THE OSCAR CHARADE REVISITED….This is weird. Yesterday I was complaining about the annual charade of pretending that the Academy Awards are supposed to last three hours, and today I see this in the LA Times:

Nielsen estimates that at least 73.4 million viewers saw some part of the show, which ran slightly over its scheduled 3 1/2 hours. It ended at 9:17 p.m. PST.

Say what? It was scheduled for 3? hours?

Off to the TV Guide. Answer: no, it was scheduled from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. That’s three hours.

Hmmm. Has the Academy brainwashed reporters and critics into thinking the show is actually scheduled for 3? hours? Or do insiders get a special schedule the rest of us don’t? Are they all part of the game?