The day has come for all us Lost fans when we can start officially marking our calendars for the air date of the season 6 premiere. ABC has announced that the sixth and final season of Lost will kick off on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 with a three-hour event, that is, a one-hour recap show (as per usual) shown at 8:00pm, followed by the two-hour season premiere entitled "LA X" (the space is intentional, FYI) at 9:00pm-11:00pm.
Moving from last year's Wednesday night slot, season six of ABC's hit mystery show will settle in on Tuesdays, mainly because it doesn't want to compete with ABC's Wednesday comedy-show lineup (nor did they want to move the successful line-up to another day to make way for Lost). The schedule for later in season 6 is still being worked out, but it's being purported that the new series V will follow Lost at 10:00pm. If we continue without breaks/hitches, the Lost series finale will air on May 18th, 2010.
So hooray for Lost fans who now have a set start date to look forward to. But on top of that news comes another few pieces of info related to casting and the rumored break-up of the season into two parts. First off, a few of the recurring cast members from previous seasons are now official series regulars (like the rest of the cast, a la Jack, Kate, Sawyer etc). They are: Nestor Carbonell (we're supposedly gonna' get a flashback episode for his character of Richard Alpert - finally!); Ken Leung (who plays the wisecrackin', Miles Straume); Jeff Fahey (who plays the rough and likeable pilot, Frank Lapidus); and Zuleikha Robinson (who plays the mysterious Ajira Airway flight 316 passenger, Illana).
Staying on the casting side of things, it's also now known that Emilie De Ravin who plays Claire Littleton - a character who was absent for the whole of Season 5 - is now back for the whole of season 6 as a regular. I guess we'll finally get to know why in season 4 she left her baby, Aaron, in the jungle for Sawyer to find, and was later seen mysteriously in Jacob's cabin... can't wait for that explanation! The only piece of disappointing Lost news is the fact that Henry Ian Cusick, who plays Desmond Hume, is NOT listed a regular for season 6 - although we'll most likely be seeing a fair amount of his character in a recurring role.
However, maybe the best piece of news to come out is that Lost WON'T be taking the rumored mid-season break for the Winter Olympics. We reported on that little stinker at the end of last month but it appears that with the start date of February 2nd, and the Olympics starting on February 12th, it's just not feasible to interrupt things so soon into season 6.
So there you have it, we now know when one of the best TV shows around (personally I'd say THE best, but that's just me) will premiere its final season. I'm gonna' be VERY sad (literally, I'm not joking here...) when Lost is finished: no more mysteries, no more Jack, Locke, Kate, Sawyer, Ben, or Hurley; no more baffling and wonderful mysteries to ponder; no more Smoke Monster; no more running through the jungle... I could go on and on.
I've put my faith in the writers that they'll end the show in a way that's satisfying and feels "right." They've gotten us this far and I'm fully confident they'll end it as best a show like Lost can be ended. I'm shaking with excitement already :) .
Are you as much of a Lost fan as I am? What do you think of the cast members that have been "promoted" to regulars? Are you glad that the show won't be taking a break for the Winter Olympics or did that possibility not even bother you?
As stated, the two-hour season 6 premiere of Lost will air Tuesday, February 2nd on ABC at 9:00pm.