Question: I have a question about Lost. At the end of last season, the producers said there would only be 48 more episodes, to be divided into 16-episode chunks and spread out over three seasons. But with the writers' strike, there will probably be only eight episodes this season, not 16. So, my question: Will they tack on an additional eight episodes next season, bringing the Season 5 total to 24 episodes?

Answer: That's the million-dollar question, Fran. Luckily, exec producer Carlton Cuse offered to answer it for free. " We can't determine right now how we will manage production or when we will return to the air," he told me. "It completely depends on how long the strike lasts. As soon as the strike is over, we will sit down and figure that all out."