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New Britcom to be set in a company's IT department

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 13th 2006 5:15PM
The IT Crowd on Channel 4I really hate working in IT. Don't get me wrong, the work is challenging (when I get a chance to do that and not paperwork) and the people I work with are interesting, but all and all, it's a dreary experience, especially in the corporate world. Why? Because we're the red-headed stepchild of the corporate world, that's why. While people are on the upper floors, wearing their suits and starched Polo dress shirts, making deals and pushing the business along, the scruffy tech guys are holed up in a basement -- or noisy and cold datacenter -- isolated from the rest of the company except for the angry phone calls that cascade in when a middle manager can't get his or her e-mail. And there are usually no.... women.... anywhere. No one to flirt with, no one to discretely ogle as she walks down the aisle, nothing. It can get to be quite depressing.

So I'm intrigued by the announcement of a new sitcom on the UK's Channel 4. Called The IT Crowd, it focuses on three IT workers that toil away in the dingy basement of an elegant office bulding, being scorned and abused by the go-getters and high achievers that work above them, literally and figuratively.

Unlike The Office, this will be more of a traditional sitcom, taped in front of a studio audience. I'm guessing it's going to go more for the broad and witty comedy that characterizes most Britcoms instead of the "cringe humor" that Gervais and Merchant perfected. But the topic sounds interesting, despite the fact that, judging by the picture, the woman they're using is far too attractive to work in IT, and one of the two guys looks like a nerdly caricature.

If you want to watch the show online (they'll release episodes online a week before they air in the UK) sign up at the show's web site.

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