Originally Posted by sangs Tri-vection Oven
- come on, get it right. GE spent millions on that 30-minute infomercial.
There were enough funny moments - mostly delivered by Baldwin - for me to tune in for another week or so. But it wasn't as great as the critics made it seem. Without having seen the ratings, it appears we now know that the critics think much more highly of the inside tv shows then the general viewing public. For what it's worth though, 30 Rock far surpassed that Twenty Good Years garbage that followed. Lithgow and Tambor - comic geniuses - should be ashamed.
Well, I think some are perhaps missing the pointed humor of the jab at GE and all things going commercial. There is comic potential in a nuts and bolts bean counter CEO who has mastered the ins and outs of a utilitarian item, being then on that basis suddenly promoted to running a hot comedy show. This was a jab at GE's almost preposterous diversity of product. AND possibly GE insisted on at least getting some product placement out of the deal, so much the better for them; they are not evil for having created something useful.
Another layer of the gag was the great great Alec Baldwin doing a riff of his master commander salesman/corporate hatchet man from Glengarry. I love Baldwin -- just find him great, anytime, anywhere.
Even T. Morgan had his niche and did not completely violate a sense of his belonging here (which would be my first natural reaction upon hearing he was in anything).
I thought it was delightful, best Tina Fey stuff I've seen definitely. I even laughed at parts, but perhaps even more importantly, I realized alot of the other stuff was funny too -- clever, comedic (I rarely actually laugh at comedies and possibly even more rarely identify them as containing funny stuff).
As for Twenty Good Years.......come on, I didn't even set my VCR for the additional 30 minutes -- now how hard would that have been? If you don't like it in the first 30 seconds, you can always go straight to the next item up.....but NO, you had to know it was not worth even that. So since I can't really say for sure, maybe it actually WAS brilliant -- HAH! Now that would be a laugh.