20The Show Was Originally Called "Nowhere"
The idea for Lost sprang to the mind of former head of ABC Lloyd Braun while on vacation in Hawaii. He pitched the show as “as parts ‘Cast Away,’ ‘Survivor’ and ‘Gilligan's Island,’ with a ‘Lord of the Flies’ element."
Intrigued by the idea, ABC gave
the go-ahead for a draft to be created for the show in September 2003. Created by writer Jeffrey Lieber, the initial draft not only disappointed Braun but was even given a lousy title.
Though Braun had always envisioned the show as being called Lost, Lieber decided to change it to Nowhere. Braun rejected the script and reached out to Alias creator J.J. Abrams and showrunner Damon Lindelof.
Although Braun had full confidence in their abilities, his only demand was that his chosen show name would be restored.