I am not sure who's having a tougher month, NBC or Barack Obama, but NBC took a pretty commanding lead last night in the How-Badly-Can-I-Shit-the-Bed-in-January Sweepstakes.
I have been saying for about a year now - to anyone who wanted to listen - that the US version of The Office on NBC has failed to sustain itself. And after several seasons as one of the funniest shows on television, it was time to end on a high note (or at least not a low note).
Well, that's not an option anymore. Last night - the first "new" episode in six weeks - NBC aired "The Banker," which was . . . A FUCKING CLIP SHOW!
Are you kidding me? Clip shows are for B- or C-list comedies that are just openly mailing it in and have stopped trying. Remember Full House? Yes, there are some exceptions: Seinfeld did it in Season 9 in the lead up to the series finale . . . as a retrospective. And the Simpsons did it, but the whole thing was tongue-in-cheek, they were making fun of themselves and parodying the whole idea of a clip show.
Season 6 of The Office had been almost unwatchable to begin with, and now, after a six-week hiatus, they come back with 30 minutes of clips from other episodes. Hell no. Shark: jumped. Take a page out of the UK playbook, fellas - two seasons, crush it, and then shut it down.
Whatever. 30 Rock is 100 times better. (I haven't watched last night's episode yet, but I promise that if it is a clip show, I will come back and delete this last line. And puke).