TV execs, we know it must be hard to give up a cash cow. But before the milk turns sour, know when to call it quits.
Lost was given the gift of an expiration date. A gift, you ask? It was a gift because it forced the writers to come up with taut storytelling, and will give us all a nice, well-thought-out conclusion. If you don't believe us, we'll give you examples: when to end the show before it gets bad, taking the opportunity when an end naturally arises, and how to make a show with a beginning, middle, and end already mapped out.