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Tonight: NBC FTW!

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, 30 Rock, Amy Poehler, Comedy, Community, NBC, Parks and Recreation, SNL Weekend Update Thurs Edition, The Office, Weekend Update on 09/17/2009 at 12:56 pm

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For those not up on geek-speak, FTW means ‘For The Win’, as in, it’s gonna freakin’ rule tonight when NBC’s fall 2009 comedy season begins!  We hope you have your DVR’s set for some good laughs and some intelligent comedies.  Let’s break it down:

Amy Poehler Returns To SNL Weekend Update This Fall

Everything kicks off at 8pm with SNL Weekend Update Thursday Edition.  Don’t forget that Amy Poehler will make guest appearances in atleast two of the three upcoming episodes of SNL WUTE.  Not to distract from her scripted series, Parks & Recreation, but Poehler really tends to shine anytime she appears on Weekend Update, in our opinion.

And speaking of Parks & Recreation, Poehler’s pulling double duty in the 8-9pm hour this evening as the sophomo

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Fringe Paranoia Promo

In 2009 Fall Season, 30 Rock, Fox, Fringe, Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural, The Office on 09/02/2009 at 4:02 pm

Fringe

We’re really looking forward to the sophomore season of spooky mind-bending-ness from Fringe.  What we’re not looking forward to is trying to program Supernatural, Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, 30 Rock and Fringe into our DVR for the same hour each week!  It’s gonna be a tough season.

Fringe returns for it’s second season to Fox on Thursday September 17th at 9pm.

The Office Season 6 Promo

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, 30 Rock, Comedy, Community, My Name Is Earl, NBC, The Office on 08/27/2009 at 10:59 am

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Community

While it’s not as cute as those on-set photos of Pam in her wedding gown, a new promotional trailer for both The Office and Community is damn exciting by our standards.  We’ve been big fans of both the U.S. and U.K. inceptions of The Office and, since viewing the pilot, suspect we’re going to be huge fans of Community, as well.

While NBC has become known as the go-to network for crappy remakes, imports and bad programming choices, we are fully aware of the networks record when it comes to good sitcoms.  Put up against any other network and NBC gets the highest marks for not only picking up the best of the best, but also giving those great comedies a chance to prove themselves.  Brilliant comedies like The Office, Seinfeld, or 30 Rock probably would have never survived had they been on any of the other broadcast networks.  For that, we do grant respect and look forward to their new and returning sitcoms this fall season…Even if they did cancel My Name Is Earl .

The Office returns for it’s sixth season and Community premieres for it’s first on Thursday September 17th at 9 and 9:30pm.  Community will move to it’s regular 8pm timeslot on Thursday October 8th.

TV On DVD September

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Along with being the biggest month of the year for both series and season premiere’s for TV, September is also one of the biggest months for TV on DVD releases.  Don’t ask us why.  We think it’s kinda stupid to wait until September as, like we’ve already pointed out, the month is crammed with plenty of stuff to watch on TV AND it doesn’t give people much time to catch up before the next season begins, beyond the fact that it’s a wallet-buster.  It’s a massive month of overload, in our book.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t still be excited!  We’re especially looking forward to Fox’s mind-bending first season of Fringe, the fourth season of The CW’s cult-hit Supernatural (on blu-ray to boot!), Canadian sci-fi lite dramedy Being Erica‘s first season and, of course, the third season of NBC’s comedy giant 30 Rock.

In anticipation of the release of Fringe‘s first season on September 8th, they setup a cool website in which you can enter to win a visit to the show’s set in Vancouver, among other things.  Once you enter  you can watch a video about the difficulties of filming the episode The Ghost Network and then play a game which, if you answer correctly, gives you five extra entries into that set visit contest.  And here’s a little hint for our readers: you may wanna brush up on some episodes of ABC Family’s Greek for some help on the game.  Check out the site: Completethepattern.com

See September TV on DVD releases after the jump:

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Pam In Her Wedding Gown!

In 2009 Fall Season, NBC, Preview, The Office on 08/24/2009 at 9:45 am

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DVR Life is not one for spoilers – we kinda hate em.  Last week, while watching the season finale of Top Chef Masters on our DVR, just a few hours after the show had aired live, one of twitter buddies tweeted and congrats tweet to the winner, chef’s name and all!  Man, were we outraged!  They ruined the whole damn show for us!  We were only about twelve minutes in to the finale after watching the show for however many weeks it was on and bam!  They ruined it for us.  Geez we’re still pissed.

Anyway, we tend to avoid spoilers at all cost.  Every once in a while, though, we hear about something and weigh the consequences: will this ruin any built up excitement we have?  Could this information make the story less exciting?

Well, we heard this was a photo out there (via Spoiler TV) featuring Jenna Fischer all dressed up in a wedding gown on the set of The Office.  We weighed the consequences and decided seeing Pam in her dress would not ruin anything – in fact it would built anticipation for us!  So we took a look and though some of our reader might wanna, as well.

We are, however, putting it behind a jump, just in case you don’t wanna spoil anything:

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Pilot Review: Community

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, 30 Rock, Comedy, Community, Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Gilmore Girls, Greek, Law and Order SVU, Mad Men, My Name Is Earl, NBC, Parks and Recreation, Preview, Rules of Engagement, The Book of Daniel, The Office, The Soup on 08/19/2009 at 12:20 am

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You know that feeling you get from a good laugh?  That feel-good feeling, like your day just got a bit brighter and maybe everything isn’t so bad?  I kinda dig that feeling.  It’s hard to get that feeling for me – I’m a glass half empty type.  It’s a curse.  My burden.  It’s something I try to work on.

Certain TV shows tend to give me that feeling.  Witty, smart comedies, mostly.  30 Rock, Better Off Ted, The Office, all currently airing shows that spring to mind.  I’m sure you’ve probably guessed by now where this is headed.  Not exactly the master of unpredictable (or even readable) writing here.

I watched the pilot of Community, a new half hour sitcom set to air on NBC this fall.  As the episode ended, my first thought was, “Wow, this will go so great with The Office and 30 Rock on NBC.”  Take note there, because that’s probably the only time, in relation to the 2009 Fall season, that I will say I’m happy about something being on NBC.  For all it’s pitfalls and blunders, NBC has always been known, and still holds on to, the title for best comedic sitcoms in my book and gets a lot of credit for giving those comedies a chance to catch on.

The series revolves around Jeff Winger, played by The Soup‘s Joel McHale  The character lands somewhere right between a hustler, a player and a seemingly nice guy.  Even with those qualities, though, I somehow ended up routing for him to succeed.  He was a lawyer, until the state bar association realized his degree came via email attachment from Columbia the country, as opposed to Columbia the school.  That’s when he was sent on his way to Greendale Community College.

Once on campus we recognize many faces from around the TV world.  There’s folks from Mad Men, The Daily Show, The Book of Daniel, Greek, Gilmore Girls, Rules of Engagement and even the aforementioned 30 Rock.  Don’t get me wrong here – we’re not talking John Hamm or Tina Fey, but you’ll probably do a double take and have to check IMDB a time or two.

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Monk & Psych Return!

In 30 Rock, Monk, Psych, Summer Schedule, The Office, USA on 08/07/2009 at 1:47 pm

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Oh man, oh man, oh man, are we excited!  Our  most favorite weirdo TV detectives are back!  Monk returns at 9pm for it’s eighth and final season – a sad thing, I must say.  The oddball crime-fighting then continues at 10pm with a whole new season of Psych.

Monk is kicking off 16 brand new episodes, all culminating in it’s series finale which, we’re hoping, will finally answer the question of who killed Trudy Monk. Let’s just hope it wasn’t Dale the Whale because we’ve always that this ridiculous, offensive character was the lowest, bottom of the barrel aspect of a great show. Please don’t be Dale the Whale.

As an added bonus for the final season, Adrian’s original personal assistant, Sharona Flemming, who returned home to New Jersey after season 3, will be returning. We loved Sharona and were sad to her go, but Natalie also turned out to be a ruler, so we’re really looking forward to seeing the two together.

And to top it all off, a nice little treat featuring Psych, 30 Rock and The Office bobble heads:

Monk & Psych return tonight, Friday August 7th at 9pm on USA.

Really?!? Amy Poehler Back At Weekend Update

In 2009 Fall Season, Comedy, Community, NBC, Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, SNL Weekend Update Thurs Edition, The Office, Weekend Update on 07/30/2009 at 1:56 pm
Amy Poehler At The Anchor Desk

Amy Poehler Returns To SNL Weekend Update This Fall

Michael Ausiello, the master of TV related scoops, of course, has announced that Amy Poehler is headed back to the SNL Weekend Update desk this fall. In a master stroke of corporate synergy genius, Poehler will be sharing the anchor desk once again with old pal Seth Myers during the first and second weeks of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday starting September 17th.

The first episode of SNL WUT (sounds like something Amy & Seth would rap about, right?) will premiere at 8pm September 17th, right before the second season premiere of Poehler’s Parks and Recreation (which is then followed by the premiers of The Office and Community – gonna be a big night for comedy, eh?).  SNL WUT is scheduled for a three week run and, according to Ausiello, Poehler’s only doing the first two weeks…Seems odd they wouldn’t go for the trifecta.

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Ben Silverman Out At NBC

In Chuck, Date My Mom, Friday Night Lights, Law and Order, Mad About You, Medium, Merlin, My Name Is Earl, NBC, Parks and Recreation, Programming, Seinfeld, The Biggest Loser, The Listener, The Office on 07/27/2009 at 12:40 pm

Quite a surprise to wake up to this morning: co-chairman of NBC Entertainment Studios and Universal Media Studios Ben Silverman is leaving. The surprise is due to the fact that, not only are we quickly approaching the fall season, but just two weeks ago his employment contract had been extended.

When I first heard about Silverman’s departure, I have to admit that a smile came to my face. Since a young age, I’ve always felt like NBC was my channel. Like your mom or grandma who refers to her favorite soap opera as “my story”, throughout my life I felt like I had become invested in the network. That’s loyalty only a true TV junkie could possibly understand, of course, but hey, that’s why I’m writing a TV blog for absolutely no money and you are not.

Anyway, the majority of my favorite shows were on the network and many of the shows shaped my hopes and aspirations as I grew up. My life long fascination with New York City was constantly egged on watching shows like Law & Order, Mad About You and Seinfeld. The dazzling skyline after the evening news and shots of Rockefeller Center didn’t hurt, either.

When Silverman first took position at the network, I was pretty hesitant. NBC was pretty down at the time, already in final place, and losing big time. What I knew of Silverman didn’t give me much hope. He had produced one of my favorite shows, The Office, but also complete crap like Date My Mom and The Biggest Loser.

I also thought it odd that they would hire someone with so much potential for conflict of interest, considering he would still profit from both his current Reveille shows already on the network and even new ones sold after his move. Trumping even that: not long after taking his place at the company, stories circulated about frat-boy behavior, caged tigers, and lot’s of party-hopping.

Here we are at the end of his reign now and I am a bit conflicted. Should I celebrate? He was the guy that made the ridiculous decision to cancel both Medium and My Name Is Earl and then make it publicly known that he did so because, according to The LA Times “neither the fans nor the advertisers had waged a campaign to save them the way viewers and the Subway restaurant chain did for Chuck.”

Well, yeah, you know, people didn’t wage a campaign to save the shows because no one knew they were on the verge of being canceled. I mean, you know, most networks don’t cancel a highly rated show like Medium for no reason, therefore the fans, even devoted TV geeks who try to stay “in the know” such as myself, would never have imagined that we would be obligated to campaign around every single show they want to return, especially if it is one of the highest rated and most consistent shows on a dying network.

But then there’s also the fact that, without Silverman, Friday Night Lights, easily one of the most brilliant shows to ever grace network television, probably wouldn’t not have made it past it’s first season. Because of the deal Silverman worked out with DirecTV, we are guaranteed new Friday Night Lights up through it’s fifth season.

So there ya go. It’s hard to know what to feel. He made some terrible decisions, acted like an ass, but also created some quality TV. His tenure was not all good or all bad. Not sure if it was even more bad than good or vice versa.

Anyway, we’re not gonna go into all the politics and power shifts involved in his departure. If you’re interested in that side of things, I would suggest reading the Hitfix article about the situation – they lay it all out in an easy to understand way.

Update: While rinsing and shampooing this very morning, I thought of another point I wanted to bring up about Silverman’s reign: the majority of “new” scripted programming on NBC hasn’t actually been “new”. In his time at the network we’ve been treated to really terrible remakes (Bionic Woman, Knight Rider), imports (Merlin, The Listener), or remakes of imports (Kath & Kim). There’s even been a remake of an import remake (Parks & Recreation).

Just kidding about that last one. While the whole mock documentary thing was over long before it debuted, Parks & Recreation definately got better towards the end of the season. At first we kinda passed it off as The Office (US Version) part two, but it kinda grew into it’s own eventually.

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Kelly Kapoor Scores NBC Deal

In NBC, The Office on 05/06/2009 at 12:50 am

Mindy Kaling, who you probably know as Kelly Kapoor, the very annoying, very talkative customer service rep from The Office has just signed a deal with NBC, reportedly worth seven figures for two years.

Variety compares Kaling and the deal to Tina Fey several times. Word is Kaling will still write for, star in, and co-executive produce The Office next season while working on a new comedy series starring herself. I assume she’ll also executive produce that series, as well.

Kaling told Variety that she leans towards single camera comedies (as do I) and work place settings but that she’s also open to multi-camera setups and buddy comedies ala Flight of The Concords.

Leaning away from work place comedies would probably be a good idea as The Office and 30 Rock has already locked that up. Parks And Recreation is pretty decent, but I think they’ve stretched the work place thing a bit far for that series. Really, have any of the Parks And Recreation plots been very different from previous The Office storylines. Not really. Throw in a third and we’ll probably be in trouble.

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In 30 Rock, Better Off Ted, Dollhouse, Flashpoint, Fringe, Grey's Anatomy, Lost, My Name Is Earl, Numb3rs, Parks and Recreation, Rescue Me, Smallville, Southland, Supernatural, The Office, The Unusuals on 04/21/2009 at 6:17 pm

Tonight (Tuesday)
Fringe. Finally got caught up from that American Moron debacle and must say the show has come back from hiatus with a vengeance.

The Unusuals. As posted earlier, ABC is running two new episodes of The Unusuals this week, hoping to see if a new time slot and lead-in will bump ratings up. That means there’s some high hopes for this show in the upper echelons of the network.

Rescue Me. The season is off to a funny start, as per usual. With all the build up towards the section 8 hearing, the outcome was a bit flat but…probably more true to life than if anything crazy would have happened.

Wednesday
Lie To Me. Each week brings up another intriguing story. I wonder how long they can keep it up, though. Seems like the stories could get stale after a bit but Tim Roth‘s facial expressions and dead pan, though sometimes squeaky, acting will probably make up for that.

Better Off Ted. I’m not a fan of multicamera sitcoms but I have to admit to much chuckling during this show. Perhaps it’s making fun of corporations that I love so much, but the off and on again romantic story line between Ted and Linda is rather cute and the bickering between Lem and Phil is quite comical. Veronica, though, is just creepy. Those Veridian Dynamics mock commercials are hilarious. ABC should have broadcast those as a mystery campaign before the show aired.

Lost. Very excited to see what Faraday has to say about what’s going on. And where the hell is Sayid?

The Unusuals. It’s a double shot this week.

Thursday.
My Name Is Earl. So sad the ratings for this show have been in declined because it probably creates the most laugh out loud moments of any show on my DVR.

Smallville. Who would have thought this show could last so many years and not get tiresome? Chloe is now in charge of keeping Davis from becoming Dr. Doom. That’s a pretty big job. When she closed the basement door at the end of the last episode…Well let;s just say it was creepy.

Supernatural. This season has been ruling. The addition of the angels has made for some great moments (and great visuals). While I route for Sam and Dean to defeat evil, I take great pleasure in watch Dean wield his power…even if it is evil.

Parks and Recreation. The show has been getting a lot of hype and decent ratings…But I’m not really feeling it. Maybe because it’s just storylines from The Office being reused.

Grey’s Anatomy. When we last left them, Izzie had surgery, Meredeth and Derek were engaged, George was pouting, Alex was hiding his feelings (surprise!) and Owen and Cristina broke up. I’m hoping we start seeing more George lately. I miss him.

The Office. The new story line with the Michael Scott Paper Company has been pretty fantastic. Good job to the writers for freshening things up a bit. This is probably the best season since the second.

30 Rock. They’ve thankfully gotten out of the guest star slump the season started off with and the wit and charm has returned. When watching this show always listen carefully to catch all the great one-liners.

Southland. Episode three airs this week so the blog reviews should start flooding in. I’ll just go ahead and say ‘stunning’. Great new show that I look forward to weekly. Benjamin McKenzie portrayal of rookie officer Ben Sherman has been flawless and, much like Tim Roth but in a very different manner, he makes his facial expressions do most of the work. At times I have trouble watching an actor from a beloved show (The O.C.) take on a new part with out my mind unconciously melding the two characters together, but McKenzie, through sheer talent alone, managed to break that habit this time. I thought last week’s episode was lacking in screen time for him, though.

Friday.
Flashpoint. Those Canadians know how to pack an emotional wallop, don’t they. An upper-middle female aged coworker of mine had this to say about the series: “I love how these big burly men do manly things but are also so sensitive…but manly.”

Dollhouse. The new blogger darling. Too bad 90% of the shows audience is watching it via illegal torrent downloads. Some may say that’s what the network gets for scheduling the show on Friday nights but atleast you can get it at Hulu, people.

Numb3rs. For someone that failed pretty much every math related course offered at my high school, I still find this show pretty intriguing. Without continuing storylines, though, there’s not much to write about.

Saturday.
Kings. Perhaps the move to Saturdays was warrented…I can see where the storylines are getting a bit tedious.

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