History Series / PardonTheInterruption

25th Dec '16 6:43:53 PM Willbyr
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* Five Good Minutes -- an athlete, coach, or sportscaster. During the NFL season, former player and current commentator Ron "Jaws" Jaworski is a staple for the segment.

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* Five Good Minutes -- an interview with an athlete, coach, or sportscaster. During the NFL season, former player and current commentator Ron "Jaws" Jaworski is a staple for the segment.
25th Dec '16 6:42:04 PM Willbyr
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The last half-hour of the Creator/{{ESPN}} network's afternoon block of "journalists yell about sports" shows (along with ''Series/NumbersNeverLie,'' ''Series/DanLeBatardIsHighlyQuestionable'', ''Series/SportsNation,'' and ''Series/AroundTheHorn''). The show debuted in October 2001 and is still ongoing. Hosted by former ''Washington Post'' sportswriter Tony Kornheiser and ESPN.com sportswriter Michael Wilbon (also formerly of the ''Post''), and featuring ''ATH'' host Tony Reali as the show's moderator/"Stat Boy", the show has the duo discuss a variety of daily sports topics, which are generally timed to keep the show moving.

The show originally followed a set format of segments.
* The first segment, Headlines, is dedicated to current sports headlines.
* The second is either another Headlines segment or an interview with an athlete, coach, or sportscaster. The interview is dubbed "Five Good Minutes", although the actual time can vary.
** During the NFL season, former player and current commentator Ron "Jaws" Jaworski is a staple interview on Thursday episodes, previewing the upcoming week in football.
* The third segment is a game-themed period which can go in any number of directions. There are many of these, but the most frequently used are:
** Mail Time - four questions sent in by "e-mailers" (see FourthWallMailSlot below) are discussed.
** Role Play - Korneheiser and Wilbon take turns answering questions as if they were sports figures, holding up faces on signposts.
** Over/Under - Reali gives a possible stat for an upcoming event, and Kornheiser and Wilbon guess that the actual result will be over or under the predicted stat.
** Odds Makers - Reali gives a "What are the chances [something sports-related]?", and Kornheiser and Wilbon give the odds of it happening.
** Toss-Up - The producer gives a "what's more likely to happen?" question with two answers, and Kornheiser and Wilbon make their picks.
** What's the Word? - Reali will ask Kornheiser and Wilbon to come up with a single word that describes a recent sports-related event.

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The ''Pardon the Interruption'' is the last half-hour of the Creator/{{ESPN}} network's Creator/{{ESPN}}'s afternoon block of "journalists yell about sports" shows (along with ''Series/NumbersNeverLie,'' ''Series/DanLeBatardIsHighlyQuestionable'', ''Series/SportsNation,'' and ''Series/AroundTheHorn''). The show debuted in October 2001 and is still ongoing. Hosted by former ''Washington Post'' sportswriter Tony Kornheiser and ESPN.com sportswriter Michael Wilbon (also formerly of the ''Post''), and featuring ''ATH'' host Tony Reali as the show's moderator/"Stat Boy", the show has the duo discuss a variety of daily sports topics, which are generally timed to keep the show moving.

The show originally followed show's content is built around a set format of segments.
segments:
* The first segment, Headlines, is Headlines -- dedicated to current sports headlines.
* The second is either another Headlines segment or an interview with Five Good Minutes -- an athlete, coach, or sportscaster. The interview is dubbed "Five Good Minutes", although the actual time can vary.
**
During the NFL season, former player and current commentator Ron "Jaws" Jaworski is a staple interview on Thursday episodes, previewing for the upcoming week in football.
segment.
* The third segment is a game-themed period which can go in any number of directions. There are many of these, but Games: These always follow the most frequently used are:
previous two segments.
** Mail Time - -- four questions sent in by "e-mailers" (see FourthWallMailSlot below) are discussed.
** Role Play - -- Korneheiser and Wilbon take turns answering questions as if they were sports figures, holding up faces on signposts.
** Over/Under - Reali gives a -- A possible stat is given for an upcoming event, and Kornheiser and Wilbon guess that the actual result will be over or under the predicted stat.
** Odds Makers - Reali gives -- Kornheiser and Wilbon are given a "What are the chances [something sports-related]?", sports-related]?" question, and Kornheiser and Wilbon give the odds of it happening.
** Toss-Up - -- The producer gives a "what's more likely to happen?" question with two answers, and Kornheiser and Wilbon make their picks.
** What's the Word? - Reali will ask -- Kornheiser and Wilbon are asked to come up with a single word that describes a recent sports-related event.



* Errors - Reali corrects anything that was goofed, and things that happened but weren't talked about.
* The Big Finish - A 5- to 7-question rapid-fire discussion crammed into the last half-minute to minute of the show.

In early 2014, the format was changed to three segments, with the first now a longer segment (about 12 minutes, compared to 8 before the change) dedicated to headlines, the second being Five Good Minutes or any of the game segments, and the final being Happy Time, Errors, and The Big Finish. Tony Reali left the show on September 5th, 2014, due to a new job in New York City with ''Good Morning America'', although the satellite format of ''Around the Horn'' will allow him to continue his hosting duties for that show.

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* Errors - Reali corrects -- Corrections are given for anything that was goofed, and things that happened but weren't talked about.
* The Big Finish - -- A 5- to 7-question rapid-fire discussion crammed into the last half-minute to minute of the show.

In Prior to early 2014, the show started with Headlines, then after the first ad break either had another Headlines or Five Good Minutes. The third segment was one of the games, and the show concluded with Happy Time, Errors, and The Big Finish. From early 2014 on, the format was changed to three segments, with the first now a longer Headlines segment (about 12 minutes, compared to 8 before the change) dedicated to headlines, change), the second being Five Good Minutes or any of the game segments, and the final being Happy Time, Errors, and The Big Finish. Finish.

Along with Kornheiser and Wilbon, for most of its run the show also featured
Tony "Stat Boy" Reali, who played the "host" for several of the games and gave the errors to Kornheiser and Wilbon in addition to hosting ''Around the Horn''. However, Reali left the show on September 5th, 2014, due to a new job in New York City with ''Good Morning America'', although the satellite format of ''Around the Horn'' will allow him to continue his hosting duties for that show.



** Reali got his start on this show before replacing Max Kellerman as host of ''Around the Horn''. Also within the show, most of the more-recently-introduced games tend to involve him; the reason why Toss-Up involves "the producer over the loudspeaker" instead of Reali is that it, Mail Time, and Role Play are the only regular games from the early days of the show to remain so now.

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** Reali got his start on this show before replacing Max Kellerman as host of ''Around the Horn''. Also within the show, most of the more-recently-introduced games tend tended to involve him; the reason why Toss-Up involves "the producer over the loudspeaker" instead of Reali is that it, Mail Time, and Role Play are the only regular games from the early days of the show to remain so now.



* AprilFoolsDay: Every April 1st (if it's a weekday), the duo will open the show with some breaking news that is completely made-up. Since there's no indication[[note]]Other than following ''Series/AroundTheHorn'', which wears the April foolery on its sleeve, and the lack of said breaking news on the ESPN news ticker[[/note]] that this is a joke (both hosts discuss it earnestly as if true), a viewer can be forgiven for being had by the story until the topic bell goes off, causing them to break out the party favors and yell "April Fools!"

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* AprilFoolsDay: AprilFoolsDay:
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Every April 1st (if it's a weekday), the duo will open the show with some breaking news that is completely made-up. Since there's no indication[[note]]Other than following ''Series/AroundTheHorn'', which wears the April foolery on its sleeve, and the lack of said breaking news on the ESPN news ticker[[/note]] that this is a joke (both hosts discuss it earnestly as if true), a viewer can be forgiven for being had by the story until the topic bell goes off, causing them to break out the party favors and yell "April Fools!"



* BaldOfAwesome: Kornheiser tends to promote the greatness of being bald during the shows, and likes to introduce bald guests as "a fellow member of the Bald Brotherhood." Wilbon shaves his head, but doesn't revel in that as much as Kornheiser does. {{Iron|y}}ically, Kornheiser isn't completely bald; he has a wisp of a comb-over that Wilbon occasionally needles him about.
** This was used as a gag in the promos before the show premiered:
--->'''Tony''': We're fat, we're bald... we're old.\\

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* BaldOfAwesome: Kornheiser tends to promote the greatness of being bald during the shows, and likes to introduce bald guests as "a fellow member of the Bald Brotherhood." Wilbon shaves his head, and will sometimes advise nearly-bald men to "shave it off!", but doesn't revel in that as much as Kornheiser does. {{Iron|y}}ically, Kornheiser isn't completely bald; he has a wisp of a comb-over that Wilbon occasionally needles him about.
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about. This was used as a gag in the promos before the show premiered:
--->'''Tony''': -->'''Tony''': We're fat, we're bald... we're old.\\



** Wilbon will sometimes advise nearly-bald men to "shave it off!"



* BreakoutCharacter: Tony Reali started on the show as a fresh-faced 22-year-old statistician intern who just corrected the factual errors for the hosts at the close of the show; he eventually got popular enough with his screen presence that he took over as host of ''AroundTheHorn'' when Max Kellerman left, and got so popular there that ABC offered him a daily correspondent job for their flagship morning show, ''Good Morning America'', which ended Reali's tenure on ''PTI'' after 13 years.

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* BreakoutCharacter: BreakoutCharacter:
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Tony Reali started on the show as a fresh-faced 22-year-old statistician intern who just corrected the factual errors for the hosts at the close of the show; he eventually got popular enough with his screen presence that he took over as host of ''AroundTheHorn'' ''Around the Horn'' when Max Kellerman left, and got so popular there that ABC offered him a daily correspondent job for their flagship morning show, ''Good Morning America'', which ended Reali's tenure on ''PTI'' after 13 years.



* ButtMonkey: Dan [=LeBatard=] (see ReplacementScrappy on the YMMV page for more details).

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* ButtMonkey: Dan [=LeBatard=] is frequently the target of jibes from...well, pretty much everyone on the show (see ReplacementScrappy on the YMMV page for more details).



* DeadpanSnarker: Reali does this a lot during Odds Makers.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Reali does did this a lot during Odds Makers.



* DrosteImage: An unintentional example happens when the show cuts to Reali's errors rundown. The monitor at Reali's desk shows the camera feed, and that screen has a smaller version of the camera feed, and so on and so on.

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* DrosteImage: An unintentional example happens happened when the show cuts cut to Reali's errors rundown. The monitor at Reali's desk shows showed the camera feed, and that screen has a smaller version of the camera feed, and so on and so on.



* FanDisservice: [=LeBatard=]. Chest hair. 'nuff said. Lampshaded by the reaction of whoever's hosting with [=LeBatard=].

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* FanDisservice: [=LeBatard=]. Chest hair. 'nuff said. Lampshaded by the reaction of whoever's hosting with [=LeBatard=].him.



** Whenever Reali appears for the "Odds Maker" segment, he's introduced as "Anthony Joseph [topical nickname] Reali." Sometimes, the nickname is long enough to make it an OverlyLongName gag as well.

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** Whenever Reali appears appeared for the "Odds Maker" segment, he's he was introduced as "Anthony Joseph [topical nickname] Reali." Sometimes, the nickname is was long enough to make it an OverlyLongName gag as well.



* GuestHost: Dan [=LeBatard=] was a frequent guest for Wilbon until he got [[Series/DanLeBatardIsHighlyQuestionable his own show]], and Bob Ryan would fill in for Tony. ''Around the Horn'''s J.A. Adande is also a recurring fill-in and Jason Whitlock is a guest-host of choice whenever he's employed by the company.[[note]] Whitlock was previously fired by ESPN before coming back, then left ESPN again in 2016 to head up a FollowTheLeader ''PTI''-style show on rival network [=FS1=].[[/note]]

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* GuestHost: Dan [=LeBatard=] was a frequent guest for Wilbon until he got [[Series/DanLeBatardIsHighlyQuestionable his own show]], and Bob Ryan would fill in for Tony. ''Around the Horn'''s J.A. Adande is and Pablo Torre are also a recurring fill-in fill-ins, and Jason Whitlock is a guest-host of choice whenever he's employed by the company.[[note]] Whitlock [[note]]Whitlock was previously fired by ESPN before coming back, then left ESPN again in 2016 to head up a FollowTheLeader ''PTI''-style show on rival network [=FS1=].[[/note]]



* LastNameBasis: Both Tonys always refer to Mike Wilbon by his surname. Justified in that most ESPN personalities named Mike don't use their first name in order to avoid confusion amongst the company (the radio hosts of ''Mike & Mike in the Morning'' go by their surnames; Mike Ditka goes by 'Coach', etc). Tony Reali is likewise on a last-name basis (even his ''Around The Horn'' panelists will address him as such sometimes), since ''PTI'' already stars a Tony.

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* LastNameBasis: Both Tonys always refer to Mike Wilbon by his surname. Justified in that most ESPN personalities named Mike don't use their first name in order to avoid confusion amongst the company (the radio hosts of ''Mike & Mike in the Morning'' go by their surnames; Mike Ditka goes by 'Coach', etc). Tony Reali is was likewise on a last-name basis (even his ''Around The Horn'' panelists will address him as such sometimes), since ''PTI'' already stars a Tony.



* LongRunner: Has been airing daily for over a dozen years and remains as popular as ever. Averted LongRunnerCastTurnover, as Tony, Wilbon, and Reali have been there from its inception until 9/5/14, which was Reali's last show as the statistician/moderator, as he moves to NYC for his regular gig on ''Good Morning America'', although he will still host ''AroundTheHorn'' from a new set.

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* LongRunner: Has been airing daily for over a dozen years and remains as popular as ever. Averted LongRunnerCastTurnover, as Tony, Wilbon, and Reali have been were there from its inception until 9/5/14, which was Reali's last show as the statistician/moderator, as he moves moved to NYC for his regular gig on ''Good Morning America'', although he will still host ''AroundTheHorn'' ''Around the Horn'' from a new set.



* OneSteveLimit: Played with Tony Kornheiser and Tony Reali; Reali is usually referred to by his last name instead.

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* OneSteveLimit: Played with Tony Kornheiser and Tony Reali; Reali is was usually referred to by his last name instead.



* {{Rimshot}}: All the games that involve Reali have one when he's introduced.
* RunningGag: So many that the show once had a [[ThatOtherWiki Wikipedia]] page on them.

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* {{Rimshot}}: All the games that involve Reali have had one when he's he was introduced.
* RunningGag: RunningGag:
**
So many that the show once had a [[ThatOtherWiki Wikipedia]] page on them.



--> '''Wilbon:''' Pardon the Interuption, I'm Michael Wilbon, and when I made my lunch today, I ate a sandwich with some\\

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--> ---> '''Wilbon:''' Pardon the Interuption, I'm Michael Wilbon, and when I made my lunch today, I ate a sandwich with some\\



* SpiritualSuccessor: The show is the sports equivalent of ''Series/SiskelAndEbert''

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* SpiritualSuccessor: SpiritualSuccessor:
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The show is the sports equivalent of ''Series/SiskelAndEbert''



* TooSoon: [[invoked]] Actually a third-segment game, where Reali would bring up an early prediction of a transpiring sports story, and then asks the hosts in various voices: "Too Soon?" This hasn't been used in a long time and seems ready to join Fair Or Foul? on the way to being discontinued for good.
* UranusIsShowing: If Wilbon brings up an astronomy-related story in the show's opening, it is pretty much guaranteed to be a setup for Kornheiser to make one of these. Like the Penguin Dance, this does not amuse Wilbon in the least.
* VerbThis: The third question for "Mail Time" begins with "Mail THIS!"

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* TooSoon: [[invoked]] Actually a third-segment game, where Reali would bring up an early prediction of a transpiring sports story, and then asks ask the hosts in various voices: "Too Soon?" This hasn't been used in a long time and seems ready to join Fair Or Foul? on the way to being discontinued for good.
* UranusIsShowing: If Wilbon brings up an astronomy-related story in the show's opening, it is it's pretty much guaranteed to be a setup for Kornheiser to make one of these. Like the Penguin Dance, this does not doesn't amuse Wilbon in the least.
* VerbThis: The third question for "Mail Time" begins with "Mail THIS!"''this''!"
24th Dec '16 8:43:42 PM shinyumbreon13
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* HalloweenEpisode: Once a year, along with the other shows in that block. Kornheiser frequently dresses in drag for Halloween, as seen in 2013 when he was Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, and in 2014 when he was former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's mistress, "V. Stiviano."

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* HalloweenEpisode: Once a year, along with the other shows in that block. Kornheiser frequently dresses in drag for Halloween, as seen in 2013 when he was Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, and in 2014 when he was former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's mistress, "V. Stiviano.""[[note]]In April of that year, TMZ released audio of Sterling telling Stiviano to not bring black people to Clippers games. The fallout from the tape resulted in NBA commissioner Adam Silver banning Sterling from the NBA for life. Though Silver could not force Sterling to sell the Clippers, Sterling sold the team shortly thereafter to Steve Ballmer.[[/note]]
24th Dec '16 8:23:56 PM shinyumbreon13
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* HalloweenEpisode: Once a year, along with the other shows in that block. Kornheiser frequently dresses in drag for Halloween, as seen in 2013 when he was Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, and in 2014 when he was former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's mistress, "V. Stiviano."
19th Jul '16 5:52:52 PM HarryLovesHermione
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* GuestHost: Dan [=LeBatard=] was a frequent guest for Wilbon until he got [[Series/DanLeBatardIsHighlyQuestionable his own show]], and Bob Ryan would fill in for Tony. ''Around the Horn'''s J.A. Adande is also a recurring fill-in and Jason Whitlock is a guest-host of choice whenever he's employed by the company.[[note]] Whitlock was previously fired by ESPN before coming back, then left ESPN again in 2016 to head up a FollowTheLeader ''PTI''-style show on rival network FS1.[[/note]]

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* GuestHost: Dan [=LeBatard=] was a frequent guest for Wilbon until he got [[Series/DanLeBatardIsHighlyQuestionable his own show]], and Bob Ryan would fill in for Tony. ''Around the Horn'''s J.A. Adande is also a recurring fill-in and Jason Whitlock is a guest-host of choice whenever he's employed by the company.[[note]] Whitlock was previously fired by ESPN before coming back, then left ESPN again in 2016 to head up a FollowTheLeader ''PTI''-style show on rival network FS1.[=FS1=].[[/note]]
19th Jul '16 5:52:11 PM HarryLovesHermione
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* GuestHost: Dan [=LeBatard=] was a frequent guest for Wilbon until he got [[Series/DanLeBatardIsHighlyQuestionable his own show]], and Bob Ryan would fill in for Tony. ''Around the Horn'''s J.A. Adande is also a recurring fill-in and [[TheBusCameBack Jason Whitlock has returned]].

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* GuestHost: Dan [=LeBatard=] was a frequent guest for Wilbon until he got [[Series/DanLeBatardIsHighlyQuestionable his own show]], and Bob Ryan would fill in for Tony. ''Around the Horn'''s J.A. Adande is also a recurring fill-in and [[TheBusCameBack Jason Whitlock has returned]].is a guest-host of choice whenever he's employed by the company.[[note]] Whitlock was previously fired by ESPN before coming back, then left ESPN again in 2016 to head up a FollowTheLeader ''PTI''-style show on rival network FS1.[[/note]]
9th Oct '15 11:33:22 PM HarryLovesHermione
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* TheBusCameBack: Guest host Jason Whitlock, former columnist for the ''Kansas City Star''. The outspoken writer was fired from ESPN years ago for inflammatory comments made towards ESPN colleague Scoop Jackson, but has come back under the ESPN umbrella once more and into the ''PTI'' guest-host slot.
16th Sep '15 3:30:02 PM Berrenta
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* RoadTripEpisode: During Kornheiser's brief tenure as a color commentator for ''Monday Night Football'', PTI would go on the road on Mondays and broadcast from the stadium where Tony was working the show that night.

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* RoadTripEpisode: RoadTripPlot: During Kornheiser's brief tenure as a color commentator for ''Monday Night Football'', PTI would go on the road on Mondays and broadcast from the stadium where Tony was working the show that night.
12th Apr '15 7:23:05 PM IlGreven
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** Regular fill-in Host Dan [=LeBatard=] could also be seen as one. He got a show on ESPN Radio and on ESPN2 (Highly Questionable), which he hosts with Bomani Jones and his own father.

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** Regular fill-in Host Dan [=LeBatard=] could also be seen as one. He got a show on ESPN Radio and on ESPN2 (Highly Questionable), ESPN 2 (''Highly Questionable''), which he hosts with Bomani Jones and his own father.
12th Apr '15 7:22:38 PM IlGreven
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** Regular fill-in Host Dan [=LeBatard=] could also be seen as one. He got a show on ESPN Radio and on ESPN2 (Highly Questionable), which he hosts with Bomani Jones and his own father.
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