Friday, May 15, 2009

NBC's Must-See Music-filled finales

I finally found myself laughing at Parks & Recreation, and it's their (short) season finale. Six episodes seems to be the going rate these days (see Dollhouse) for a show to get their bearings, and while NBC has flailed w/ drama, they've shown incredible patience in allowing their comedies to develop despite early struggles (see The Office, 30 Rock, etc.). And while this P&S episode was leaps and bounds better than the feeling out process we've been witnessing, I wonder if much of it was due to a setting change, specifically getting out of "the office."

Actor Chris Pratt, who plays Andy Dwyer, had mostly been underused thus far this season (which is understandable given that his character is purely peripheral to the central story,) and he finally gets a chance to shine. We'd known that Andy had a band (last I heard it was Just the Tip... or was it 3-Skin?) but who knew they were so... um... together. Scarecrow Boat already has a website (what, no Mouse Rat?) up with free downloads of all the songs they performed in the episode, and a bio description that's nearly apt: What if Dave Matthews joined the Counting Crows?

Meanwhile 30 Rock put together a star-studded benefit song, "Kidney Now." Bio-dad needs kidney, Jack pulls some favors (and blackmail - Elvis Costello, "or should I say Declan McManus -- international art thief) and presto! It's a "We Are the World" spoof, complete w/ original participants Michael McDonald and Cyndi Lauper. Also featured: Mike D and Adam Horovitz of Beastie Boys and blink-and-you-missed-it Rhett Miller:

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