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Michael’s Last Dundies

April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

I haven’t written about NBC’s Thursday night line-up this year, but only out of laziness. I think it goes without saying that 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and, of course, The Office have been a consistent string of shows for the past few months, even the past year. Last night’s episodes of 30 Rock and The Office stood out to me in that they both tried to do the same thing – use a behind-the-scenes, real life event as a plot device – but only one show succeeded.

30 Rock‘s big milestone was their 100th episode, a day I’m sure many executives at NBC never saw coming. They celebrated with a one-hour special written by Tina Fey. Rather than choose between airing a clip show or writing new material, Fey did both, and the result was a disappointment. Ryan McGee at The A.V. Club admits he “was fairly burned out on meta-nostalgia by the end of 30 Rock’s hour-long episode,” and I have to agree. Flashbacks are one thing, but you can’t expect your audience to tag along for an hour’s worth of fairly lengthly clip sequences for every major character.

The episode centres on the 100th episode of TGS, which would have made for an eventful enough episode, and would have provided more than enough “meta-nostalgia” without all the tiresome clips. An awkward plot involving a gas leak does reach a reasonable conclusion, but it just feels like too much work. It’s kind of like watching kids put on a play: I’m sure they had a lot of fun making it, but don’t they realize how tedious it is for the adults? (Ed. note: I am not an adult. Just to be clear.) Read more…

Sitcoms to Watch

September 26, 2010 Leave a comment

The past few days have been a whirlwind for me and my fellow couch potatoes. Premiere week presented us with many options– old and new– to suit each of our varying viewing needs and desires. Ever since the end of wonderful 90s sitcoms included in the infamous TGIF lineup, such as, Boy Meets World, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, and Teen Angel, I have had a tendency to watch one hour dramas or dramedies. 30 Rock and How I Met Your Mother were my exceptions to the rule.

However, last season, I discovered the brilliance of several new sitcoms. The Middle, Eastbound and Down, Community, Party Down, and Modern Family, were all added to my list of ever-growing shows that I struggle to keep on top of. Thankfully, How I Met Your Mother continued its downward slope, providing me with some cushion room to expand my “unconditional” shows. Sadly, Party Down was unjustly cancelled, but this did free up some of my time. The Office, which went a little wonky in Season Five, came back last season and proved that it still deserved to be on the air. Read more…