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by Richard Keller, posted Jan 4th 2008 11:05AM

30 Rock is the Best Comedy that Deserved an EmmyHere we are again. Another year has passed us by and what do we have to show for it? A little more gray hair, a little less money in our pockets (have you noticed how the price of, um, everything has gone up?), and a little more fear that the world in slowly unraveling. Normally, television is there to soothe our brows in these times. Alas, the current pissing match between the Studios and the Writers is stifling that ability to the point that we may all be having Chaucer parties by mid-year because there's nothing to watch on the tube.

Not sounding too bitter, am I?

Well, you're not here to read about doom and gloom (unless it's a review of 24). You're here to see what I, and many of my TV Squad colleagues, thought television's best and worst were for 2007. So, without further interruptions on how much I paid for my daughter's karate lessons (you DON'T want to know), here is my list of best and worst for the previous year.

Best Comedy I Never Thought I Would Like: 30 Rock

When I first saw clips of this show I thought it was a nothing comedy that would be off the air in a few weeks. Now, I get upset when I miss a first-run episode. The show is just one of the funniest comedies on the air today, and it is really finding its groove in the second (possibly shortened) season. Sure, it has plenty of slapstick and outrageous situations, but it also has a good heart. Having said that...

Show That Definitely Deserved the Emmy it Received: 30 Rock

Worst. Pilot. Ever.: A tie between Painkiller Jane and Moonlight.

I know that I am risking a lynching here, but the pilot episode for Moonlight was just terrible. And that was the remake of the first pilot! If the show has greatly improved since the premiere, then good job. If it hasn't improved, but people are just watching it because Alex O'Loughlin is so dreamy, then shame, SHAME on you all!

As for Painkiller Jane...well, that show never improved and it was blessed with an early departure from the television universe.

Best Series Finale (and Most Talked About Series Finale): The Sopranos

Fans were happy, sad, befuddled, and angry all at the same time as the diner's door opened for the last time and the screen went black during the last episode of The Sopranos. What really makes it the Best Series Finale is that people who only saw the last fiew minutes of the show (via sites like YouTube) had something to say about the finale.

Worst Series Finale the Second Time Around: 7th Heaven

Even though the first series finale of 7th Heaven -- the one where everyone gets pregnant -- was corny, it was far superior to the dreck that was shown as the second series finale. The whole concept of everyone related to the Camdens -- and I mean everyone -- taking a trip in a new RV with only one important possession for each, was just a bad, bad idea. In my mind the show lost all of the credibility that it gained in its earlier seasons.

Best Comedy Team for the 21st Century: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Steve Carell

See the below video. These three need to do a Road movie.

Worst Comedy Team for the 21st Century: Rosie O'Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck

What? They weren't joking when they battled each other on The View? No wonder it was never funny. By the way...

Smartest Idea of 2007: Rosie deciding to leave The View.

Nuff said on that.

Best Thing to Happen to Television: The Writers' Strike

It may seem all doom and gloom now that another week has passed without any agreement between the Writers' Guild and the studios, but this current strike has really opened the public's eyes to what the writers are looking for. It has also made us more appreciative about what they do on a daily basis to keep the viewing public fat and happy.

Worst Thing to Happen to Television: The Writers' Strike

On the other hand, this little contest of wills between the two opposing sides has really put a crimp in all of our viewing schedules. Especially considering the fact that many of our favorite programs may have very shortened seasons when they run out of episodes in a few weeks (if they haven't done so already).

Best New Show This Season: Life

One of best written and acted shows in this abbreviated season. While the pilot was a bit cluttered, the rest of the episodes just flowed, making it an excellent criminal procedural/conspiracy program. Too bad only a dozen or so episodes were made before the strike began. Who knows when we'll see a return of Charlie Crews.

Best Comeback of a 70's Icon: Marie Osmond

With the death of her father, her fainting spell on Dancing With the Stars and her public family issues, Marie Osmond returned to the spotlight. Add Donny to that mix as well, since he had as much sceen time as his sister did with appearances on Dancing as well as on Entertainment Tonight. It was such a successful comeback rumors abound that the duo will be returning to TV in one form or another.

Worst Comeback of a 70's Icon: Marie Osmond

Just a tad over-exposed, in my honest opinion.

Best TV Show Marathon: Futurama, between Christmas and New Year's.

Unfortunately, the marathon was due to the show's move from Adult Swim to Comedy Central. I'll be honest in saying that I'll miss the 11:00 PM showings on Adult Swim. Safe journey, Futurama.

Finally...

Worst News Coverage of 2007: Round-the-clock coverage of Anna, Britney, Nicole, Paris, and Lindsay

Granted, Anna Nicole's death and subsequent question of her daughter's father merited some coverage, but not the blanket of coverage that we couldn't get away from. On the other hand, the constant coverage of the Four Stooges (Britney, Lindsay, Nicole and Paris) should have been left to Entertainment Tonight and not been the primary news story on CNN and other cable news networks. There were too many important news events that took place last year that stories about these four should have been relegated to a 30-second blurb at the end of a newscast.

Of course, if the story had been about them being rocketed away from Earth never to be seen or heard from again, I would have been more than happy to watch the same story over-and-over. But, that's just me.

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dkali

Haha, you're criticizing me for calling you a bitch rather than a bastard?
Only a bitch would do that! (wink)

January 04 2008 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Christy

Moonlight was NOT the worst pilot...that goes to Viva Laughlin. I love Moonlight and its pilot because it set the tone for the other episodes plus it was entertaining and fun. Sure, it's not the strongest or my favorite episode, but it was good TV. You really should watch the other 9 because the show got better and better each week.

If you don't watch more than one episode of a show, how can you rate it? That's not what a good critic does.

January 04 2008 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Danny

Thank you for recognizing "Life." I sometimes feel like I am in a vacuum, begging people to try it. Then, when they do, they love it too. Please NBC, do not change your mind about taking a leap for this show!

January 04 2008 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bruno

Well... I share your thoughts on the Moonlight pilot. It was horrible. BUT, it vastly improves with each episode.

I still laugh everytime I see those dreadful in-car scenes filmed on a green screen, but I consider it was the price to pay for a low-budget pilot (I suppose Joel Silver didn't want to pay too much money for something that couldn't be picked up).

I have to say that after that episode I didn't watch it anymore, until this christmas where I had enough time and now I can't wait to see the next one.

January 04 2008 at 3:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Borat

I can't believe I actually used to like 7th Heaven when I was younger. It became such an atrocious show. Just more proof that dramas shouldn't last that long.

January 04 2008 at 2:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Keller

dkali,

Thank you for your comments and for reading my post. By the way, I would probably be considered more of a 'Bastard' rather than 'Bitch'.

January 04 2008 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dkali

In regards to your comment about Moonlight...you're an idiot.

Shame on you! Commenting on the pilot and insulting the viewers of a show that you haven't even watched! I would never waste my time watching a show just to see a cute, hot or even "dreamy" guy! Bitch!

January 04 2008 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Keller

Wishful thinking on my part, I guess. :)

I made the correction.

January 04 2008 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Graham

Don't you mean that the Futurama marathon was due to the show being moved to Comedy Central and not Cartoon Network, since Adult Swim is a part of Cartoon Network.

January 04 2008 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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