No, I'm actually not posting a spoiler today, so breathe easy.
I've actually never been a fan of spoilers. I'd actually rather be surprised when I watch a show than have some idiot post a big plot twist on the Internet.
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That didn't stop the LA Times from posting the identity of the fifth Cylon online the day after it was revealed on "Battlestar Galactica" two weeks ago.
(I suppose if you haven't seen it yet and have been living in a hole, skip to the end now).
Still here? Anyway, many people timeshifted the show Friday night, waiting to watch it from the comfort of their own DVR. If only they hadn't decided to read the paper beforehand.
The Times didn't give the readers any warning if they happened upon the TV page, which had a large picture of actress Kate Vernon with the headline: "Battlestar Galactica: Kate Vernon reveals Cylonic secret." In case any readers were still slow on the uptake, the subhead read: "Back from the dead for Season 4, Vernon's Ellen Tigh is indeed among the warring dirty dozen."
Needless to say, this prompted quite a bit of mail from the show's fans, who didn't take too kindly to having a secret they've been waiting months to know get leaked before they even turn on their TVs.
The Times argued that they had an exclusive story and it was big TV news, and that the fans should have known enough not to read the paper before watching their DVR.
The fans argued that the paper could have run the story with spoiler warnings. I have to side with the fans on this one. While the picture of Vernon is very fetching, it didn't give the readers any choice whether they wanted to skip the article or not. A generic BSG photo, say of a robotic Cylon for example, coupled with a generic headline like: "BSG reveals identity of final Cylon in premiere" would have tipped readers who had already seen the episode what the story was about while giving the fans who had yet to see it the option of skipping the story until later.
This is one of the many curses of the Internet, people seemingly go out of their way to spoil things, and I really don't understand it. Somehow, you got an advance look at an episode and you now want to let everyone know how cool you are by spoiling the ending? If that is what makes you feel pretty cool, then you're pretty lame.
Almost as lame as the LA Times' non-apology.
Look, I've already seen tomorrow's "Lost" and I'll tease my friends about what's coming, but they know I won't give anything away. When I write my preview tomorrow, I'll drop a couple of hints to entice the viewers to watch (not that they need the inducement), but am pretty careful to keep things hidden. I just think it's disrespectful otherwise. It's a shame the LA Times doesn't feel the same way.
SAG UPDATE: The actors' union replaced its chief negotiator, Doug Allen, on Monday following more infighting with the union. The good news for movie and TV fans is that with the union membership split pretty evenly, it means a strike is very unlikely now, since SAG probably won't be able to get the 75 percent vote required to authorize a work stoppage.
R.I.P. KIM MANNERS: The producer-director of "Supernatural" died Monday after battling cancer. Manners had a long career in TV, and was perhaps best known for his work on "The X-Files."
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: Now that the inauguration is over, we are back to normal Tuesday TV for the most part.
"American Idol" (Fox, 8 p.m.) winds down it preliminary auditions and leads into a new episode of "Fringe."
Two new episodes of "Scrubs" (ABC, 9 p.m.) anchor two reality series on ABC, "Homeland Security" at 8 p.m. and "What Would You Do?" at 10 p.m.
"NCIS" (CBS, 8 p.m.) returns after a week off and is followed by a new "Without A Trace" at 10 p.m.
"The Biggest Loser" (NBC, 8 p.m.) follows a Super Bowl theme this week with guest star Kurt Warner.
PBS kicks off new seasons of "Nova" at 8 p.m., which looks at butterfly migrations, while "Frontline" kicks off at 9 p.m. with a segment about a New York restaurant owner that refused to pay protection money to the mob.
On cable, "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 10 p.m.) is new, as is "Leverage" (TNT, 10 p.m.)