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'Lost' to be viewed on mobile phones

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MUMBAI: US broadcaster ABC's hit show Lost about survivors of a plane crash stranded on an island is being given the mobisode treatment.

In a deal, that is expected to shortly close with a major US carrier 20 episodes -- each several minutes long -- will be shot next month in Hawaii for mobile phones. These will be released next year. In India, Lost airs on Star Movies every Saturday evening.

Media reports indicate that the show will be called Lost Video Diaries. The project is not being produced by ABC or Touchstone Television, but, is being made by "Lost" executive producers, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

The series will introduce two characters said to be stranded alongside the cast featured on the television show. While the story lines of the pair will be new to Lost viewers, the events depicted in the primetime version will inform their story lines. A tie-in connecting broadcast and mobile versions also is being considered.

Reports further indicate that the pricing on the mobisodes is unclear. The phone carrier would have exclusive rights to the new mini-Lost, which eventually could get an iPod window after that.

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