So I freeze up a bowl of yogurt for a late supper and plop myself in front of the tv. I figure an old episode of 30 Rock, which I keep on hand solely for times like this (too tired for a long show, not interested in a rerun of The Big Bang Theory and needing something not likely to be gross while I eat). I’ve never been as in love with this show as some people, partially because as a libertarian I find the politics too heavy handed and partially because I’m not on the Tina Fey Love Bus with everyone else. But it is sometimes good for a laugh or three and like I said, it fits in with Quick Late Lone Suppers.
But now I’ve officially decided that I hate this show. As seldomly as I watch it, it seems like every episode I’ve ever seen has at least one joke stolen from Arrested Development. In this case it was even worse because the purloined line was delivered by a purloined AD star, Will Arnett. (The joke in question was two gay men mixing their sperm to get a baby and declaring that they’ll “never know who the real father is” even though one is black and one is white.)
And of course in the course of writing this–sloppily–I searched for [30 Rock rip off Arrested Development] and find out that, even though I’d already put the title in the title space, they’ve already ripped off that joke too. Although Jon Hamm lost two arms instead of just one.
I sorely want to create a spreadsheet ::drools with madlove for spreadsheets:: showing each joke they’ve stolen along with its degree of modification, but that would involve watching more episodes of 30 Rock and actually paying closer attention than I’m inclined to.
I know a lot of people who don’t have TVs or do have them but don’t have them hooked up to the networks, using them solely for Netflix/Redbox. After this evening I find myself sort of envying their peace of mind. Sort of.
Of course that means they didn’t get to watch Arrested Development in first-run and are partially to blame for its cancellation. FIE!!!!
Oh, and speaking of such things, and too lazy to start another blog post, can i just say that I wish there were a system in place for A la Carte show purchasing on a grander scale than already exists. The trolls over at So Yes, we’re a bunch of Frakking Yobbos are admitting that they are dumping Eureka because it is too expensive to produce. And frankly, I’d pay a couple bucks for each episode, just as I would have done for Arrested Development, Pushing Daisies, Life, Deadwood….the list goes on forever. Sigh. Someday it’ll happen. Until then I guess we’re stuck with the junk one half step up from Current TV that SyFy calls programming. That dude from the seminar should be gleeful. His dream of TV being produced by idiots with video cameras has come true at last. Whee.