Thursday night comedy on NBC officially commenced last week with season premieres of SNL Weekend Update Thursday, Up All Night, The Office (in its 9th and final season) and Parks and Recreation. The SNL special will air live again this week and we’ll see the debut of 30 Rock’s final, shortened season on October 4th.
Did you watch the premieres last week? Read our recaps below!
SNL Weekend Update Thursday kicked the night off with the first of two live specials that are designed to give the folks at SNL an extra half hour each week to satirize the Presidential candidates as we approach the election in November. Following the political round-up, workplace drama unfolded for the next 90 minutes on NBC:
- On Up All Night, just as Reagan (Cristina Applegate) was swinging a sledgehammer into her shower tile in the name of renovation, Ava (Maya Rudolph) ran in to let her know the Ava show was cancelled and she was out of a job. Chris (Will Arnett) headed back to his law firm, giving Reagan the chance to stay at home with their daughter Amy for a while, but he soon realized that wasn’t were he wanted to be and joined forces with Reagan’s slacker brother Scott (newcomer Luka Jones) to start a contracting business. The new family business is sure to be a focus this season, along with what’s next for Ava and if Reagan is really able to stay away from the workplace.
- The Office started with a “what I did this summer” recap with the regulars and an introduction to newcomers Clark Duke and Jake Lacy, nicknamed “Dwight Jr.” and “New Jim,” respectively. The dynamic between the Dwight and Dwight Jr. was predictably very different than that between Jim and “New Jim,” but both returning characters ended the episode rather dramatically: Dwight was rescued from a high-wire bicycle by the Scranton Fire Department and Jim accepted a job with a friend’s company in Philadelphia…without consulting Pam. Also taking into consideration the departure of Kelly (Mindy Kaling) and Ryan (B.J. Novak), we seem to be in for some changes as our time with the Dunder Mifflin crew comes to an end.
- Our friends from the Parks and Recreation department were split between their home in Pawnee, Indiana, and Washington, D.C., this week. In Pawnee, Ron (Nick Offerman) tried to pull off an employee appreciation barbeque – previously planned by Leslie (Amy Poehler) and dubbed “Fun-Splosion” – but, as Chris (Rob Lowe) pointed out, he kind of missed the mark and needs to do a better job of doing his job. Down in D.C., Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Andy (Chris Pratt) were visiting Ben (Adam Scott) – who accepted a job on a congressional campaign at the end of last season – and April (Aubrey Plaza) – who went with Ben to be his assistant. Leslie’s political ambition was in full swing as she prepared for an in-person grant presentation, but her hopes were deflated when she had to put her proposal on the stack and had to specify Pawnee, Indiana, from a list of other Pawnees across America. Her never say Knope (pun-intended) attitude came through in the end though, and it will be interesting to watch how the Parks Department and Leslie get along without Ben and April nearby.
Comedy is in full swing on NBC Thursday nights. Be sure to request a TiVo season pass for every show in the block so you don’t miss a laugh!