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Amy Poehler’s new vehicle got some pretty crappy early reviews. I just watched it this afternoon, and I was pretty impressed.

Critics say it’s a little too close to The Office (mockumentary style, talking head interviews, naive protagonists you want to root for, etc.) While this critique may be valid, I’m not complaining. If three Law & Order‘s, and three CSI‘s can coexist (under the same title no less) than I am a-okay with a show with a similar format to The Office. Duplicating a funny, and successful comedy? Why the hell not.  A show called Larry Unmarried would be a different story.

Also, it’s fantastic to see Paul Schneider again. I loved him in The Family Stone and All The Real Girls. I didn’t hear about his involvement with the show at all, but he’s definitely a super addition to this cast.

If Kath & Kim can not only last but get a second season pick-up, then Parks & Recreation should find a nice home on NBC Thursday nights. I’m already rooting for it.

Image: NBC.com

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Do you realize how much good TV comes on Wednesdays? Wednesday is my new Thursday. Booya.

  • A bunch of analog stations switched over to digital yesterday ahead of the new deadline. So far the FCC is reporting very few issues. Sidenote: A kid I work with just submitted his application for a converter box. I asked him “What took you so long?” He said, “I didn’t know anything about it.” If you don’t watch enough TV to hear about the digital transition, I think it’s okay if we transition without you.
  • Amy Poehler’s new show, Parks & Recreation,  started filming today! Color me geeked! Kristin Dos Santos has an interview with the star herself.
  • Angela Kinsey (Angela from The Office) and her husband Warren Lieberstein have separated. If the name Lieberstein sounds familiar, it’s because Warren is Paul Lieberstein’s (aka Toby Flenderson) brother.
  • I think a recession era economy, novelty shoes should be the first things to go. Check out these Family Guy and Fresh Prince insprired sneakers.
  • Speaking of late night music, U2 is going to perform on Lettermanfor a straight week. I’m sorry, but that just doesn’t sound appealing to me.
  • Speaking of LOST, it better watch it’s back. It’s losing viewers every week and it will have to compete with American Idol starting in March.
  • After 19 seasons The Simpsons got brand new opening titles. It’s the same general theme but we get to see a lot more of our town favorites. There’s also a few homages to past episodes in there.
  • Guess which washed up early 90’s rapper is getting a TV show? MC Hammer. I know, I was hoping for Snow too.
  • Tracy Morgan’s apartment caught fire due to a busted light in a fish tank. Surprisingly the fish were okay, as were the rest of the folks in his building.

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I Missed You Amy!

This just in: Amy Poehler was in the cold open this week for SNL.

It was marvelous. I didn’t realize how much I missed her until I saw her do Hillary again. I was just getting used to her not being around and then bam, she’s back in my living room.

This will sting all over again when she’s gone.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

PS: John Malkovich is killing this monologue. This is going to be a fun episode.

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It’s been a slow news week. We’ll keep it short.

  • Wanda Sykes came out of the closet at a Prop 8 Rally over the weekend. You go girl!  Check out this timely clip from an old stand-up special.
  • And I finally have one reason and one reason only to give a crap about Jimmy Fallon taking over on Late Night…The Roots are going to be his house band.
  • Guess who’s joining Amy Poehler on the Office non-spinoff? Rashida Jones. You may remember her as Karen…from The Office. That’s not confusing at all.
  • Michelle Collins over at Best Week Ever crunched the numbers behind the lanky, awkward girl gyrating with Beyonce on SNL last week…hilarity ensued.
  • Bob Hope is getting put on a postage stamp. It’s about damn time.
  • And finally, my favorite non-TV related link of the week: Kids reading books to dogs! The video with the article is a must watch. It’s adorable/hilarious.

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And now the first ( and probably last) installment of So Happy, So Sad. It’s exactly what it sounds like.

  • So Happy: Amy Poehler gave birth to a baby who could quite possibly have the best comedy genes ever.  Archie Arnett was born yesterday, weighing in at 8 lbs 1 ounce. Mom, baby and husband/new dad Will Arnett are doing just fine.
  • So Sad: While we welcome Archie and can’t wait to see all the hilarity he has in store for us, his arrival signals the end of Amy Poehler’s run on Saturday Night Live. However, odds are she’ll come back for a cameo or two, or maybe even as a host soon enough.

Photo: http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com

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Yes, I thought the latest Fey as Palin sketch was hilarious, thanks for asking. Like every blog ever in the past two days, I will go ahead and link to it in case you missed it.

However, I finally caught the full episode of Saturday’s SNL and I must say, this sketch was much funnier. Now more than ever, I am confident Kristen Wiig will fill Amy Poehler’s shoes well when she departs the show following the election.

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This is my Super Bowl. I’ve booked and scheduled every minute of my day today to ensure I can successfully be in front of my television and ready to watch in awe without feeling guilty about homework, job applications, etc. I’ve studied, I’ve read thousands of blogs entries and watched even more hours of TV in preparation for this night. This is my thing. This is the one night my medium gets to truly celebrate itself. After a long year with a Writer’s Strike and turmoil with the actors, the industry needs this. Frankly, I need this too.

So here are my picks for the primary categories at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards. I pretty much stuck to party lines here (30 Rock & Mad Men) but in categories where I couldn’t, I went with my instinct…even if it means Ryan Seacrest wins an Emmy.

COMEDY SERIES
Curb Your Enthusiasm

Entourage

The Office

30 Rock

Two and a Half Men

My Pick: 30 Rock

DRAMA SERIES
Boston Legal
Damages
Dexter
House
Lost
Mad Men

My Pick: Mad Men

ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

My Pick: Alec Baldwin

ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
James Spader, Boston Legal

My Pick: Jon Hamm

ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

My Pick: Tina Fey

ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Glenn Close, Damages
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

My Pick: Glenn Close

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Rainn Wilson, The Office

My Pick: Neil Patrick Harris

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Ted Danson, Damages
Michael Emerson, Lost
Zeljko Ivanek, Damages
William Shatner, Boston Legal
John Slattery, Mad Men

My Pick: John Slattery

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Jean Smart, Samantha Who?
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

My Pick: Amy Poehler


SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Candice Bergen, Boston Legal
Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy

My Pick: Candice Bergen

REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef

My Pick: The Amazing Race

HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Heidi Klum, Project Runway
Howie Mandel, Deal or No Deal
Jeff Probst, Survivor
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

My Pick: Ryan Seacrest

BEST MINI-SERIES
John Adams
Cranford
Tin Man
The Andromeda Strain

My Pick: John Adams

BEST VARIETY SERIES
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With John Stewart
Late Show With David Letterman
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

My Pick: The Daily Show With John Stewart

Think I’m totally off base? TV Addict is holding an Emmy picks contest and the winner receives Season 2 of 30 Rock. Press your luck and enter here. Happy viewing folks!

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