Fall 2010 Post-Game Wrap-Up (Thursday)

Welcome to part four of the mid-season 2010 – 2011 review. In this post we’ll be discussing Thursday’s programming.

8:30 p.m.

CBS – $#’! My Dad Says

Well, it certainly is $#’!-ty. After watching one episode of $#’! My Dad Says we determined that not only is the worst show of the new season, the worst sitcom we’ve ever seen but perhaps even the worst show in television history. Just to show that we were fair and objective, we endured three more episodes of this awfulness… our opinion has not changed.

It’s currently a bubble show right now which makes us lose all faith in humanity that anyone is watching it but CBS did cut short the episodes it ordered for the Spring so hopefully this will go away by May.

If you haven’t read our review of $#’! My Dad Says we highly recommend it as we consider it more of a community service than a review… like an intervention for people addicted to bad TV.  Read it here.

NBC – Community

Community is still one of the better sitcoms on television (there are only a handful) and currently it’s a toss-up between whether or not NBC will renew it for a third season. In our estimation, it should be renewed if for only the reason that it’s been relatively consistent on Thursday nights and there’s nothing on the sitcom horizon for NBC in the near future. We hope so. It’s the type of show you can turn on and just laugh at because of its ridiculousness. It’s one of our two Thursday Night guilty-pleasure. The second one is, of course…

9:00 p.m.

The CW – Nikita

We love Nikita and we really shouldn’t because it’s a mediocre bordering on terrible show. But it’s over-the-top campy goodness is something that keeps us coming back for more every week. The premise is beyond ridiculous and the performances are almost silly but there’s so much “pew, pew, pew” that we can’t stay away from it.

There’s another reason why we have a soft spot for this puppy and it’s not because Maggie Q (Live Free or Die Hard) looks incredibly hot in a bikini. It’s because we heart The CW. A show like this could never survive on major prime-time network but The CW and it hearkens back to the late 90’s with UPN when they would take chances on shows like The Sentinel, Nowhere Man and our personal favorite 7 Days.

These shows, like the shows on The CW can thrive on very small audience numbers compared to the other major networks. There is no chance that camp like Nikita could ever survive anywhere but The CW and for that we are thankful for The CW. There is only ONE show that will not be renewed (that isn’t in its planned final season) on The CW next year (Life Unexpected). That’s just awesome.

NBC – The Office

Well, we’ve been concerned about this for a longtime but it’s official: The Office just isn’t as funny as it used to be and it has run out of steam. It’s still enjoyable but it’s not nearly as funny as it used to be. It’s really jumped the shark as evidenced by the fact they are resorting to revolving around another sitcom (the Glee viewing party episode). C’mon, now.

We’re still watching because it certainly has its moments, and actually, the aforementioned Glee episode was pretty funny although we cringe at the concept in principle. That being said, no one has anything to be concerned about because it’s certain to be renewed for next Fall.

9:30 p.m.

NBC – Outsourced

Outsourced is one of the most disappointing shows this season but it’s not because it’s a bad show. It’s cute and it’s clever but it’s a sitcom trying to be funny and it’s really not. We pointed out in our review that the problem is that the novelty of the culture clashes and funny accents only works for about ten minutes, yet Outsourced is an entire series that revolves around those gimmicks.

A couple of months ago we saw the 2006 film of the same name and we realized that there’s a reason why the film doesn’t translate to a sitcom: the film wasn’t a comedy to begin with. Yes, there was humor to it but he film was really a character driven story about how despite different cultures may be, we’re really not all that different after all. Sitcoms don’t work with the touchy-feely any more like they did in the 1980’s where there were a bunch corny jokes and Alex P. Keaton and Vanessa Huxtable learned a valuable lesson at the end of every episode. Audiences today want their sitcoms to have the most laughs possible during the course of 21 minutes and that’s really what it’s about it.  Whatever lessons are to be learned are secondary.  Outsourced the series, like the film, is focusing more on the valuable lessons with the comedy as an afterthought.

If we’re going to watch a sitcom, we want it to be funny. Outsourced unfortunately is not. It’s currently leaning toward “the-more-likely-to-be-renewed-than-not” category but we doubt audiences are going to continue to tolerate it until May.

Next, we take a look at Friday’s programming.

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About The Anti-Nerdist

Originally from Rochester, New York and has lived in Las Vegas, Nevada since 2003. Aside from being a huge fan of movies and television, he's a huge fan of Sci-Fi and in particular, Star Trek.
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6 Responses to Fall 2010 Post-Game Wrap-Up (Thursday)

  1. Pingback: Fall 2010 Post-Game Wrap-Up (Wednesday) | TV-Tastic

  2. Jack says:

    I actually really like Outsourced! It’s starting to get a little repetitive, though

    • You hit the nail on the head, buddy. It’s not horrible, it’s just repetitive. It’s the same gag over and over again. It’s like Mr. Roper on Three’s Company constantly hearing innocuous conversations about plumbing or cooking completely out of context and thinking that Jack and the girls are doing kinky stuff. It was funny once or twice but can you base a whole series off of the same gag and expect the comedy to remain fresh? We don’t think so. Outsourced is a nice, sweet little show. It’s just not ridiculously funny.

  3. Jack says:

    I completely agree about The Office, too. It’s not as funny, but I still love the show and watch it every week. I’m really looking forward to seeing Steve Carell leave, since there’s a high possibility that Michael Emerson will take his place… and let’s be honest, Emerson is awesome. Ben Linus was the coolest character ever. Emerson is the one who made him cool.

    My only issue is that now I can’t see Emerson actually being funny! That just doesn’t seem possible after LOST.

    • See, now, we didn’t even know that Carrell was leaving Dunder-Mifflin. Jack, buddy, you are our senior Tech correspondent. When you get scoops like this you gotta tell us!

      We think Emerson would be a perfect fit because he’ll be so dry in the role it will be brilliant.

      On a side note, it’s interesting that Ben Linus is your favorite character on Lost. He’s ours as well with Locke and Desmond a close second and third. We’re a big fan of complicated, shades-of-gray characters which is again why we keep recommending that you watch the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. In fact that’s your assignment for leaving us hanging on the Carrell news. Rent the miniseries and then immerse yourself in the streaming of the regular series (unless you want to go all Blu-Ray through Netflix). As much as we love Lost it’s number two on our list of favorite shows of all time with NuBSG being at the top of that list.

      BTW, did you ever see the commentary The ‘Tastic did about the Lost finale? If you haven’t, check it out here. You’ll like it.

  4. Pingback: NBC Cancels Outsourced, Law & Order: L.A. & The Event, Passes On Wonder Woman… Renews Chuck, | TV-Tastic

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