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Sleeping at The Office

Go to sleep. That's my advice to you after the Super Bowl ends because the hour-long episode of "The Office" that follows it on Sunday is a real disappointment.

There is one laugh out-loud moment early, courtesy of salesman Stanley Hudson (Leslie David Baker). But the rest of the episode that involves an office fire and a cruel roast of clueless boss Michael Scott (Steve Carell) is mostly laugh-free.

I can imagine millions of the extra viewers who will see this show -- which is an acquired taste -- for the first time will wonder what all the fuss is about.

The hour also is extended by some brief scenes (supposedly from a bootlegged movie) with Jack Black, Cloris Leachman and Jessica Alba that are so bad that you wonder if Michael Scott wrote the movie.

There is a nice romantic moment between Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (John Krasinski) near episode's end but it is too little, too late.

If you ignore my advice and watch the show Sunday tell me what you think of it.

-- Alan Pergament

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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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