There are rules, you know. Or at least we made some up. Presenting GQ’s The New Rules of TV, including:
Rule #13 SHUT YOUR DANG MOUTH! (Spoiler etiquette)
Don’t spoil something and then say, “That’s not really a spoiler.” Critics do this all the time, especially with stuff that happens early in the episode. As if an event in the first five minutes somehow doesn’t count. It all counts.
Rule #16:You guys seriously have to cool it on The Wire. We know, we know. It was a great show. One that’s been off the air for FIVE YEARS.
There’s now even a Twitter dedicated to calling out people who use The Wire as pick-up bait in their online dating profiles. (Exhibit A: “On our first date, we can quote scenes from The Wire.”—Male, 29) As a lady who has ventured to grab a drink with such males, I can tell you that a good proportion of them seem to confuse owning the DVD box set with, oh you know, fully understanding the plight of the urban poor in America.
Admit it. When you heard about his new series on HBO, The Newsroom (debuting June 24)—the one where Jeff Daniels plays a media mash-up of Keith Olbermann and Tom Brokaw with a hint of Howard Beale— you rolled your eyes: Here come the same tricks—Sorkin’s patented zippy-speechy-preachy trifecta, this time applied to news rather than sports (Sports Night) or politics (The West Wing). Same old shit. And yeah, it is the same old smart, addictive, entertaining-as-hell shit. Which is why you’re going to watch it. Resistance is futile.
Some solid rules for watching TV in 2012.