Although it isn’t a surprise, ABC has announced early renewals for fourteen of its shows including Lost created by Trek XI producers JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof. Although the show has slipped in the ratings, ABC still touts that it is the highest rated scripted show for the key 18-49 demographic. Although Abrams has not been involved in the day to day for the show since season 1, Damon Lindelof has been sharing show running duties with Carlton Cuse (including doing weekly podcasts). Now that JJ Abrams is committed to directing Trek XI it is expected that much of the producing duties will probably fall on Lindelof. What effect this has on season 4 of Lost is still unknown. The fate of Abrams other ABC shows, Six Degrees and What About Brian, remains less certain. Six Degrees returns this Friday after a long hiatus and retooling.
Shatner to Face Himself
In addition ABC have also picked up Boston Legal for a 4th season, ensuring another year of employment for William Shatner (as well as DS9’s Rene Auberjonois). In other Boston Legal news, the show has announced plans to use footage of Shatner from an 1957 Studio One drama called "The Defenders." According to Studio Briefing the footage will be used for flashbacks when Denny Crane comes face to face with a man who has nursed a grudge against him for 50 years. Of course the Shat is used to dealing with multiple versions of himself…as this clip shows.