Let's Do It, Mah Dudes: Scoring NBC's Thursday Night Comedies
Instead of reliving "Weekend Update," here are some fun Seth Meyers' bloopers, which I can only assume came from rehearsals.
Up All Night -- Maybe I was just in a bad mood, but I didn't think "Up All Night" wasn't that much better. I don't like it when a show takes a new development -- here, Reagan becoming a stay-at-home mom -- and goes through each wrinkle, one episode at a time. It's classic "Chuck" syndrome, where they spent an episode on every single stage of Chuck and Sarah's relationship, from the courting through the wedding, including all the various steps in an engagement. Plus, Sean Hayes' character was grating. Given "Up All Night's" ratings last week (a miserable 1.3 in the demo), I actually wouldn't be surprised if they moved "Community" into its time slot next month, and switched "Up All Night" to Fridays. (Grade: C
The Office -- I should've known, even with Greg Daniels returning as the showrunner, that it was way too early of me to herald a return to form for "The Office," as I did last week. Last night's episode was typical of its late season quality: Mostly bland, uninspired, and meandering. The Jim and Pam subplot seemed to be heading somewhere, but it fizzled out (although, it was fun to see Roy's wedding, and to find that he's had some success). The Erin/Andy B-plot with Clark made Pete somewhat likable, but served little comedic purpose, and the Dwight/Nellie C-plot was almost tortuous. Why is Dwight getting the spin-off and not Creed? Grade: C-
Parks and Recreation -- The exchanges that Leslie had with the soft-drink lobbyist were basically the best scenes in all of NBC's Thursday night comedies. The child size drink because it's the size of a little child! The high calorie Water Zero, in which the Zero refers to the amount of water (If you want no calorie water, you have to purchase Diet Water Zero Lite, which has only 60 calories). I cringed (in a good way) at Ben's attempts to act cool, and good for him for calling out April, who was being a little sh*t last night. Chris' spiral continues; I'm starting to feel really bad for him, but Andy was a lot of fun last night. Then in the end, Ron Swanson brings the heart. Not the best episode, but a solid one all around. (Grade: B+)