I was listening to WJAR Channel 10 news on the radio this evening. You know, for news.
I only catch the end of Keri’s show on WSAR anymore. I rushed home like everyone to begin the weekend with the kids. We had an exciting evening of relaxing and watching Short Circuit and Star Trek Voyager together. We actually watched Short Circuit online through Netflix which was pretty cool, although the couch is nowhere near my computer.
Back to WJAR.
As I was getting out of my car, Gene Valicenti started to tell me that the series finale of The Sopranos was coming up, and we were going to find out “who gets whacked.” And then he went on to basically set up the situation going into the finale.
In other words, he summarized the season that I haven’t seen. On the news.
I watch The Sopranos on DVD. That’s the way I like to watch The Sopranos and Deadwood and a lot of other shows on HBO and Showtime. It’s not that I have to watch them on DVD - I like watching them that way. That is a choice of mine that comes with the risk of finding out important plot information beforehand. I accept that risk. I have some control over what I read, and I minimize the risk.
But WJAR Channel 10 news decided that I needed to know the situation going into the series finale. Because I can’t possibly be a fan and not be watching it on HBO.
OK, so I found out a little bit about the plot. Not a huge deal, right? Except that I had the spoiler revealed to me during a supposed news show. Can it really be true that the function of evening news is to ruin the plot of The Sopranos last season for me? Is there nothing in the region or the world left to report on, and I need to have the last season of The Sopranos summarized before I get a crack at watching it?
I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but Paris Hilton going back to jail is actually more valid news than doing a story on the series finale of The Sopranos in which you help run my future enjoyment of watching the final season. WJAR, why not do some real investigative reporting, find out what happens in the finale and blurt the ending out to all the fans in your broadcast. Isn’t that called a “scoop?”
Or, here’s a better idea; stop calling your show “news” and rename it “PM Magazine Plus Weather and Sports.”
Meanwhile, here are a few things that actually happened in the world that you could have reported and even elaborated on.
Aw, Hell. Just do what I do and read Google News.Posted by James at June 8, 2007 11:09 PM