I hear ya, Brolan. But a cobbled-together ending is still better than no ending at all (hopefully). I has occured to me that the whole DVD set business may have caused (or may be causing) a reversal in the thinking of the network types.
They used to think that if they ended a series with an actual conclusion that nobody would watch in syndication because they already knew how it turned out. (One of the few early series that did finish its story, The Fugitive, bore that out as it did poorly in syndication despite being a top-notch drama.)
Now, they might be thinking that if they have an ending they'll be able to sell DVD's labled "Complete Series" more readily than if it were left open-ended.