Question: During the season premiere of Nip/Tuck last week, FX aired a promo for The Shield that referred to the upcoming fifth season as "the beginning of the end." Is the show ending? I hope not. Love your column.

Answer: Let's examine the evidence: There's currently no deal in place for a sixth season; series creator Sean Ryan may soon have his hands full producing CBS' mid-season drama The Unit; Forest Whitaker is being brought in to take down the Strike Team once and for all; and FX's promos are referring to the coming season as "the beginning of the end." You do the math. (For the record, an FX rep says the network is not ruling out a sixth season.)