Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Here's why...

So I was thinking about Kathie's comment about how Sean Saves the World needs better writing. And what I found myself thinking was how bad the writing on The Michael J Fox Show is.

An example, from this week's episode. Setup: Mike loves Sting. Annie doesn't really even know who Sting is. Nonetheless she magically is able to get Sting to come to their apartment on Christmas Eve to do a private concert.


Well, anyway, Mike of course cannot get home from the studio as contrived coworker illness and surprise snowstorm keep him on the air. Meanwhile, Sting and Annie make awkward conversation, considering that she has never even heard one of his songs. (How does this work? Your beloved adores Sting but you never heard one of his songs? Yay, earphones, I guess...)

So, she asks him if he would like some tea, and apologizes as she does for it's being a cliché and maybe an offensive stereotype. He says he's not offended and would love some tea - "after all, I'm an Englishman in New York."

Now, the obvious answer to that -  assuming you really didn't know that was a song lyric - would be something like, Oh, sure, you probably hear it all the time, or Oh, gosh, everybody probably asks you that.

But what Annie says is: "And ... I'm ... a New Yorker in an apartment."

What? That is the most bizarre answer I can think of. Tin ear.

ps: Annie and Sting go to the studio before midnight. Sting sings. Ian and Eve learn The True Meaning of Christmas™. And Mike's error with gifts is redeemed by his daughter and Annie is ecstatic. What, you thought something original might happen?

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At 11:26 AM, December 18, 2013 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

That was the first (and probably the last) episode of the "Michael J. Fox Show" I've ever seen, and I agree the writing was lame. Such a shame, too, because as anyone who's watched "The Good Wife" in the past few years knows, Fox is at the top of his acting game when he gets well-written material; plus, Sting is an engaging personality whose talents were largely squandered on that episode of the MJFS. Like with Sean, such great potential was lost due to mediocre (or worse) writing.

(If you saw Beth Behrs do the hilariously bowdlerized version of "Dance 10, Looks 3" on the Marvin Hamlisch tribute on PBS a year or so ago, you'll know that she too deserves so much funnier material than "Two Broke Girls" offers, as do castmates Jennifer Coolidge and Garrett Morris).


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