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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Networks Lookin' For Laughs

One thing that NBC's potentially dicey adaptation of The Office proves: when it comes to comedy, the networks are willing to shake things up in the search for the next big hit. But will they be patient?

With Everybody Loves Raymond departing, next year could potentially be the first in, like, forever that there's no comedies in the Nielsen top ten. USA Today has a list of what the networks are planning: familiar faces, quasi-new concepts. But will there be any yuks? Have our tastes, as a society, finally evolved past the stale laugh-track saturated sit-coms that rely on overdone setup-joke-punchline structures?

The Office will tell us a lot.

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