Get ready for those calls, ABC: The “V” countdown clock angers “Lost” viewers

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I try to avoid Twitter around 6 p.m. PT on Tuesdays, in order to steer clear of “Lost” spoilers from eager East Coast Tweeps. But tonight, with the Tweet Deck still on, I couldn’t help but notice the increasing anger from “Lost” viewers, as an on-screen clock counted down the minutes until the return of “V.”

That’s not a new marketing tool — Broadcast and cable nets have been known to stick a clock on-screen before a highly-anticipated season premiere or finale. (Whether or not the spring return of “V” qualifies as such is a separate topic.)

But this is “Lost.” The final season of “Lost.” It’s sacred ground. You don’t clutter the screen during one of the show’s final, pivotal episodes. Or you piss people off:

Vclock
 

ADD: Fancast’s Matt Mitovich adds: “You should add in that it obstructed Sun’s note pad/what she wrote to Jack in their final scene.” He snapped this shot:

Vlost
 

“I don’t trust…” WHO, SUN? WHO? She doesn’t trust the Vs? Or — SHE DOESN’T TRUST ABC! What? (Our pal JustJenn finds photographic evidence that maybe Sun was actually trying to share V’s big secret!)

I don’t know how this all fits in, as I’m saving myself for the West Coast airing. But it will be interesting to see whether ABC scraps the clock between time zones.

UPDATE: It’s still there for West Coast viewers. And “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof isn’t too happy about it. He Tweets:

Yes, people, I saw it too. :34 minutes until I
cry myself to sleep.

And BTW… Lindelof earlier Tweeted: “In one week, the conversation is going to change.” WHOA. Again, I have no idea what that means. But I’m pretty damn excited about the very thought of my mind being blown. Sheesh. I’m gonna miss this show.

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  1. clint says:

    That was horrible!!!

  2. zach says:

    At least I’m not the only one who is angry about this.
    Imagine if during the NBA Finals, ABC put a giant graphic of a turd over each basket. You would have to guess what shots went in.
    This is the exact same thing. We had to guess what was being said/written more than once. All because of some turd of a show that will be gone by Memorial Day.

  3. doug r says:

    I tried email, but it turns out jjabrams@abc.com isn’t a valid address. :(

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