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GUEST BLOG #19: Tom Brinkmoeller Ends TVWW Contest, Takes a Powder
May 26, 2009  | By Tom Brinkmoeller
 
[Bianculli here: Memorial Day weekend is over, and so is Tom Brinkmoeller's TV WORTH WATCHING contest. He'll take over from here, to explain and award the winner...]

The Envelope, Please

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"They were both poisoned. I spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocane powder."

That's how Cary Elwes' Westley, in The Princess Bride, explained how he outwitted Wallace Shawn's Vizzini in the showdown over the poisoned cup.

Perhaps the same thing applies to many TVWW viewers, who have endured enough TV that is not worth watching that the bad stuff no longer affects them. That could explain why the entries for last week's grouse-along about television irritants numbered many less than those in the month's earlier Star Trek box-office poll.

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But that doesn't mean there was nothing of merit entered. Eileen's complaint about how the Viva Viagra commercial must haunt the ghost of Elvis probably would have won in a much larger field.

And Chris Collins, another entrant, complained about hollow news anchors -- and, in a later e-mail, told how he wrote a song called "Katie Couric Used to be a Journalist" to try to persuade his mother away from watching Today. Had he only shared the lyrics, it would have been a photo finish.

Congratulations, Eileen. And unless it's a trade secret, would one of you non-contestants please reveal to me how you built up that wondrous immunity.

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I, like Peter Sellers' Chauncey Gardner character in the film Being There, unapologetically "like to watch." My almost-a-geezer status gives me more time than ever to watch the lesser-hyped areas of television, where I often find some wonderful gems. Sharing those finds is even more fun than watching.




3 Comments

 
Rich said:

What?...Powder?...Immunity?...


As for my 'Wonderous Immunity'? - I can speak intelligently about almost everything from "The Prisoner" & "Dark Shadows" to "TV Nation" & "In Search Of" - I love the History & Discovery channels. I love PBS's Ken Burns Doc's. I love BBC American and Japanese Anime. I'm familiar with ALL types of Reality shows. Drama's, Comedy's, Mini-Series, Sci-Fi - I am well versed. You want Obscure?? I remember Morgan Freeman from "the Electric Company", I remember shows like "Love Sidney", "Herman's Head", and "Hi Honey, I'm Home" and "Out of the Blue". I can name the original cast of Nickelodeon's "You Can't Do That on Television".

My Immunity is that as a Gen X'er I simply absorb & filter information, especially in the form of Visual Media (TV & Films) in ways you (and my Dad for example) don't understand. But to assume that I don't know any better and wallow in my poisoned ignorance is...what it is. Your opinion. I am in no way offended but I don't know how the other TVWW fans will see your closing remarks. That's your deal.

Bianculli's contest was simple. How much do you think "ST" will make? anyone can guess. I had a whole elaborate analysis and was totally off- lol. I simply didn't understand Tom's contest. Tom is welcomed to E-Mail me for other 'trademark anti-poison' secrets- again, I've written too much- lol. (No, though I edited two paragraphs for space. And I'm still old enough to cringe whenever I see lol. That's my bias, and my problem, and my generational hang-up. But as a career writer, I prefer, and treasure, complete sentences and polite discourse. -- David B.)

Comment posted on May 26, 2009 8:27 AM


Patrick ( Louisville ) said:

Ignore, ignore, TiVo, DVR, Netflix, ignore.

Comment posted on May 26, 2009 12:56 PM


Chris Collins said:

I'm not so sure that the lyrics would have won the contest for me. Yay for Eileen though!

C

Comment posted on May 27, 2009 9:24 AM
 
 
 
 
 
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