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Strike Ends and the Effects on LOST Production

So as we have seen reported practically everywhere, the WGA strike is all but OVER!! The final details need to be hammered out, but word is production and writers could be back on the job as early as Wednesday.

Well seems like we might be getting a few more episodes of Season 4 of LOST before the season is over. Just how many no body knows yet, but here are some details:

In advance of the meeting today, the WGA released a memo to members via e-mail at 3:00am - after the end of the media blackout for most members - stating that a deal had been made that, quote, "protects a future in which the Internet becomes the primary means of both content creation and delivery."

In addition, the note contained an outline of the specifics of the new deal, which can be downloaded here in PDF.

Taking the language of the memo at face value it is difficult to imagine that the WGA leadership is not going to tell its members to return to work Monday.

I've been talking to people on the other side of the fence for weeks now about what an end to the strike means for Lost and this is what I have for information:

* It will take 4-6 weeks to get back to actual filming.
* NO discussions have been had regarding the logistics of a return to production.
* The industry is planning on extending the TV season to the end of June.
* If the season is extended a maximum of 6 episodes could be produced.
* Regardless, a minimum of 3 new episodes will be produced.
* There has been NO discussion with regards to whether the un-produced episodes will be made up.

The most important thing to remember is that there have been no formal discussions between the LOST writers/show runners and the studios since the strike began. We shouldn't expect a boatload of answers to any of these questions for at least a few days, possibly longer.

Source: DarkUFO