Friday, January 20, 2006

Must Miss TV + A Winner

Thursday nights used to be the TV night. No matter how bad the week was going, Thursday nights on NBC were always good escapism. Cheers, Seinfeld, Friends, Fraizer -- you could always get a laugh on Thursday and have something to talk about at work on Friday.

Now, we have:
Will & Grace -- which has officially run out of gay jokes.
Four Kings -- features four best friends who have nothing in common except that they are in the same sitcom.
My Name is Earl -- about a guy who needs a shave and a haircut (it won the People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy, proving yet once again that Americans do love to laugh at trailer trash).
The Office -- based on the BBC comedy of the same name, the same way that Gilligan's Island was based on Masterpiece Theater.

On the other hand, hidden over on ABC on Thursday nights is Crumbs. No one plays crazy better than Jane Curtin, and she is crazy at its best here. There is also Fred Savage, who clearly has the best agent in Hollywood, who is or is not gay. Eddie McClintock plays his brother and, for once, we have pretend brothers who actually look as if they could be brothers. William Devane also plays crazy but it appears contrived. Jane as crazy, however, is just an out of control looney! Crumbs is definitely worth a nibble.

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