This morning, Lost creators J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof announced that ABC would not be carrying a third season of Lost.
Citing creative differences along with increasing salary demands from the cast and crew, Abrams read a pre-written press release, showing no emotions:
Over the past few months, ABC and the cast of Lost have attempted to come to an agreement on salaries and bonuses for a third season of Lost. Unfortunately, the cast demanded large pay increases due to the popularity of the show and ABC cited a declining ratings trend along with a decline in merchandice sales as their reason for retaining current salaries.
In addition, ABC has attempted to obtain creative control and dictate the plotlines for the third season that are not acceptable to me or to Damon. Because Lost was originally intended to run as a miniseries, we had not anticipated the task of retaining the secrets of Lost throughout multiple seasons. This fact has allowed a large percentage of the viewership to figure out many of the Lost secrets, which takes the fun out of writing for the show.
Because of these two issues and after much thought and consideration, Damon and I have agreed that the best course of action is to wrap up the Lost storylines at the end of the second season and terminate our relationship with ABC.
I'm not sure about you, but the Lost secrets have remained hidden from me! Perhaps they are referring to Sledgeweb's Lost Investigations page, or maybe they are referring to the speculation threads over on the LOST-TV Forums.
I'm curious as to which actors are demanding larger salaries, because they seem so happy with the show. Perhaps it's lead actors like Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly, or maybe the majority of the minor characters are demanding the pay that a normal leading role might bring in. As for ABC's demanding of creative control over the show, that's just rediculous! How could ABC think that they could do better than Abrams and Lindelof have done thus far? Whatever the reasons are, Lost will certainly be missed.
And, on top of that all, the worst part is that April Fools' Day!
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