Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly in Lost by Mario Perez/ABC Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly in Lost by Mario Perez/ABC

Confirming what was previously reported hereon TV Guide.com, the next two seasons of Lost will contain 17 new episodes apiece - not 16 as was the previous plan.

imple math tells the whole story. The show's producers planned 16 episodes this season, but only 14 hours will air due to the writers' strike.

"We were supposed to do 16-16-16," Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof said. "So we owe two."

He emphasized the show will not extend beyond its planned finale, scheduled for the end of the 2010-11 season. - J.R. Whalen

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