For the love of…love

Ann and Chris...aww.

Ah, Valentine’s Day. The snow is melting and if we’re lucky it might reach 50 degrees by the end of the week. Love is in the air. And as you know, I love love.

Right now I’m thinking of my favorite TV couples. And I don’t mean characters I would like to see together (there are plenty of those). I mean legitimate couples on TV right now who make me sigh and say “aw.” So here we go with a Valentine’s Day list, dedicated to my own sweetie.

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Here are three TV couples from whom we can all take a cue.

  1. Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) and Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) of Parks and Recreation. She’s a cute nurse and his body is a microchip. What’s not to love here?
  2. Holly Flax (Amy Ryan) and Michael Scott (Steve Carell) from The Office. They are so right for each other that it can be painful to watch.
  3. Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) and Avery Jessup (Elizabeth Banks) of 30 Rock. These two Reaganites are a real power couple. And now they have a Canadian baby. But they promise to treat it as they would a normal human baby.

I just noticed that all of these couples are from NBC. What do you know? It turns out the network that couldn’t make a good sci-fi show to save its life is pretty darn good in the romance department.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dear Thursday TV,

Elena escaped the clutches of Elijah, but this is just the beginning.

This note is to thank you for an utterly satisfying evening.

First, you served up a fresh episode of The Vampire Diaries on The CW, complete with a brand new villain, Elijah (after all, Katherine needs to cool off in the tomb for at least an episode). Not just any villain, he’s a super sexy, seemingly invincible vampire with a seriously cruel streak. And you gave us a very bittersweet scene between Damon and Elena, a scene that we’ve been waiting for since these two met. Swoon. To top it off, you gave us a blossoming romance between Jeremy and Bonnie as well as a newfound bond between Caroline and Tyler.

Second, you gave us new episodes of 30 Rock and The Office. What can I say? If I had to pick my favorite character on TV, it would be Jack Donaghy. He needs DIHC, and he’ll take it any way he can get it.

Then, you served up one of the best episodes of Fringe to date. Olivia began what promises to be an arduous journey home, with Peter as her spirit guide. Nowhere is the expertise of the show’s writers more evident than in an episode like this – which seamlessly weaves together overarching mythology with a single-episode storyline. In this case, Olivia and the Fringe team investigate someone who broke out of the amber, only to find that twin brothers have pulled the classic switcheroo, thereby leading Olivia to consider the possibility that she has switched places with her doppelganger.

Lastly, you ended the night with a new episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I have yet to watch it, but I know it will be funny, so thank you in advance.

Sincerely,

Your ever-devoted, Thursday-night, couch-potato friend, Andrea

TGIT

Jack Donaghy, Vice President of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming for General Electric.

                          Thank God it’s Thursday. All week long, I keep busy by going to the gym, watching re-runs of NCIS on USA Network, and catching up with Burn Notice on DVD through Netflix. It’s a pretty sweet existence, to be sure, but I’m always waiting. For what, you ask?

Waiting for Thursday at 8 p.m., when The Vampire Diaries starts and a full night of great TV begins. In addition to finding out what’s going on in Mystic Falls, tonight I’ll be tuning in for The Office, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Jersey Shore (no judging).

Fringe, another great Thursday night show, is taking a break for the World Series and won’t be back until next week. If the previews are any indication, the real Olivia might finally escape the alternate reality and face her doppelganger. Wow – just re-reading that sentence makes me feel like I have finally reached the pinnacle of Mount Nerd. Nevertheless, it’s an amazingly good show.

30 Rock is also taking a break tonight, presumably to make time for something NBC calls “Scared Shrekless.” Sounds like a most unworthy replacement to me. Speaking of 30 Rock, could it get any funnier? A week later, and I’m still laughing about Jack’s line, “I have to go tell Rachel Maddow that only one of us can have this haircut.” And the live episode from two weeks ago was pure genius.

Catching up on The Office, 30 Rock, Parenthood

 I did some catching up last night with my DVR, so you’ll have to forgive me for the delayed reaction to one of the better episodes of The Office in recent memory. Although I love Jim and Pam, it is the awkward, quirky interpersonal relationships that make this show really great. This week’s episode “Happy Hour” got back to basics – Michael making a fool of himself as “Date Mike,” Andy acting like a complete lunatic with Erin, and Dwight in classic form. I mean, who didn’t cheer when Isabel whacked Angela on the forehead. I replayed this scene twice.

We also got a big surprise on 30 Rock with the return of Floyd from Cleveland. I, like LL, was hoping Floyd was back to rekindle their love connection, but alas he has moved on to an exercise instructor. Bummer.  I laughed my butt off about the Silver Panthers and “Twig and Plums,” and Kenneth’s silver NBC hot pants.

That brings me to Parenthood. Honestly, the show is just not that great. But I keep watching it. Why? Because it will always do in a late-night pinch when I’ve watched everything else on my DVR, there’s nothing on HBO, and I haven’t received my Netflix in the mail. Maybe the show is just too vanilla for my taste. It definitely should be on at 8 p.m. instead of 10 p.m.

The missing lost and found and other musings

Creed Bratton

Last night’s episode of The Office essentially revolved around the newfound bravado of the sales staff under Sabre (which I still pronounce Sa-Bray).

One of my favorite characters on this show is Creed. When Michael announced that the lost and found was lost, Creed (wearing what looks to be a pair of Ryan’s hipster glasses) gave a deviant glance that indicated he was the culprit behind the missing lost items. Perhaps he is keeping the lost and found in his desk drawer with those mung beans.

Andy and Erin continued their bizarre courtship, which is almost painful to watch at times. It seems like the writers are setting them up to become the next Jim and Pam, but they are both too awkward to be completely lovable. Speaking of Andy, his clothes become more ridiculous each week – coral Dockers and a yellow sweater vest? He looks like he raided the closet of Long Duk Dong.                                                 

 Also new last night was 30 Rock, a show that usually has me in stitches but last night only evoked a few chuckles. I did love Jack’s comment about Don Geiss’s funeral – an Episcopal cryogenic freezing service open only to Six Sigma Black Belts. Hilarious. “Madder than a bat in a suitcase” will be deposited in my mental bank of idioms. And who didn’t laugh when Wesley said, so non-chalantly, that his last name is Snipes. He does have a point though – it sounds like a middle-aged British guy’s name.

Thursday is a big night for TV, and I am looking forward to new episodes of Vampire Diaries (next week) and Fringe (coming back in April). What are you watching on Thursdays?