This Week in TV: Last Flight of the Conchords
I'm tired of shopping, ready for sunshine, and I need you to bring me some pens. This was the week in TV Land:
• Blah blah blah obligatory paragraph about how awesome Community is. Maybe you're tired of reading it, but I'm not tired of writing it. It's consistently good, and it just keeps getting better. It's also really starting to enjoy itself as it hits a stride halfway through the first year. This week's episode featured slow-mo fighting and a bully played by Anthony Michael Hall, but the capper was the coda with Abed, Troy, and Jeff doing some decorating:
• Talk about hurt feelings: Flight of the Conchords is no more. The second season of the HBO show ended last March, but Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement confirmed the other day that there won't be a third go-round. On one hand, it's not too surprising; the second season was pushed back from 2008 to earlier this year so the guys could finish more songs, having used up most of their material in the first season. Still, it sucks that one of HBO's only good comedies won't be returning. Why the hell can't they cancel the rapey idiocy that is Entourage? Oh well, at least we've still got Eastbound & Down.
• Listen up, Glee people: Idina Menzel is in talks to recur on the upcoming batch of episodes as the coach of Vocal Adrenaline, the big competition for McKinley High's New Directions. Which, duh. The show is all about showing love to its Broadway roots, so it's no surprise that Menzel is probably headed that way. That should be fun. As for the show's own performance, the Wednesday fall finale was its highest-rated ep yet, with 8.1 million viewers and a 3.7 rating in adults 18-49. If the show holds its buzz and keeps selling singles on iTunes, a second season could be a lot more likely.
• So, tonight (Monday), NBC is premiering The Sing Off, which its own promos bill as a mix of Glee and American Idol. You shameless bastards. It's not like people didn't already suspect you were trying to capitalize on another network's success. But have some dignity. At least pretend it's your own idea or something, you know? Anyway but so here's the thing: It's like ALL THEY ARE SHOWING this week. It's got two-hour eps Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday! Dude! I'm not gonna watch all that. Then Thursday it's an SNL Christmas compilation, and Friday it's a Law & Order rerun and Dateline. (Saturday brings WWE Tribute to the Troops, which just boggles the damn mind.) This is officially the week that NBC gave up on being a network. They have nothing to watch. At all. Damn holiday schedules.
• Is anybody else watching AfterScrubs? (And you better believe I have like seven more of those jokes ready to trot out.) It's not great, but not terrible, either. Sure, it's weird that Turk is married with a kid even though you never see his family, and the girl they got to be the new J.D. is pretty milquetoast. But it's still got some funny moments and cute chemistry. It's not as good as the original show's heyday, but if you're already a fan, check it out. Scrubs: The College Years airs Tuesdays on ABC. (Told you!)
Looking ahead to the rest of the week -- and I can't believe I'm saying this -- CBS is the only major net with something to watch. They're running Frosty the Snowman on Friday night, and Elf on Saturday. If you don't like Elf, well, I don't wanna know you. It and Die Hard are just about the best Christmas movies around.