 16 episodes apiece, delay the start of the season until February, and run the seasons straight through without interruptions.

Now it appears that could be all for naught.

"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," explained Cuse. "We're very proud of the first eight but it feels weird to have to stop literally mid-stream."

In a similar boat is Fox's 24, which is even more time-sensitive than Lost. Cherry Jones, who plays the president in the upcoming season of 24, told TVGuide.com that approximately eight episodes of her show will be complete.

Despite the overwhelming odds, she has a more positive outlook for 24. "People have really committed to this show, so I know they're going to give it their best show this season, despite all the adverse events," she said.

While pretty much every scripted show is getting affected in some way because of the strike, programs known for their serialized natures are particularly at risk.

However, at least one drama that relies on the continuous storyline has already planned ahead. The crew of NBC's Heroes shot an alternate ending of the December 3 episode, transforming it into a season finale instead of the last show before its midseason break.

Let's hope they don't have to use it.

For more on the writers strike, check out TV.com's Strike Source, featuring up-to-date statuses on shows, the latest information, and more.

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Everybody is talking about greed! Hehe, guys, you live inn the US, where the laws of the jungel, and the survival of the fittest still stands as your prime value.

Give the writers a break...no, give them a raise, so we all can relax inn our good chairs, with our favoritt shows, and our favoritt drinks. We should have bether thinks to do...but we don`t, and we like it that way.
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These idiot writers need to get over themselves.
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Hope the strike ends soon, but if it doesn't 8 episodes is better than nothing.. It's been too long already!!
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For a season, 8 episodes for Lost is like giving a child one lolipop and then suddenly take it away from her. I don't agree with that!!!!
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If the big guns don't get this sorted out, I'm sending in Jack Bauer... I'm talking individuals tied to chairs with telephone wire here. Jack's not afraid to BITE either people!!! AMPTP building is under surveillance. You have been warned lol CMON... NO 24???? ITS NOT WORTH THINKING ABOUT!!!
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Wow. Seeing the ending of lost and the continuation of 24 is what most of you people care about? What about the writers that are being shafted by the industry? Nobody crying for them? Disappointing.
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????????? NOOOOOOOO!!!! Really hope they'll find a solution for this problem. DON'T WANT TO CRY! o.O
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What! Possibly no LOST or 24. What the frak is going on!!!
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For those of you who support the writers, check this out.



http://www.fans4writers.com



Spread the word! If the studios don't have writers or viewers then they have no power. The execs need to learn who is REALLY responsible for all that money they make. That would be us, the fans/consumers.
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AHhhh Why!? Why does lost get invovled this can't be happening. 8 episodes goo too quickly and i bet the cliffhanger is gonna make me want to pull my hair out.
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Hey, i live in belgium and im really sadened by the news of the strike. I didn't think it would effect so many top-class shows. Imho the network should get this fixed asap. I mean the sooner they start writing again, the sooner they can air them and get more money out of it for themselves. as it stands now a lot of series will have an seasonfinale halfway. some heads may role for the new series and series who arent sure for a season renewal may kiss their ass goodby prolly to :(
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NO WAY i have to see the end of LOST!!!!
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all episodes please
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the writers have so many people on their side (including presidential candidates,producers,ect) all backing them up. we the fans should also be backing them up....the more angry fanmail that the networks get the better!



i just wish the networks would stop messing around.they know they will have to eventually surrender and pay the writers what they want.but they are wasting everyones time in this superiority contest they have no chance in winning.
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If this happens, I will be pretty depressed. I need my weekly Sawyer-isms to make it through the spring.
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lost uber alles!
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i really didnt think that the strike was going to effect anything and now it seems it almost certainly will
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I hope Lost gets owned... it kinda sucks.
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AWWWWWW ARE U SERIOUS? I AM SOOO SADDENED BY THIS. I LOVE THIS SHOW!! COME BACKKKKK PLZZZZZZ

I HATE BEING LEFT IN THE MIDDLE OF A GOOD SHOW
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Ok, so normally I support the little guy sticking it up to "The Man", but between the writers and my fave shows, hands down, no contest, my shows come on top. So please stop bitc#ing around, everyone knows it's good old fashioned greed, the human need to always want more.



So please just settle the darn strike and gimme my epis!!!
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No way! I want lost back and all episodes,not half of them. this is the world's end. worst thing i ever heard. please all episodes!!!
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Why don't the damn money grabbing american companies just give the writers what they deserve! It's madness.
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oh my god
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omg first 24 now Lost, nooooooooooo. I miss 24 sooooooo much but no Lost would kill me. They HAVE to air the first 8, I don't care I need them. I hate the strike, again I hate, hate, hate the

strike, can't they just come to terms instead of costing us and the industry over a billion dollars. They mite as well give that money to the writers so they can shut up and carry on working.
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8 new episodes of Lost are better then none.

February, here I come!
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Is it only me but are the writers being greedy. Why are they striking anyway don't they already get paid enough more than me anyway.
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Just give the writers what they want already so we don't have to lose all shows that we love to watch every week. And if Lost or Grey's Anatomy gets screwed because of this strike I'll be one very pissed of Canadian
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Pleas give the writers what they want. I will literally loose my mind once the networks start adding more reality crap.
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I've been waiting all year for LOST to come back, if it's cut back...I'm gonna have to pound someone. Writers are always the behind-the-scenes people, they're the ones with all the skill!!
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We can thank those dumb writers over this. Thanks a lot writers. For ruining our season!
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Come to think of it, that is absolutely true. And of course talking about the writers. W/out them, there won't be any shows on tv, well except of the horrendousness of reality tv show. I change my mind (and especially what I said before) because its the writers who should be making more money, not the actors.
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I need 24 thats all I know, PLEASE give the writers what they want!
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Ok, now everyone knows what its like to have there show held hostage by the networks. They could have finished in 2 yrs nstead of 3 if they weren't so greedy.
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I understand the writers want more money; they are the ones making the magnificent scripts for the shows we like. The next time you drool over Kate's banging body or Sawyer's shimmering, sweaty abs think of the writers. Poor, poor writers.
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This is pathetic. What's the point in doing that anyway? Darn, just give em what they want! If they kill 24, I'll sue those crazy whackos.
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They had better make the other 16 episodes of 24, or the Writer's Guild will have to deal with Jack Bauer. The Writer's Guild will learn, no one messes with Jack Bauer.
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Oh my god. I hate it when people go on strike. F**king idiots the lot of them. I mean I would love to write episodes for some of the greatest shows. Just enjoying my job would be good enough for me.
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8 hours of 24? They could fill 8 more hours with Jack Bauer sleeping (watch Jack roll over, watch Jack wake up and watch the end of "Plan 9 From Outer Space" ---- and the remaining 8 hours of him watching going to the supermarket to shop, going to see movie LOST BOYS and having a nice dinner with Corey Feldman and Corey Haim before turning out the lights.
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I hate that this is going on, but I'm definitely on the writers side. They deserve what they ask for, and I hope they get it really soon, 'cos TV is dying. :(
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Look, guys, I'm as worried about my shows as any of you, but calling the writers "greedy" and "idiots" is just ignorant. It seems weird to us that there's a strike going on in the entertainment industry because there's so much money floating around there - we're always hearing about how some big shot is getting a million dollars an episode, that sort of thing. But your average writer doesn't make that much. They're just that - your average, working Americans, and they don't necessarily share in all the glamor and glitz that is Hollywood. I love my shows, but I support the WGA just as much as any other union. (Really, our love of their work should be more of a reason for us to support them, not less.)

In short: Stop complaining. It's these "greedy" writers that are responsible for the shows you watch every week... so I guess they're not such "idiots" after all, huh?
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I really hope these writers have lots in their bank accounts, no scripts=no pay. Greed is never ending, this is no exception. It's not like they are destitute and poor chained to desks, churning out scripts...
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I miss Lost so much, it's ABC's best show, I may stop watching ABC all together if the season is cut down.
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I sympathize with the WGA, money is a big deal and they have a worth cause - but it's ruining TV this season! Here's to hoping the industry gives in soon, and offers the writers something they can stomach!
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"this is a total disrispect for the viewers who actually are responsible for their paychecks!!!"



Not really, you don't actually pay for their writing at all. Read up before you sound off, okay?
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this is a total disrispect for the viewers who actually are responsible for their paychecks!!!
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Regarding Lost, my first thought when I found out was that all the negotiating and working out how to do the rest of the series was kinda pointless considering what's happened.
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this sucks !!!!!!!!!!i am so angry :evil: it's unfair! we are waiting for so many months and we may only get to see just 8 episodes?! i hope they do something about it! :evil:



lost4ever!
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I support the writers rights, but I want to get LOST
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Greedy-ass writers, if i lose my lost i will hunt them all down
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They had better not kill Lost. I'll sue.
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