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But often this was down to Hollywood pressure on changing the formula or bad writing.
but there have been exceptions to the rule; South Park ruled, Shaun of the Dead was essentially a 2 hour episode of Spaced and was good and In the Loop was great fun, whilst being just a Thick of It Special essentially.
I think these things CAN be done well if the people doing them are half decent.
And everyone involved is very half-decent, so here's hoping...
and i'm fairly confident the writers will veer as far away as possible from making a slush fest of emotion
i can't wait.
a lot better than, for instance, Scrubs does. I find the relationship between Michael and his son quite sweet.
And AD 'glitzy'?
formulaic? tacky? im guessing you probably miss about 95% of the subtle humour in it then. Its not like it relies on catchphrases.
its made because of the insane amount of stupid self-referencialism and childish jokes. It's so dense, it's like a modern screwball comedy or something and that's exactly why it stands up to repeated viewings.
*waits for someone to say 'but South Park is rubbish LOL'
where the school kids go to that holiday camp with that macca-esque teacher?