The extra-long series finale of "Lost" will be Emmy eligible, thanks to a rules revision courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors.
Previous rules had started that submitted episodes couldn't be longer than twice the normal running time of the series in question, meaning that a standard drama could submit a two-hour episode and a standard comedy could submit an hour-long episode. The problem: The "Lost" finale will run two-and-a-half hours on Sunday (May 23) night.
It's unclear if that's truly going to be an advantage for the ABC favorite, a former winner of the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy. Asking voters, some of whom may not watch the series, to judge a mythology-heavy drama on the basis of an extra-long culminating episode isn't necessarily the best of ideas. But "Lost" fans, even without seeing Sunday's finale, hailed the decision.
Emmy nominations will be announced very, very, very early in the morning on July 8.