InsideTV Podcast: How long is a spoiler a spoiler?

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SPOILER ALERT! Who shot J.R? It was his sister-in-law and mistress Kristin Shepard. That may sound a bit ridiculous to offer a spoiler alert for something that aired 34 years ago, but consider that someone once sent an angry letter to EW after I offhandedly mentioned the identity of Rosebud from 1941’s Citizen Kane, a “mistake” I do not plan to make again here. But all of this begs the question: When does a spoiler cease to be a spoiler? And whose responsibility is it to prevent the dissemination of information after it has already been made public: the person that has already watched it, or the person who has yet to see the TV show or movie in question?

I’ve written about this subject many times before, and my position has not changed. When it comes to TV shows, if I miss the initial airing for some reason, I put all the onus and responsibility on myself to avoid people and places that might spoil the result. I don’t go to the EW morning meetings (too risky!), don’t check EW.com (waaaaaay too risky!) and certainly don’t log into social media (certain spoiler suicide!). And if forget one of these golden rules, or happen upon coworkers, neighbors, or friends (yes, I have a few friends) discussing the show or event in question, I may get bummed out, but deep down I know I have nobody to blame but myself. That’s the cost of doing business if you do not watch a show on its first airing. The only person I point the finger at is myself. At least that’s my take.

But not everyone feels this way. If you’re one of those people that watched Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, or American Horror Story from the very beginning, should you be expected to zip your lips until everyone else catches up? If you can’t believe what just happened on Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, what is the proper protocol before spouting off on what happened? The one thing that seems abundantly clear is there is no agreed upon answer to this question. We found that out when we discussed and debated the issue on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) and you can now hear the whole chat for yourself on the InsideTV Podcast. Jenna Morasca and I gave our take and then callers added theirs. Some said as soon as something airs it is fair game. Others argued a 24 hour waiting period should be observed. And others opined that a full week was more respectful. What do you say? Listen in by clicking on the audio player icon below and then add your two cents on the message boards.

But that’s not all for this week’s podcast. Our official EW Radio Super Bowl correspondent Scott Porter also stopped by the studio to talk about his Broncos getting blown out in Super Bowl XLVIII. Of course, we also chatted about plenty of other things, such as Hart of Dixie, Scott’s participation in The Walking Dead video game, and just who is responsible for squashing the Friday Night Lights reunion movie. QB1 comes to play, people!

That concludes the somewhat sane portion of the podcast, because then the fellas from Workaholics invade the studio and all holy heck breaks loose. Adam DeVine, Anders Holm, Blake Anderson, and Kyle Newachek tell us what to expect coming up on their Comedy Central hit while also helping me in my birthday shopping for Jenna. (WARNING: Lorenzo Lamas may be a talking point at one juncture.)

It’s a super extended InsideTV Podcast remix and You can listen to the whole thing by clicking on the audio player icon below. You can also download the entire podcast right here. Or, since we’re on iTunes, you can subscribe for free and take the podcast with you. No iTunes? No problem. To send a question to the InsideTV Podcast team, follow us on Twitter @InsideTVPodcast. And to hear more interviews and television discussion and debate, check out Entertainment Weekly Radio channel 105 on SiriusXM.

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