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The 2003-2004 Tubey Awards, Part Five

Best Use of Skid Row Member
Sebastian Bach rules! Make him date Lane! -- Pamie

Most Recent Proof that the American Revolution Might Have Been a Mistake
Let's hear it for NBC, which took the charming, off-kilter, visually experimental BritCom Coupling and turned it into the leaden, overly sexed, unfunny sitcom Coupling -- all while using scripts that were nearly identical to the U.K. original. Was it the acting? The too-beautiful American actors? The rushed timing (a natural result of cramming thirty minutes' worth of action into a twenty-two-minute episode)? We'll never know. We can only hope that the producers of the U.S. version of The Office have learned some lessons from the debacle, and that they avoid the same mistakes. -- LTG

Creepiest Character Assassination to Break Apart a Couple the Writers Threw Together Too Soon
From the moment Kate took his business card, you knew that none of the matches she'd set up for Michael would work out. Because Kate and Michael were right for each other, and their romance was sure to simmer for the entire season. But drastic ratings call for drastic measures, so Kate and Michael were in each other's arms a lot sooner than anyone expected. Then, realizing their mistake, the writers turned Michael, heretofore the cute, charming, and successful paragon of malehood, into a deceitful weasel who broke up his best friend's marriage by exchanging sexually explicit emails with his best friend's wife. Ugh. Then -- what? Oh, sorry. Miss Match. Then -- what? Oh. That show with Alicia Silverstone…yeah, that one. What? Yeah, well, if you thought it looked cute, then maybe you should have watched it, and it would still be on. Then -- what? Look, I don't think I am all "up in your grill" about it, I'm just saying. I don't care that the show's not on anymore. Forget it, all right? Never mind. But trust me, it was creepy. -- Daniel

Most Uncomfortably Literal Representation of What The Show Has Done To Its Fans
It's bad enough that Malarkey, ER's new resident, is one of the most pointless and annoying characters to befoul County General in a long time; worse that more capable and intriguing characters (like Glenn Howerton's Coop) were jettisoned. But this season, TPTB hit a new low in their seemingly passionate quest to insult its viewers: They had Malarkey puke on them. After eating a bad French fry, Malarkey choked and turned toward Triage's bulletproof glass. The camera cut to the other side of the glass for the money shot when the Heimlich dislodged the offending fry and dispatched a blast of goo from the vomit comet (itself already overused to the point of being a worrisome fetish) straight at the camera. And thus, the show effectively vomited all over its viewers. Thanks, TPTB. Oh, and: Ditto. -- Heathen

The First Annual egaruotnE Award for Reverse-Engineered Comedy in an Hour-Long Drama

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The 2003-2004 Tubey Awards, Part Five

Best Use of Skid Row Member
Sebastian Bach rules! Make him date Lane! -- Pamie

Most Recent Proof that the American Revolution Might Have Been a Mistake
Let's hear it for NBC, which took the charming, off-kilter, visually experimental BritCom Coupling and turned it into the leaden, overly sexed, unfunny sitcom Coupling -- all while using scripts that were nearly identical to the U.K. original. Was it the acting? The too-beautiful American actors? The rushed timing (a natural result of cramming thirty minutes' worth of action into a twenty-two-minute episode)? We'll never know. We can only hope that the producers of the U.S. version of The Office have learned some lessons from the debacle, and that they avoid the same mistakes. -- LTG

Creepiest Character Assassination to Break Apart a Couple the Writers Threw Together Too Soon
From the moment Kate took his business card, you knew that none of the matches she'd set up for Michael would work out. Because Kate and Michael were right for each other, and their romance was sure to simmer for the entire season. But drastic ratings call for drastic measures, so Kate and Michael were in each other's arms a lot sooner than anyone expected. Then, realizing their mistake, the writers turned Michael, heretofore the cute, charming, and successful paragon of malehood, into a deceitful weasel who broke up his best friend's marriage by exchanging sexually explicit emails with his best friend's wife. Ugh. Then -- what? Oh, sorry. Miss Match. Then -- what? Oh. That show with Alicia Silverstone…yeah, that one. What? Yeah, well, if you thought it looked cute, then maybe you should have watched it, and it would still be on. Then -- what? Look, I don't think I am all "up in your grill" about it, I'm just saying. I don't care that the show's not on anymore. Forget it, all right? Never mind. But trust me, it was creepy. -- Daniel

Most Uncomfortably Literal Representation of What The Show Has Done To Its Fans
It's bad enough that Malarkey, ER's new resident, is one of the most pointless and annoying characters to befoul County General in a long time; worse that more capable and intriguing characters (like Glenn Howerton's Coop) were jettisoned. But this season, TPTB hit a new low in their seemingly passionate quest to insult its viewers: They had Malarkey puke on them. After eating a bad French fry, Malarkey choked and turned toward Triage's bulletproof glass. The camera cut to the other side of the glass for the money shot when the Heimlich dislodged the offending fry and dispatched a blast of goo from the vomit comet (itself already overused to the point of being a worrisome fetish) straight at the camera. And thus, the show effectively vomited all over its viewers. Thanks, TPTB. Oh, and: Ditto. -- Heathen

The First Annual egaruotnE Award for Reverse-Engineered Comedy in an Hour-Long Drama

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