Believe It or Not, 'Lost' Returns for a New Season

The cast of "Lost"

hide captionLost found again: The islanders are back for a fourth season; complications, presumably, will ensue.

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New mysteries, new jeopardies and only eight episodes to explore them: The survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 are back after an eight-month break, but the ongoing Hollywood writers strike means a shorter season than planned.

The season premiere of Lost, airing tonight on ABC, picks up where last May's unexpected cliffhanger left off. The castaways on that mysterious island now have rescuers on the way — only they may not be rescuers at all.

Fresh Air's TV critic — he's one of the ones you can trust — has a preview.

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