I have already stated the following two facts in a number of different posts but it never hurts to emphasis. I am a nerd and I am completely obsessed with television. That being said, it makes sense that during television season (when new shows come out weekly) NBC takes all meaning out of TGIF. Every Thursday night, NBC premieres their stellar, comic lineup which includes Community, The Office, Parks and Recs and as of last Thursday, finally 30 Rock. Comedy Thursday, as I have come to call it, is the highlight of my work week. Sure, the week technically eneds Friday but I look forward to the comedy that follows the end of the work day on Thursday. This year however, there was a glaring flaw in my NBC Comedy Night and its name was Whitney.
I am NOT saying that Whitney Cummings is not a funny comedian. She is not my favorite but in the right situation, her raunchy style of humor can be very effective. The problem is, a show with a laugh track is NOT the right situation. The humor on Whitney seems forced and out of place and it certainly does not belong on NBC Comedy Thursday. To make matters more frustrating, MBC launched a comedy this season that belongs on Comedy Thursday. Up All Night, the hilarious show starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnet as new parents, originally aired on Wednesdays. Maya Rudolph rounds out the show’s stellar cast. From the first minute of the first episode, I found myself wondering why the show was on Wednesday nights. The style and humor of the show is quite reminiscent of the Comedy Thursday shows and the show is good enough to be in that lineup.
Over the Winter break, someone at NBC heard my mental frustration. Last Thursday, when the lineup returned new, Whitney had bee bumped to Wednesday night while Up All Night replaced it as the comedy night closer. For the first time this year, Comedy Thursday felt complete. Instead of turning my television off a half an hour before comedy night should have ended there was finally a worthy show filling the final half an hour. I have heard the argument that Up All Night does not fit in its new Thursday slot, an argument I would chose to disagree with. I think most of us can agree that whether it belongs there or not, it is certainly a better fit than Whitney. Personally, I think the show belongs there. It is a hilarious, witty show that belongs on NBC’s best night of comedy.