Lost: Is the End In Sight?
The creators of Lost are talking about picking an endpoint for the show. The best shows, in my opinion, are the ones which keep an end in sight, and are written as though they were a novel. (The Wire, Carnivale, Babylon 5) It looks as though the Lost crew are starting to get the picture.
Cuse and fellow showrunner Damon Lindelof have insisted in the past that they do know what they're doing, that there is a master plan, but that they have to reveal things in haphazard fashion because they don't know how long they have to stretch out the story. By setting a finishing date far in advance instead of following the usual TV business model of running a show into the ground, they feel they'll be able to have a more coherent storytelling approach going forward.
To this may I say "Yes, please!!"
When I first tuned into Lost, I loved it because it had that show/novel feel. I've been vacillating between 'they have to stretch things because the network insists on keeping the show on indefinitely' and 'they have absolutely no idea where they're going with any of this.'
A decent endpoint would allow them to create and adhere to an arc that will hopefully be a lot more suspenseful than the show we've gotten lately.
And yes, I know a lot of people still love it. I'm glad you do. I want very badly to love it. I'm hard on it because I expect a great deal from what started as a quality show. I'd love for the writers to have enough creative control to say that the show will end when it ends.