Say what you want about the premise and the path the show took, but Lost was a truly ambitious undertaking when it debuted almost a decade ago. And it wasn't easy for all the studio execs to wrap their head around it.

In what's an alarming testament to "design by committee" (think Poochie from The Simpsons), a document has leaked that insists Lost be everything from a medical drama to a character drama, a lawyer show and "easy to follow." Oh well. Zero out of four ain't bad.

Skeptically, one could say that these guys had no idea what they were doing when they put this pitch packet together. But given the sophistication the Bad Robot kids have demonstrated, it's more likely that the creatives were playing the suits here like a fiddle, telling them everything they wanted to hear so that they could make a show that would be like nothing else on TV.