What We’re Hearing: The crown jewel of the Sci Fi Channel should finish out its fourth and final season, but per writer Jane Espenson, it’s almost certain that, schedule-wise, the story will be split into two separate miniseasons. The show completed 14 episodes before the strike hit, and at least the first 10 will air beginning Apr. 4. The second batch could premiere in the fall or even sometime in 2009.
What We’re Hearing: It looks like Heroes won’t return until next season-but it could launch a little earlier than usual (late summer). Insiders tell us Milo Ventimiglia just signed a movie (scheduling conflict) and, moreover, executive producer Tim Kring is busy at work crafting a “series bible.” Word is, he wants to map out exactly where the series is headed (for many seasons) before Heroes goes back into production. We hear from crew members that they’ve been told they aren’t expected back on set anytime before June.
Executive Producer Damon Lindelof Says: “Indeed, it would appear that we are in the endgame of the strike. Personally, I couldn’t be more psyched to be part of this union. Like any negotiation, some parts suck and some parts surpassed my wildest expectations for what we could accomplish, but most of all I’m left with a feeling of pride.
“As for Lost (pending the actual lifting of the strike, which we vote for on Tuesday), a game plan should begin to manifest by the end of the week. All I can say is that Carlton and I and the rest of the writers have every intention of making sure you guys get more episodes this season beyond the eight already completed. How many and how they will be aired is a conversation we’ll be having with our bosses, but as soon as we’ve got a plan, we’ll tell the fans first.”
What We’re Hearing: Lost‘s actors are on standby, and the show is expected to produce more episodes this season. Fingers crossed! The bigger question is who’ll keep the golden Thursday at 9 p.m. time slot once those Seattle Grace docs also return…How ’bout we put Sawyer and McDreamy in a cage and let ‘em duke it out? (‘Cause we know who’d win…)
What We’re Hearing: Our all-time favorite Smallville source (SWAK!) tells us the CW wants the show to produce five more episodes this season.