J.J. Abrams Talks LOST and FRINGE End Dates

The TV Addict (left) with J.J. Abrams

While J.J. Abrams may be far removed from the day-to-day operations of LOST, of this he is sure. Setting an end date was the best thing to happen to the show since the arrival of one Benjamin Linus.

“Damon [Lindelof] and Carlton [Cuse] basically insisted on it,” said Abrams of the then unheard of end date that the talented twosome affectionately referred to as ‘Darlton’ negotiated with the top brass at ABC. “Knowing that the show is going to end on its own terms means there will be a sense of inevitability, not a sense of a series reacting to a marketplace or viewership. I’m thrilled about is seeing billboards touting ‘The Final Season’.”

So to are 10 to 15 millions fans, who have anxiously been counting down the return of the most addictive show on television since May’s finale that ended with a quite literal bang. And just what does Abrams think the fan reaction will be to the final season?

“Mind-bending, amazing, intricate, and unexpected,” are just a few of the superlatives the visionary showrunner threw out. “When we started the show, we didn’t know where we were going exactly. And to see where we are and what they [Damon and Carlton] have created is insanely gratifying and something nobody could have predicted at the beginning. To see what Damon and Carlton have done is amazing and consistent with their unbelievable track record.”

Strong words from the man who knows a thing or two about amazing television (See: FELICITY, ALIAS and FRINGE). Unfortunately, outside of promising that, “I believe it will be a satisfying ending,” praise for team ‘Darlton’ is about all Abrams would spill at the recent Television Critics Association Press Tour. Well, that and that he wouldn’t be adverse to see his other network show, FRINGE, emulate LOST’s six year plan.

“I think it would be wonderful and I don’t think you can go wrong when you know exactly where the story is going to go,” said Abrams. “If FRINGE is lucky enough to continue going, I do think that at a certain point it would be a really smart thing to start to say, ‘OK, let’s figure out what the actual date is so we sort of know how far we should push things’.”

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  • Ace

    Do NOT like: “If FRINGE is lucky enough to continue going”. Esp with Lost ending, I need my geeky Fringe to stick around! Is it 8 PM yet??

  • bws

    Switched at birth: TVA and JJ. Just sayin’. :)

    Fringe has done well in less competitive time slots. But it’s a pretty expensive show. I’d be real happy with a tighter 4 or 5 seasons with fewer freak-of-the-weak episodes. Fringe would work awesome as a 16 episode per year show.

  • Manju

    Exactly what does Abrams tell you that couldn’t be told by every other viewer of Lost out there? Looks to me he knows just as much as what Darlton are doing as any of us..

  • bws

    JJ hasn’t been involved with LOST for 5 years so he really doesn’t need to know anything. I believe he’s said he’s enjoyed watching it unfold as a fan just like the rest of us.

  • TVFan

    Even though he didn’t say anything new, always nice to hear from J.J. Abrams

  • http://Fringe Gerry

    I can’t believe they would plan to end Fringe so soon. There are so many questions to be answered. The cast is fabulous and should be given much more credit. I admit it I was a devoted X Files addict and am excited by this modern take on the many unexplained phenomenon in this world. If they are foolish enough to end the program I hope another station picks it up. It is by far the best show on TV, on Fox and on any network.