WASHINGTON (AFP) – US fans of the show 'Lost' can breathe a sigh of
relief Friday after the White House pledged a key speech by President
Barack Obama won't displace the premiere episode of the show's final
"I don't foresee a scenario in which the millions of people that hope
to finally get some conclusion in "Lost" are preempted by the
president," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs reassured the viewing
public at a White House press briefing.
US television station ABC has set aside a three-hour block on the
evening of February 2 to show the first episode of the wildly popular
show's last season.
But fans feared that President Barack Obama might choose to give his
first State of the Union address, which is traditionally delivered on
the last Tuesday of January, on the same day.
Most US television stations agree to set aside their
previously-scheduled programming to give the president a national
platform for his speech to a joint session of Congress.
Gibbs sought to allay those fears Friday, in response to a question
from a journalist from ABC's news program.
Since it began in 2004, the suspense-filled "Lost" has introduced
millions of viewers to a group of travellers stranded on a mysterious
island after a plane crash.
The show is the brainchild of J.J. Abrams, who was also behind the
series "Alias" and the most recent "Star Trek" movie.
Gibbs' comments came after "Lost" fans took to the Internet, creating
Facebook pages and sending Twitter messages to plead with the White
House not to create the scheduling conflict.
The White House declined to say when Obama will deliver the speech,
which he will likely use to push for his domestic priority of healthcare