This is the kind of tech karma that bubbles up when a major TV network tries to capitalize on the success of an internet meme.
CBS is about to launch $#*! My Dad Says starring Wiliam Shatner, a comedy based on the Twitter feed of Justin Halpern, Shit My Dad Says, which currently counts 1.7 million followers.
Halperns Twitter was a lively stream of quotes from his crochety, 74 year old father, including such gems as,
Son, no one gives a shit about all the things your cell phone does. You didn’t invent it, you just bought it. Anybody can do that
Remember this: you’re just a lucky fucking guy. If people start telling you your dick looks bigger, remember that it’s not.
I just did an hour on the gym machine. I’m sweaty and I have to shit. Where’s my fannypack, this workout is over.
These tweets have already been adapted into a bestselling book, which parsed the title as S**t My Dad Says.
But by the time it got to CBS, that title had mutated to $#*! My Dad Says. Turns out that cluster of nonstandard characters makes it impossible for a number of DVRs and Tivo to recognize or record the program.
This is the machine’s way of telling us that without all the foul language and sex jokes, this show is reall gonna suck. That, or CBS’s genius ploy to fake out Tivo and make sure viewers watch it live.