Lost is coming back, and then it will be time to say goodbye.
ABC announced yesterday that Lost will begin its final season on February 2, and will air weekly at 9:00 on Tuesdays. Many expect that V will eventually get the 10 p.m. slot on that same night, and ABC will try to create a sci-fi mystery night of sorts.
Of course, this presumably requires the Dancing With The Stars results show to bump back to 8:00, which forces that to air against The Godzilla Of Spring Television, American Idol. In fact, during the not-uncommon weeks when Idol runs for two hours, Lost will be up against it, too. Given, however, that this is the last season in any event, ratings are presumably not a huge worry, since few fans of Lost are likely to suddenly stop watching it, even if if means they have to record it for later.
For now, though, the clock is officially ticking on one of the most intriguing and inventive shows television has created in quite some time, and while it's been inconsistent and no ending will stand the slightest chance of pleasing everyone, it's exciting, but a little sad.