With scripted television winding down for the year, and no end in sight to the writers' strike that will likely keep new episodes of old favourites off of television for quite some time, there are very few things to look forward to. Well, unless your life doesn't revolve around television -- then I'm sure there's plenty of "real life" things and events to look forward to.
But for those of us who spend a lot of time in front of the tube, the return of Lost on January 31st (even if, so far, it will only be 8 of the planned 16 episodes for Season 4) is one of the rare bright spots of the otherwise bleak schedule in the new year, filled with new reality and game shows, returning "faves" with a twist like Celebrity Apprentice and Dance Wars, and a few genuine scripted series that still have episodes in the can (Jericho, Law & Order, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Boston Legal, and Scrubs).
ABC has really been pushing the new 8 episodes of Lost with some previews and trailers, including an extended preview found on YouTube (for the time being, anyway) and posted below. And who could blame them, really -- the Season 3 finale was one of the best season finales of any show in quite some time, and the new direction of the show promises to bring some new life to a show many felt was getting stale and going no where. These new scenes, while containing some spoilers for where things might be going this season, certainly look interesting.
For good measure, fans of another sci-fi/fantasy series can get a sneak peek of their show, as creator Tim Kring showed a preview of Heroes "Volume III: Villians" at a recent Film Festival in L.A. (promptly recorded and uploaded to YouTube). It seems before the writers strike ended production of the show, they were able to film a few scenes planned for upcoming episodes. Of course, unlike with Lost, nobody knows when we'll actually see these scenes from Heroes all together and on our TV screens. But for TV fans right now (at least this one), something is certainly better than nothing.
Paul Little is the founder and Managing Editor of ShowbizMonkeys.com. When not interviewing his favourite musicians and comedians, he can also be found at The Purple Room in Winnipeg, where he is Artistic Director. (@comedygeek)