Whydunit (Whodunit, Howdunit)
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WHODUNIT--2,240,000 Google hits
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WHYDUNIT--12,400 Google hits
WHYDUNNIT--716 Google hits
HOWDUNIT--32,300 Google hits
HOWDUNNIT--568 Google hits
I was watching NCAA basketball on CBS, then the 60 Minutes story about the
NYPD, and then saw the popular CBS show "Cold Case."
Last Sunday's episode of "Cold Case" was no "whodunit." A guy came in and
freely admitted that he'd killed someone 25 years ago. It was--to quote a "Cold
Case" actor--a "whydunit."
It later was revealed that this creep killed people because he had multiple
sclerosis. My late father had M.S.--he didn't kill anyone. Couldn't CBS have
said something else--you know, the usual, he was abused as a child, whatever.
Ultimately, the "whydunit" is a bad drama. I don't care "why" this psycho
creep killed someone. I don't particularly care to get inside the mind of a
psycho creep mass murderer. CBS played the M.S. card, then played the murders up
to a mass audience for cheap thrills. It wasn't based on a real case,
either--they made this "M.S. murderer psycho creep" stuff up, just for my enjoyment.
I don't think I'll ever watch "Cold Case" again.
A Google check shows that "howdunit" appears more popular than "whydunit" in
the "whodunit" spin-off category.
_CBS News | The Ice Queen of 'Cold Case' | October 1, 2003 12:17:05_
... “I think what's different about ‘Cold Case’ is that it's much more of a
whydunit as opposed to a whodunit," she says. Morris ...
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_Tough 'Case' / Actress Kathryn Morris relishes shot at lead role_
TL&type=printable) When Morris was asked to head up the "Cold Case"
cast, she had some questions before ... This show is much more of a whydunit
than a whodunit, I would say. ...
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_A Psychological 'Case!' Plus 'Simpsons,' a Nick Lachey Comedy and ..._
html) 20 Mar 2006 by TVFan
Wow, there is a lot to say about last night's episode of Cold Case, ...
been a fan of Cold Case's "whydunit" approach (to quote star Kathryn Morris).
... What did you think of Cold Case's break from its usual format? ...
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_Un pure formalite_ (http://tifoso.livejournal.com/534.html) 9 Jan 2006
A psychological mystery story, not so much a whodunit as a howdunit or
As night is falling, a shot rings out in the forest. A man (Gerard
is running through the forest in the rain. He is soaked. ...
_The Films They Don't Want You to See -
_My Wife's Murder_ (http://bbthots.blogspot.com/2005/09/my-wifes-murder.html)
14 Sep 2005 by Balaji
At its heart is a murder but it is not a whodunit, a whydunit or even a
All these are revealed to us when the murder happens. The story is fairly
straightforward and doesn’t throw up any unexpected twists. ...
_Balaji's Thots - http://bbthots.blogspot.com_
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