Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Do Not Disturb is Disturbing- HA! See what I did there?

Even if your alternative is braiding your own arm hair, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not watch Do Not Disturb on Fox tonight. With the exception of How I Met Your Mother, the multi-camera sitcom on network television is DEAD, and Do Not Disturb is just making a sand art of its ashes--and a shitty sand art at that, one that some kid decided to glue feathers and googly eyes all over. I don't know who Jerry O'Connell blew to get Carpoolers off of his resumé, but whoever hired him for Do Not Disturb had obviously never seen that atrocity. And poor Niecy Nash. She finally gets a comedic acting gig that gets her out of her Reno 911 lower-half-of-the-body fat suit and she is forced to resort to ABSURDLY exaggerated, sassy, black lady humor. Watching this show made me feel like I was watching a modern day rendering of Amos 'n' Andy. Am I just being overly sensitive?! Never mind, don't answer that, because answering would require you to watch this show.

And while we're on the Fox berating bandwagon, our pal JJ over at As Little As Possible recently spoke highly of Hole in the Wall the half hour game show in which 2 teams of 3 contestants have to contort their bodies to fit through a hole in the wall or suffer the consequence of being knocked into a shallow pool. Between Brooke Burns shrieking, the way the silver suits awkwardly hug the male genitalia, and the fact that this is not a concept that would keep anything with a vertebrae entertained for half an hour, this is another Fox gem to ignore. JJ, you are intimidatingly intelligent so I can only assume that you have some sort of Post 9/11, existential analysis as to why this show is culturally relevant. But I still think that any and all enjoyment that comes from this concept can be derived from this 4 minute clip of the Japanese original:

4 comments:

marissa said...

Yee Haw! Thanks for shouting out HIMYM as the only comedy thats worth watching, b/c it is true!!! :)

Jeanette said...

Yes, yes best multi camera sitcom on network. But don't forget about the single cams out there. And don't get me started on cable. Okay, do get me started. I love cable.

J.J. said...

I do have a post-9/11 existential analysis for Hole in the Wall. I don't think the world is ready for this analysis -- let's just say it has something to with the towers, emergency response time, conforming to the Patriot Act, and the rhythmic, relentless progression of shit we've had to barrel/slip through since 2001 -- but it *is* ready for this show. Easier to swallow.

Note: I agree slightly with your assessment of the genital-hugging silver suits.

Anonymous said...

Thank the television gods for HIMYM! and for NPH as well. swoon......

(tmv)