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'The Office' - 'Happy Hour' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 26th 2010 10:14AM
Lauri Naughton Okin, Amy Pietz and Steve Carell in 'The Office' - 'Happy Hour'
(S06E20)
If you took this episode and dropped it in the middle of season two or three, it probably would have fit in nicely. Well, except for the fact that you might be asking why Pam was on maternity leave (and why Jim is the dad), why Andy is working in Scranton, and just who the hell Erin is.

But you know what I'm getting at. The tone, pacing, and comedy of this episode continues the recent trend of 'The Office' getting back to what made people love it to begin with. And, yes, part of that means that Michael is going to make an ass of himself. But at least the season six version of Michael somehow gets a little bit of hope mixed in with his desperation stew.

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What I'm watching this summer: Brett's list

by Brett Love, posted Jun 15th 2007 8:00AM
Bruce Campbell

As I started putting this list together it occurred to me, "Holy crap, there is a lot of good TV this summer." The summer used to be the time when my VCRs cooled their worn out heads after nine months of hard work. And now I find myself needing the Tivo and the DVR to keep up with everything. That's progress!

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Justice and Happy Hour going on early hiatus

by Brett Love, posted Sep 24th 2006 1:01PM
Happy Hour castAnd here we go. If you work on a network television series, one of the worst things you can hear is that your show is going 'on hiatus'. Sure, every once in a while that just means that the show is taking a little break. But more often than not it's the PC way for executives to tell you that the ratings numbers suck out loud and you need to start looking for a new gig.

With that in mind, Fox has placed Justice and Happy Hour on an early hiatus. Early because it was expected that most of the network's shows would get a little break when the baseball playoffs take over the schedule. But Happy Hour and Justice will be starting their break early, being replaced by repeats of 'Til Death and House.

Right now, the Fox website says that Happy Hour will return Nov.2, with no word on when Justice is supposed to resume. Of course, this makes the TV Squad contest to pick the first show to get canceled a whole big ball of fun. We'll have to wait and see if these shows are officially canceled. Stay tuned.

[ Thanks Porchalnd ]

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So, what the heck are you watching tonight?

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 21st 2006 1:33PM

Grey's AnatomyWow, what a crazy night for television.

At 8, we not only have the season premiere a recap episode of Grey's Anatomy but we also have the season premieres of My Name Is Earl and The Office. Plus, CBS has a new Survivor at 8, while FOX has new eps of 'Til Death and Happy Hour (if you are, um, watching those shows). Then, at 9, FOX has a new Celebrity Duets, the Grey's season premiere on ABC, the season premiere of CSI on CBS, and a new Deal Or No Deal on NBC.

But wait! At 10, we have the season premiere of ER on NBC, while CBS has the series premiere of Shark and ABC has the season premiere of Six Degrees. Jeez. I tink everyone's TiVo is going to explode at once (and we haven't even mentioned PBS and what's on cable).

What are you watching tonight?

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What's on tonight: Survivor, Celebrity Duets, Fashion House, Dick Cavett

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 14th 2006 4:59PM
  • Dick Cavett and Woody AllenAt 8, CBS has the season premiere of Survivor: Cook Islands.
  • FOX has a new episode of 'Til Death at 8, followed by new episodes of Happy Hour and Celebrity Duets.
  • TCM has a Dick Cavett special at 8, featuring an interview with Woody Allen. It's followed by Allen's Bananas.
  • To gear up for next week's premieres, NBC is repeating the season enders of My Name Is Earl, The Office, and ER. Starts around 8:40.
  • MyTV has a new Desire at 8, followed by a new Fashion House.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Primetime.
  • Showtime has a new episode of The Underground at 10.
  • Also at 10: The History Channel has the history of cereal on a new American Eats.

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Happy Hour: Pilot (series premiere)

by Richard Keller, posted Sep 7th 2006 8:34PM
The cast of Happy Hour
(S01E01) Been there, done that. If you're looking for our review of the series premiere of FOX's new comedy Happy Hour you won't find it here. This is just to point you over to some earlier posts we did on the show. For instance, you can see what we thought of the comedy's preview screener as well as the official "reviewable" copy that came in the accompanying press kit. Will be be covering this show in the future? Er, um, well . . . Hey, look at the time! It's getting late and I should really be getting home.

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Previously on TV Squad

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 3rd 2006 4:35PM
In case you've missed it -- perhaps you were busy hiding from your bookie after losing your Emmy bets -- here are some highlights from the last week at TV Squad:

Emmy plane crash skit

Breaking News
Discussions
Opinions
Retro Squad
Episode Reviews

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Happy Hour -- an early look

by Richard Keller, posted Sep 3rd 2006 11:30AM

happy hour

If you really sat down and looked at the numbers, you could probably count on one hand the number of successful live-action situation comedies FOX has had on its schedule over the last twenty years. Of course there were the three-camera, live audience sitcoms Married. . .with Children and That 70's Show as well as the single-camera comedies The Bernie Mac Show and Malcolm in the Middle. Also add the critically acclaimed Arrested Development to that mix, even though it was canceled after three seasons.

Yet, no matter how many unsuccessful comedies they have put on the air, the network brass still continues to try and find the right combination of talent and writing to give one of them a multiple season run. The brass is going to have to go back to the drawing board, because Happy Hour (premiering Thursday at 8:30 ET) does not have the right combination. In fact, I'm not too sure if it has a combination at all.

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Press Kits Unwrapped: FOX's Happy Hour

by Richard Keller, posted Sep 2nd 2006 2:07PM

Happy Hour Press Kit

As the fall television season draws ever closer, we continue to receive press kits from the networks. This time around it's for FOX's new comedy Happy Hour, which premieres on Thursday, September 7th at 8:30. This particular kit lacks a little in one aspect, while it shines in the other. Let's take a look, shall we . . .

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The Boston Globe rates the new shows

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 28th 2006 2:39PM

The Nine

Matthew Gilbert has an interesting article in The Boston Globe, about the new season of shows and how TV shows are now more complicated than ever (but that's a good thing). Not just returning shows like 24 and Lost, but new complex series like DayBreak, Kidnapped, and Vanished.

One page that the print edition of the Globe has that the web site doesn't (at least I couldn't find it) is Gilbert's grades for all the new shows. Quick summary: he thinks the best new shows are The Nine, Studio 60, Heroes, Six Degrees, Smith, The Knights of Prosperity, and Justice. The worst are Happy Hour, Twenty Good Years, and Help Me Help You.

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TV Squad Poll: The new FOX shows

by Keith McDuffee, posted Aug 10th 2006 4:20PM
fox logoIt's time to fire up the TV Squad polls again and see what our fine readers are thinking. We know not all of you are keen on leaving us comments, so why not let you easily submit to a poll?

This time we're focusing on the new shows FOX has up their sleeves for this fall. Got any you're looking forward to in particular? Rather than have you choose your favorite of the bunch, we'll let you pick as many as you like. We'll update this post with the poll results in about a week, so check back then.

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TV Squad previews FOX's new shows

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 27th 2006 11:49AM
fox logoLast, but certainly not least, we are giving you a preview of the shows that FOX has planned for the fall season. We've already discussed ABC, CBS, and NBC's new shows. Let's just say that our TiVos are going to be working overtime this fall.

For FOX, we're covering comedies Happy Hour, 'Til Death, and The Winner. And the dramas are Justice, Standoff, Vanished, and The Wedding Album. The network was kind enough to send us the DVD screeners but, since we can't technically "review" them, we're just going to give you a short preview and our initial thoughts.

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FOX picks up Rob Corddry's new comedy

by Anna Johns, posted May 14th 2006 8:39AM
rob corddry; the daily show; comedy central; the winnerAccording to The Futon Critic, FOX ordered six episodes of The Winner, starring The Daily Show correspondent Rob Corddry, effectively wiping Comedy Central clean of all Corddrys (little bro Nate is on Aaron Sorkin's new show at NBC). The Winner is about a successful man who looks fondly back at 1994, when he was 32 and a slacker living at his parents' home. It was co-created by The Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. It's a bummer to see Corddry go, but hopefully that means we'll get to see more John Hodgman.

FOX also picked up 13 episodes of Happy Hour, a comedy that sounds like a modern-day Odd Couple about two thirty-something roommates.

Not surprisingly, FOX also has renewed The O.C. for a fourth season. Those crazy Orange County kids will be going off to college, but it appears the writers may be breaking with teen-angst drama tradition and sending them to different colleges in different towns. FOX also picked up 13 more episodes of The Loop and more of The War at Home, though it's not clear how many episodes it ordered.

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