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is an American drama/adventure television series surrounding the survivors of a plane crash on a mysterious tropical island in the South Pacific.
Lost's development began in January 2004, after former ABC studio executive Lloyd Braun pitched an idea about survivors of a plane crash on a remote and uninhabited island to series' creator J.J. Abrams. Initially hesitant, Abrams warmed to the idea, and eventually collaborated with Damon Lindelof to create the series' unique style and characters. The development of the series was constrained by tight deadlines, as Lost had been commissioned late in the 2004 season's development cycle. Despite the tight schedule, the creative team remained flexible enough that they did not hesitate to modify or create characters to fit actors they wished to cast .
While Lost's pilot episode was criticized for being the most expensive pilot episode in television history , the series became one of the biggest critical and commercial successes of the 2004 television season and, along with fellow new series Desperate Housewives, helped to reverse the flagging fortunes of ABC . Capping its successful first season, Lost won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series and Abrams was awarded an Emmy for his work as director of the pilot in September 2005.
The series is structured on two interconnected elements. The primary focus of the show tracks the struggles of the survivors of the crash as they cope with life on the island. This is supplemented by the second element, which uses flashbacks to highlight choices the main characters have made in the past, as a means of illuminating their actions on the island. In most episodes Lost follows the actions of a specific character, both past and present.
During the first season, flashbacks revealed why each character ......
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