June 8, 2007

Non-Paris Hilton News Gripe

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
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I, too, am waiting for the DVDs. So DON'T TELL!

Posted by: Barry Leiba at June 9, 2007 1:16 AM

SOMEBODY GETS WHACKED!!!!!!! (I don't watch the show, but I heard about it on the nooz!)

Posted by: Julie at June 9, 2007 2:59 AM

Johnny Number 5 gets whacked?

Fuck, the entire show should be dedicated to actual analysis (not soundbites of 'he-said-she-said' followed by some asshole wisecrack) of the budget debate in RI, since Il Duce Carcieri seems to think he's above the law, and also can't do math.

Posted by: David Grenier at June 9, 2007 9:44 AM

Pace being out has nothing to do with the surge, lol. The White House went to Carl Levin and Levin told them it would be bloody. There was no upside to putting him up. It was purely White House/Congressional politics. Now we've got Mullen (Go Navy!) and all is well.

BTW, I met your cousin CDR Bullard today at the Bunker Hill Day parade. Nice guy, spoke well of you.

Posted by: BostonMaggie at June 10, 2007 8:11 PM

And you just gave more analysis than I've heard on local TV news since... well, as long as I can remember.

Posted by: James at June 10, 2007 8:16 PM

I just saw an advert: "The Sopranos" final DVD set is coming out on Fathers' Day — without the usual year-long wait!

I guess they really want to capitalize on the hype while it's there.

Posted by: Barry Leiba at June 11, 2007 9:45 PM

There was a nice picture in the Globe, either this past Saturday or Sunday, of Bull commanding some men. He looks great in that hat, as I knew he would.

Posted by: Patti M. at June 12, 2007 10:55 AM

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