Of­fice an­tics re­flected

View­ers can learn a lot about how to sur­vive the daily grind via tele­vi­sion shows de­pict­ing the work­place

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

EVEN the Man­hat­tan tele­vi­sion stu­dio in NBC’s 30Rock isn’t im­mune to the re­ces­sion. As many are fac­ing the stress of cor­po­rate down­siz­ing, 30Rock re­turns in its fourth sea­son to deal with some busi­ness hard­ships.

The boss, Jack Don­aghy’s Alec Bald­win, re­ceives a huge bonus amid threats of cost-cut­ting. Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) stands up to the cor­po­rate hypocrisy, stag­ing a mini-strike. While set in the priv­i­leged world of show­biz, 30Rock has man­aged to find a way to re­flect the state of many work­places.

In fact, we can learn a lot about how to sur­vive the daily grind via tele­vi­sion. Shows as di­verse as The Of­fice, Curb Your En­thu­si­asm and How I Met Your Mother are loaded with con­flict. But they also teach us a lit­tle bit about res­o­lu­tion.

Newsra­dio: Week­days, SET, 9am and Fri­days dou­ble bill at 6.50pm. Co-work­ers talk­ing be­hind your back.

Con­flict: Dave (Dave Fo­ley) over­hears his sta­tion staff hav­ing a lit­tle fun at his ex­pense. With his ego bruised, he tur ns to head boss Jimmy James (Stephen Root), who sets every­one straight. Jimmy stashes Dave be­hind a cur­tain and then calls the group into his of­fice. When he an­nounces that he’s let­ting Dave go, they rush to his de­fence, prov­ing that they re­ally do ap­pre­ci­ate him. Res­o­lu­tion: Things aren’t al­ways as bad as they seem.

Ugly Betty: Wed­nes­days, 5pm, Vuzu. Back­stab­bing co-work­ers.

Con­flict: Betty (Amer­ica Fer­rera) gets her friend and for­mer neme­sis a job at Mode, but Kim­mie (Lind­say Lo­han) hasn’t changed a bit since high school, and she’s just us­ing Betty to get what she wants. The bat­tle be­tween the two comes to a head at a Mode cover shoot, when Betty gives Kim­mie good ad­vice, know­ing she’ll never lis­ten. Res­o­lu­tion: Some­times it pays to play by the rules.

Just Shoot Me! SET, Fri­days, 12.40pm. Climb­ing the cor­po­rate lad­der.

Con­flict: Amy Wat­son (Tif­fani Am­ber Thiesen) gets a job as Maya’s (Laura San Gi­a­como) as­sis­tant at Blush, but her hopes of climb­ing through the ranks are crushed when her new boss won’t take her writ­ing se­ri­ously. Amy by­passes Maya and goes to Jack (Ge­orge Se­gal) and gets the job she wants. Res­o­lu­tion: Don’t take no for an an­swer.

The Of­fice: on M-Net Se­ries at 8pm, Wed­nes­day: Dis­cre­tion with em­ploy­ees on fi­nan­cial mat­ters

Con­flict: The Dun­der-Mif­flin home of­fice in­for ms co-branch man­agers Jim (John Krasin­ski) and Michael (Steve Carell) that not every­one will be able to re­ceive an an­nual raise. Jim thinks the em­ploy­ees can be dealt with openly. Michael thinks they should be left in the dark. Res­o­lu­tion: When both ap­proaches anger the staff, Jim and Michael re­treat to an of­fice and drink gin.

How I Met Your Mother: e.tv, Fri­days at noon. Of­fice ac­quain­tances

Con­flict: Bar­ney Stin­son needs a new pal for nights out on the town. He ends up drink­ing with co-work­ers and drafts col­lege pal Randy (Will Forte) to be his new wing­man. Res­o­lu­tion: Mix­ing work and plea­sure turns out, not sur­pris­ingly, to be a bad idea. An ac­cept­able work­ing ac­quain­tance Randy is no more, as per­sonal de­tails are no longer hid­den. Awk­ward­ness ensues.

Spin City: Be­ing sup­port­ive of an ec­cen­tric boss, es­pe­cially in pol­i­tics.

Con­flict: Deputy mayor Mike Fla­herty (Michael J Fox) must deal with the quirks of his boss, DC Mayor Ran­dall Win­ston (Barry Bost­wick). Res­o­lu­tion: Fla­herty is so sup­port­ive of his boss that his fi­nal act as deputy mayor is to take the rap for a link to the Mafia the mayor un­wit­tingly had. – Los An­gles Times

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