another one in under the wire
OK, I'll get this one in under the wire too, before tonight's episode of the The Office. I know there are plenty of purists out there who will claim that the NBC version will never be as funny as the original from the BBC, but I beg to disagree. Steve Carrell is pitch perfect as Michael, the ongoing storyline of the office romance is sweet without coming anywhere near treacle, and they're doing a great job of adapting for the US audience.
Case in point -- the show's obsession with Chili's. Not only is it plot appropriate ("Inc. Magazine wrote that Chili's is the businessman's new golf course." "Really?" "Well, not yet. I'm writing a letter to the editor." Excuse the extreme paraphrasing --ed.), but last week's episode had Carrell and Tim Meadows doing a brief duet of the "Baby Back Ribs" song. Product placement doesn't get any better than that, folks.