Millions of Americans will deep-fry their Thanksgiving turkey this year, but only one video of exploding poultry will be good enough to be win The Atlantic Wire's award for holiday public service announcements. Like some manna from local television news producing heaven, the phenomenon of deep-fried turkey combines delicious with blazing fireballs of danger. And to celebrate this confluence of factors, The Atlantic Wire is looking for the most alarming deep-fried turkey tutorial of the year. Every day between now and Thanksgiving we'll be rating a clip on a scale from 1 (a pretaped, offsite how-to without no explosions) to 10 (a raging greasefire, live in-studio). Enjoy, and remember to leave your score, pass along any clips we might have missed in the comments section, and check out all the previous installments.
Today: KSLA 12 (Shreveport, Louisiana)
Rating: 8.8. The station's fryer safety report doesn't air until 5 p.m. Monday, but the network's 15-second promo alone is alarming enough to take control of the top spot. The juxtaposition of stock footage make it seem like the smiling, praying family is being stalked by that oily, sinister-looking turkey, and the gravely sets the stage by describing fried turkey as "a risky tradition." And while the segment won't be broadcast live, it's going to feature tips from the local department, which is always preferable to canned advice from out-of-staters.
- KSLA 12 (Shreveport): 8.8.
- William Shatner for State Farm: 8.3
- KDVR 31 (Denver): 8.2
- KFSM 5 (Fayetteville, Arkansas) 7.5
- KXRM Fox 21 (Colorado Springs): 7.1
- WDBJ 7 (Roanoke, Virginia) 6.9