via ABC press release:
April 1, 2010
ABC Announces “’Lost’ Series Finale Countdown Clock”
ABC chief McPherson says, "Don't tell me what I can't do."
Countdown clock will appear in lower right corner of all ABC primetime programming between now and the two hour Lost finale event on Sunday May 23, 2010 at 9pm
During Lost finale, clock will change to “The End of Lost Countdown,” counting down the final 120 minutes of Lost and will feature Jimmy Kimmel
Stephen McPherson, president ABC Entertainment Group, today announced the “Lost Series Finale Countdown Clock” which will count the days, hours and minutes until the Lost finale. The "Countdown Clock" will be displayed in the lower right corner during all ABC primetime programming between now and Sunday, May 23 at 9pm.
“We know Lost fans sometimes come off as a bunch of self-entitled whiners, but they are high-income self-entitled whiners who buy our advertisers' products so we love them. We want to celebrate the fans and celebrate with them for the remainder of Lost,” said McPherson.
“There was some backlash over the countdown clock for “V” which aired during an episode of Lost earlier this week, but our research indicates that more than being annoyed that there was something on the screen, fans were outraged there was something on the screen that wasn’t about Lost,” McPherson added.
Lost fans wanting to know whether the countdown to the finale will also appear during the remaining episodes of Lost preceding the finale the answer is yes.
“Of course the "Lost Series Finale Countdown Clock" will air during the Lost episodes before the finale,” said McPherson. “But because the average Lost fan is precise and detail-oriented, during Lost episodes the counter will give the exact number of seconds remaining rather than the number of days, hours and minutes until the finale.”
McPherson scoffed at the suggestion that ABC can't do this.
"This is destiny -- I'm supposed to do this, dammit," said McPherson.
"Don't tell me what I can't do," he added.
During the two hour finale that begins at 9pm on Sunday May 23, the “Series Finale Countdown Clock” will change to “The End of Lost Countdown Clock” counting down the final 7,200 seconds left in the series.
Once every 15 minutes during the finale, Jimmy Kimmel will show up in a large-ish picture-in-picture window in the lower right of your screen and announce how much time is left for Lost. During the final three minutes Kimmel will count down the last 180 seconds out loud.”
“We’re sure Lost fans will complain no matter what we do and given all the fan questions that will go unanswered, we thought it would be fun to distract them with a few minutes of Jimmy Kimmel,” said series co-creator and executive producer Damon Lindelof.
“The only thing Lost fans like more than watching Lost is talking about Lost, and the talking they like most of all is complaining about Lost. This is a way for us to give the fans more of exactly what they want,” said executive producer Carlton Cuse.
"They'll have years to complain about all the unanswered questions and how much they hated how we ended the series. As a bonus, they'll also always have the memory of how the "Countdown Clock," and particularly Kimmel, ruined the finale," Cuse said.
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