The Lost Finale Gets a Half-Hour Extension

... The Lost finale has been extended a full 30 minutes, bringing the episode where we realize it was all a dream to a whopping two and a half hours. Before you get excited about that, realize that each half-hour is typically 22 minutes of show, and Lost producers probably didn't have 22 extra minutes to add. So we'll either get 22 extra minutes of Lost with 10 minutes of fluff, or we'll be seeing more commercials than usual. Yeah, I'm an optimist. [The Live Feed]

... Bret Michaels is in stable condition and out of the hospital after suffering a brain hemorrhage. Though he's still "very sick," he's expected to make a full recovery and should be back to slapping the asses of trashy women in no time. [People]

... Earlier this week, Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus got her own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame (John Stamos got one before her?). Oh wait, my mistake. Julia Luis Dreyfus, who ever that is, got the star. [US Magazine]

... A study found that children who watch more TV might have more problems at school and may engage in less physical activity than kids who watch less TV. In other news, the sky is blue. [CNN]

... I don't know what you're doing, America, but keep it up. Last night's American Idol had its lowest audience since Season 1 and NCIS and NCIS: LA both hit season lows in the ratings. [TV By the Numbers]

... In The Walking Dead news: The roles of Andrea and Glenn have been cast. Laurie Holden, who recurred in the final season of The Shield and starred in The Mist, will play marksman Andrea, and newcomer Steven Yeun will play daring forager Glenn. Oh my God this is going to be good. [THR]

... Forbes has released its annual list of most profitable television shows, and American Idol is once again number one, averaging $8.1 million every half-hour. The rest (in estimated profits per half-hour) are:
2. Two and a Half Men ... $3.1 million
3. 24 ... $3 million
4. Grey's Anatomy ... $2.8 million.
5. V ... $2.8 million (oops!)
6. Desperate Housewives ... $2.7 million.
7. Dancing With the Stars ... $2.56 million.
8. Lost ... $2.53 million
9. Survivor ... $2.22 million
10. CSI ... $2.07 million
[Forbes]


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my god, why? havent we suffered enough already?
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The extra time is a great gift. I am going to have a great Lost/last weekend.
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Give me a break. They're not going to extend the finale for fluff. It takes 10 days to shoot an hour of LOST. The shooting schedule for the finale was 26 days...and they ran over!
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Lovely more Lost but hope that is not a dream, if it is its so stupid, no sense anyway if V is at the 5th place maybe my wish comes true to be renewed :)
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all a dream, I hope you're not ruining things, cause that would be mean and I really hope its not all a dream because that has already been done by a sitcom and who has dreams about that many people from that many angles all at once, it would just ruin the show for plain stupidity and unoriginality.
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I don't agree with "10 minutes of fluff". I think the main reason for the extra time is that they had too much material for 2 hours, rather than ABC saying to the producers (and, by extension, the editors) "you get 30 more minutes, so fill the gaps, suckers". Something similar happened in season 4, when they had to make the finale 2 hours long when they realized their script couldn't be cut down to 1 hour.
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5 Seasons finale I watched from LOST and all of them ended pretty quick and the enjoyment is beyond describing. 2 and a half hours of LOST? bring it on. even if it is "10 minutes of Fluff", Dear Tim Don't watch the Finale then :)
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Heheh, good one fore Idol, I really hope they cancel the show once Simon leaves, I need to stop watching it.
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The sky is blue??!! No way....
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Lost being longer has brightened my day!!! whoo lost!!!
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No, they're just not gonna cut all the good stuff out like they were probabyl told to at first to fit in with time constraints
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Sorry to see LOST finally end
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Yay for lost
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they've already shot the whole season though, including the finale, haven't they? sounds like it's just going to incorporate deleted scenes into the episode, or reshoot some things. they better do it fast.
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someone please put that damn show out of it's misery, NOW!
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Being 5th on that list, V is probably more likely to be renewed then FlashForward right...?

And glad Lost finale gets even longer! Gonna be epic
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Pretty happy about LOST. What they probably means (moreso than longer commercials) is that "The End" was closer to being two hours with no breaks as opposed to 90 minutes, hence the half hour "extension". It's not adding more content, it's the lack of removing it.. which is a good thing. Also, great news about The Walking Dead, I think Laurie Holden will make a great Andrea. I hope Steven Yeun can live up to the awesomness of Glenn.
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Wiow!! A larger Lost finale, that's very good news.
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Jesus Christ, that's a long finale. I don't mind though.
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Good to hear it, they must have needed it.
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Darlton actually requested the extra 30 minutes.
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I'm very happy to hear that ABC is giving them this extra time. I mean, yeah, a fair amount will be dedicated to commercials, but it gives them a chance to show the episode the way they intend it to be (and yes, they did say there was a lot more material, which is the reason they were given this time), and give them a better chance to give a satisfying conclusion to the mythology and character stories, as well as giving more time to the bigger answers. This news has made me even more excited about the finale. It may not rank up there with some of my favorite series finales (Battlestar Galactica, MASH, and Six Feet Under), but the fact that the writers are allowed to do things their own way makes me very hopeful that it will at least be a solid ending to my favorite TV show.
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That list was no shocker. That's great news about Bret Michaels though.
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Good news
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