Chicago ABC-Affiliate Airing ‘Lost’ Over Election

By Andrew Gauthier 

Daily Herald

With the faddishly popular “Lost” set to return today for its final season, ABC dodged a bullet when President Obama moved his State of the Union address ahead to last week instead of leaving it on Groundhog Day, as originally considered. Yet, locally ABC7 couldn’t do anything about moving the previously scheduled Illinois primary, even if it did avert a double whammy with Obama.

Channel 7 plans to stick with the two-hour “Lost” season premiere, which airs at 8 p.m., immediately after a much-needed “Lost” synopsis at 7, and interrupt with election updates as necessary during regular station breaks.

“We will not touch a frame of ‘Lost,’ let me assure you,” said Channel 7 President and General Manager Emily Barr.

Channel 7 does plan an extended hourlong election newscast at 10 p.m., as does WMAQ Channel 5. “It could go longer,” Barr added. More…