Kelly Bedard

It makes sense that NBC’s new sitcom (one of only three half-hour comedies on the entire network since they massacred their iconic Thursday night block) comes from an Office alum. Superstore creator Justin Spitzer spent seven seasons in Scranton writing for a large ensemble of wacky underachievers living unglamorous lives at a paper company and […]

  Kelly Bedard

The past week or so has had some amazing sitcom moments. As 30 Rock winds down to tonight’s finale, Kenneth was passed the torch as the new President of NBC and Liz & Criss greeted their new 8-year-old twins at the airport, a mini Jenna and Tracy. But the real standout moment for me came […]

  Kelly Bedard

TV comedy is in a major phase right now. A shocking amount of the primetime network schedule is made up of sitcoms, while a fair number of hourlong comedies and dramedies still pepper the drama blocks. There are a few standalone hours of network sitcoms- like ABC and NBC’s 9pm Tuesday offerings (Happy Endings & […]

  Kelly Bedard

Let’s just start here- I am a Mindy Kaling girl. For awhile I thought I might be a Tina Fey girl- idiosyncrasies, writerly personality, glasses – or a Rosie O’Donnell girl- commanding, opinionated, occasionally funny. But that’s just because I didn’t know about Mindy Kaling.  It’s uncanny; I feel like she’s quoting me half the […]

  Kelly Bedard

Thursday has always been a great night of TV. It’s the night on which NBC has been offering up the greatest sitcoms in history decade after decade (even if you’re a misguided Friends-hated hipster, you can’t argue with Seinfeld); it’s the night that played home to the game-changing Survivor and juggernaut Idol for years; Thursday […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

I sort of find all of the Office naysayers tiring (and I’m not just saying this because I desperately want Mindy Kaling to be my best friend). Since Steve Carell left, the internet has been full of people ready to proclaim The Office dead. Hell, BEFORE Carell left, most people agreed that the show was […]

  Kelly Bedard

I know, I know, I’m more than a week behind the ball on this but I just had to take a moment to share my love of the Office season premiere. In what is already turning out to be a really smart move, the writers moved James Spader’s hilariously powerful Robert California to Kathy Bates’ […]

“Goodbye, Michael”
  Kelly Bedard

Tonight was the farewell episode of one of television’s most beloved characters. Like Michael J Fox’s farewell from Spin City, Steve Carell’s departure from The Office will probably be remembered as the series’ true finale, no matter how many years it continues on from here. Michael’s final arc had its ups and downs, as did […]

  Kelly Bedard

“I’m not jealous”- Troy is jealous of Jeff’s dinner with his best friend Abed. (Community) Shirley as Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction. (Community) “I want you take this money and buy a book, it’s called ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’!”- Vance tries to help out a stripper at his bachelor party. (Perfect Couples) […]

True Love: Other Stuff Edition
  Kelly Bedard

It’s Valentine’s time and TV is in full romantic bloom. Here are our favourite romantic episodes of the week: 1) Glee  (We’ve covered this already. Twice) 2) Community (This too. Just once) 3) Modern Family The reprisal of Clyve and Juliana, Gloria turning Valentine’s day into a competition, Manny’s quest for Hayley’s love, Cam and […]

A Great Office Christmas
  Kelly Bedard

The Office has been hit or miss for years. Since about season 3 it has been made up of a lot of seriously broad humour and decently funny material combined with the occasional glowing moment that balanced it all out. Christmas is usually a time for standard Office fare. Usually someone gets drunk, there’s some […]

  Kelly Bedard

I realize I have fallen behind on the many many things happening in the TV world right now. It’s finale time, which means it’s My TV Season Wrap-Up time so my plate is quite full of writing to be done. In the mean time, in case you haven’t been following @MyEntWorld on twitter (which you […]

A Lovely Day at The Office
  Kelly Bedard

Tonight’s Office episode was really pretty wonderful. Though Jim and Pam’s journey into parenthood started slow with them putting off going to the hospital, her cute food dates with Kevin helped the episode along until it started to pick up. Once the ball was rolling on Pam finally having the baby, the episode turned into […]

The Good and Bad of Jim and Pam’s Wedding
  Kelly Bedard

This week’s episode of The Office was an event; the wedding that fans and characters alike have been waiting for for years. In pleasing, disappointing and appropriate ways, the episode was perhaps the perfect one to celebrate the series’ history and identity. In accordance with The Office‘s tendency towards broad and unfunny humour, Andy hurt […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

The Office Sometimes, The Office is just so pitch-perfect that it shocks me. Tonight’s premier episode comfortably, brilliantly straddled the line between Michael’s awkward neediness, Jim and Pam’s happiness, and the rest of the cast’s quirks in a way that at once re-introduced us to our friends at Dunder Mifflin and made us wonder how […]

  Kelly Bedard

Not only was the British actress the woman who tamed my beloved Michael Buble (he may or may not have broken her heart, but I love him anyway) but now she’s taking one of my favourite TV stars off the market for good. Office charmer John Krasinski and Blunt have announced their engagement after keeping […]

Sad and Strange TV News
  Kelly Bedard

Starting with the sad, Emmy-winning/nominated actors Bradley Whitford (The West Wing, Studio 60) and Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) filed for divorce on Friday; August would have been the 17th wedding anniversary for these parents of 3. Whitford (a TV favourite of mine) can next be seen alongside Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under), Amy […]

  Kelly Bedard

The best way to describe the 5th season of The Officewould be bittersweet. Everything from the season premiere that saw Jim coping with life in a Pam-less Scranton to the Superbowl episode in which overly cruel employees roast Michael to the finale that left Jim and Pam wordlessly celebrating life-changing news while Michael looked optimistically to […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

This week’s season finale of The Office was pure, unadulterated joy. From Andy’s crush on Erin, to Dwight and Angela’s mini-reconciliation, to Stanley’s drunken glee, it had happiness and hope for nearly every character. But most importantly, it brought the three most important characters to beautiful places. Michael met up with (the almost mythical at […]

Where Will it Go?
  Lauren Keiffer

I love The Office. I used to be able to say it was one of my favorite shows. And although it’s not one of my favorites anymore, I do like some of the things the writers are doing. First off, Pam is no longer just the receptionist. Jenna Fischer is a dynamic actress (Blades of […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

Tonight’s Office was a lot darker than the past couple of weeks. For awhile, I was supremely annoyed, feeling as though this episode was built on Michael getting into the absurdest possible situation within the setup, and then getting out of it with typical Office logic. After all, petulantly repeating every word your boss says […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

The Office and 30 Rock, after both having strong showings last week, were sort of underwhelming tonight. The Office‘s plot was pretty weak, in particular. After Michael’s misguided, Willy Wonka-inspired Golden Ticket promotion goes awry (losing the company 50% of their biggest client’s money), David Wallace is looking for someone to blame. One of the […]

Some weeks, The Office is more like a laughathon. It’s high concept and the guffaws come closely together. And most of the time that’s okay with me, but it’s always a balancing act between pathos and hilarity. This week, the show was just human. It was all about a group of people who work together […]

  Kelly Bedard

 It’s that time of year again. Flower prices are skyrocketing, restaurant reservations are hard to come by, jewelry stores are bustling and all around North America people are wishing that life were as romantic as their TV. So in honour of this most auspicious holiday, that of St. Valentine, I thought I’d revisit the issue […]

Post-Superbowl Supersizing
  Kelly Bedard

Tonight’s post-superbowl supersized episode of The Officesomehow managed to remind me that the show has lost it’s way while also reassuring me that the things that I loved about it in the first place still linger there somewhere. There was a lot in the episode that was hopelessly idiotic. Falling, once again, into dangerous and […]

  Kelly Bedard

6 Actors Who Shone This Week Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), Joel Grey (Private Practice), Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy), Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Amy Brenneman (Private Practice). 5 Interesting Developments Violet is pregnant (Private Practice), Izzie is sick (Grey’s Anatomy), Suzuki is straight (Ugly Betty), Charlotte wants to get married (Private Practice), […]