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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Announcing spoilers

An open letter:

Dear Friends & Family,

If you keep a blog or send out any sort of regular email update, please be aware of the fact that many television programs about which you may be tempted to write actually air here in Israel up to a week later than where you live.

This slight misalignment of broadcast schedules raises the specter of my reading your blog/email and accidentally finding out about some critical plot twist or voting outcome in a TV program before I've been able to actually enjoy the show in which said plot twist and/or voting outcome takes place.

When this happens (as it invariably will if you continue to refuse to post a 'SPOILER WARNING' at the start of your posts and emails), it ruins the enjoyment for me and, quite honestly, makes me want to spit in your coffee and sneeze on your food.

Adding a spoiler warning is such an easy thing to do, and is a thoughtful gesture - not only for the benefit of those of us who live abroad - but also for your busy friends and neighbors who might be TiVo-ing certain programs in hopes of enjoying them at a more convenient time... like say, when the kids go to college and the dog dies.

I'm not asking for a complete moratorium on discussing current television shows... just an itty-bitty little disclaimer that will give me the choice of whether or not I want to know in advance that one of my favorite American Idol contestants has been voted off the island.

Of course you are free to ignore this request and do as you please. After all, it's your blog and you can do with it what you like.  But then again, you may also want to think twice about accepting invitations to eat any meals I've prepared... or to which I've had unfettered access.  I'm just thinking out loud here, mind you.

Thanks so much for your help with this oh-so-easy-to-solve scheduling problem.

Warm Regards,


"Laying the groundwork for an insanity defense since 1961"

Posted by David Bogner on March 22, 2009 | Permalink


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i watch only one show regularly, and usually on hulu, since who can commit to that same hour every week? we don't have a dog, and it's going to be a long time till all the kids go to college, but maybe then? i have to work very hard in the real world to avoid hearing about it...and it's not only blogs and email that are threatening...here in the us, it's even "watercooler" conversation and what passes for the news that must be avoided. i don't drink coffee, but i hope the food will be safe for me this summer!

Posted by: debbie | Mar 22, 2009 2:19:52 PM

Still keeping up with Desperate Housewives, hmm?

Posted by: tnspr569 | Mar 22, 2009 4:00:15 PM

OMG, I am so with you on this one!!

It applies to books too!!

I was so annoyed, just a few weeks ago, when I read a spoiler about a book I just started.

When I posted about (Srugim, not only did I post a "Spoiler Alert," but I also scrolled down a full page so no one would read any spoilers by mistake!

Posted by: Rivka with a capital A | Mar 22, 2009 6:37:48 PM

Dave, I also found out that the blondie with the pink or purple hair was voted off on American Idol before last night, and you know what? It really did ruin things for me. But I went to sleep a whole lot earlier.

Posted by: Baila | Mar 22, 2009 11:03:29 PM

You can't be talking about Law and Order because we're years ahead of you. And if you're talking about S'rugim....well, I have much inside info. My first cousin is the creator/writer/director. But I'm sworn to secrecy except to tell you that it was renewed for a 2nd season!

Posted by: Marsha in Englewood | Mar 22, 2009 11:18:56 PM


*spoiler warning!*

This will be the only good film M. Night Shyamalan ever writes

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Mar 23, 2009 2:19:48 AM

Sorry, I hate to tell you but "IT IS A COOKBOOK!"

Posted by: Jack | Mar 23, 2009 9:31:48 AM

"...one of my favorite American Idol contestants has been VOTED OFF THE ISLAND???"

Is there a way to apply the term "mixed metaphor" to TV reality shows?

Posted by: psachya | Mar 23, 2009 3:47:25 PM

*** Spoiler Alert ***

Obama wins the election... Israel has more to worry about than TV shows!

[sorry, David, but I couldn't resist! ;-) ]

Posted by: ProphetJoe | Mar 23, 2009 7:40:47 PM


Posted by: Aharon | Mar 23, 2009 9:29:09 PM

Dewey wins.

(Couldn't resist.)

Posted by: Rahel | Mar 24, 2009 1:28:14 AM

We're an annoying crowd, aren't we? ;-)

Posted by: ProphetJoe | Mar 24, 2009 5:15:44 PM

bibi won the election?
Oh, wait...

Posted by: MofB | Mar 24, 2009 6:28:39 PM

Bibi won the election?
Oh, wait...

Posted by: MofB | Mar 24, 2009 6:29:08 PM

I love the comments---I agree with Prophet Joe--we are an annoying crowd! I don't have a TV so I can't ruin any shows. But, movies---how about ruining an upcoming movie? nothing scary, though

Posted by: joyce | Mar 25, 2009 10:06:18 PM

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