'Lost' Revival Is Not In the Works, But ABC Execs Are Thinking About It

Will ABC finally decide whether they "have to go back" or not?

'Lost' on ABC.

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'Lost' on ABC.

If it feels like every single show you’ve ever loved is being rebooted or reimagined lately, you’re not wrong. We’ve reached peak reboot season and the fatigue is imminent, but there’s always that one show you might actually love to see revisited. But as for right now, that’s not the case with Lost, the popular ABC show that aired on the network from 2004 to 2010. 

Alphabet president Channing Dungey told TVLine that although there are no plans to revive the show, it’s certainly in the minds of executives. “We have not had any official discussions about that,” Dungey said. “It’s something that’s on a list of, ‘Wouldn’t that be great if...' but at this point it’s only at that place.”

There have been rumors about a Lost revival pretty much ever since it ended with that infamous finale that so many found so dissatisfying. After all, the show had plenty of faults, but it was complex and mysterious in a way few shows before it had dared to be, which made it easy to obsess over. The show also spawned many fan theories. These are all elements that television networks salivate over. Last year when one of the show’s former show runners, Carlton Cuse, returned to ABC Studios for a four-year deal to develop new projects, the revival rumors reached new heights. But Dungey recently denied having spoken to Cuse about the possibility of a Lost reboot. “I haven’t had that conversation with him yet,” she said.

Nevertheless, the pot just keeps on stirring. Damon Lindelof, the series’s co-creator and executive producer, suggested he would support a Lost revival, even though he wouldn’t want to be involved in it. He spoke to TVLine last summer and said that he would be “curious” and “excited” to see a new writer working on a new version of the show, working off of the mythology that the original series established.

“It would be really exciting if there’s another incarnation of Lost, I just won’t have any association with it,” Lindelof said. “Not because I’m too good for it. I just feel like, again, we worked so hard to end our story, that to come back and say, ‘Well, that wasn’t the real ending,’ would be frustrating.” 

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