Creators to tone down ABC castaway thriller

This article was corrected on July 15, 2004.

HOLLYWOOD — The creators of ABC’s new drama “Lost” — the ultimate antidote to “Gilligan’s Island” — said Tuesday they probably will have to tone down some parts of the castaway show.

Series, which is generating plenty of buzz because of its often terrifying thrill-ride plotline, features 48 plane wreck survivors stranded on an island. Show comes from “Alias” creator J.J. Abrams and “Crossing Jordan’s” Damon Lindelof.

Speaking at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in L.A., Lindelof and Abrams said ABC hasn’t asked them to make any edits. Pilot features frightening scenes of plane wreckage on the beach, along with a man-eating monster.

“There are going to be certain things that my guess is we’re going to have to adjust, not just for the timeslot, but to air at all,” Abrams told critics.

“I mean there are going to be things we’re going to have to sort of adjust and imply more than depict. But what’s been nice about what we’re doing is that the show — the scripts that have been written and the track we’re on, they sort of knew what they were getting, and that’s the slot that they gave us,” Abrams said.

While he said he’s obsessed with the hit CBS reality series “Survivor,” Lindelof said “Lost” isn’t like “Survivor” at all.

“I love the show. But this is a drama. You know, at the end of the day, what are our stories going to be? Jeff Probst isn’t going to be walking out of the jungle and telling them what to do,” Lindelof said.

No external pressure

With Washington in an uproar over indecency on the airwaves, the TV biz doesn’t want to attract attention from parents’ groups accusing the nets of airing unsuitable content in time periods when children may be watching. Still, nothing Abrams or Lindelof said suggested they are feeling any external pressure to make changes.

“Lost,” from ABC sister TV studio Touchstone Television, is being shot in Hawaii.

Also at TCA on Tuesday, ABC News threw a lunch for the new weekend edition of “Good Morning America.” Alphabet announced this week that “Good Morning America” White House correspondent Kate Snow will move to New York and co-host the new weekend edition with Bill Weir. Her spot on “GMA” proper has not been filled.

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