Last night’s line-up of NBC comedies showed those shows at their finest. Let’s look a little closer…
Is it wrong that — brace yourself, ’cause I’m gonna say what I know a lot of us were thinkin’ — I didn’t miss THE OFFICE at all? The double-dose of 30 ROCK was just fine by me! (Favorite moment: Jenna’s GOSSIP GIRL character saying, “I’m 41 now. It’s time to die.” The whole GG subplot was brilliant. Remember the controversy back when the show first launched and people were ticked about Rachel Dratch being demoted and then, in essence, booted in favor of Jane Krakowski? Guess that all turned out a-okay, huh?) In other ROCK developments, how great was it to see Liz gettin’ her freak on — and with recurring guest hunk Cheyenne Jackson, no less? Loved her gay nephew and their dialogue.
LIZ: Is it going to be fierce?
RANDY: It would be if it was 2006.
Then there was James Franco, who — between this appearance and his run as GENERAL HOSPITAL’s serial-killing artist — may be well on his way to being named the oddest actor on the planet. Finally, I, for one, will never hear the name “Tom Selleck” again without bursting into fits of laughter. Those who saw know why. Those who didn’t… your loss!
Weaving COMMUNITY guest star Jack Black into flashbacks to scenes from previous episodes as if he’d been there all along was downright brilliant. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: A little bit of Black goes a long way. We got about 2.5 minutes too much of him last night. This show — which I was luke-warm on when it started — has blossomed into an unlikely favorite. Interestingly, so has supporting character Senor Chang, whom I hated when he first aired and have since come to really enjoy. Favorite line of the episode? “Nobody will care about my time in rehab if they think I’m a writer!”
PARKS & RECREATION was probably the weakest of the shows last night, which isn’t to say it wasn’t good… but rather that it didn’t measure up to it’s siblings. I will say, however, that Chris Pratt’s Andy and Aubrey Plaza’s April are front-runners in the “favorite comedy couple” category. (You do know that in my mind, there’s an awards show held every season at which my opinion is the only one which counts, right?) Had to love Amy Pohler’s Leslie describing her perfect guy: “He has the brains of George Clooney in the body of Joe Biden.”
So that’s my take… what was yours? Favorite moment/lines of the night? Was I simply so drunk on the glory of new episodes that my expectations were.