The Lost series finale airing this Sunday is getting lots of special treatment. Networks in Europe and Israel have agreed to sync their broadcast of the episode with the U.S. air time, and even though episodes that run for more than two hours aren’t typically eligible for Emmys, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors is bending the rule for the two-and-a-half hour long finale. Entertainment Weekly_ reports that, as a result of the board’s exception, Lost could potentially nab the “best drama” Emmy, and any of the actors starring in the drama are eligible to receive an award for their performance in the final episode.
The Wire and The Sopranos were entitled to similar privileges when their series finales aired, according to EW. “We have a soft spot in our hearts for the final episodes of long-running series,” John Leverence, senior vice president of awards for the TV Academy, said.