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"Lost" in the moment

Lost has gone a long way since it was first a tabula rasa in the minds of masters Damon Lindelof and J.J. Abrams. They knew it would either die out by lack of fan support and viewership or hit big with everyone. Luckily, for them, the latter happened. But what are the secrets of Lost? Why is America glued to their televisions over this show? What will happen next?

What is that monster on the island? What if they're really all dead? And why is that bald guy so creepy?

If you've been anywhere near a water cooler or, say, another human being lately, you know these are the questions consuming America this TV season, thanks to the astounding popularity of ABC's "Lost" (Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET).
" We don't just watch this show: We obsess over it, canceling Wednesday-night plans, joining online forums, and discussing plot points and character flirtations ad nauseam.

It's fandemonium at its finest, with the cast a cult-TV version of the Beatles. "We were mobbed at the airport," Daniel Dae Kim (who plays Jin) says of a recent flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles with his co-stars. "We signed autographs for an hour and a half."

"I just stood there with my jaw open," says Jorge Garcia (Hurley). "I was calling my mom and going, 'Did you ever think it would come to this?' " Truth is, no one did. When Damon Lindelof joined forces with "Alias" mastermind J.J. Abrams to create a show for ABC about plane-crash survivors stranded on a mysterious island, success wasn't guaranteed. And yet, despite a pitch that was created in just four days, "Lost" has become a bona fide hit, with more than 16 million viewers tuning in to watch these castaways face the perils of the island -- and one another.

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