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But then, who would watch my TV? : Other shows Office fans watch
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Oct 3rd 2006

No, you're not alone, even1nightstands?. I agree, season six sucked all of the fun out of the show, but I have high hopes for seven (which I think should be its last). I think Lorelai would really like The Office, so I keep hoping for some mention of the show.

Oct 3rd 2006 edited

before i became obsessed with the office i was consumed by my love for alias... i really can't think of anything these shows have in common other than my fanaticism.
i am downloading the free battlestar gallactica thing off of itunes only because of dwight :[ i have always been a big nerd though, so maybe i'll like it, who knows?

and yay for music nerds, i am of the orchestra variety

Oct 3rd 2006

Cool. Glad I'm not alone, Post It Thief. Stuff I've noticed as a Gilmore/Office fan: Melora Hardin (Jan) as Christopher's date on the season finale of GG. In Casino Night, Dwight uses the line "I'm wearing the suit my _ was buried in," the same line Kirk uses in the GG where they are both godmothers. Personally, I thought it was funnier on GG because it fits more with Kirk's wackiness. Another piece of GG/Office trivia: Ken Kwapis, who is the director on a number of Office episodes, was the director of "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," starring Alexis Bledel. Finally, Lauren Graham and Steve Carrell will both be in Evan Almighty

Oct 3rd 2006

Oh yeah, yay for music nerds too, especially of the orchestra variety! What did you play, Phyllis Vance? I'm a violist myself. And great observations/correlations about GG, even1nightstands?.

Oct 3rd 2006

AH! I can't believe I missed the band geek convo, LT and gt! I played saxophone, which is obviously the coolest woodwind. As an added bonus, I never had to get suckered into playing with the orchestra either. I was also asst. drum major for two years (mainly as a ploy to get out of marching field show and getting run over by the drumline repeatedly).

Oct 3rd 2006 edited

I played the French Horn.

Hey LT, me too! Actually, I still do. I play semi-professionally around Sydney. I remember when I was a kid in school, I used to carry my horn on a little trolley because I was too small to lift it.

Well, when I was younger we were so poor I had to play the French horn...

Hey! If you're not careful, I might take that as an insult :-P

Oct 4th 2006

even1nightstands?, don't forget that Jenna is married to Kirk's real life brother.

I was a fan of GG until last season. You should check out Monarch of the Glen on Netflix. Its different from GG and The Office, but Post-it Thief and I are fans of all three.

Oct 4th 2006

"In the meantime, Studio 60 and Heroes are my new favorite shows not named The Office." - Brian

I am diggin' me some "Heroes" too.... When I would see the commercials for it I would sneer and think, great just what we need another "teens being awesome" show - then they somehow snuck it onto my TV a couple of Mondays ago, and now I'm hooked!

Oct 4th 2006

Hey, we should get the band back together, guys! GT on flute, CZJ on sax and drums, Mixed Berries on French horn (God bless him), and me on clarinet. We could play karaoke parties. It will be a blast.

You know, I really do like the sound of the French horn, Mixed Berries. It was just a stigma for me back then. I'm writing a book about it someday. I'll send you an advance copy.

Oct 4th 2006

Watched the pilot of Friday Night Lights last night and loved it. I'm a huge football fan and am extremely overcritical about game scenes in TV shows and movies but I thought they were pretty realistic in this one. The cinematography was very cool, I felt more like I was watching a movie as opposed to a TV show. There was a scene were they had a pep rally at a car dealership that reminded me of The Office the way it was filmed - eavesdropping on conversations, quick cuts, panning from close-ups to far away shots. I recommend it and don't think you have to be a big football fan to enjoy it. I think they are replaying it tonight.

The other show I am watching this season is Studio 60. I like it and will continue watching it, but I'm not loving it. I like the intelligent dialogue, but at the same time I feel like they're trying a little too hard to be clever. And even though I like them as actors and people, I'm having trouble believing Amanda Peet as a network president and Steven Weber as...whatever he is.

Oct 4th 2006

The other show I am watching this season is Studio 60. I like it and will continue watching it, but I'm not loving it. I like the intelligent dialogue, but at the same time I feel like they're trying a little too hard to be clever. And even though I like them as actors and people, I'm having trouble believing Amanda Peet as a network president and Steven Weber as...whatever he is.

Perfect. My thoughts exactly, really, and you captured it all. I thought there would be a little more comedy to it, too. And Amanda Peet is my age, so I have a hard tim buying her as a network president as well. I mean, I'm not a network president. For real. I'd tell you all if I was.

Oct 4th 2006 edited

thats funny i considered posting the 'my thoughts exactly' thing too. maybe jenna loves josh is really roger ebert.

i often think the dialogue in these sorkin shows is a little too clever. i didnt watch west wing but i did sports night. i thought that often with that show but it was just too good to stop watching.

Oct 4th 2006

I've really disliked Amanda Peete for a long time, ever since that first Matthew Perry-Bruce Willis flick. I disliked her a little less after that Ashton Kutcher flick (forgot both names right now). But now I really like her in Studio 60 so far.

I think Matthew Perry carries the show, along with Sarah Paulson. I find the political stuff about as edgy as Freedom Fries. And I think it was Ausiello who made a good point on the TVG podcast: Sorkin doesn't do funny well. The skits from the show within the show are lame. And that finale song in the first ep was painful. They should have gotten Conan to write something.

Oct 4th 2006

Yeah, last week when the blond girl like saluted or something to somebody when they were being bossy or something (can you tell I'm not good w/ the details), I thought, "That's her comeback? She's supposed to be one of the best comics on the funniest late-night show, and all she can do is pretend to salute?" I was irritated then, and am now, just thinking about it. Overall, it's clever-ish, but come on. That was lame.

Oct 4th 2006

Because I got stuck in haiku mode last night I couldn't go to sleep right away (is that as bad as dreaming about the show) and thought this one fit here better.

Sawyer or Halpert?
Con man or jello prankster?
I love both my Jims.

Oct 4th 2006

hi, post it thief, i'm always glad for company in the string section! i'm a violinist, and i'm majoring in music... i get distracted by this website when i should be memorizing chants for music history :)

Oct 4th 2006

Hey Brian, the movies you're thinking of are The Whole Nine Yards and A Lot Like Love, which is a movie I surprisingly loved actually. And dare I say it-Ashton Kutcher can act.

Oct 5th 2006 edited

Lost has gotten even freakier. And depressing. Am still intrigued, but I need a dose of Hurley to offset all this misery. Hope next episode is better. Watched the pilot for Friday Night Lights tonight and I'm with Jenna Loves Josh: it's a good one. Great tone and camera work. I liked the movie, too. And as for Studio 60: I agree with the "trying to be too clever" at times comments. Yeah, West Wing did the same thing (slightly cringeworthy) but with both shows I overlook it for the most part because I think the majority of the writing is so good. And Sports Night one of my 5 all-time fav shows.

Oct 5th 2006

Ok, caught up a bit with Lost this summer so what the hell was last night about? My husband kept telling me to stop swearing at the television. I knew I shouldn't get sucked into this show, I knew JJ Abrams screwed me over with the last season of Alias, and yet I've become a Lost convert. Dammit!

Studio 60 I'm loving but I think that's just me.

Oct 5th 2006

I am writing the Lost recaps over at givememyremote.com every week. So if you have a comment or observation or if, God willing, you think you know something about that creepy island...shoot me an e-mail. I liked last night's episode a lot, and I really think the show is going to pick up pace somewhat and provide a few more answers for us. The episode was dark and creepy (what did happen to Kate, anyway?) and had way fewer flashbacks than most of the episodes last season. And I loved the opening sequence. Loved it.

Oct 5th 2006

Great recap, LT. I left you a comment. And I loved the opening sequence too.

Oct 5th 2006

LT -- Will have to check those out now. We need to do another thread with all the episode recaps -- Office and otherwise -- out there. I'm doing Jam one over at mtt.just-once.net and they are quite fun. Lost recpas sound fun in a tortured, herding cats, what the hell? kind of way. And I'm not so sure they're on an island.

Oct 5th 2006 edited

That's funny Brian, The Whole Nine Yards is where I started to really like Amanda Peet. I think that's a really underrated comedy. But the sequel was one of the worst movies ever made.

Lost is a show I'd probably really like, but I missed it when it started and it seems like you having to be watching from Day 1 to understand what's going on.

sharky, I've read your Jam recaps and they are very funny. You post as killersharky at TWOP right? That's where I found out about them. I just lurk there, never post. I save all my witty and insightful comments for this board.

Oct 5th 2006 edited

Lost is a show I'd probably really like, but I missed it when it started and it seems like you having to be watching from Day 1 to understand what's going on.

I feel the same way about some other shows, JLJ. I know serialized dramas are all the rage right now, but if I didn't catch it from the first episode, I'm wary of tuning in halfway (or even a few episodes) into it. That's part of the reason I've never watched "24". I just got lucky and saw "Lost" from the very beginning. I remember it well: I was laying down at 8 pm, exhausted and too lazy to get up and find the remote, when all of a sudden Jack Shepherd's eyes popped open and the frantic whirlwind of activity on the beach began. I was immediately riveted, and so a new TV obsession was born.

Oh, and I love that you save all of your witty, insightful comments for us. Makes us feel special ;-)

Oct 6th 2006

There is a "Battlestar Galactica" marathon on the SciFi Channel today, just in case you're interested. I'm ready for aliens and, apparently, toasters (although I haven't seen enough episodes and this reference is lost on me so far). Bring it on, baby!

Oct 6th 2006

The BG premier is on tonight too!

Oct 6th 2006

The BG premier is on tonight too!

Would anyone think less of me if I said I'm really looking forward to this? And, no, Dwight is not coming over.

Oct 10th 2006 edited

hey JLJ: you catching Friday Night Lights tonight? The hospital scene—phew. Good stuff. (sniff)

Oct 11th 2006

garbagethrower, didn't get to see it last night but I DVR'd it and will watch tonight. I read that the ratings for the premiere were not good, also Studio 60's numbers have declined each week. Doesn't sound like much of anything of NBC is doing very well.

Oct 11th 2006

I just watched the Friday Night Lights premiere off my DVR on Monday, but I haven't watched last night's ep yet. I thought the show translated to series TV from the movie pretty well, and I was pleasantly surprised by the acting, especially the younger cast. The show has really good production values, and I'm glad they were able to keep using Explosions in the Sky's music for the score. Let's hope NBC gives it some room to grow.

On a completely different note, have any of you caught Freak Show on Comedy Central? It's co-created and voiced by David Cross and Jon Benjamin (of Dr. Katz and Home Movies). It also has Will Arnett, Janeane Garofalo and Todd Barry doing voices. I missed the premiere but I'll be checking out the second episode tonight after South Park.

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