by Charlie Jane Anders at io9: What The Hell Is Going To Happen On Lost? Our Theories
Defining choices will be made, long-standing mysteries will unravel, and the island’s fate will be decided. What does it all mean? Here are our semi-informed guesses. Warning: This post is full of spoilers.

Before we get started, I should clarify something right off the bat: I tend to approach Lost from a science-fiction perspective. I’m interested in trying to make the time travel, alternate universes and electromagnetic pulses into something that makes sense as a science-fiction story. At the same time, I am pulling some stuff out of my butt here, so feel free to post your own more erudite theories in the comments.

So we know that the final season is going to be 18 episodes, including a two-hour premiere and a three-hour finale (spread over two nights.) The show’s creators have said, over and over, that the new season will mirror season one, both in terms of a close focus on the original characters and in terms of its “feel.” There will be a Jack-centric episode, a Kate-centric episode, a Hurley-centric episode, and so on, and even the order of these episodes seems to mirror season one.

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By Arash Ghadishah at ABC News: ‘Lost’ Creators Discuss Beginning of the End

Few creators of hit television programs are afforded the luxury that has been granted to the team behind ABC’s “Lost.” For years, fans have known that the sixth season would be the final installment of “Lost.” This unusual path to an ending is not because of falling ratings or fleeing talent but rather comes at a time and in a manner chosen by the show’s makers.

On the eve of their final season premiere, “Lost” Executive Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse sat down with ABC News’ “Nightline” to discuss how Harry Potter inspired their demand to be canceled, why they aim to “cause agony” for their obsessed viewers and how it’s all going to end.

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by Rebecca Nicholson at The Guardian: The Vampire Diaries: what gives a good vampire drama bite?
You may have already come across declarations that, as far as the underworld goes, vampires are so last season – now it’s all about werewolves, ghosts, or maybe even zombies. But television cranks up too slowly to hop around with the hype, and so tonight we see the British premiere of Kevin Williamson’s show The Vampire Diaries, not too far from a small-screen Twilight, only slightly less tweeny and chaste. In fact, it seems to owe much of its look and feel to films like The Craft and Urban Legend, which is no surprise, since Dawson’s Creek and Scream were the jewels in Williamson’s 1990s teen crown.

Though its teen target audience might not necessarily cross over with True Blood, it still suffers by comparison. In the same way that Scream upended trite horror films by poking fun at their conventions, True Blood makes crows and pointed silences and eyeliner seem dated. But this dip in quality doesn’t mean there’s no, ahem, life in the old vampire yet – and given how well The Vampire Diaries has done in the US, there’s probably still life in the series too. A quick look back through TV history shows that a fresh new twist can keep the vampire genre moving.

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Do you agree with the theories about Lost? What do you think is going to happen this season? Why do you think Vampire Diaries has been so successful?