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Thursday Night TV: What Will You Be Watching? - Featured

Tonight is officially the first night of the new TV season that I am finding myself overwhelmed. I counted 'em up, and there's an embarrassing 5.5 hours of TV that I intend on watching tonight. This includes: From the NBC comedy lineup - the season premieres of Parks & Recreation and The Office and the series premiere of Community . The Season 2 Fringe premiere on Fox. Vampire Diaries on The CW . And from cable: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on FX and Project Runway / Models of the Runway (why I haven't been able to part with this nonsense is a mystery) on Lifetime Television . Yikes! And...soon enough I'll also have the entire ABC Thursday lineup ( FlashForward , Grey's Anatomy and *gulp*... Private Practice ) to get through... and 30 Rock on NBC come October (I'm boycotting SNL Weekend Update Thursday for now to save a 1/2 hour) . That will bring my eventual Thursday Night TV Tally up to a shameful 9 hours! There's also the stuff I'm not watching, which includes some perfectly respectable and entertaining TV: Bones (premiering tonight on FOX), Supernatural , Survivor: Samoa (premieres tonight on CBS)...and as of next week, CSI and The Mentalist . So...do you all find yourselves in a similar predicament on Thursday evenings? What shows will you all be watching? Will anybody be watching more than my potentially seizure-inducing 9 hours worth?

Discuss: The Most Disappointing Episodes Of The Greatest Shows - Featured

Yahoo's TV Blog has a fun post about the lone bad episodes of otherwise great TV shows - like Battlestar Galactica 's "Black Market" or Lost 's "Stranger in a Strange Land" (that one with Jack in Thailand...). Other shows covered include Gossip Girl , Chuck , House , 30 Rock , The West Wing , The Office , Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 24 , Friday Night Lights and The Sopranos . Check 'em out and see if you agree/disagree: The Most Disappointing Episodes Of The Greatest Shows Know of another great show that you think had a bad episode? Friends or Seinfeld, perhaps? Discuss in comments!

'30 Rock' and 'The Office': Which holds up better in summer reruns?

Tonight, NBC is airing two episodes apiece of 30 Rock and The Office , which got me to thinking: Which of these superlative sitcoms holds up better when you watch them as summer reruns? I'm not trying to set up some ridiculous which-show-is-better comparison -- obviously, each of these sitcoms is first-rate and has unique qualities. But different questions of style and content come into play here. Does The Office, which tends to follow storylines for longer arcs, make for less-engaging rerun drop-in visits, because you have to know the backstories? (For instance, one episode tonight involves Ed Helms' Andy finding out for the first time that Dwight was intimate with Angela.) By contrast, any edition of 30 Rock is so chock-full of free-standing one-liners and brilliant, out-of-nowhere non sequiturs, that you can drop into any episode and not have to know too much about what's gone on previously. Tonight, for example, there's a rerun about Liz's first date with Jon Hamm's character, and Jack wanting so much to bond-in-every-sense with Salma Hayek that he attends a Catholic service with her. I apply my own Seinfeld rule to sitcom reruns. What I mean by that is, Seinfeld is the one modern sitcom (its predecessor would be The Honeymooners) that for me, no matter what episode or season I drop in on, I want to spend time with those characters -- be a part of that comfy world for a half-hour. Right now, I'm leaning toward The Office as providing that kind of welcoming rerun-world most often. But I could be persuaded that 30 Rock is its own alternate-universe of warm pleasure. What do you do? When you come across an Office or 30 Rock rerun, which one are you most likely to watch? Source here

Wedding Wars: Nominate Your Favorite TV Weddings! - Featured

It may not be the height of the TV season during the summer, but it sure is the height of the wedding season! Whether you're a happy (or bitter) single, a blushing bride (or groom) to be, happily married, or anything else in the relationship spectrum, there's one part of wedding season we can all embrace: the drama that is TV weddings of past and recent TV seasons. So with that said, it's June. It's hot out there, and there are some stressed-out brides tackling each other for their dream dresses on sale. So let's make our favorite TV brides and grooms fight it out too in our SideReel wedding wars! Comment below nominating your favorite TV weddings, and feel free to list as many as you want, plus list those already noted by another Reeler. Nominations will be accepted Friday (6/26) through Monday (6/29), then we'll begin the wedding war voting rounds for SideReel's favorite wedding! Go forth and nominate!

Prego Pam?

Wow, who saw that one coming? I sure didnt. Does this mark a coming to an end for the series?

Michael Scott Paper Company delivers...FINALLY!!

So i think the writers at The Office must be reading our posts, because they definitely delivered the laughs this week. I can't decide what i liked more. Jim catching some slack so he could prank Andy or Michael stepping up and showing Dwight a thing or two about sales. I'm also gonna say that I'm a fan of the camaraderie that seems to be forming over in the closet that is the MSPC. Whatever the case, I saw a spark of the old show that i loved so much, and I'll definitely be watching this episode a few times.

I feel so bad for Jim!

Gosh, Minor is just eating Jim alive! It's just that Jim is so likeable and Minor seems like a power-abusing hypocrite. Man, I just cringe ever time Jim missteps or his plans backfire.

I still want to see what happens... but that about it.

I remember when season two got started and I would re-watch episodes a couple of times during the week. I liked the jokes and i wanted to see where the story was going, but each episode stood well enough on its own. As of this season though, i find myself watching each episode hoping they'll tie up a loose end or two and just get back to the basics. I feel like I'm stuck watching some long comedy/drama movie thats been cut up into segments. I guess it's nice when there's a story arc that gets followed throughout a season but part of why i liked the show to begin with was that each time an episode ended it wasn't going to be a cliffhanger. It all boils down to each episode feeling incomplete so re-watching any one episode makes me feel like i have to see others to get all the jokes and see the whole story. How does everyone else feel about this?

Double Office! Let's Talk Dream Team/Michael Scott Paper - Featured

Last night brought us not one, but 2 new episodes of The Office (cleverly sandwiching the premiere of Parks & Recreation ..did you watch?)! The big focus was, of course, Michael's new paper company. So, upon seeing Michael assemble his 4-person "Dream Team" for the Michael Scott Paper Company...I have a few questions for you all about this duo of episodes: 1. What do you think of this new direction for The Office ? When I first heard Michael was leaving, I hardly believed it...but it seems like the show is fully embracing this shift in plot for the show! 2. Which episode did you think was funnier? Dream Team or The Michael Scott Paper Company? 3. What did you think of those new jokey opening credits? Watch them here. 4. Are you starting to get annoyed with Jim's constant humiliations from the new Dunder Mifflin boss? It was funny at first, but I kind of think we're losing the Jim we love here... Discuss!


The office has really lost its touch this season, especially towards the end. The show is more about Michael than ever before. It's not even funny anymore. I use to love watching it because those things would never happen in an actually office. I am no longer watching the office anymore because its no longer funny Do you others agree? or is it just me?