‘Lost’ To Disappear Before It Jumps The Shark?

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J.J. Abrams, Lost executive producer, recently sat down with MTV news, discussing (among other things) the hit show’s eventual demise. Perhaps learning from the mistakes of previous genre hits such as The X-Files and Star Trek: The Next Generation, the series co-creator talks about not overstaying the show’s welcome:

“ABC agreed to end the series after six years. Which is a gift, because you know you won’t have years seven and eight where you’re thinking ‘they should’ve ended at year six,’ and you know how to pace yourself so that you know how to end the series.”

But what about following the aforementioned X-Files and ST:TNG into the lucrative movie market? Abrams goes on to say:

“The only reason why I think maybe there would be a movie, is that by doing that — which is hopefully the right way to go and that’s it — you do have that sense of, well, it didn’t go on any longer and therefore is there something else that you could do? So there’s a chance, but my gut is it would never happen.”

Personally, I think this is fantastic news. How often does creative vision win out against the almighty dollar? Ending the series organically, when the story calls for it is the wisest choice to keep the fans wanting more.

This should prevent fans from lamenting the days “when the show used to be good.”

So what do you think? After the series finale in May 2010, do you hope to venture down to your local theater for the further adventures of the Oceanic Flight 815 survivors?

Or should they just continue the TV series with forced plot lines or new lead cast members?

Source: MTV

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  1. Lost for me is the most rewarding TV series ever produced. It gives me the same feeling I had when I was a kid, and discovered re-runs of The Twilight Zone.
    I have nothing but the highest repect for the writers of Lost because they are truly talented!


  2. I just finished watching Babylon 5 for the first time. I was told from the start that this was a five-year story arc, and it was great to see them ‘braiding’ all elements along the way. There was a beginning, middle, and end (with the climax in the middle, imho). I’ll work on the movies and spinoffs next–I’m sure fans have opinions about whether these were wise to add, supplement, or reinforce the main story.

    Continuity or mythology (usually within a story) is one of the strongest ways to draw me in and keep me. For all its flaws, there are pieces of Smallville that I come back for–though whole episodes come and go with no or little development of the mythology.

  3. I agree overall–but for one point: unlike X-Files, TNG did NOT hang on too long and “jump the shark.” Its seven syndicated seasons were pre-set on Day 1 per budget and revenue forecasts, and many, many fans were mad and bewildered in 1994 that it went out on top and on auto-pilot, no hope for a continuance.

  4. I thought pretty much anyone who follows this show even a little knew it was going to run for 6 seasons… And it IS the best show on tv (and in my opinion) the best Television show ever created.

  5. @Mantis

    Cut the writer just a little slack – it’s his first post here at Screen Rant. :-)


  6. @Larry: Nonetheless, the seventh season of TNG was a real overall stinker, featuring dozens of family members of the crew poping up behind every star…there were only a handful of good episodes!

  7. Sorry if I hurt your feelings “writer”. My comment wasn’t a personal shot at you or anything.

  8. Smike–You have a point–the 7th season wasn’t perfect. My point was re: ratings–which only grew–and the Emmy nomination for drama series, finally. The writers were getting tired a bit, but there was also the inevitability of it all with the movie locked in. The family shows weren’t all punk, and all of them added to backgrounds the viewers/fans wanted. That was my point. An 8th year would have had at least one or two cases of fresh blood among writers to help out, I’m sure.

  9. @Mantis
    No offense was taken. Just because a show is contracted for a certain length of time, has not stopped studios in the past from heaping piles of money at the creative team to extend (Simpsons, anyone?). I’m happy that the Lost creative team plans to honor their overall arc.

  10. @LarryN
    I was well aware of the seven year contract for TNG. As I mentioned in my reply above, studios have a history of extending contracts with gobs of money and perks. Several of the TNG stars simply did not want to extend. Personally I felt that TNG jumped the shark, and as you stated, they were on autopilot near the end. The difference between Lost and TNG is the amount of interference from outside of the core creative team. Regarding the first TNG movie, the writers are on record stating that they had so many “notes” as to what the executives and actors wanted in the picture. There’s just no way to have so many edicts merged into one movie and expect it to flow as one cohesive story. For Lost, my sense is that this is precisely what they are trying to avoid, and I applaud them for it.

  11. It’s my opinion that genre shows should never go past 5 seasons. Has X-Files stopped at 5, we would all be in agreement that without question it was one of the 3 best genre shows of all time. Buffy suffered the same fate with a horrible season 6 and a rocky season 7 which causes some fans to favor Angel’s 5 season series.

  12. Stargate SG-1 was great all the way through the season where Richard Dean Anderson was still on the show full time. I think that was season… 8?


  13. Typhon, I don’t agree. X-File’s sixth season was one of the best. The episodes Dreamland, Triange, and Monday were easily some of the best of the entire series. In fact, even a lot of season 7 was really good … much better than most other genre shows that were on that the same time. And I don’t know why so many people didn’t like Buffy’s season six … it was much better than season 5 and didn’t rely on a “big bad” for once. The writing was still, as with X-Files, better than most everything out at the same time. I’d take season six of Buffy over most of the new genre TV shows on nowadays.

    But I do agree that it’s great that they’re ending Lost after six seasons, although I just started watching the show and was hoping it would go through seven seasons.

  14. Jim, I agree that season 6 of the X-Files was great and while I thought 7 was a little weak, most people hate the final 2 seasons and pack them in with everything that came after the 1st film. Me, I liked the last 2 seasons.

    I thought season 6 of Buffy started out strong but faltered with the absence of Buffy’s character. I get that she was supposed to be depressed but the show just stopped being fun when she did. It did end strong with the Dark Willow stuff but everything in the middle felt like filler.

  15. I watched Lost since episode one, and still do. But I can’t say with 100% honesty that it’s still so amazing for me as it was at season one. Season by season series is getting more and more confusing without any explanation. Finishing it in two years (or even next year) would be good for me, that’s the right move from them I think!

  16. To quote TNG as a jump the shark show is an insult. There are plenty of other shows worthy of this branding. TNG actually was a show that improved with each season, and the finale is easily in the top five best episodes the series created. X-Files, sure, when Mulder disappeared the show lost its charm, but still managed to have some bright moments. But I can admit that X-Files dropped the ball after season 7, and as Abrams and Lindeloff have stated: probably lasted two years too long. Try Twin Peaks, Seinfeld, Friends, Cheers, or even the Simpsons to quote as shows that wore out their welcome, and watch TNG, don’t just talk about it. You ignorance is nauseating.