The Upside: Feel Free To Keep Calling The Office a Cult Hit
by Jon Weisman
More people watched the premiere of Ugly Betty on Thursday than My Name Is Earl and The Office combined. (Survivor scored a narrow victory over Betty in the slot.)
We'll have to see if Betty retains its audience in its second week, and if so, whether NBC will move what has become its bellwether comedies. Even Six Degrees, whose future has had to be defended, outdrew The Office.
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Ten minutes into its second episode, I dropped Brothers and Sisters from my watch list. It seems inescapably tepid. It has lots of plot points, but little drama. It doesn't make me feel anything. Oodles of expository dialogue isn't helping matters. ...
I don't watch Desperate Housewives - have never seen a full episode - but every now and then I'll catch the final couple of minutes. Sunday night, Eva Longoria had a scene about the loss of a baby and seemed particularly wooden. Was that called for in the moment, or is her acting just that bland?