23.7.09

REVEALED PREFERENCES. To accommodate Our President's Wednesday infomercial, ABC moved Wipeout, in which contestants run an exotic obstacle course with cash prizes, rather than a place in the Special Forces, for the winners, to the time slot of I Survived a Japanese Game Show, which displaced Over A Barrel, some potentially serious reporting on the oil business. The network helpfully advises viewers that Over A Barrel will become the content of Friday evening's 20/20, immediately before the local news in most time zones.

The winner of all rounds of Wipeout will gross $50,000.

Whatever the winner of Japanese Game Show gets will probably be in the no-longer-vaunted yen.

Just keep those programming decisions in mind the next time somebody whinges about rising income inequality.

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