Sunday 24 June 2012

Ann you beautiful rule-breaking moth!

Sunny things for sunny weather: Michael Schur walks the A.V. Club through season four of Parks and Recreation, Part 1,2,3,4 and 5.
The thing that was so impressive about The West Wing, when it was firing on all cylinders, was the way it would take intricate matters of governing and make them not only palatable, but entertaining. I was very excited by that, as a viewer, and always thought that when they did it well, it was fascinating. It did really interesting stories about really dry stuff. So we’re a comedy show, and we had to do that in a funny way. But that was the idea: “Look, there are practical realities to governing small towns, and we should try to show the mechanics of how they work.” How do deals get made, how do ideas surface, can you make a scene about two people poring through a city budget entertaining? The best episodes of The West Wing that dealt with policy and stuff, in my opinion, were the ones where they were in the middle of a crisis, and they were trying to figure out how to solve problems. So that was our goal for this, in order to make it entertaining—which is, after all, our job: To make it be about problem-solving in real time, in the sense that there’s a real deadline on this stuff.
(and talking about sun... Cat Power's first new record containing original material since Jukebox will be out in September, and here's Ruin)

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