Boy, this story sure has been all over today and it actually makes me happy.

No, LOST isn’t coming to an end anytime soon, but the producers and ABC have announced they will decide when the series ends. This means the writers and producers can plot a course for the show and stick too it, eventually winding up with a planned ending. This should keep the show from wandering on for years and allow the final season (since they know when it will be) actually wrap everything up as planned.

Kudos to ABC for allowing this to happen and here’s to hopefully 4 more years of LOST after this one, since they producers have announced that 7 years is the magic number.

I’ve always hoped the DirecTV would get a horror channel and it looks like that will happen on March 1 when Chiller debuts on DirecTV. NBC Universal is the parent company behind the channel, so that means we’ll see Alfred Hitchcock Presents (which is cool). The following quote from the Variety article makes me the happiest:

“We’ve gone beyond our library and licensed content from all the major players,” Gaspin said. Other programming assets include “Twin Peaks,” “Tales From the Crypt,” “Freddy’s Nightmares” and “Friday the 13th: The Series.”

I remember both of those shows as a teenager, and aside from some bad quality Friday the 13th Series DVDs I have, I’ve not seen them since. Should be cool and a good place for entertainment in the slow Summer months.

I don’t know how solid this story is, but it sounds too good to be true.

It looks like HBO is developing a series based on the DC Comics Vertigo series Preacher.

Preacher was a 75 issue series written by Garth Ennis with art by Steve Dillon. It told the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher (and not a good one) from a small town in Texas who is possessed and receives a power he calls the “word of God.” If you’re not familiar with the series, just read the Wikipedia entry for a quick rundown. It’s easily one of my all time favorite books and a HBO series would be the perfect way to bring it to cinematic life.

Last night’s episode of LOST was awesome and in general, the short season has been awesome. Only one episode was a bit of a letdown. The producers have said the mini-season of 6 episodes has let them progress quicker and answer more questions that they would be able to in a regualr season. If that’s the case, then I’m all for the mini-season followed by the rest of the season later.

I wonder how many questions they’ll answer in next week’s Fall finale and how many will carry over? I hope the Jack, Kate, Sawyer / Others situation will be resolved, but on the other hand I don’t want it to end. It’s been very interesting looking at a new group of people. I’ll the creative team that, they’ve been able to change the show focus each season effortlessly and managed to make it flow into the overall story.

For some interesting ideas and thoughts on the season and show thus far, head on over to Entertainment Weekly’s website and their LOST column. The article linked to has some insight from Stephen King, as well as a fascinating theory as to just what could be happening on the island.

I’m anxious for next week’s mini-finale and can’t wait for the full 17 episodes in February.