The office is SO BAD. How did they screw this up?? The hour long thing was an awful, awful idea. The last two episodes started ok, then Michael starts acting craaaazy, Dwight tags along, then all the rest fall into stereotypes of themselves. God. I feel like the writers were only paid for 30 minutes of show, and the rest was put together with submissions from an online contest or something.
What made this show so great was the depth of the characters personalities. Michael isn't just an irrational goofball, but he's actually a talented salesman and genuine human being at his core who means well. Jim and Pam are more than just relationship people. Dwight it nuts, but there are limitations to his personality. All the rest of the side characters need to stop being so predictable. The only person really making it work this season is Kelly Kappour, who seems to nail every scene she's in.
So NBC has screwed up Heroes, Friday Night Lights and The Office. So far. What is the explanation for this??
UPDATE: One moment from last night's episode that is still sitting with me. Kevin is getting a "confessional" interview, talking about the quality of the pizza place Michael ordered from by mistake. There was an amusing bit about ordering from the wrong place with the similar name, etc. Ok so far. Then they cut to Kevin, and he is all set up to knock this bit out of the park. Deliver one great one-liner and keep it going. The he says, "(The pizza) Tastes like...a circle of garbage." A circle of garbage?!? What the hell is that?? That's the best you can come up with? There are half a million things funnier than a circle of garbage. That's just lazy writing. FWIW, the episode dropped steeply downhill from there. I'm losing hope it will ever recover.