Lost returns to CTV, and Eli Stone arrives

January 31 promises to be a blockbuster night for the net, with an hour-long recap special titled Lost: Past, Present & Future, plus the first episode of season four. Immediately following is the debut of a drama about a high-priced lawyer whose hallucinations influence his legal strategies.

Yesterday, CTV announced that two much-anticipated series will hit the airwaves on Jan. 31. The first is the fourth season of Lost, which will kick off at 8 pm ET with a 60-minute special titled Lost: Past, Present & Future, in which key developments of the series’ first three seasons will be recapped. The first episode of season four will follow at 9 pm ET with, among other surprises, the reappearance of Michael after a mysterious absence.

In the 10 pm time slot is the debut of Eli Stone, a new drama series starring Jonny Lee Miller (pictured – Trainspotting, Smith) as a high-profile attorney who experiences hallucinations that convince him he’s not a shark, but a modern-day prophet. In episode one, Tom Cavanaugh (Ed) joins series co-stars Victor Garber (Alias) and Natasha Henstridge (Would Be Kings, The Whole Nine Yards).

Buzz on this one has been big, particularly because it’s being produced by Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money) and Marc Guggenheim (Law & Order, Brothers & Sisters, The Practice).