Where 'Lost' Is Found: Thursdays

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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Network scheduling decisions are not events one would normally describe with a term like "highly anticipated." Yet plenty of suspense has been built up for this announcement: "Lost" will return Jan. 31 at 9 p.m. That's Thursday nights in the current slot held by "Grey's Anatomy" (which has only one original episode left).

As previously pointed out, the highly valued Thursday 9 p.m. slot was looking surprisingly light of winter competition, with only "CSI" (which has just a few originals left), NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" and Fox's "Don't Forget the Lyrics" in contention next year.

Other key premiere dates:

-- Drama "Cashmere Mafia" will air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. starting Jan. 9, going up against originals, then repeats, of "CSI: New York" and "Law & Order." "Cashmere" will have a special premiere on Thursday, Jan. 3, after the final original "Grey's Anatomy."

-- Legal drama "Eli Stone" will premiere after "Lost" on Jan. 31, taking the Thursday at 10 p.m. slot.

- "Oprah's Big Give" will air Sunday nights at 9 p.m. starting March 2.

-- The "Dancing With the Stars" spinoff "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann" premieres with a special two-hour episode at 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, before settling into a one-hour version thereafter.

With ABC's announcement, the winter broadcast schedule has filled in. Here's the complete gird for Jan/Feb.

Oh, and from the Dharma Initiative editing bay, below is the fourth-season trailer for "Lost."

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