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Emmys Deem Extended 'Lost' Finale Emmy-Eligible

by Allyssa Lee, posted May 21st 2010 7:12AM
There are about a million and one questions surrounding 'Lost's impending end this coming Sunday. But at least one thing can be answered right away: According to EW.com, the ABC drama's two and a half hour series finale, which airs May 23 at 9PM, will, in fact, be eligible for Emmy consideration.

Under normal rules, an extended TV episode can only run as long as two hours to be considered eligible for awards contention. But the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' governing board chose to make an exception in this case.
"We have a soft spot in our hearts for the final episodes of long-running series," ATAS's John Leverence told EW.com's Hollywood Insider. Previously, the Academy had granted similar exceptions to the series enders of 'The Sopranos' and 'The Wire' as well.

Considering that this Sunday's finale is shaping up to be a heart-wrenching bookend to the hit ensemble series, this eligibility ruling could have a great impact on whether or not 'Lost' could secure accolades for outstanding drama or any of its ensemble of actors when the nominations are announced on July 8.

And there's more good news for 'Lost' fans abroad: In an effort to curb online piracy, ABC has announced that the series finale will be broadcast, regardless of the time difference, on stations in the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Israel at the same time as on the West Coast at 9PM PST. CTV Canada will broadcast the show at the same time as the U.S. East Coast.

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I cannot explain how much I'm going to miss this show - it's honestly tearing me up that it will be over on Sunday. As far as I'm concerned, Damon and Carlton should receive an Emmy this year for the cumulative work they've done on the show. Everything about it will be missed - the written, the clues, the searching, the characters, and most of all, the intelligence of the show. I don't think there's anything close to it that asks you to ask so many questions or ties in so many cultural and literary references to play along with its viewers. It's truly a huge accomplishment. I'm honestly mesmerized by the amount of work that had to go into this show - the historical and literary connections alone are mind blowing. http://thesmogger.com/2010/05/20/looking-at-lost-the-literary-connections/

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