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Dramady has become a bad word, mostly because of shows such as "Ally McBeal," "Desperate Housewives," and virtually every white drama the WB has ever aired, largely because those shows thought they were adding funny to the drama, yet had neither.

EDIT (03/19/06): Like The-OP.com for "Arrested Development," Northern Attack is becoming a nifty guide to all that is "The Office."
"The Office" is more of a um, comedra, rather than a dramedy, because it is a comedy that adds touches of drama to redeem the characters, a little like "Scrubs" or "Spin City," both Bill Lawrence vehicles.
What "The Office" has especially, though, is Steve Carell, whose subtlety and ability to create sympathy and laughs where lesser talents would not even recognize the opportunity makes the show time and time again. The episode this week, where the staff brings their daughters to work for the day, is yet one more example of this.
As with most of the ideas I claim to have, Mike caught on to the show first. Although he's never been able to match my Curse of the 1995 Yankees theory. Sadly, production wrapped on the show last week, and there's only a few more episodes because of movie-making by a couple cast members.

The girl who plays Pam on "The Office" (Jenna Fischer) is in this Will Ferrell movie "Blades of Glory," which sounds like the best movie ever. I'm totally serious. Ferrell, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett (with Arnett pulling a Phil Collins 1985 look), the guy from "Napoleon Dynamite," and the plot is listed as this:

In 2002, two rival Olympic ice skaters were stripped of their gold medals and permanently banned from men's single competition. Presently, however, they've found a loophole that will allow them to qualify as a pairs team.


How can that not be a legendary movie? I can't wait.

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