When Lost returns in February, the castaways and the Others will experience a new kind of temporal displacement, one that can’t be explained by the island’s mysterious electromagnetic forces. The Oceanic 815 survivors and their Stephen King-reading tormentors will all travel in time one hour into the future – because ABC is moving the show from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Ah, the fearsome power of the American Idol results show!) The network announced today its new Wednesday comedy block, a slate that includes George Lopez, According to Jim, and two new shows debuting on Jan. 3: The Knights of Prosperity (the series formerly known as Let’s Rob Mick Jagger) and the David Arquette-Kelly Hu midlife-crisis comedy In Case of Emergency. After all, what better way to whet your appetite for the drama, riddles, and paranoia of Lost than by watching a pair of doofy dads, some inept thieves, and some fallen-on-hard-times yuppies?
In other Lost news, Matthew Fox (pictured) debunked any speculation that the reason he had enough free time to do Saturday Night Live last week is that Jack has been whacked. “I can’t tell you why,but I have had a little reprieve from the show,” he acknowledged in an interview with The Boston Herald yesterday. “I hear there’s rumorsout there that I’ve been killed off the show. Which I love that. I lovethe fact that anytime, they’ll take the tiniest little kernel of,Matthew Fox shows up in New York and ‘He’s been killed off Lost!’” He assured the Herald he’d be back in Hawaii soon to resume shooting Lost. “It’s going to be a good year,” he said. “There’s some really cool stuff coming up.” In other words, Lost-ies, if you turn on your TV at 9 p.m. on Feb. 7 expecting Fox and you see Knights star Donal Logue instead, don’t freak out.