By Michael Slezak
Updated November 08, 2006 at 08:48 PM EST

Like many Lost fans, I’ve already circled February 7 on my calendar. Because after tonight’s new episode (No. 6 in the show’s third season), Lost is going to take a page from Madonna’s playbook by taking a holiday — one that will last a good three months. (Whether its cast and crew are gonna have a celebration, all across the world, and in every nation, remains to be seen.)

Anyhow, a related article in today’s New York Times questions whether ABC’s decision to split Lost‘s season into two parts — and, as a result, eliminate dreaded reruns — will “cause confusion and dismay among Lost fans who do not spend most of their waking hours scouring recorded episodes and online fan sites for clues about the mysteries of the island where the show is set.” To which I say, “Feh.” As far as I’m concerned, the Times underestimates audience loyalty and savviness; split seasons didn’t hurt shows like The Sopranos, Sex and the City, or Battlestar Galactica, and not only that, today’s viewing public is more aware of scheduling changes than ever before. I seriously doubt there’s a Lost fan in the land who’s unaware of its impending hiatus.

More troubling are the lame-o previews for Lost‘s seat-filler, the Taye Diggs (pictured) vehicle Day Break. As a PopWatch reader named “B” writes in our comments section this morning, “[I] hate the way Taye Diggs says ‘I love you’ in the preview they broadcast CONSTANTLY. Picky!” Not picky at all, B! For weeks, I’ve been flinching every time Diggs mumbles his supposed-to-sound-romantic declaration; does the show’s Groundhog Day premise mean we’ll have to hear him “I love you” his mate again and again? If that’s the case, I might have to find out what this Criminal Minds phenomenon is all about. How ’bout you, PopWatchers? Do you think Lost watchers will return to the show come February? And will they tune in to Day Break in the interim?

addCredit(“Day Break: Vivian Zink”)