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Rick Mitchell Hates Lost

Last night was the two hour season five finale of Lost, a show with a fervent cult following.  I am a member of that cult.  So, I was sweating when I tuned into what, I assume, was supposed to be a clip show to lead into the big event and saw Rick Mitchell blabbering on about the potential for “ping pong sized hail”…for a whole hour.

Mrs. Matthews, who is possibly more obsessed than me, was not going to take this sitting down.  She was that person who actually calls the station to complain.  First, she tried to get in contact with the programming department and got nothing more than a recording telling her that all programs were showing as scheduled.  I guess my TiVo failed to download the update that showed the 7:00 hour as The Rick Mitchell Vanity Program.  Not one to give up, she called again and got through to the news room, and there the guy who answered the phone said the hope was the station would still air the finale as planned.

I tweeted this to my followers thinking it might satisfy them and save them from clogging a line reserved for, you know, new leads, not concerned viewers.  That upset Mrs. Matthews who tried to get me to tweet the Channel 5 number with instructions to choose option 2 on the switchboard.

Anway, that leads to the video above.  In it Mitchell explains that they are going to go back into regular programming.  Is it just me, or does he sound like a disappointed parent talking to their rebellious child?  He tells us the station is going to cut to Lost in a manner of my dad buying me a toy he didn’t want me to have as a kid.  And just like my dad, he reserved the right to take it away if I misused it.

So, for ninety glorious minutes we watched the best sci-fi/mystery/drama on television.  But just as they geared up for the “fork in the outlet” ending, Rick Mitchell reared his perfectly coiffed head.  This time, he wasn’t going to let us go again.  In a way, he had his own Lostesque story line.  Except, unlike Jack trying to get back to the island to rescue those that were left behind from a cosmic conspiracy, Rick just wanted to save a bunch of people from potentially damaging winds.

Seriously, that’s the only preempting makes sense.  Because, really, how many times do we need to see the radar loop?  Show it to me for thirty seconds, preferrably during the commercial break, and I have all the information I need.  I know where the storm is, I know what direction it is heading, and then if something actually develops, there’s have that scroll-y thing at the bottom of the screen that can tell me to go find my hidey-hole.

Instead, all the stations think they have to give you ninety minutes of recycled information.  Which reminds me:  is there some guy in Oklahoma who has only access to KOCO that was in the path of the storm?  I mean, this guy can’t flip the channel to watch Mike Morgan or Lord Gary so he ends up getting blown over by high winds and pelted to death with table tennis ball-sized ice while learning the secrets of the island in his livingroom?

Also, I guess we shouldn’t make note that this is sweeps month and because of the high volume of viewers tuned in to Lost, Channel 5 will probably be able to say their station was the most watched for storm coverage?


  1. it was the same in tulsa and i couldn’t agree with you more. these weathermen are so self-righteous. there are at least three other channels that you could turn to if you’re truly scared about the weather. or you could choose my preferred method of checking for tornados…walk outside and look up. hell, that’s more accurate than anything the weathermen say anyway. jeez.

  2. Fortunately, by 8 p.m., Gary limited his warnings to commercial breaks. I guess he figured if people were crazy enough to want to watch a show about serial killers, he shouldn’t interfere with that.

  3. While I was as pissed as anyone that they cut off the best show on TV short, there was one bright spot. Did anyone notice that the guy off camera wanted to make sure everyone knew that the “tornado” was headed straight for valleybrook? Then he had to clarify just where valleybrook was…..ha! We already know where it is, off camera guy.

  4. I find myself watching hulu more and more everyday.

    I guarantee more people were interested in watching Lost (= bigger ratings) than storm coverage they could find on any number of channels.

  5. As many times as they wanted to change the radar settings i think it came down to a game of “my doppler is bigger than yours”. I swear they spent 5 minutes looking for the “donut hole” in the cloud formation. you know if you look at it long enough you might see a bunny also! Leave the sensationalism to Lost and just say “the storm is ‘here’ and heading south. if you are in the path get ready to lose power.” The End. Nothing more needed. And the safety instructions? if you live in Oklahoma and don’t know what to do in case of tornado just stop breathing now. there’s no point.

  6. The good news is I got to watch it this morning on ABC.com. Used to be when a show was weather preempted it was lost forever. I did find it funny that the storm was heading to Valley Brook where patrons there were probably not watching “Lost”. Also did anyone get on DVR, tape, watever, the moment where Rick Mitchell says “Anadarko was spanked pretty hard by the storm”?

  7. Douche. Bags. Unless a tornado in the viewing area is actively hurling puppies at babies, they should not have interrupted the biggest season finale of the season. I never watched KOCO news to begin with, but I’m certainly not going to start now. Asshats.

  8. There’s an easy solution for this with the digital transition (finally) coming. Why not just switch the original programming over to the secondary, dedicated weather channel while Mike/Gary/Rick pontificates? While I’m not sure this would help satellite customers, it’d be better than nothing.

    BTW, quote last night on KOCO from Rusty: “Rick, we’ve lost the donut hole.”

  9. i feel you clark. i felt this same way a few weeks ago with the 3 fires that were in Midwest City.

    it was a Thursday night, which is 30 Rock and The Office night, both of which are the only 2 TV shows that i regularly watch. the fact that i was watching them on Thursday shows how excited i was that week, as i usually DVR them and watch them on the weekend.

    but to my ailing surprise, i had to sit there and watch the giant head of an Ogle for 2 hours while he commented on the same 90 seconds of video of house fires over and over.

    the fact that i live in south OKC and these things were in midwest city isn’t what chapped my ass. what pissed me off is that they were doing this over 3 house fires! who were they trying to save? it’s not like weather, where you can’t see it in the dark and where it can be traveling at 40 mph! if people are too dumb to look outside and see if a raging fire is swallowing up all of the houses on their block, and that maybe they should leave, then they deserve to go, and i deserve to watch 30 Rock on Thursdays.

    leave it to an Ogle to f*ck up my sh*t.

  10. Clark, if you stopped whining like an insolent child, Rick Mitchell wouldn’t have to treat you like one. I hope that the Lost series ends with all the people on the island dying from some tragic tornadic event that could have been easily avoided by an emergency broadcast, just to spike all you you.

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