Wednesday, May 2, 2007

An Hour at The Office?

According to BuzzSugar, NBC CEO Jeff Zucker is noted in Fortune saying that he and Entertainment president Kevin Reilly are considering expanding The Office to an hour and cancelling the original Law and Order. There are two problems with this idea.

To deal with the latter first, Law and Order is amazing. NBC has done the show wrong by putting it on at a time when no one would be able to watch it, as many people don't sit around on Friday nights waiting for it to come on. For some unknown reason, NBC decided to move the show from its bedrock position at 10 PM on Wednesday nights. I don't know what they were thinking. Before they cancel it, they should put it on at its original time and if it tanks there, fine, cancel it. But, at least give it a chance.

The Office is a fantastic show. It's one of my favorite shows on the box right now. That said, I don't really want it to be an hour every week. An hour every once in a while is fine, but I don't know if I could sit through an hour all of the time. The last time they did an hour, Benihana Christmas, was hilarious but it was the confluence of a lot of things and worked. I don't think that they can carry that kind of strength over a weekly hour-long program. Even the original Office was not an hour in its run on the BBC. But, I am pro-expanding The Office to longer than a half-hour.

I'm really into the ongoing supersized episodes of The Office. It's long enough to fully satisfy while not being boring to watch. 45 minutes feeds the needs that I have for the folks in Scranton. If they could find another equally strong sitcom to pair up with The Office & 30 Rock to do a 45 minute show, that would be the best way to do Thursday nights with ER bringing up the rear at 10.

Also, NBC needs to renew Friday Night Lights for a whole season. It is one of the best shows on television. The acting is amazing. The writing's tight. Most of the show doesn't have to do with football, which is good for people who don't like sports (as proven by the previous post, I like sports). And it's not predictable like a lot of other television. As well, I want to know what happened at the end of this season. So many of the story lines are left unfinished right now. I want to see what happens with Julie and Matt, whether or not Coach Taylor leaves for Austin, if Tyra actually gives Landry a chance as he clearly cares about her, will Jason start dating that dishy tattoo artist from Austin who conveniently is staying with her sister in the area. So many story lines, so many answers that I need. BRING IT BACK, NBC!!!