Question: I enthusiastically read that The Shield's fifth season has been extended by eight episodes for a total of 21. Is that because they needed more episodes to wrap up the series for good, or is it an omen for more seasons of possibly the best show on TV?

Answer: I'm leaning towards your first theory, especially in light of what series creator Shawn Ryan told me last week. "I'm ready to turn the corner and head for a finish line," he said. "Whether that takes just these [21] episodes, whether it takes some more, I'm not exactly sure yet. I think FX will accommodate me whenever I think I want the ending to be. But there's a light at the end of the tunnel." Ryan added that a decision will likely be made before the fifth season kicks off in January.