Programming Notes

If you haven’t seen it already, check out Wonder Showzen on MTV2 tonight at 9:30 EST, 6:30 PST. It has all the best parts of TV Funhouse combined with the most hilarious child in the universe, Trevor. It has also been running on MTV (Where culture goes to die) on the following Sunday, but I’m not sure if that will happen every week.

Also, the American Office isn’t that bad. They would’ve been better off if the show was just inspired by the folks at Wernham Hogg, instead of stretching every plot line over 22 episodes, when there were only 12 episodes of the original series. The show is definitely at its strongest when it strays from the jokes that are fused into my brain from multiple DVD screenings.

In spite of all this, I’m troubled by the canonization of British comedy. We get a skewed look at it here in the States because only the good stuff gets sent to our TV sets, with some exceptions.

My evidence? My Hero, the British equivalent of Out of This World. I’m sure there are more egregious examples, but at least the British have the good sense not to brag about them. Unlike our fair nation’s entertainment industry, which I’m sure is preparing to inflict the horrors of Life on a Stick to the already suffering people of Burkina Faso.

In spite of all this, I’m still creaming myself in anticipation of this.

3 thoughts on “Programming Notes”

  1. It’s true that British comedy is somewhat on a pedestal in US (non mainstream) culture. However, quality per output hour must significantly kick US comedy.

  2. The US’s output hour of entertainment is so much higher than the amount produced in the UK or any other country (it’s one of our main exports), it’s inevitably going to be diluted with crap, even if we weren’t populated with morons.

    That said, you are right. The lowest common denominator in the UK is much higher than here. And for that, I am green with envy.

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