Lost Season 6 - The Final Season: Lindelof agreed that Lost has probably "jumped the shark" at least a dozen times now!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lindelof agreed that Lost has probably "jumped the shark" at least a dozen times now!

PASADENA, Calif. — Rarely will a TV producer acknowledge that his series has “jumped the shark,” a term generally associated with running out of viable ideas and over-staying its welcome.

Especially when that series is Lost.

But as ABC’s magical mystery tour nears the Feb. 2 start of its sixth and final season, co-creator/executive producer Damon Lindelof said the shark has been jumped not once, not twice, but numerous times. Queried by locatetv.com after a packed Lost interview session Tuesday morning, Lindelof was asked about duplicitous Ben Linus (Michael Emerson) and his “moving” of the island at the end of Season 4. He did so by descending into a subterranean secret place and laboriously turning a frost-laden wheel. Might that have been a bonafide “jump the shark” moment for some Lost loyalists?

“Sure,” Lindelof agreed. “I think that the show has probably jumped the shark at least a dozen times now. Fortunately for us as storytellers, but unfortunately for a mainstream audience. Yes, absolutely. There was a time when there were 23 million people watching Lost. And that time has passed.

“Everytime this show takes a risk and declares itself more overtly, there are going to be people who say, ‘I wasn’t watching a show about time travel. I don’t like that show. I don’t want to watch this anymore.’ But we have to tell the story that we’re committed to. We can’t really compromise that.”

Source: LocateTV.com

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