Since I'm trolling the Internet all day (and let's face it, most of the night, too), I've become accustomed to running into all kinds of spoilers. Just this week I've seen photos of The Office's Pam and Jim in their wedding garb, and today I read about a very juicy storyline on the upcoming season of Gossip Girl. I may be used to it, but it's still sometimes a letdown when a big surprise is ruined.
My most annoying spoiler moment happened when I was a teenager. My brother had just rented The Usual Suspects, and I hadn't seen it yet. I knew that the twist ending was supposedly amazing, and I repeatedly asked him not to ruin it for me. Brothers will be brothers, though, and in the end he revealed the ending over breakfast. To this day, I haven't seen the movie because I'm still kinda bitter about it.
What about you — do you have an annoying spoiler story?
UPDATE: This story has been updated to avoid any potential spoilers.
Top Chef Masters is only in week two, but there is already talk of the grand prize winner. Last week in her Yummy Letter newsletter, Grace Ann Walden, a longtime food journalist based in San Francisco, claims to announce the winner. To see what she had to say, warning possible spoiler alert, read more
We've discussed spoilers around here before, both in talking about your spoiler policy and about unusual ways you've gotten spoiled about TV or movies. But these days, it seems like those "unusual" spoilers are becoming far more common. For example, I now avoid Facebook but also Twitter and sometimes even the BuzzSugar comments if I can't watch, say, American Idol exactly on time. I'm curious: Are you also running into spoilers everywhere? And has your policy on spoilers changed at all recently?
I was busy with TCA reporting (read: ABC's Dancing with the Stars party) last week and missed the start of the Project Runway season premiere. I decided to go to Bravo's website to see when the repeat would be airing — and right there on the front page, before the West Coast broadcast was even half over, was the name of the person who'd been eliminated that night! Maybe it was silly of me, but I figured Bravo would at least wait till the show was over in all time zones to put that up.
No matter how hard you try to avoid spoilers these days, some are bound to creep in. A couple of months ago, one of my East Coast friends updated her Facebook status to congratulate the last winner of Top Chef two hours before the show aired out here. And another friend recently told me a story about studiously avoiding all spoilers relating to a particular episode of Runway a few years back — but then walking past a Banana Republic store window that happened to display the week's winning outfit.
What are some unexpected ways you've had a TV show or a movie spoiled for you?
USA Today had an interesting story last week saying that with the advent of DVRs, "watercooler TV" is becoming a thing of the past. After all, it's hard to talk about last night's "Grey's Anatomy" when half your friends and coworkers still have it sitting on their TiVos!
The more ways there are to watch TV whenever you want to (online, on DVD, On Demand), the harder it is to know what's OK to talk about and when. So I've got a couple of questions for you, dear Buzz readers: How do you watch TV these days? What shows do you watch live, and which can wait? And when do you think it's fair to start discussing spoilers with other fans?
We already know things are going to look a little different at Seattle Grace when "Grey's Anatomy" returns to the air Sept. 27. But now, thanks to an update on the show's media site and a story in Us Weekly, I've got a few more details about what the new season holds. If you want some spoilers — more like teasers, really — then you just have to read more
This being the Internet, I was sure we'd have spoilers by now about the "So You Think You Can Dance" eliminations. The results show that normally would have aired on Thursday was preempted for football last week, but the show was already taped, so I thought for sure that members of the live audience would be leaking secrets left and right about which four dancers advanced to the finale.
Well, here we are on Monday, the day the delayed results show will air, and nobody (except the dancers and judges, presumably) actually seems to know who got kicked off. How did they do it? Well, it's simple, really — the producers just made the audience leave the room before revealing the actual results.
One account posted on the show's forum on Television Without Pity described the live audience being told each of the top six were moving on to the finals — presumably to get reaction for tonight's show — and then being ushered from the auditorium. From there, fake spoilers have been abundant, including on the show's Wikipedia site, which had to be locked because of the editing frenzy.
You know, I really didn't think Nigel Lythgoe and the producers could control the spoilers, but it seems like they've managed to keep their secret until the show airs tonight at 8 p.m. Well played, Lythgoe. Well played.
Photo courtesy of Fox
At the TCA press tour, TV producers seemed to be of two minds about spoilers. On the one hand, the people behind "Friday Night Lights" and "House" weren't exactly shy about the details of their upcoming seasons. On the other hand, Greg Daniels, the executive producer of "The Office," said spoilers were a problem for him. Fans online pull information from different interviews so they can "cross-compare with each other, and they figure out what the stories are before we are ready to present them," Daniels said.
Spoilers aren't just an issue with TV — consider those Harry Potter spoilers from a couple of weeks back. So I'm wondering if you avoid spoilers at all costs — or if you can't help but look.