Question: I always enjoy hearing your opinion, so I was wondering if you have had the chance to check out Thank God You're Here on NBC. I find it entertaining, and I love that the celebrities are very into it and excited, considering how scary improv must be. Any thoughts on the show?
Answer: I did give it a short review in the magazine, rating it a 6 out of 10, which seems pretty fair. This isn't the sort of show I tend to seek out, but I'm glad it's there as an entertaining alternative for those in search of a silly good time. It fills a void left when ABC dropped Whose Line Is It Anyway. Your question came on the same day I got a welcome surprise on my voicemail: a greeting from Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) thanking me for my good words. I'd suggested he be a regular, since he pretty much stole the episode I'd screened with his comic verve. He described the experience as "fun and nerve-racking." And to think, he made it look so easy ...
Dave Foley holds all the power on Thank God You're Here.
One-fifth of the late, great sketch comedy troupe Kids in the Hall, Dave Foley has gone full circle, returning to the unpredictable world of improv playing judge and jury on NBC's Thank God You're Here (Wednesdays at 8 pm/ET), an amusing comedy-competition series in which performers act in scenes without benefit of a script.
TV Guide: What qualifies you for this? Dave Foley: I think obviously being the wisest of all comedians is my main qualification. Really — if I'm to be honest with you — next to nothing. I have no qualifications for this job or, for that matter, any of the jobs I've ever had.
TV Guide: How does it feel wielding so much power over your comic colleagues? Foley: [Laughs] It's od
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This Monday's ratings highlights: Dancing with the Stars averaged 18.7 million total viewers over its 90-minute run, up 800K from last week. How I Met Your Mother and Old Christine, each with an audience of 7.73 million, were up 200K and 900K, respectively. Two and a Half Men and The King of Queens each drew about 13.4 mil, giving the latter its best numbers since November 2003. 24 (11.38 mil) was up 530 thou, while the 9 pm debut of Thank God You're Here was watched by 9.54 mil. A 90-minute Bachelor (9.23 mil) was down 830,000. Trailing CSI: Miami (15.94 mil) and The Bach, a second hour of Thank God (7.08 mil) did 1.6 mil better than the final Black Donnellys and gave NBC its best 18-49 delivery in the time slot since the Golden Globes on Jan. 15.