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For the first time in a while, Thursday means both The Office and 30 Rock


It’s been a while, but The Office is back and is paired with a new 30 Rock.

The promos and episode summaries have me thinking we’re in for a pretty good night of TV between the two, from an utterly changed Frank to the worst place to pick up women this side of the morgue. Here’s what they’re all about…

9 p.m. “Blood Drive” — It’s Valentine’s Day at the office. Michael meets a mysterious woman at a Valentine’s blood drive. Dwight and Kevin pair up with single women at the office “Lonely Hearts Party.” Meanwhile Jim and Pam are banished from the office for being too publicly affectionate, and have an awkward lunch with Phyllis and Bob.

9:31 p.m. “Goodbye, My Friend” — Liz befriends a pregnant teenaged donut shop employee, in an attempt to adopt her baby. Back on set, Jenna vies for more attention from the TGS staff as her birthday approaches, but Kenneth’s plan to combine her party with one for Tracy derails her efforts. Meanwhile, Jack agrees to go on a guys’ night out to keep his mind off of his absent girlfriend, and bonds with Frank over their daddy issues.

I’ll be back with my thoughts, and a few cool links, after the jump.

So MIchael makes a love connection at a blood drive. That makes about as much sense as Valentine’s Day in March. Are we still feeling the scheduling effects of Obama’s mid-February prime time address? Or is this because of that sweeps shift that resulted from digital changeover anxiety.

Dwight and Kevin pairing up is all I had to hear. I’m loving the way they’re mixing and matching characters this season, from Oscar and Andy to Dwight and Jim. Maybe Angela and Kelly will take a road trip. Anyway, those two at “Lonely Hearts Party” is both fitting and cringe-inducing.

As to the last bit, I bet it takes up no more than three minutes of screentime. It seems like a throwaway bit, and not a very interesting one at that.

If you want to hear a pretty good interview with Jenna Fischer, she chatted with Jesse Thorn of The Sound of Young America. She seems nice, but I’ve gotten a little bored with her interviews and blogs. They’re kind of the same thing after a while. But there are a few new tidbits in this one, for the Pam-obsessed.

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And here’s an Office-centered promo.

On the 30 Rock side, I think Liz and donut shops go hand in hand. That said, I cringe at the return to her adoption storyline. Whatevs. Where’s Floyd? Wait, was that out loud? Sorry, I’m trying to censor myself better. Anyway, to the funny parts of the show — which Jack and Liz ain’t so much this season — Jenna acting insecure and Kenneth doing anything are both key ingredients in funny stew.

As for Frank and Jack bonding over daddy issues, I don’t know what that means but the sight of a shaven, well-dressed Frank looks like the Sabor de Soledad of funny.

Here’s the other promo that’s airing, the one with the clean-cut Frank.

By the way, Pregnant Cornbread (I still love that site name!) reports Dean Winters and Steve Buscemi will show up again later this season as Dennis Duffy and P.I. Len Wozniak, respectively. Awesome!

And here’s Tina Fey on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

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(Photos: NBC Universal)

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2009 at 3:05 pm by Brian Howard. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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