Apparently, the reviewers at Slate.com haven't been too thrilled with season four of THE OFFICE.  In a post on this past Thursday, they lay out just where exactly they feel the show is going wrong so far.  To quote from the article:

'We believe that the show's new long format is to blame. The season has kicked off with several hourlong episodes, the fourth of which airs tonight. In seasons past, each 22-minute episode has been a model of comedic restraint. Easy jokes were avoided. Funny ones landed swiftly and moved on to make room for the next. Rather than encouraging actors to mug and showboat, the camera paused briefly on subtle glances and smirks. Mindy Kaling, who writes for the show and plays the ditzy customer-service rep Kelly Kapoor, told Rolling Stone that The Office is a show without "chuffa"—a writers'-room term for "filler that seems like it's funny but isn't really a joke." The hourlong episodes make us wonder if there's a word for "filler that seems like a joke but isn't really funny."'

(click HERE to read the rest of the article)

I don't agree with all of their conclusions, but I do think they're dead-on with some points (especially with how Ryan has been handled so far, and whether or not a happy PB&J is best for the series).  I will admit that we have a LOT of room left this season, and it's hard to say how the whole thing will play out.  I wouldn't say I'm "worried" about the show at this point, but this article has tapped into some of my fears about what COULD happen.

So what do you guys think?

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