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Scott D. Pierce: Five things I really hate about television

By Scott D. Pierce

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Aug 28 2014 11:00 am • Last Updated Aug 28 2014 04:56 pm

I love TV. Not all of it, but, yeah, I love it.

Except for the parts that I hate. And there are several things that are annoying the heck out of me right now.

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Here are five:

Spoiler alert » Networks, generally try to keep spoilers from getting out so as not to ruin the viewing experience for their audience. Except for NBC, which spoils its own shows.

This is nothing new. It’s been happing since NBC ads spoiled the Season 2 premiere of "Law & Order" and what was supposed to be the surprise return of George Clooney to "ER."

Now, NBC is running an ad for "Parenthood" that gives away a major plot point. I won’t give it away here, but it’s incredibly annoying.

Apparently, you have to avoid watching NBC so NBC shows aren’t spoiled for you.

Spoiling "The Sopranos" » A lot of people didn’t like the series finale of "The Sopranos" back in 2007 — when the show abruptly cut to black just when it appeared someone might be about to kill Tony Soprano (the late James Gandolfini).

Well, after years of refusing to discuss the finale, the show’s persnickety creator/executive producer, David Chase, recently told Vox that Tony didn’t die. Which was pretty obnoxious.

The one thing that finale really had going for it was ambiguity. Chase ruined that. Thanks a lot.

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Thanks for nothing » I’m a big fan of "Survivor" and a big fan of "The Amazing Race," but the latest crossover between the two shows is enough to make my stomach turn.

Loud, obnoxious, unbearable "twinnies" Natalie and Nadiya Anderson — who made two seasons of "Race" all-but unwatchable every time they were on camera — have been cast in the upcoming season of "Survivor."


Don’t come back. Please » I wish this weren’t true, but it is. Unbelievable as it may be.

John Stamos and the producers of "Full House" are plotting the show’s comeback.

Stamos (Jesse), Bob Saget (Danny), Dave Coulier (Joey), Candace Cameron Bure (D.J.), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie) and Andrea Barber (Kimmy) are all reportedly involved in revival of the overly sugary sweet sitcom from 1987-95 and in unending reruns since.

The only good news is that the Olsen twins are not involved. That would push me over the edge altogether.

And there’s probably no truth to rumors that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen don’t have enough talent between them to play a grown-up Michelle.

Really, ESPN? » I’m piling on here, but ESPN really botched it with its report on Michael Sam’s showering habits with the St. Louis Rams.

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