'Lost' and '24' Lead List of Midseason Premieres
By LUCHINA FISHER
Jan. 11, 2010
It's cold outside. Thank goodness, television offers plenty of good reasons to stay inside this winter.
The final season of the hit ABC show premieres Feb. 2.The Midseason, as it's known in the industry, has officially begun and with it some of the most anticipated series premieres, some new twists to reality show favorites and a couple of promising new entries.
The biggest of all of these promises to be ABC's "Lost."
"Hands down it's the most anticipated season premiere of the winter season," said E! television columnist Kristin Dos Santos. "It's the beginning of the end. It's huge for 'Lost' fans who have been waiting to finally get some real answers to questions they've been asking since season one."
It's so huge that "Lost" fans took to Twitter to protest when their favorite show's final season was threatened with being pre-empted by President Obama's State of the Union address.
Well, they can relax. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday: "I don't foresee a scenario in which millions of people that hope to finally get some conclusion in 'Lost' are preempted by the president."
The Internet storm brewing over the "Lost" finale and the president's response are indicative of how important the Midseason has become. It still can't compete with the more established Fall season in terms of the sheers numbers of new shows, but in terms of popularity and the number of original compelling programs vying for people's attention, the Midseason is edging up on Fall.