White House blinks, speech won't pre-empt Lost

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Lost fans can breathe a sigh of relief: Looks like even the White House isn't dumb enough to raise their ire. The Obama administration has said that it won't schedule the president's State of the Union speech on Feb. 2, which would pre-empt the sixth and final season premiere of the ABC sci-fi series.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says that he does not "foresee a scenario" where the ABC show would be pre-empted for the address, according to a report on The Wall Street Journal. (The address will air on Jan. 26.)

This led executive producer Damon Lindelof to exult on Twitter:

@DamonLindelof: OBAMA BACKED DOWN!!!! Groundhog Day is OURS!!!!!!! (God Bless America)

He added:

Okay. So Obama didn't technically "back down." He leveraged Carlton and I to do something on the show. Two words. MORE FROGURT.

Meanwhile, Lost director Jack Bender snagged a prestigious Directors Guild Award nomination for the show's fifth-season finale, "The Incident, Parts 1 & 2." The winners will be named on Jan. 30.

Lost returns on Feb. 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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