TV Guide Spoils BONES

Dear TV Guide,

In the ‘scoop—first’ era that we now find ourselves in, this TV Addict completely appreciates the fact that you’re going to make your interview with the central figure of last night’s shocking BONES revelation a headline on

That said, was it absolutely necessary to ruin it for everyone by including the actor [or actresses] name and photo in the aforementioned headline? Does it not occur to you that between episodes of GOSSIP GIRL, THE BIG BANG THEORY, SMALLVILLE [saved from Thursday!] and HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER certain TV Addict’s like myself might have been too TV’d out to get to last night’s episodes of HOUSE and BONES?

Okay, so I’m bitter. But I don’t think it’s too much to ask to be a little spoiler sensitive. Especially when a more abstract headline like “Inside BONES’ SHOCKER: We talk to Gormogon Apprentice’s” still would have ensured readers knew you had the scoop, while at the same time keeping the surprise, well, a surprise.

Just a thought. Seriously, not bitter at all.


the TV Addict.

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  • Hil

    Wow, that blows. I am glad I got to see it real time. The mystery was pretty much the central part of the episode. Have you emailed Perhaps they can change the headline for those who don’t get up so early. Still, that doesn’t help you out much…

  • Monkey

    Thanks for the heads up! I will avoid their site until I watch!

  • John K.

    I get your beef, and while Bones isn’t a huge show, can you honestly expect to go onto a popular TV-site like and NOT see news about last night’s episode? It’s not a spoiler if they publish it after, and while most people do watch things via DVR (or PVR, as I believe you Canadians call it from your podcasts), entertainment sites can’t possibly be expected to hold off. For instance, come Thursday morning: the American Idol winner is gonna be spoiled, so avoid TVGuide or any media publication, program or website until you watch it. Sadly, it’s the hazzard of working as a TV critic: you have to force yourself to stay up to watch everything, otherwise it might get spoiled the next day.

    That’s why last night I watched Big Bang, HIMYM, GG, OTH, Bones, House and The Paper.

  • John,

    When first off, I applaud your ability to watch hours and hours of TV per night. Seriously!

    Second, when it comes to live shows, I’m with you. If you didn’t watch IDOL, it happened live, you’re going to be spoiled. Same for sports, award shows etc….

    But in this specific instance. Having the spoiler IN THE HEADLINE is completely unnecessary. I’m find with people getting spoiled, but those who don’t want to know what happened on BONES shouldn’t be fearful of visiting the TV Guide homepage.

  • Tsk, tsk, TV Guide. They’d better check the rules for headlines:

  • Lisa

    That sucks! I didn’t get a chance to watch Bones last night either, and had I ventured on to earlier today, I would have been pissed too. Actually after watching the episode, was one of the first sites I checked to hear other people’s thoughts on the episode. When I saw that article I sighed a sigh of relief that I had not been on the site earlier. I feel for you TVAddict.

  • babygirrr

    I love Bones, next to Supernatural, it is the only show I actually watch live and even if I was spoiled, it would still totally be worth watching. Anyone who is not watching this show is crazy, spoiled or not! I can’t wait for next season, anyone else hope they bring on the other anthropoligist guy that helped with Bones’ Dad’s case?