TV tonight: 'Up All Night,' 'Office,' 'Glee'
Posted September 19, 2012
Up All Night/The Office
NBC, 8:30 and 9 ET/PT
Sometimes, second chances and last chances are the same thing. They certainly should be for Up All Night, a middling sitcom being given a new direction and, you'd have to think, a final shot at success by a network that has more holes to fill than it has patches. Which is why, rather than cancel Up, NBC has revamped it, dropping Ava's (Maya Rudolph) talk show and sending her and Reagan (Christina Applegate) off to new jobs. Though not, of course, at The Office, which has its own last chance tonight as it kicks off a too-long-delayed final season with the addition of two employees. Hey, short-term work is better than no work at all.
Fox, 9 ET/PT
Remember those heavily themed singer-salute episodes that caused such a split among Glee viewers, like the second-season outing built around songs by Britney Spears? Well they're back, as the show once again dedicates an hour to the work of the former pop star turned X-Factor judge. Glee got off to a terrific start last week. Let's hope this episode does not represent a return to bad form.
Parks and Recreation
NBC, 9:30 ET/PT
On the other hand, anyone who thinks shows can't improve should look at Parks and Recreation, which recovered from a terrible start to develop a small but loyal niche following. The humor can still be too extreme, and the constant efforts to maintain an ironic distance can grow exhausting. But as tonight's off-to-DC return proves, it can also be a very funny show -- with a star in Amy Poehler who grows more assured and loveable with every outing.
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