TV Guide generally does an exceptional job writing about television. Their interviews with reality TV stars on their web site are actually written by people who watch the shows, rather than some hack at a daily newspaper who thinks they’re going to be hip by interviewing a Survivor contestant and asking that person the same exact questions that every other moron journalist has asked. And they also report on interesting and relevant news. The access they have inside the industry has, apparently, caused them to become blind to the way the rest of us watch TV–or perhaps they’re working just a little too far in advance.
That’s because the issue arrives a full week before the week its articles discuss. That means that a lot of the news and the “Previously On” features all refer to this week’s shows–shows that have yet to air. Last week, I was reading about Lost, and I was convinced I’d missed an episode, until I realized that the story was referring to events in an upcoming episode as if they’d already happened. Entertainment Weekly doesn’t have this problem. Tired of reading about things that happen in the future and having my TV-watching spoiled, I just cancelled my trial subscription to new TV Guide.
This week’s issue asks “Who will be America’s Next Top Model?” and gives odds. But even though four women are left (Jayla, Bre, Nicole, and Nik), there are just two choices, presumably the two women who will be left after tonight’s episode, if two get eliminated tonight, or after next week’s episode. Perhaps this is just the magazine’s and oddsmaker’s best guess, but if these two women are the last two standing, I’m going to cancel my subscription again, just for good measure.
If you want to know, the two are (highlight to read potential spoilers) Bre (2:1) and Nicole (5:1).