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"Dunder Mifflin was a disaster as a business," writes Neil Irwin of the Washington Post. Why?For a small firm that sells relatively expensive product, they employee way too many useless workers. (Three accountants, for example.)Headquarters are in midtown Manhattan, one of the most expensive places on earth to rent office space.Dunder Mifflin prides itself on service, but intensive service for a low-tech industry like paper production is more likely to annoy than illuminate.This is of course a TV show. It's with this in mind that another Post writer, Hank Stuever, highlights the most truly unrealistic aspect of the work environment
Finales are hard. Seinfeld, Sopranos, Sex and the City, Sister Sister: all shows with infamous mediocre series finales. (Okay, I don't really know about that last one; presumably shows that didn't begin with "S" had bad finales, too.) A TV series is rarely meant to be a self-contained entity, at least in America. Even in this era of binge-watching shows on cable or the Internet, a TV show should continue for months and years (unless it's Do No Harm, I guess).
My eyes lit up when I read that NBC was replacing Jimmy Fallon with Seth Meyers on the Late Night show. I only started watching Saturday Night Live in earnest (i.e., not only on YouTube) this past year, but immediately got hooked on "Weekend Update" and Seth's twinkle-eyed delivery.
My wife and I are raising our 4-year-old son in a multi-faith household: He loves Doctor Who, Star Wars, and Star Trek. Why on earth would he want to choose? Why would we want him to?Nonetheless, some people take the divisions pretty seriously. BBC reports that trouble flared Sunday at the fourth Norwich Sci-Fi and Film Convention at the University of East Anglia, as Doctor Who and Star Wars fans actually required police intervention:Jim Poole, treasurer of Norwich Sci-Fi Club, said there was a history of rivalry and disputes between the two clubs, which both hold their own conventions in the
Questlove is rightly celebrated for having extremely broad tastes—the fact that he's not a snob about music, say, is what has made The Roots' run on Jimmy Fallon such a huge success: Without the band's ability and willingness to play along with all of Fallon's musical hijinks, the show wouldn't be nearly as entertaining as it is.Still, there's nothing more fun than Questo's commentary on modern sitcoms:wait... @happyendingsabc got cancelled???!!!!!!!!! #StartsRiot— Questlove Jenkins (@questlove) May 13, 2013Which, to be fair: He's right! Happy Endings was awesome! It's just that I always assume that Questlove is too busy taking epic SEPTA
Saturday Night Live lead writer and "Weekend Update" host Seth Meyers will succeed Jimmy Fallon at Late Night, NBC announced yesterday. (Fallon will mercifully replace Jay Leno, in case you missed the news while watching Colbert like everyone else.) The edgy, acerbic days of Late Night--yes, Conan and Letterman were edgy when they first hosted the show--are now officially behind us. Fallon and Meyers, unlike their predecessors, have a friendlier, more earnest thing going on. But here's what really matters:No decisions have been made yet about whether the format of the show will change in any substantial way, Mr. Meyers
Well that's got to be the first time a U.S. governor has ever uttered those words on national television. Also divulged in this interview with NBC's Brian Williams: He got lap-band advice from Rex Ryan and the David Letterman donut-scarfing appearance was his "goodbye" to obesity.
On his way to a weekend of Scranton-related festivities, for The Office's final sendoff, Rainn Wilson--AKA Dwight Schrute--began experiencing a sensation with which many of us are familiar: deep, bitter frustration at Philadelphia International Airport and its US Airways overlords. Here's Wilson, in his own tweets.So @usairways just screwed me & half the cast of The Office. Conctng flight left BEFORE departure time. Sorry Scranton won't see u til tom.— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) May 3, 2013I'm going to REALLY enjoy trying to convince 3.5 million twinions not to fly @usairways b/c of their shitty service.— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) May 3, 2013We're being
If only ever ESPN intern got to appear on camera. Outspoken Steelers Safety Ryan Clark, whose career may be nearing its end, is currently some sort of intern with the Worldwide Leader and will pop in several segments on your TV screen this week. Said his boss: "I can't tell you how impressed I am about how proactive he has been with us." See what you can accomplish when you delete your twitter account? [SI]