I’m a big fan of “The Office” on the BBC. I’ve been watching it for a couple of years and love the humor. The lead character who created the show is spot-on as a goofy, needy office manager.
Now, America is hoping to do copy the success with “The Office”, airing on NBC Tuesday nights. I watched it last week and laughed. But couldn’t the producers at least be a little creative with the script? It’s almost verbatum to an episode from the original.
Steve Carell is pretty good as Michael Scott. Carell is the guy who played the mentally handicapped weatherman in “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy”.
But if you want to see how this show is it’s funniest, look for it on the BBC. Same with “Coupling”. NBC never got it right when copying the British version.
What are the comedy writers in Hollywood doing anyway? Their’s not that much work these days with all of the reality shows. Shouldn’t they be on a retreat or something coming up with ideas and scripts for original comedy shows?
By the way, I was intrigued by “Chasing Farrah” on Nick at Night, but highly disappointed. As a former fan of Farrah Fawcett Majors from the old Charlies Angels days, I wanted to see a: how she looks 30 years after that show and b: what really goes on in the life of a former celebrity. But it’s too contrived. Somebody get Ryan O’Neal a ticket to somewhere where video cameras don’t exist.
This show isn’t “reality”. It’s two washed-up stars trying to entertain again. How I wish the “Love Boat” was still on the air. At least when Captain Stubing was around these old celebs had a place to go, and they were kept in a one-hour window on a Saturday night. (see: Kirstie Alley, Gary Busey, Anna Nicole Smith)