Lost on Cinco De Mayo

This little piggy went...(boom)

LOST fans might have just plotzed for a number of reasons. 

Without spoiling anything, if you haven’t seen last night’s episode you need to do that right away. Because otherwise you are in danger of being tricked into experiencing that deadly hallway conversation, Tweet or email subject line that will kill your appreciation of viewing the show without a priori knowledge. 

And yes, much like the writers, I just dropped a few hints. Or maybe I didn’t

The good news, though, is the announcement that the final episode has been extended by a half-hour, eliminating your local news for the evening and taking you right into what will likely be the highest rated Jimmy Kimmel show ever

Per The Hollywood Reporter and other sites, “ABC is airing an enhanced (pop-ups) version of the show’s original two-hour pilot on May 22. On Sunday there’s a two-hour retrospective titled “Lost: The Final Journey,” followed by the finale, then the local news (which was preempted in the first-blush recounting of this plan) and Kimmel post-show.” 

Sounds incredible! Too bad the title The Lost Weekend is already taken (and rightfully so – kudos Ray Milland!) 

People...can't we just all get along?

Lost fanatics who are pondering the concepts of time-shifting and alternate realities will certainly celebrate today as the birthday of Søren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher who declared the idea of subjectivity as truth and is recognized as the founder of Existentialism, an influential author in psychology, and an important figure in Postmodernism. The rest of us will go all Cinco De Mayo on ourselves and fondly remember the birthday of Sandy Baron, Tammy Wynette and Lance Henriksen!)

But after you watch the episode, check this out.

As a follow-up to my TV Or Not TV post the other day, I must tell you that TV By The Numbers has once again hit a home run

Ever time a show hits the rocks, an S.O.S.  fan campaign sparks up, usually a petition sent to the network pleading the cause to “Save Our Show“.  It rarely works; usually it falls on deaf ears. Here’s the latest multi-show campaign from USA Today (and screw them, they didn’t even list Better Off Ted!) 

TVBTN writer Bill Gorman, highly cynical of such ill-fated efforts, figured he’d flip the concept on its ear. Why not centralize the effort and tell the networks what you want to see hit the broadcasting dumpster? Brilliant! So please vote in their “Don’t Save Their Show” poll;  they promise that it will have as much impact as the positive-themed attempts…none

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And a fond farewell to the voice of the Detroit Tigers, the great Ernie Harwell. I feel bad for those not old enough to have experienced listening to baseball on the radio when that medium was the major broadcasting arm of the sport. Ernie – like Jack Buck, Vin Scully, Mel Allen and so many other greats – could paint a wonderfully descriptive picture with just their words and inflection. 

How sad is it that so many television broadcasters today have the full range of multiple zoom cameras, instant replay and a wealth of historical data at their fingertips and still can’t entertain an audience…let alone communicate what’s happening on the field of play. The great ones knew the game was the star, not the announcer

Ernie was supposed to receive the the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting this afternoon. Al Kaline will accept in his honor, and for one day, there will be crying in baseball

Sometimes there is. RIP Ernie!

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4 responses to “Lost on Cinco De Mayo

  1. Paul Sikorski

    When we were very young on LI we had Red Barber and Mel Allen at the same time. Also, the kind of weird Jerry Coleman. When I lived in soCal in the early 90’s, Coleman was doing Padres games on the radio and was even weirder than I remembered him. But Barber and Mel Allen made those hot summer afternoons sing for me. When I think of what Baseball *sounds* like, for me it’s Red Barber.

    Neslon, Murphy, and Ralph Kiner (who answered my fifth-grade fan mail letter) were also very cool.

    NBC radio used to have the announcers of the home World Series team in as guests. That was the first time I heard Ernie Harwell–who made me think of Red Barber–and Harry Caray (then with the Cardinals)–who made me think of Phil Rizzuto.

    Apparently Harry thought so, too. He had some hard feelings about Phil stealing some of his act, which was apparently fully formed while Phil was still playing. Later the great Bill White brought out enough of Phil’s other eccentricities to make him much less “Harry-like” and permanently endearing.

    In the modern world, if you ever get to hear Jon Miller call a Giants game on radio, you’ll be “walking in tall cotton.” Steve Stone and Joe Morgan get my highest marks for analysis of what’s going on at field level.

  2. drbristol

    Rizzuto and White was like watching a guy set the same trap with the same bait over and over again. Bill White might have been the best straight man since Bud Abbott.

    Also love Jon Miller when I get to see him do national games, although I don’t share your enthusiasm for Morgan. But as long as I don’t hear Tim McCarver it’s a good day.

  3. SueBeeDoo

    Ernie’s voice + crickets = Summer in Michigan
    “The” voice of the Tiger’s is now doing play by play in Heaven!
    Detroit mourns~~~you will be dearly missed~~~RIP Ernie
    :***)

  4. Paul Sikorski

    Although we might disagree about Morgan, we are in definite convergence regarding McCarver!

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