Entire 'Lost' weekend planned for show finale

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US network ABC Television plans a Lost weekend as a send-off to the unusual sci-fi suspense series. Questions will be answered. More mysteries may be revealed. This much-anticipated grand finale ends, as planned, with the sixth season of the pioneering show.

The extravaganza begins Saturday, May 22 with the airing of the original 2004 two-hour pilot, from 8-10 pm in the US, including a "pop-up" version with enhanced trivia and facts included in the $10 million episode directed by J.J. Abrams ( Star Trek).

The series finale on May 23, from 9-11:30 pm, extends the show by a half-hour. Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof discovered in editing that there was great material to include to tie up all the complex storylines and draw the the epic show to a conclusion.

Award-winning, critically-acclaimed and popular, the dramatic adventure has followed the lives of survivors of Oceanic Flight 815's crash who are marooned on a tropical island. The characters encounter mysterious forces including a supernatural monster and parallel universes wrapped in the show's mythology.

Prior to the show finale, a two-hour pre-show/recap, Lost: The Final Journey, offers a retrospective that will precede the last episode, appropriately titled "The End."

Also, a special wrap-up follows the show, Aloha to Lost, with late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel at 12:05 pm, after the local news. Cast members will appear to discuss the show including Naveen Andrews, Nestor Carbonell, Emilie de Ravin, Michael Emerson, Matthew Fox, Daniel Dae Kim, Terry O'Quinn and Harold Perrineau, with Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway and Evangeline Lilly.

ABC Television announced that three alternative scenes were filmed for the finale, which will all be shown on the network's special following the finale. Co-creator Lindelof told entertainment publication The Hollywood Reporter that the finale will "end in a way that feels ‘Lost'-ian" and "generate a tremendous amount of theorizing." So conclusive meaning may remain elusive.

One of the most successful television series with 16 million viewers in its first season, and millions viewing May 23, the network priced Lost ads at $900,000 per 30 seconds, according to Entertainment Weekly, twice as much as the end of M*A*S*H in 1983. Seinfeld finale ads ran $1.4-1.8 million and Friends finale  spots cost $1.5-2.3 million.

Fans, called Losties or Lostaways, are expected to be tweeting during the event.