Lisa de Moraes' TV Column Live

Apr 27, 2012

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Okay, someone has to say it, even if you don't want to hear it, Pookie: 30 Rock's live episode last night was not funny at all. Not exactly the defense of live TV the episode was written to glorify...

People on chat seem very split -- either loved it or hated it... My guess is, if you are old enough to know the old TV shows "30 Rock" was mocking -- Honeymooners, Dean Martin Show, etc -- you loved it. Otherwise, maybe not so much.

Laughed until I cried last night during 30 Rock. The flashbacks to old TV shows were brilliant. Jon Hamm acting like a goofball is always great. Even Fred Armisen made me laugh and I think that's the first time that's ever happened. Loved it.

Yup, we loved it, or hated it... Meanwhile, it attracted a mere 3.6 million viewers on NBC Thursday night, though those cockeyed optimists at NBC note "30 Rock" scored its best numbers in six weeks -- six weeks! Unfortunately, it got clobbered by "American Idol"  -- and CBS's "Rules of Enagement" which is all the proof I need that there is no god...we won't know for a while how many more people watch it off-TV...

I'm really liking this show, Pookie, even though all the characters should probably be Institutionalized. What are it's chances of being picked up for next season?

Good....doing well.

What is it about Ann Curry that causes some to blame her for the Today Show's lower ratings? I have no complaints against her but what does drive me crazy is the number of times in the show - mostly from Matt Lauer - an anchor says "for us." This correspondent is in on the scene for us. That correspondent is reporting live for us. In Norway reporting for us is..... I'd play the drinking game everytime I hear "for us" but it's too early in the morning and I'd show up to work drunk.

I had not noticed, but now I will be able to notice nothing else when I watch! It's like when someone once pointed out to me that when Connie Chung was anchoring evening news how she would nod her head up and down when she was reading a happy or positive story and from side to side when it was a sad story. It was true and, from that day forward, it was all I could see when I watched Connie Chung.  Anyway, I'll watch 'Today' next week and count... meanwhile, do they do same on "GMA" or have you notice they have another "drinking game" expression they like to use? Oh, and UPDATE: "GMA" beat "Today" show again yesterday, by 283,000 viewers. So far this week "GMA" has won three mornings. Last time "GMA" won three mornings in a week was back in December of 1995 -- the last week "GMA" won before "Today" show took off on its incredible 16+ year weekly winning streak...

Has Colbert jumped the shark (or possibly the elephant)? He often seems so wrapped up in maintaining his conservative persona that his interviews produce nothing of any interest.

He ebbs and flows for me..sometimes he goes too far down that rabbit hole and other times he strikes a nice balance... sounds like he's having one of his ebb periods...

Any news yet if CBS decided to pick up Rules for the fall schedule yet?

Don't lose any sleep over this one.. It's a good bench player, every year....

I don't watch 30 Rock because of Tracey Morgan...that isn't acting. It is the exact same way as he was on SNL, commercials and his new scaring people show....that is all he is. I find it annoying and I don't care for being yelled at by my TV (I admit about 5% of his content can be funny). Every once in a while, nothing else is on and I will start watching and he will come on, I flip the channel to wait his scene out and then forget I was watching the show. So if NBC wants my viewership, they can kill his character off and keep the bodyguards.

Watch last night's episode. He never yells. In fact, he's not in the episode very much. You really can't miss Alec Baldwin as Dean Martin and as Jackie Gleason....he deserves a much bigger audience than 3.6 million. Such a shame NBC's Thursday is in such bad shape, ratings-wise

I know we've covered this before, but, why, oh why, must I suspend my disbelief to such unimaginable levels to watch the simplest of TV shows? In this instance, I'm talking about "Revenge." And, no, it's not the implausibility of the entire plot premise, or the craptacular inaccuracies in trial procedure. It's that I can't, for the life of me, understand how a resident of the Hamptons, accused of committing murder there, is taken to Riker's Island in NYC to be held while he awaits trial. Oh Pookie, why can't I let this go?

Do we need to do a weekly blog post on all the factual inaccuracies in "Revenge" every week and shame the writers into doing some, you know, actual -- research? I'm game. I need experts, though, to help out. You on board? Oh, and are you an expert? Because, while I'm an expert on all sorts of useless subjects,  I know very little about trial procedure and such...

Liked your post about Jon Stewart being a bit silly about the President being a guest on Jimmy Fallon. I remember reading from a bunch of places that Jon Stewart got a lot of flack for addressing the President as "dude" when the President was a guest on The Daily Show.

I figured Stewart was going to discuss Obama having slow jammed the news on Fallon's show, but was surprised he went the 'chick discussing her ex and his new girlfriend' route....

I kind of get your point and totally agree. Jon Stewart seems out-of-date lamenting that the President of the United States doesn't have to this kind of nonsense like a gag on late night talk show. Felt very 1992.

Very old school, very pre-Clinton-on-Arsenio's-show ...and for Stewart to be the one to do it was odd....

I don't really watch the morning talk shows, but my friend who into those shows tells me she would have prefered if they kept Chris Cuomo rather then bring in George Stephanopoulos. Just curious about your take?

My take is "GMA" beat "Today" show two weeks ago for the first time in more than 16 years and will beat "Today" again this week. Please tell your friend the ship has sailed and there is no way they will ever go back. They've found a winning combination. Personally, I like George on morning TV. There's something wonderful uncomfortable about it...

If Andy Samberg is done as a cast member of SNL at the end of this current season, does that mean no more Justin Timberlake "surprise" visits every other show?

My guess is no. Justin Timberlake is a very smart guy and he knows a gravy train when he sees one... he'll just start up a bromance with someone else on the show -- he's a very fickle guy, you know.... Just ask all those chicks...

It is it just me or do the central characters on HBO's Girls talk just like Ellen Page does in real life?

How's that.. Someone was telling me the other day about the 'vocal fry' phenom.. is she a vocal fryer?

When will Wipeout return? There's something so cathartic about watching all those silly contestants getting whacked about.

I don't have the date in my head -- actually, I have very little in my head today, but it's become an ABC summer staple...

Lisa: Meant to ask you this last week and forgot. What kind of numbers did ABC do with The Titanic and did you see it ? I watched it, only learning later that it was shown in Britain as four one hour shows. (A true mini-series!) ABC gave us 3 hours Sunday and 1 hour Monday and, given the narrative form that Julian Fellowes used, I kept getting way confused on Sunday night, as scenes kept being repeated from different points of view. That wouldn't have been so disconcerting in one hour segments. I must say, Fellowes certainly has a fondness for Earls who do the decent thing.

I can't figure why ABC purchased it, only to kill it with scheduling... First, they air most of it on Saturday night. Then, they air most of it on Saturday night. It was so clearly written to be broadcast as four one hour shows and each week the same events that led to the ship's sinking were told from the perspective of another "class" of person on the Titanic... When you mash three one-hour re-tellings of the same story in one broadcast, it wrecks the integrity of the production. Shame on ABC for airing it on their lousiest night, and for airing it inappropriately....

On a formerly popular scripted drama, a character (who supposedly has advanced degrees) used the word "fustrated". I rewound to make sure. Don't shows have someone who should catch such flubs before the show is broadcast? It was very careless!

I love you for noticing. But I must know the show, character, and episode. Have to see/hear for myself....My guess is nobody noticed and/or didn't want to spend the money fixing....Now, while were talking about things that drive us crazy, how about the number of newscasts in which anchors and reporters says "continue on." I could scream every time.

I never watch shows on broadcast tv (or cable, for that matter, since I got tired of paying for it). So, everything I watch is on Hulu. Many of the shows I watch (specifically, the whole NBC Thursday lineup) are among the top ten most popular shows in the last month on Hulu. Most of my friends and the people I know watch their television in the exact same way. So my question is: do networks take into account the popularity of shows on Hulu? Or, conversely, are my viewing habits dooming the very shows I love because of lack of broadcast ratings?

Yes, and yes.... Viewing on HULU, etc. is very important to network suits. But you may have noticed how few ad breaks there are in an episode of "30 Rock" on HULU compared to the number there are in the same episode on NBC.  Obviously more ads would be better and there's research that suggests in time we will see far more ads in online programming than we do now -- ugh...On the bright side, the Netflix deal saved CW network. Seriously.  The billion bucks the owners made off that deal seemed to put a cork in conversations as to whether CBS and Warner Bros. would bankroll another season of the network...

I tried to like it, but I just can't. There's too much Texas in it! Is it going to take the Desperate housewives slot next season, Pookie?

Probably.  It definitely looks, smells and quacks like a "DH" replacmement show.. And I'm with you, in re overdose of Texas...

So, Pookie, what did you think of the 30 Rock live episode? I just watched the whole thing in a state of shock at how unfunny it all was. The studio audience's laughter at the jokes just seemed to heighten to me how unfunny they were. I find the show marginally funny during normally, but the live audience laughing at jokes that were just not that funny seemed to heighten to me how "meh" I feel about the show. Tell me I am just a grumpy gus who needs his funny meter adjusted. I would really prefer that to believing this is some of the best comedy writing out there.

It is some of the best comedy writing out there. You need a meter adjustment. On the other hand, my WaPo TeamTV colleague Emily Yahr also branded it as "meh" and she's wise beyond her years, so I respect your opinion.  Only, you are wrong.

Hi, Pooks, Do you know where I can see the West Coast version of the 30 Rock live show from last night? Hulu reportedly has the E Coast version, which I will gladly watch again, but I want to see the other one, too. Thanks.

You're in luck. If you look back in the links provided for all of this week's TVColumn/Blog material, you'll see the top one is about the live "30 Rock" episode. Click on that and, in that blog post, are both east coast and west coast feeds... Enjoy!

When will it be televised so we can all watch--now that the celebritendees outnumber the working journalists? It can't be any worse than the People's Choice Awards!

C-Span telecasts the White House Correspondents Dinner every year and will do so again this year....

It was crazy, but it gae me more laughs than a regular episode. What are the chances it will be renewed?

I put out cookies and milk for the TV god every night in hopes she will renew....my guess is contacting nbc would be more effective, but I enjoy the cookies in the morning...

Oh, just let it die with Dignity, Please!

Too late (see this season and last season, we rest our case)....

Pookie -- I watched and enjoyed 30 Rock's West Coast live broadcast last night. It's fun to compare the East vs. West versions of the show. I'm jealous the East Coasters got Sir Paul, but we saw Brian Williams in the newscast bit.

I haven't watched the west coast feed yet. how did they play kardashian. Did she too walk in at show's top and ask for bathroom in Jack's office? Did she come back at the end after slipping in the bathroom and hitting her head and not remembering who she is? Did Liz Lemon tell her she's her girlfriend and they walk off together?

Does this mean that "Alcatraz" is pretty much going to be cancelled? If so, can that blonde detective go back to regional theatre?

What a botched bit of casting, yes?  Conventional wisdom says that picking up of "Fringe" reduced "Alcatraz's" chances since it's a newer show and JJ's home Warner Bros. is maybe not so committed to keeping it going, since they've got a long long way to go to get enough episodes for syndication library on this one... On the other hand, it's non-serialized, which Fox wants, and it's JJ who Fox wants... and "House" is gone and "Terra Nova" is gone.  So, I would not give up, except there is what whole "blonde detective" thing. Do you really want four  more seasons of her?

any word/insight to whether Castle will be renewed by ABC? Shippers want to know.

"Castle" will be renewed. It does well for ABC...

Ugh, I miss one episode, and now I am hopelessly lost. This show is sooooo goood though.

Except factually, it would appear.....

On Bones this week, the team used government property to throw themselves a party, including using expensive lab equipment to distill tequilla and make guacamole. I kept hoping Darrell Issa would bust in with a handful of subpoenas, but sadly, he didn't.

Now that would have been an episode...

Is it dead yet?

Soon....

That's it. I have defended this show on this chat. I have even defended Katharine McPhee's performance. (Yes, I've been that sole dissenter.) I will always love Jack Davenport. But this week's Bollywood extravaganza was the last straw. I. Give. Up.

I feel for you.  I went through the stages of support, denial, and resignation a few weeks back...On the bright side, they have brought in a new showrunner. so let's give it a second chance next season, okay?

I was a big fan of the West Wing when Aaron Sorkin wrote it, and I thought I would enjoy Parks & Rec now that it turns to electoral politics. But I haven't. Is it possible that Sorkin just wrote so perfect a TV show in the West Wing that any show tackling politics in either a comedic or dramatic fashion just doesn't measure up?

I doesn't mean no show tackling politics can measure up, it just means this show doesn't.....

Dearest Pookie, I am so tired of every show using text messages on smart phones to move the plot along. I have to rewind and put my glasses on to see the message. It's everywhere - Revenge, Ringer, Touch, Missing, Alcatraz. Am I alone?

Um, yes?  Anyone else out there need to get a new prescription for their glasses? Or, a larger TV screen? Or stop watching on their iPhone?

 

Pookie, I see where he got an early pick-up by NBC. Is his show any good?

golly I hope so.. Big fan and NBC really could use a broadcast-TV show on Thursday nights...

Hi, Your Pookiness, I don't have HBO. Is "Veep" worth going to someone else's house to watch? And how would you compare it to the so-bad-I-can't-watch-it "Scandal" insofar a realistic depictions of DC? Thanks!

It's a wonderful workplace comedy. Julia Louis Dreyfus is the practically perfect vice president.  Go to someone else's house and watch....

Really? I loved the Bollywood extravaganza. Guess I have no taste...

No,  you have wonderful taste -- you're on this chat. I confess I did not watch the episode because I'm suffering from McPheever and my doctor told me I had to stay away for a couple weeks...

I hope the Kardashian Kreature is treated with some type of contempt on the West Coast feed, because when I read that the east coast got Sir Paul and we got Kim K, I almost wanted to move.

Don't move, you can watch both via our link....

Wait, you honestly don't think P&R's election cycle is good? It's much more enjoyable to West Wing, but maybe that's just because I found the people on West Wing to be way too smug.

Yeah, well, see, I love smug...especially well-written smug. Well-written smug is hard to do...

Hey, Pookie: Do you think it's possible in a moment of desperation that NBC might actually decide to make "30 Rock" a live show every week? It would be a bit thinking out of the box ~ and, could be fun and help declining ratings for the show. I enjoyed the humor and creativity, especially seeing Jon Hamm and Brian Williams.

The best thing that could happen to this show is if CBS picked it up.....

Pookie -- Kim isn't capable of much. She didn't walk off with Liz. She said that she broke Jack's toilet.

I just got the details of Kim taking photo and saying "now 14 million have seen it" implying she's got a big following... ick. you west coasters got robbed...

East Coast 30 Rock had Paul McCartney, but West Coast had a Kartrashian and Bri Wi. Think the East Coast version wins?

hands down -- sorry Brian....

Thought it was hilarious but is the over-reliance on swearing a Brit thing? I feel like I recently read somewhere that in the UK, the f-word is considered much less offensive.

You mean like in Hollywood? I think it's a verisimilitude thing.. (I was hoping I could find a way to work that in)

 

30 Rock is the best written and best acted show on TV. I am up every night now until 12:30 watching local reruns. As far as I'm concerned, later episodes have aged much better than Seinfeld. There, I said it. 30 Rock rocks!

I'm a fan but let's not forget other well-written and well-acted comedies.. "Modern Family"? And, as we mentioned earlier, "Veep" is worth checking out too...

"I could care less." That means that you care!!!!! I always yell at the TV when I hear this. There are also songs that make me cringe every time I hear certain lines. Okay, rap is developing its own language, so I give it a pass, but Timberlake? "My heart bleeded." Really!?! Alicia Keys? "Concrete jungle where dreams are made of?" ARGH!!!!! Is that like "Bank where loans are made of?" And I'm not even a member of the grammar police, but some of these just make me crazy. Whew - that one has clearly been bubbling up for a while...

Nice to know I'm not alone....anyone else out there got something they want to get off their chest?

Is it bad that I have no idea what "slow jamming the news" means? Am I now old and irrelevant? Or does it mean I have a life?

Old and irrelevant -- sorry... Jimmy Fallon has this regular bit he does on his NBC late night show in which he "slow jams" the news with Brian Williams and The Roots. Williams is hilarious. But then, Williams is one of the funniest guys in TV news, which, yes, I know, is setting the bar fairly low...

that ABC has with the word b*tch? First "GCB", then the "B_ in Apt. 23". Look, you either love the word and embrace it in the title or you steer clear and completely rename the show. I'm warning you, ABC, the "B" word is a fickle mistress. Sincerely, "Stuff my Dad Says".

I have know idea what "the 'B' word is a fickle mistress" actually means, but makes me laugh. The head of programming at ABC is a Brit. My guess is he's trying to do shows that get people talking, because after "talking" comes "watching." And the fact that there is so much blah, blah, blah about the show titles "GCB" and "the B---in Apt. 23" would seem to suggest Paul is a very smart guy.

It's ABC crying all the way to the bank because dateless women like the original poster spent their Saturday night watching a crappy Titanic mini-series thinking they would get the same stupid romance of Jim Cameron's film. Sorry, Pookie, not shameless, but rather, masterful marketing; it grabbed a 4.1mm viewer average to a night that usually averages about 3.2 for them.

Ooh --  the  "dateless women"  gag! I haven't seen that one in ages.  Nicely played! I think you're looking for the Guy Rage chat --  it's at 3. ...but, since we've got you visiting, I don't think I'd boast about snagging 1 million more viewers than you get with reruns and old movies... I think that's called damning with faint praise...

I've been cajoled, bullied and peer-pressured by musical theater enthusiast friends to watch this (almost unwatchable) "Smash" program. Leaving aside my problems with the writing and character development, I simply cannot understand why NBC is bungling the sale of the related music. Glee might not be a good show, but they turn out a catchy tune from time to time, a tune that FOX makes sure people can buy *immediately* after you hear it. Smash similarly turns out a catchy tune from time to time, but then only some of them end up getting released, under a timing scheme that makes no sense. So there are perfectly good songs - that plenty of people would surely buy - that simply are not being sold. What's the matter with NBC? Are they so broken-down, emotionally, over there at Kabletown that they can't even muster the enthusiasm to make easy money?

My guess is it has something to do with the fact that "Glee" covers old tunes, while "Smash" is making some original music and that it's all about the rights for those tunes... But your larger point is well taken and it would be better if all the tunes were available...

I was rejected for a volunteer announcing job at a semi-rural radio station in the 1970s without even getting to try out, because -- I was informed -- women's voices were deemed "annoying" and lacking in authority. So I very much appreciated that segment on last night's "30 Rock."

You got turned down for a volunteer job? Yikes.....

Good morning (PST), Pookie! Have you been following the tidbits that have been leaked about Simon Cowell in connection with the new biography of him? Two things stood out for me: 1. Wow, is he rich and 2. I didn't even know they made black toilet paper (his tp of choice, apparently). Also, he is very nice to his ex-girlfriends, but I'm not sure the payoff would be worth having to deal with him for an extended period of time.

Why can I not shake the feeling this "unauthorized" biography was done with the complete approval of Simon, who needs all the help he can get these days, since his new show didn't do so well here and he had to can almost everyone on-camera, and his shows in UK aren't doing too well either, I read...

The "secret word" on GMA that should marked with an adult beverage is...."Indeed!" The handsome news anchor Josh Somebody says it constantly.

Great. We should compare and contract "indeed" counts on "GMA" with "for us" on "Today"...

It was the commercials that sunk Titanic. In addition to ruining the narrative arc with the three-hour mash-up, ABC sold a gazillion minutes of ad time! I don't have cable or DVR so I know from commercials and they were relentless. Turned it off before hour three and never watched the final hour.

was it worse than usual for broadcast TV or did you just notice it more because it was a crunchy-gravel miniseries?

from 3 pm to 4 pm, so we can hit the shooting range.

Oh, sorry -- I did not get the email.. Hope Guy Rage is still with us, so he sees this update...

Is that the subject or the name of the host? If no one else has claimed it, I would like for everyone to start calling me "Guy Rage" from now on.

Well, he hasn't claimed it, so it's all yours.... Meanwhile, we can talk about guy rage for the last half hour of this chat if you want...so long as there is at least one TV reference per question....

I see that CBS is trying it out in 8pm slots. Does that mean they are thinking of their new 2-hour Thursday Comedy Line-up as going: 8pm Mike & Molly 8:30pm 2 Broke Girls 9pm The Big Bang Thoery 9:30pm Super Fun Time (or some other new comedy)

You are good!....

Sigh. Elise is gone from Idol, and Phil Squared is still there. There is no justice.

Phil Squared is, as I said in my recap, so going to win this... he's got the magic guitar and big sad eyes and he's scruffy and yet, safe... though apparently, based on his comments about other Idolettes this week, not very nice... .Guy Rage -- you got anything to add?

Yes. Not TV related, but, people, please stop mis-using "literally" when you mean "figuratively". When you do this you are literally using the word to mean the exact opposite of what it means.

Wow, we've got Guy Rage AND Word Rage.. This is one heck of a chat....

So if you didn't have Brian Williams, what did Paul McCartney do?

Paul McCartney had the Kim Kardashian role. He walked into Jack's office early on, looking for bathroom. Did not reappear until end of the episode to say he'd fallen and hit his head and did not know who he was. Liz said he was her boyfriend and they were going out to meet with some of her old high school friends and led him off... I know, not much of a role....

The early episodes of Seinfeld over over 20 years old, while 30 Rock has been on for 6 seasons? That's like saying Justin Beiber has aged better than Robert Redford.

except Robert Redford has aged better than Justin Bieber. seriously. I've seen them both recently...

How much longer until it goes out as The Big Whimper Theory?

The numbers say otherwise....

Funny, that's how I thought it always worked. "Cops" and "America's Most Wanted" on FOX for the dateless guys, and, well, whatever girly stuff they counter-program on the other channels for dateless women. Signed, I guess you can tell which one I am....

guys aren't dateless on Saturday night -- haven't you heard. They choose not to go out and stay home and watch "Cops."...

When Seacrest turned to Elise after she'd been bumped and reminded her that she had an open invitation from Stevie Nicks I thought, "Yeah, right, just what she wants -- to be somebody's back up singer." Her voice is my favorite this season, though, so I hope someone gets her some good material. You think we'll see her again?

If she learns how to lighten up and maybe smile and not tell judges they're unfair to her because she's 28, etc... the music industry is unfair. we get it... get over it.

How about the skin care commercial that chirps, "Acne is out! Clean sexy skin is in!" Exactly when was acne "in." I can't remember.

we are on role. I hate that too...(actually I don't think I'ver ever seen that ad, but I object to it in principle)

I'm not into Rage at all. I just want everyone to give me a hug.

hug

FSM help me, but I actually laughed at last night's episode. A LOT. The highlight, IMHO, was the cameo by David Wallace -- super rich guy now, thanks to the US Army buying his "Suck It" vacuum invention.

Wow, now we're talking about the Federated States of Micronesia! This is the smartest chat I've ever done! Or, wait, do you mean the Florida School of Massage? Anyway, I have not watched but my WaPo Team TV colleague Emily Yahr, thought the best part of last night's epsiode was new manager trying to eat a taco but that otherwise it was "painful" -- and Emily and I used to get into outright brawls over "The Office," she loved it so much...she's usually pretty sad on Friday mornings...

Why do local newspeople go to a location to tell/show us that snow is piling up or the exterior of buildings where something happened hours ago?

That one's easy: to get ratings....

Seems the Republican Party/Fox News Channel (hard to tell them apart sometimes) had got a bee in its bonnet about Barack Obama being on a late night show and doing some jokes. Apparently they didn't noticed that not only has the President been on a bunch of late night shows, but Mitt Romney did a comedy bit for David Letterman's Top 10 last December.

I wans't surprised that FNC nicked him for it, but I was surprised that Jon Stewart nicked him, but then I realized Stewart was jealous, and was more to be pitied than censured...

When she entered Jack's office to use his bathroom, the audience members clapped -- and she turned and waved to them! Now, THAT was an only-on-live-TV moment!

ick, ick, ick....and yet, in west coast's defense,  let's not forget, while it was the "west coast episode" it was shot in New York..

Oh, lighten up, Cap Hill grump -- I'm guessing you just didn't like the joke about taping a whole season's shows in advance, "like 'Lets Make a Deal' and 'Fox News'" do --- That's laugh-out-loud funny every time I think of it!

i'm giggling again, I confess... But Baldwin as Dean Martin had me choking....

Maybe the newsies picked it up from Tyra Banks announcing who will "continue on" and who is "still in the running" TOWARDS becoming America's next top model. #shiver#

I can't take "continue on"...

Sorry, West Wing was excellent and earnest, but Veep is amazing. Just kills it in the reality department. I am so excited to have a D.C. show that isn't quite so glamorous and overly serious and yet still feels like actual life in politics.

i'm a big fan too...

Do we think that a Gossip Girl showrunner is the answer for Smash? It feels like less musical and more fluff.

feels more "soap" to me... anyway, change is good, change is good....

Gee, and here I (and the ratings of "Mr. Sunshine") thoguht I was the only one. What is this new sitcom of which the earlier poster speaks?

He plays a cheeky sportscaster (does Perry ever play non-cheeky?) who suffered a loss and attends a mandatory support group....one of "Friends" writers is exec producing... fingers crossed...

Will she really kill off one of the main characters in the season finale? McDreamy or Meredith, hint, hint?

also fingers crossed....

I think some of the "wonderfully uncomfortable" part is his being half the height of anyone else and everyone acting like they don't notice.

I was thinking more along the lines of his being  a seriously inside-Beltway guy who's now back to doing his inside-Beltway show on Sundays and yet, hosts a show about "Dancing with the Stars" evictees during the week... anyway, I like him on the show.....

NBC just keeps throwing noodles at the fridge. Will this one stick?

numbers aren't great....

Stewart has been not-so-secretly jealous of Fallon ever since Jimmy became BFFs with Stephen Colbert and Bruce Springsteen. It's adorable, funny, and just a little sad. Cheer up, Jon, we all still love you!

I had no idea...

Did I mishear, or when Elise was hugging Hollie did she mutter "This is so weird," like anything other than winning it all was completely beyond her comprehension?

I heard it too and thought it was odd, given that they're in the Bottom 3 nearly every week....

I fast forward through much of AI, so I didn't catch all of the bickering comments - was Phil really that mean? They all seemed to be jokingly teasing each other to me.

His comments seemed to cross a line and plunge into unkind...but Elise saying of Phil "He's obviously not a rocker" or something like that, won the prize for least pleasant...

Really? Your spouse and kids are abducted and you hire a p.r. firm instead of an investigator? Even for a foreign dictator, that's a bit much ... Any idea how the episode ended? I had to turn the channel after the set-up.

Nope, but isnt' that what the Ramsey's did, back when?

Pookie, do you really not enjoy this show? It's one of my faves and I normally agree with you on everything. That said, it's politics is nothing like West Wing (which I also loved). But that's like thinking, I loved Law & Order, so I figured this Andy Griffith show would be right up my alley with the police officer on it.

My reference was to the show's small ratings -- too small for broadcast, though demographic bullseye....

I'm trying to decide if I like Robin Roberts - any opinion?

"GMA" beating "Today" again this week -- she's great

Can you help some of us who are waiting (hands on hips) to know if Caruso and company will be back for another season?

one of the CSI's is gonna go... My money's on "CSI: NY".. how about you?

Attention LA writers of "Dexter," "CSI: Miami," "Magic City": there is no such thing as a "District Attorney" in Florida. The county prosecutor of criminal violations is called a State's Attorney. This is not complicated.

Thank you. We hope they are paying attention...

Pookie, sweetums, I found myself torn. Was Community's "Law & Order" episode better than Paul Rudd being an evil heir to a candy fortune on Parks and Rec? I chortled quite a bit at both, tell me the answer.

I was so busy recapping "Idol" last night -- my work is never done -- that I have not watched either. But I am getting loads of rave reports on this chat for both... can't we just declare them both winners?

On the other hand, if someone casts Jack McBrayer as former Senator John Edwards in a made-for-TV movie about his Rielle Hunter affair, I might be willing to reconsider the deity.

Really? Kenneth as John Edwards? I'm not seeing it.....

I caught pieces of the tv shows "Girls" and "NYC 22" and couldn't help but think that I would find these shows more appealing if the cast were more attractive. I guess I am a shallow person.

You are... but we are in good company. America loves to watch pretty people. That is the only possible explanation for the Kardashians....

Are they ever going to put this show out of its -- and our -- misery? Or will it survive because saps like me continue to tune in thinking it might, just might, somehow get better this week, and there are enough of people like me (no, I'm not a snowflake....) doing this to maintain the slightly higher than abysmal ratings that NBC looks for? I'm starting to hope they just kill it and let Dwight start his Beet Farm Show so the temptation to watch just disappears completely. Oh, and when is "My Boys" coming back?

The advantage of the spinoff or the rumored "reboot" is that it would bring down the costs on the franchise -- a lot... It's not just small ratings that kill a show. It's small ratings AND escalating costs and "The Office" is a pricey show with plunging ratings...stars of a reboot would be paid "first season" salaries -- not eighth-season salaries....I'm out of time. Thanks for joining me. Guy Rage chat moved to 4 -- don't forget...

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Pulitzer Prize winner, Peabody recipient, Medal of Freedom honoree -- Lisa de Moraes is none of these, but she is an authority on the bad direction, over-acting, and muddled plot lines being played out in the TV industry's executive suites. de Moraes worked for a decade as the television editor at The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainment industry trade paper, where she was routinely on the receiving end of more shouting phone calls from TV suits than Paula Abdul's manager.

When she upgraded to The Washington Post in 1998, a well-known executive producer called to suggest she have someone else start her car, but her trenchant writing (and refusal to use words like "trenchant") earned her the following praise from the brilliant, handsome media observer at Slate: "She writes like a wicked bitch." Wikipedia has called her "a noted television columnist," but they're often unreliable. It's pronounced "deh more ICE."

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