The Arizona Republic has an interesting story about how “stupid is the new smart” where TV comedy protagonists are concerned.
The Office’s Michael Scott, of course, is the poster boy for this phenomena.
“I don’t consider Michael as the stupid guy,” [Greg] Daniels said of his lead character. “He makes some very bad choices … I think in certain circumstances he’s very competent. There are just certain circumstances he’s not suited for.”
Indeed, The Office takes care to point out on occasion that, while Michael is a train wreck as a manager, he was an excellent salesman. And that’s crucial to being able to stomach the guy.
Link: Dumb but deep