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Continued: Withering Glance: TV series viewers spoilin' for a fight

  • Article by: RICK NELSON and CLAUDE PECK , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 7, 2013 - 4:08 PM

CP: Face it, Rick, We the People are out of sync. You get six friends around a table, and all you can safely talk about is weather.

 

RN: When I do go online, it’s wall-to-wall spoiler-laced content. It’s the equivalent of visiting a newsstand — remember those? — in October 1980, a month before that famous “Dallas” episode, and the cover of every magazine, right down to Scientific American, trumpeting, “Sue Ellen’s sister Kristin shot JR!”

 

CP: When the words “spoiler alert” appear, I can stop reading as easily as I can look away from a good building fire or car wreck. You?

 

RN: Total catnip. It’s even worse when the teaser gives it all away. I remember a PBS series-obsessed website where, after clicking on “So-and-so dies” — I don’t want to plunge you into despair by revealing the character’s name — readers were taken to a page that began with, “Warning, if you haven’t watched the latest episode of ‘Downton Abbey,’ stop reading.” Gee, thanks. At least the Dowager Countess of Grantham was spared. That’s my own little spoiler, I guess.

 

CP: That’s it: I’m updating my online dating profile to say, “Looking for someone who has watched all 13 episodes of ‘Orange Is the New Black.’ ”

 

RN: It’s an improvement over “likes walks around the lakes.”

 

E-mail: witheringglance@startribune.com

Twitter: @claudepeck and @RickNelsonStrib

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