Okay, even if CTV had begged me, BEGGED ME, to preview tonight’s (Jan. 21) two-hour Season 5 debut of Lost, I would not have crumbled. Okay they didn’t beg me. But still, I have no desire to know what’s coming tonight. I have steadfastly averted my eyes. I have a bucket of sour cream dip curing in the fridge and I want to be amazed by two hours of the latest adventures of the Oceanic 6 and the now missing or time-lost island and whatever cruel time-travelling, island-moving fate has in store for them. Remember when it was just about surviving a plane crash?
I am also a little cranky and I am not alone. On Monday, P.L. wrote in an email:
Is there any reason why Lost will not air here in Quebec on CTV? I've never heard of this "A" channel that the CTV website states is the new broadcaster here in Canada. This is highly disappointing since the CFCF affiliate carried the show all this time and now we're cut off.
Thanks for your letter, P.L. It’s not the first time that CTV has taken a very popular and decently enough rated show and moved it to A Channel, which is kind of its B team in that it is not shown everywhere in Canada: specifically it is not offered to subscribers of Videotron.
Remember Mad Men? It was moved from CTV to A Channel when it made its Canadian debut last spring and then, as with Lost, offered to Montrealers in repeats on Bravo and on CTV’s online video player. The latter are fine options if you are keen, I know many people who just lost track of Mad Men. My wee merry band of TV fans can’t be the only ones who dropped the show. Why is CTV doing this? I have a call in. No answer yet. I’ll keep you posted. In the case of Lost, we have ABC to fall back on, but still.
However, it is still Lost night. Crankiness be gone. For those of you who would like a little preparation, here is the very capable Aaron Barnhart of TV Barn blog and Kansas City Star fame, with a nice little setup for tonight’s season opener. And then there’s the series recap that starts at 8 p.m. called Lost: Destiny Calls. And that’s on ABC, right? Do not set your DVR or VCR (seriously?) for CTV. You will be sad. Two back to back new episodes of Lost begin at 9 p.m.
See you on the island. Wherever it is.
— Denise Duguay