Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wicked Cool Minute #4 - You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling

Michael Scott
Welcome to a Blog Hop!
You are likely much cooler than I and already know the definition of a Blog Hop. I find it difficult to keep up with the hip kids these days and if you don't know what it is, hang tight as we seek the cool together.
A Blog Hop is set up by a group of bloggers who are writing about the same topic with their individual spin. Today I'll share my topic and then I will direct you to the next blogger where you can read another view, and so on.

Ryan, the temp
In the February Blog Hop topic "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," I will chat about one of my favorite TV sitcoms which was really great for awhile, but eventually lost its luster.

Dwight Schrute
NBC's The Office, aired for nine years, which spotlighted main character Michael Scott, played by perhaps one of the most gifted actors ever, Steve Carell. I fell in love with this sitcom which was filmed in a "mockumentary" style that panned the employees at a failing fictional paper supply sales office. The camera brilliantly captured all of the glances, grins and grimaces from the adorable cast which included Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and B. J. Novak. Carell played Michael Scott, a regional manager with a huge heart, but lacking management skill. Consistently dreaming up themed parties and spirited sales meetings, Michael Scott's drive to be loved was endearing. Michael was mostly a complete idiot, but it was so fun to love him.

The appeal to me was the real similarity it portrayed of a typical office. If you have ever worked in an office or similar environment, it was quite easy to compare several of the characters and situations to that place we reside 40 hours of each week. Every Thursday my family would fall in line to view what kind of mess Dunder-Mifflin would experience.

Once Carell departed the show, the story line fell apart and the much loved characters were not able to keep the momentum. You could literally feel the splashing water as the sitcom writers jumped the shark by featuring celebrities such as Will Ferrell and James Spader. With the exception of seeing my late best friend, Maggie McHugh's cousin, Pete Hulne, as a recurrent character in the final episodes, the love was gone.

The sitcom can be seen on NetFlix and I do highly recommend it. If you already love the series, then you will enjoy the YouTube video below which highlights 100 great moments of The Office.

Please "Hop" over to the blog of Deborah Nam-Krane for another interesting perspective on losing that lovin' feeling!

Monday February 27 at 6 p.m.-Willard Library
This month's Evansville Local Author event was originally showcasing the poetry of local poet Angela Williams and M. Dianne Berry. Angela has been a good friend for many years and has been spotlighted on my blog and radio show several times. Sadly, Angela passed away on February 14.
M. Dianne Berry will present her program on poetry and the members of ELA will pay tribute to our sweet friend. Please join us!

Peace and Love,

Lanea Stagg
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Evansville, Indiana
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Deborah Nam-Krane said...

Hi Lanea! Thanks so much for kicking off the tour, and I'm surprised this wasn't one of the first shows that jumped to mind. American television like to drag as much as they can out of something before they shoot it and put it out of its misery, you know?

Did you ever watch the British version? I'm not a big Ricky Gervais fan, but his David (whom Michael was based on) was fabulously oblivious. Best part was that there were only, like, two seasons, so he lives on in my memory as comedy gold.

Lanea Stagg said...

You are so right Deborah! I meant to mention in there that it is a thing of value to go out on top ..... but Americans like pain and suffering :)
Thank you for allowing me to participate in this fun! Looking forward to your post, too!

marla said...

Oh sweet Laney you just made my day! Our families bonded over this show and left me with sweet memories that still make me laugh today. I'll never forget the jello with the stapler in it that you served as we kicked off a season!!! How about the never-ending "that's what she said" jokes?? I am still cracking up after watching this video and it makes me want to watch it all over again. Thanks for the laughs this morning, the memories and your friendship.

M Dianne Grotius Berry said...

Very good. Well depicted as many of your blogs are, even though I never watched THE OFFICE. Don't even know why. But,like many of the 90's newer age coffeehouse frump favorites such as Seinfeld, Friends, and even Roseanne,I am going to give it a shot and look through your lens. Thank you!!

Lanea Stagg said...

Oh Marly .... I always think of our Office parties when I view the show...ALWAYS! What great memories I have -- I treasure those days with our kiddos and your friendship as well! Love u!

Lanea Stagg said...

Thank you Dianne! You MUST watch it - it will result in belly laughs galore!!!