Kudos to NBC

September 21, 2005 at 3:54am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

The only scripted network show I currently watch is ABC’s “Lost.” But after watching the second season opener of “The Office,” this may change. Much better than some of the first season’s offerings. Kudos to the NBC writers and producers behind “The Office” for depicting an idiotic (yet often encountered in real life) “office party” that left the audience cringing in embrassment. The expression on the womens’ faces as Carell’s character was speaking in a faux asian accent and giving out the “spicy curry” award was timeless.

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Mr. Wilson September 21, 2005 at 4:16am

Did you catch “My Name is Earl”? It was surprisingly…not bad. I only caught bits and pieces of the show, but it seemed like it could hang on for a while if the writers are able to keep it fresh.

On a side note, have you noticed that more and more comedies are dropping the previously ubiquitous laugh track? In some ways I miss it. Parts of the shows feel hollow without it. It seems weird to just have silence in the middle of a comedy.

Steve September 21, 2005 at 8:21am

Damn.  The new “Office” was on tonight?  I was catching up from last night’s Arrested Development and Kitchen Confidential premieres and didn’t even think about it.  “Lost” is awesome, almost HBO quality.  It took all my willpower not to read the spoilers posted all over the internet today.

shells September 21, 2005 at 2:00pm

I was also going to recommend “My Name is Earl”, it had several laugh-out-loud moments, and was much better than I thought it would be.

Mr. T September 21, 2005 at 2:44pm

Ahhhhh. I had on that “Earl” show (with the intention of watching it as a Jason Lee fan) but ended up talking on the phone the entire time, hence missing it completely. I did catch “Kitchen Confidential” the other night and wasn’t too impressed, but I might give it another shot as a I am a fan of the MILF dude.

There are spoliers of tonight’s “Lost” episode on the internet? I did enjoy the little cameo on monday night football this week. “Lost” truly is quality scripted TV. I stopped watching scripted shows for several years entirely after the “X files” went downhill, but ended up watching segments of “Lost” mid-season last year, and got hooked by the time of the finale. Much better than the cookie cutter lawyer/doctor/csi tripe. I then followed the entire second airing of the first season. Excellent ensemble cast, excellent characters, excellent writing. My only fear is that the second season won’t be as good as the first.

Mr. Wilson September 21, 2005 at 2:55pm

Have any of you read the book Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain? It’s a quality read, if a bit, erm, crude. I was very disappointed to find out the television version was going to be on one of the networks. If KC had shown up on HBO, it could have been a heckuva show.

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