The best laid plans for watching TV

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Column by Jim Clark

Just a couple of weeks ago, we told you about an Ocala-area family that was going to appear on the television show “Family Feud.”
The information, provided by the producers of the show in
California, was very specific as to the time and date – it was to be on the air on Aug. 4, last Thursday, at 6 p.m. on WRDQ, which is affiliated with the ABC outlet in Orlando and carried on various cable systems.
That night came, and I had to go sit through another of those not-so-exciting scenic road hearings (more on that next week), so I set my DVR to record the show. When I got home later that evening, I plopped down into my recliner and turned on the TV to watch our local family.
The names of the families were two that were nothing like “Webb,” the family that was supposed to be on. I sat there unbelieving that I had fed wrong information to the people.
When I got to work on Friday morning, I sent an e-mail to the producers to ask what happened. The response was that it must have been the station’s fault, that sometimes shows are pre-empted for sports or special programming, etc. Well, it wasn’t pre-empted … I watched the show. It was just the wrong families.
I made up my mind that on Monday I would make more inquiries. I was home Friday evening and decided to turn on the show at 6. Again, it was people I didn’t recognize.
But a funny thing happened.
I left the TV station on to watch the local news at 6:30, and when 7 o’clock came around, I was going to switch to a baseball game. But lo and behold, another “Family Feud” episode came on, and there was the Webb family. Not only that, but the announcer said that if they won that night, they would win a new car, which as I understand it takes five wins. That means they were on all week, but at 7, not 6.
So I sat back and watched the show, and they lost. They didn’t get the car, which was blue, but I was turning red.
Evidently the people in California didn’t know what was going on with their own show here on the East Coast.
So if anyone followed my instructions and turned on this show to watch the family at the wrong time, my apologies. I should know better than to trust California public relations
And congratulations to the Webb family for their week. I’m only sorry they didn’t get the car.

Jim Clark is the editor of the South Marion Citizen. He can be reached at editor@smciti
zen.com or at 352-854-3986.