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Monday, February 20, 2006

The Office and a Lost reminder

March 30, 2005

Think your boss is an idiot? Watch The Office, and you’ll feel better immediately. In fact, you may even spring for a card on Boss’s Day, after seeing the dreadful management techniques of Michael Scott.

Scott is the regional manager for Dunder Mifflin paper-supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His job, it seems, is to make his employees miserable and make himself feel important.

Now you may be identifying with the Dunder Mifflin employees at this point, but you shouldn’t. You see, Scott’s idea of fun is accusing a receptionist of stealing Post-it notes and then firing her for it, only to reveal several minutes later that it was a practical joke. I’m pretty sure poor Pam wasn’t amused.

The Office is a parody about office life in America. Think Dilbert without the cubicles. The show is based on the hilarious British version of The Office starring Ricky Gervais. For those of you who’ve seen the British version, you’ll probably be wondering why NBC just didn’t leave a good thing alone. Well, the one episode I watched was funny. Maybe that’s why. Upcoming episodes look even better.

Esteemed publications as Newsday, Time, and E!Online are declaring this new show a stroke of comic genius. I’m not sure I’m ready to go that far yet. But, it has promise. The cast is fabulous. Catch The Office at 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays on NBC.

Lost reminder: Missing your Sawyer fix? Dying to know what’s buried in that trunk? Can’t wait to see how Hurley’s cursed lottery numbers are connected to the plane crash? Well, don’t count on finding answers in tonight’s episode. But hey, a girl can dream, right? After endless weeks of reruns, which could only be described as my own personal March madness, Lost returns with a new episode at 8 p.m. on ABC. I think I speak for all of us when I say, 4, 8, 15, 16, 23...


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