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'Lost' Producers Say It Won't End Like 'Sopranos'

Three days after the controversial finale of "The Sopranos," the two producers of "Lost" promised that their hit ABC drama would not conclude in similarly murky fashion.

"We will not be ending with a blackout," said Carlton Cuse, referring to the black screen that delivered an unresolved ending to HBO's mob drama.

He and Damon Lindelof told media at the Promax/BDA conference that they fleshed out a plan for the for the last three seasons of "Lost" during a recent writers' "minicamp."

"Lost" will end in spring 2010 after 48 hourlong episodes, 16 per season. And Lindelof said "Lost" has to move from asking more questions to answering the questions posed during the series' run.

"Obviously, we can't wait to the 48th hour to say, 'Here are all the mysteries of the show,"' Lindelof said. But Cuse also noted the reality of the sometimes vociferous and heavily engaged viewership of the show, which uses the Web to advance theories and post explanations and even freeze-frames to parse further meaning.

"I'm not sure there is any ending that will satisfy everyone," Cuse said. "Our hope is that the ending will be ... the logical conclusion of the story."

Cuse said the first season was about the Oceanic Flight 815 survivors landing on the island and realizing they weren't going to get rescued. The second season was about the hatch, and the third season was about the Others.

"Next season, well, we'll talk about that later," Cuse said, keeping his lips sealed on the upcoming season.

While "Lost" viewers will have to wait till next year to see the next TV episodes, producers said there would be a series of "Lost" mobisodes featuring the entire cast in the fall, rolling out first on Verizon Wireless and then appearing on ABC.com. They said they're aware of the eight-month gap between last month's finale and the return of "Lost" at the beginning of next year and want to keep fans interested.

The mobisodes will be about 90 seconds each and give hardcore "Lost" viewers more information that they probably weren't going to get through the show itself. What it won't be, they said, was a mini version of "Lost."

"It needs to be interesting enough and well produced enough that people feel they're getting enough bang for their buck, even if it's free, the bang for their time," Lindelof said.

Lindelof said the negotiations for the talent took a long time, but they wanted to make sure that all of them were involved in the mobisodes.

"Nobody wanted to see two people sitting on a beach that we've never heard of talking and saying, 'Hey, did you hear what Jack and Kate did today?' You want to see Jack and Kate. It's taken us three years to get those deals in place," Lindelof said.

They will also be going back to San Diego's Comic-Con International, where the show was launched in 2004, to address May's Season 3 finale and what they had in mind.

June 14, 2007 |

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