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2012-05-08 02:06:09 PM
Eh, I'd be O.K. with a shorter season. Some of the episodes are obviously filler and with a more narrow focus, they both could go out with a bang.

/ by both I mean Community and 30 Rock.
 
2012-05-08 02:10:01 PM
As for NBC's other bubble comedies, newbie "Whitney" does not appear likely to return.

Good
 
2012-05-08 02:15:30 PM
The Law & Order episode (The Lupine Urology) was some of the best minutes of TV ever. Loved every single thing about it.
 
2012-05-08 02:22:43 PM
I was expecting "Mad Men gets an exclusive two-season commitment of Alison Brie, but Community gets January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, and a zombie to be named later."
 
2012-05-08 02:29:01 PM

scottydoesntknow: The Law & Order episode (The Lupine Urology) was some of the best minutes of TV ever. Loved every single thing about it.


The scenes where they were interviewing the suspects, and they were inexplicably busy moving things around at their job rather than just sitting and talking to the police was pitch perfect.
 
2012-05-08 02:31:03 PM

scottydoesntknow: The Law & Order episode (The Lupine Urology) was some of the best minutes of TV ever. Loved every single thing about it.


When they brought in the actual medical examiner from Law and Order, I spit out my drink laughing.

images.tvrage.com
 
2012-05-08 02:36:35 PM

kingoomieiii: scottydoesntknow: The Law & Order episode (The Lupine Urology) was some of the best minutes of TV ever. Loved every single thing about it.

When they brought in the actual medical examiner from Law and Order, I spit out my drink laughing.

[images.tvrage.com image 250x250]


pure, unalloyed genius.
 
2012-05-08 02:41:34 PM

FlashHarry: kingoomieiii: scottydoesntknow: The Law & Order episode (The Lupine Urology) was some of the best minutes of TV ever. Loved every single thing about it.

When they brought in the actual medical examiner from Law and Order, I spit out my drink laughing.

[images.tvrage.com image 250x250]

pure, unalloyed genius.


It's little things like that that make the show.
 
2012-05-08 02:45:31 PM
...a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.

It's called After Lunch?
 
2012-05-08 02:49:34 PM

DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: ...a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.

It's called After Lunch?


I will now give anything with Giancarlo Esposito in it a shot. However, this show sounds kind of stupid.
 
2012-05-08 02:57:43 PM
Did I miss something or was the only mention of Community "that it's 50/50 at best"?

What's the catch and how is this any different from all the stories we've read since February subby?
 
2012-05-08 03:08:59 PM
Co-written by Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler and directed by Murphy, "The New Normal" is described as a heartwarming comedy about a blended family of a gay couple - Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) - and a cash-strapped waitress and mother of one Goldie (Georgia King) who becomes a surrogate to help them have a child. Co-starring is Ellen Barkin as Goldie's glamorous/bigoted grandmother.

Ryan Murphy's mission in life is to gay up the American TV landscape. How he isn't involved in Modern Family is a mystery. Glee, American Horror Story and now this?

I hope it's funny, but do they really have to shortchange Community and Parks for this?
 
2012-05-08 03:09:27 PM
I tried to get into Community but it just comes off as trying too hard to be quirky. It's like a Paul Anderson movie.

And Mad Men. Glorifying the ad industry, great. Everyone drinking and smoking at work is kind of amusing but it's basically Bewitched without the witches.
 
2012-05-08 03:26:09 PM
 
2012-05-08 03:32:10 PM

kingoomieiii: scottydoesntknow: The Law & Order episode (The Lupine Urology) was some of the best minutes of TV ever. Loved every single thing about it.

When they brought in the actual medical examiner from Law and Order, I spit out my drink laughing.

[images.tvrage.com image 250x250]


Quite possibly one of my top 5 favorite Community episodes, they were dead on in that episode. I loved Leslie Hendrix's cameo as well...
 
2012-05-08 03:32:27 PM

DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: ...a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.

It's called After Lunch?


Try eating less carbs/glycemic foods at lunch.
 
2012-05-08 03:54:28 PM
a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.


That may just be the single most retarded idea for a sci-fi drama I have ever read in my life, and I enjoyed Sharktopus.
 
2012-05-08 03:55:35 PM

WhoIsWillo: Ryan Murphy's mission in life is to gay up the American TV landscape. How he isn't involved in Modern Family is a mystery.

Modern Family is actually well made and funny.


I wasn't bashing it. I watch Modern Family. Love that show. At times it is some of the best comedy on TV. Just pointing out that Murphy's stuff always has the gay factor in it. What would be great is if all of the shows he is into have gay characters and they are all normal people and hit shows and it cooks the brains of Republicans and gay-bashers.
 
2012-05-08 04:04:11 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: WhoIsWillo: Ryan Murphy's mission in life is to gay up the American TV landscape. How he isn't involved in Modern Family is a mystery.

Modern Family is actually well made and funny.

I wasn't bashing it. I watch Modern Family. Love that show. At times it is some of the best comedy on TV. Just pointing out that Murphy's stuff always has the gay factor in it. What would be great is if all of the shows he is into have gay characters and they are all normal people and hit shows and it cooks the brains of Republicans and gay-bashers.


Ryan Murphy has a long way to go before he is better at gaying up tv than Russell Davies.
 
2012-05-08 04:08:08 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: I wasn't bashing it. I watch Modern Family. Love that show. At times it is some of the best comedy on TV. Just pointing out that Murphy's stuff always has the gay factor in it. What would be great is if all of the shows he is into have gay characters and they are all normal people and hit shows and it cooks the brains of Republicans and gay-bashers.


You mean like Modern Family? My only problem with Modern Family is that they haven't addressed Prop 8 at all. I would imagine a committed gay couple in California, that issue would occasionally come up.
 
2012-05-08 04:12:08 PM

scottydoesntknow: The Law & Order episode (The Lupine Urology) was some of the best minutes of TV ever. Loved every single thing about it.


Did you catch the implied blowjob in the back of the street scene?
 
2012-05-08 05:50:29 PM

Mugato: I tried to get into Community but it just comes off as trying too hard to be quirky. It's like a Paul Anderson movie.


did you start at Season 1? i thought the first season was great, but it's kind of been like what you've described since about midway through Season 2. I still like the show, but it's fairly hit or miss and seems to substitute pop culture references for actual jokes.


even with an abbreviated seasons, there's still a possibility of it being picked up for a full season.
 
2012-05-08 05:51:14 PM
They need to spin Ron Swanson off of Parks and Rec and give him his own show.
 
2012-05-08 05:51:57 PM
I'm fine with a shorter season. The problem with Community is that Harmon has basically said that he would like to work on the show forever. That means that unless NBC says "you have one more season and it's going to be the last season" then the show is going to end abruptly or not really have an ending at all.

Also, although the Law & Order episode was awesome I'm sort of burned out on spoof episodes. I enjoyed the carnie episode a lot more.
 
2012-05-08 05:52:37 PM

Time Traveling Bunnies: Did I miss something or was the only mention of Community "that it's 50/50 at best"?

What's the catch and how is this any different from all the stories we've read since February subby?


I guess the catch is that it might be a shortened season? Did the article say that?


Mugato: I tried to get into Community but it just comes off as trying too hard to be quirky. It's like a Paul Anderson movie.


Death Race Paul Anderson or Boogie Nights Paul Anderson?
 
2012-05-08 05:54:18 PM
Wait, Parks and Rec might NOT come back?

Why? Even though the office has gotten better, it is still the superior program.
 
2012-05-08 05:54:50 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: They need to spin Ron Swanson off of Parks and Rec and give him his own show.


NO! Wrong! Never. You take that back right now.
 
2012-05-08 05:57:11 PM

justtray: Wait, Parks and Rec might NOT come back?

Why? Even though the office has gotten better, it is still the superior program.


I'm surprised as well. I thought it was doing fairly well.


have they canceled the Office yet?
 
2012-05-08 05:57:12 PM

Di Atribe: I guess the catch is that it might be a shortened season? Did the article say that?


I guess it was implied since the writer went on to describe several coming pilots but nothing was ever stated.

Except that Whitney is most likely cancelled. POP POP!
 
2012-05-08 05:57:49 PM

Time Traveling Bunnies: Ryan Murphy has a long way to go before he is better at gaying up tv than Russell Davies.


Hopefully he won't develop RTDs unfortunate habit of crashing and burning every series he's involved in.
 
2012-05-08 05:58:32 PM

FlashHarry: kingoomieiii: scottydoesntknow: The Law & Order episode (The Lupine Urology) was some of the best minutes of TV ever. Loved every single thing about it.

When they brought in the actual medical examiner from Law and Order, I spit out my drink laughing.

[images.tvrage.com image 250x250]

pure, unalloyed genius.


I was in tears. And I loved how Troy was wearing the leather overcoat like Chris Noth, and Abed was wearing the blue topcoat with the red scarf like Jerry Orbach.
 
2012-05-08 05:58:56 PM

FeedTheCollapse: have they canceled the Office yet?


I believe it's supposed end this season or next.
 
2012-05-08 05:59:05 PM
Written by Eric Kripke, directed by Jon Favreau and produced by JJ Abrams' Bad Robot and Warner Bros TV, "Revolution" is described as a high-octane action drama following a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.

All forms of energy? Kinetic, chemical energy too? How are they "struggling to reunite with loved ones" if they're just sitting motionless the whole time? Sounds like a pretty boring series.
 
2012-05-08 06:01:46 PM

Sybarite: As for NBC's other bubble comedies, newbie "Whitney" does not appear likely to return.

Good



Good? It's great!
 
2012-05-08 06:06:56 PM
New to Community (early into season 2 at this point); its got the occasionally good gag but I'm getting the impression that unless you also watch a lot of mundane crap you don't get half the jokes, like those scary movie movies.
 
2012-05-08 06:12:33 PM

BumpInTheNight: New to Community (early into season 2 at this point); its got the occasionally good gag but I'm getting the impression that unless you also watch a lot of mundane crap you don't get half the jokes, like those scary movie movies.


hm, I thought season 1 held up pretty well on its own, but once you do start getting into season 2 it does start getting into the "Hey, remember [movie/tv show]? That's the joke." territory. It's especially annoying when it goes for whole episodes at a time.
 
2012-05-08 06:14:18 PM
I don't get to watch these shows as often as I'd like, what with working Thursday nights and all, but I can't say I'd be too disappointed about Whitney or 30 Rock. Whitney could be better, I suppose, if the two main characters weren't so damn ugly. And TFA was right about the duds that 30 Rock comes up with--last week's episode was pretty painful to watch. I'd be very sad if Community and Parks & Rec disappeared, though. Community is usually pretty hilarious, though in a way that usually doesn't appeal to everyone, so I can understand why it may be on the chopping block. Parks & Rec, I think, has replaced The Office as NBC's best show on Thursday nights.

Speaking of The Office, why does the article not mention it? I'm guessing it's safe for next season?
 
2012-05-08 06:14:28 PM

Dwight_Yeast: FeedTheCollapse: have they canceled the Office yet?

I believe it's supposed end this season or next.


that's probably my guess too. It's just kind of odd that they haven't announced anything and the season finale is this week. Normally it's a sure bet.
 
2012-05-08 06:14:38 PM

BumpInTheNight: New to Community (early into season 2 at this point); its got the occasionally good gag but I'm getting the impression that unless you also watch a lot of mundane crap you don't get half the jokes, like those scary movie movies.


You don't have to watch a lot of scary movies to get the line, "Make me proud. Be the first black guy to make it to the end." But hey, maybe it is for people who love TV & movies. I'm not sure what "mundane crap" you're referring to, though.


Time Traveling Bunnies: I guess it was implied since the writer went on to describe several coming pilots but nothing was ever stated.


Misleading headline is misleading. Hmph. Guess we'll have to wait until next Monday.


Time Traveling Bunnies: Except that Whitney is most likely cancelled. POP POP!


POP POP! I love that guy!
 
2012-05-08 06:16:01 PM

FeedTheCollapse: Dwight_Yeast: FeedTheCollapse: have they canceled the Office yet?

I believe it's supposed end this season or next.

that's probably my guess too. It's just kind of odd that they haven't announced anything and the season finale is this week. Normally it's a sure bet.


I'm sure if this were the SERIES finale, they'd be making a big deal out of it.
 
2012-05-08 06:16:27 PM

madden101: And TFA was right about the duds that 30 Rock comes up with--last week's episode was pretty painful to watch.


I used to think this show was Thursday's most consistent show, but this season has been pretty damn bad. There's some great episodes, but it's gone downhill rather sharply.
 
2012-05-08 06:17:10 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: They need to spin Ron Swanson off of Parks and Rec and give him his own show.


I like him fine the way he is. An entire show of Ron Swanson would wear out the schtick.

I love Parks and Rec, but I kind of think it wouldn't be a bad idea to wrap it up after the next season. It would go out on a high note, and I have fears about its future ever since they introduced that inexplicable "Ann Perkins/Tom Haverford" thing.
 
2012-05-08 06:18:34 PM

Di Atribe: FeedTheCollapse: Dwight_Yeast: FeedTheCollapse: have they canceled the Office yet?

I believe it's supposed end this season or next.

that's probably my guess too. It's just kind of odd that they haven't announced anything and the season finale is this week. Normally it's a sure bet.

I'm sure if this were the SERIES finale, they'd be making a big deal out of it.


not necessarily, not if nothing's been announced. Though I don't expect NBC to go all Married With Children on the show either...
 
2012-05-08 06:18:42 PM
When do they replace the Chelsea Handler and Whitney Cummings sitcoms with another show that should be called "___________ is Obviously Blowing Somebody at NBC?"
 
2012-05-08 06:20:23 PM

Cagey B: I love Parks and Rec, but I kind of think it wouldn't be a bad idea to wrap it up after the next season. It would go out on a high note, and I have fears about its future ever since they introduced that inexplicable "Ann Perkins/Tom Haverford" thing.




I get this feeling as well. I don't really want the series to paint itself into a corner like The Office did and it kind of feels like there's not really anywhere else to go for the show after this season's election storyline.
 
2012-05-08 06:21:26 PM

FeedTheCollapse: hm, I thought season 1 held up pretty well on its own, but once you do start getting into season 2 it does start getting into the "Hey, remember [movie/tv show]? That's the joke." territory. It's especially annoying when it goes for whole episodes at a time.


It was this past season where I hit a bit of a wall with the show. I do like it, but while it probably started happening in Season 2 (and was still too distracted by Annie's boobs to really think about it critically at that point), definitely by Season 3 it sure felt like some of the most inspired gags were just Harmon dipping into the "gee, how self-referential can we get" well. Not that I dislike that, mind you, but increasingly hiding easter eggs for your core fans like that makes me wonder if they've hit the "F*ck it, we've attracted and cultivated all the fans we're possibly going to get" button and will have season 4 be literally nothing but inside jokes.

If it gets to that point, then watching it merely provides nothing but a nerdgasm for those who "get it" as opposed to actual entertainment.
 
2012-05-08 06:22:25 PM
Lets look on the bright side. If they cancel Community and 30 Rock, there might be room to finally try out a new format. Maybe for a change we could see a drama centered around a law firm, or a police station or maybe even a hospital. Or, if we want to really get crazy, we might be able to see some of this "reality tv" everyone is saying will be a new hit thing.
 
2012-05-08 06:26:09 PM

EyeballKid: When do they replace the Chelsea Handler and Whitney Cummings sitcoms with another show that should be called "___________ is Obviously Blowing Somebody at NBC?"



The minute after _________ performs her raunchy monologue on Leno.
 
2012-05-08 06:31:34 PM

FeedTheCollapse: madden101: And TFA was right about the duds that 30 Rock comes up with--last week's episode was pretty painful to watch.

I used to think this show was Thursday's most consistent show, but this season has been pretty damn bad. There's some great episodes, but it's gone downhill rather sharply.


I actually thought 30 Rock dropped off a cliff beginning in the fourth season, but this season has been pretty good, actually...the iffy "Queen of Jordan" and live episodes notwithstanding.
 
2012-05-08 06:36:36 PM

Dwight_Yeast: FeedTheCollapse: have they canceled the Office yet?

I believe it's supposed end this season or next.


The last few articles I've seen (mostly on The Onion A/V Club) state that it's very likely The Office will get a full reboot soon. A number of cast members are leaving soon (Kelly already has a deal for another show, and Dwight might get a spinoff), so the network might try to keep the show going with a completely new cast.
 
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