This just in: "Lost" is coming back to ABC’s sked sooner rather than later, even if it won’t be in the straight 16-consecutive-week thrill ride we’d hoped for before the strike blues hit. It’s bound for a new night, taking over "Grey’s Anatomy’s" Thursday 9 p.m. slot as of Jan. 31. (Click here for the rundown on ABC’s midseason-because-there’s-a-strike-sked from Variety’s Michael Schneider.)
That’s going to make things tough for fans of NBC’s "The Office," but I suppose that’s what DVRs are for, and sadly, it doesn’t look like there’s going to be any new "Office" visits for a while, at least not by the time "Lost" bows for what’s believed to be an eight- or nine-episode run of segs completed by the time the scribes walked on Nov. 5.
New ABC drama "Eli Stone" gets a big boost by debuting the same night as "Lost" in the 10 p.m. slot.
"Eli Stone," starring Jonny Lee Miller (pictured right) as a young corporate lawyer who suddenly starts hearing things and seeing things, which leads him to believe he’s a prophet. Overall the show has a fantasy-light, kinda feel-good touch that may be right in tandem with "Lost." Goodness knows, ABC’s had no luck pairing "Lost" with dark-and-brooding dramas, so maybe a 90-degree turn is the way to go. Tip for TV insiders: Note how Miller’s Eli Stone character channels some of the mannerisms and speaking patterns of UTA’s Dan Erlij (who is a friend of On the Air’s) who reps series co-creator/exec producer Marc Guggenheim. Very charming.
In the meantime, as the warm up for full-blown "Lost" fun, check out the "Lost: Missing Pieces" minisodes. They’re ultra-cool, full of interesting plot points and intriguing backstory bits, and they’re WGA, DGA and SAG approved under deals with the guilds that were cut a long time ago.