Articles for The Office Season 5

Ugly Betty premiered and proved fairly stiff competition for Survivor, scoring a 4.9 ratings share to Survivor‘s 5.8. Grey‘s Anatomy beat CSI again, which makes feel warm and fuzzy inside. My Name is Earl is still trending downward and, for the second week in a row, The Office has improved on Earl‘s ratings in the second half of the nine o‘clock hour. ER is still holding steady, leading the ten o‘clock hour in front of ABC‘s new and boring Six Degrees. -Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer Read more »
Tonight marks the first time since "Seinfeld" was on the air that NBC can truly say Thursday is Must-See TV. It‘s rare these days to find a two-hour block of comedy on network television, let alone good comedy. Comprised of, in order, My Name is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, and 30 Rock, NBC‘s new Thursday night schedule is the biggest coup of the season, at least to me. NBC may be struggling these days, but I really like what they‘ve done this season. They only canceled one show I liked (Kidnapped), and kept on two very good shows (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Friday Night Lights) that have been receiving mediocre ratings.  Read more »
Fall 2006 Returing Shows Rank: 2The Office is the smartest comedy I‘ve ever seen. It also might be the most unique. There is no laugh track. The jokes stay away from the usual trappings of half-hour comedy (relationships, sex). The cast improvises much of the dialogue. The mockumentary aspect allows for the observational humor to pervade without dialogue. The whole vibe is just different, and it‘s this freshness that leads to The Office‘s appeal. That, and how funny it is. The cast on The Office is full of original comedic talent and their ability to improvise improves upon already great writing. The dynamic between receptionist Pam and salesman Jim is unique and engrossing. Rainn Wilson as Dwight has created a ridiculous and unbelievable character that works as a perfect comic foil for every other member of the cast. Steve Carrell pulls off the impossible role of Michael Scott with aplomb, at once annoying the hell out of everyone in The Office and somehow remaining sympathetic. The characters on The Office all have layers, are all three-dimensional, and it is this depth that allows for such sophisticated comedy to occur. The Office is going strong into it‘s third season, and should keep doing well for a long time. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about The Office. -Oscar Dahl Read more »
Season two of NBC‘s The Office was released on DVD on September 12, with several versions available. A special version available at Target includes star Jenna Fischer‘s "Behind the Scenes Video Blog" of the episode "Booze Cruise." The Best Buy exclusive "Severance Package" box set, also released on September 12, includes a Dunder-Mifflin notepad, pen, Post-It notes, a magnet, and a calendar. And, best of all, a phone number to Dwight Schrute‘s voicemail. The message you can listen to by calling this number (after getting a busy signal and redialing approximately eight thousand times) is, disappointingly, not from Dwight (Rainn Wilson) but his assistant ("assistant TO the assistant TO the regional manager"), who claims that Dwight is at a Lord of the Rings convention, and then offers to sell you some paper. The Best Buy box set includes both the first and second seasons on DVD, plus assorted special features. To listen to the hilarious voice mail message yourself, call 1-800-984-DMPC.- Mel Harris Read more »
NBC‘s The Office, which recently won the Emmy for Best Comedy, has been offering up an assortment of extras for the many fans on the Internet. The episodes have been available to purchase as downloadable files from iTunes for some time. NBC and YouTube recently held a "Create Your Own Promo" contest allowing amateur videographers to make their own promos for The Office. Over the summer, NBC‘s The Office website featured a series of ten webisodes entitled "The Office: The Accountants." In the webisodes‘ storyline, the accounting department of Dunder-Mifflin Scranton - Angela Martin (played by Angela Kinsey), Kevin Malone (Brian Baumgartner) and Oscar Martinez (Oscar Nuñez) – try to find a missing three thousand dollars. The Office‘s third season premieres September 21 on NBC. Read more »
The Office has officially cemented itself as the best comedy on television. You could say they did that last year, but now more people are watching, they won the Best Comedy Emmy, and they just kicked off their third season with a spectacular episode. The big question going in to last night was, of course, what would happen to Jim and Pam. I won‘t recap it, but I was satisfied with the way things played out. The Office writers resisted the urge to do something splashy or audience friendly, instead taking what was the more “realisticâ€? avenue. But what we really care about is laughing, right? The episode actually centered around accountant Oscar and his public “outingâ€?. Michael finds out that Oscar‘s gay and hijinks ensue. Steve Carrell is beyond funny as Michael Scott and is carving out one of the best comedic characters television has ever seen. Dwight is great as ever, and the evolution of Pam is at once heartbreaking and invigorating. I‘m absoultely amazed that NBC allowed The Office to focus it‘s highly anticipated season premiere on a ancillary character (Oscar). That takes balls, my friends. Any other show would have milked the Jim and Pam story for all it‘s worth. However, The Office has turned quiet subtlety into an art. The great comedies don‘t usually hit their strides until their third or fourth years, but I‘m just not sure how much better The Office can get.-Oscar DahlFull Recap of Last Night‘s Episode, “Gay Witch Huntâ€?(Courtesy of GiveMeMyRemote)  Read more »
Last night‘s episode of The Office, "The Coupâ€?, featured one of the funniest subplots the show has ever seen. At Jim‘s new office, the Stamford branch, the workers take a couple of breaks a day to play the computer game "Call of Dutyâ€?. "Call of Dutyâ€? is a WWII era first-person shooter that pits the Allies against the Nazis in various battles. It‘s a great game, I know from experience. However, the employees at the Dunder-Mifflin Stamford branch have taken things a little too far. Read more »
The Office remains hysterical while its stories get more and more ridiculous. And yet, the show retains its sense of “real-ness�?, but the writers are branching out, not afraid to take full advantage and explore the studio space. Steve Carrell is still incredible as the face of The Office, but he‘s not the one who gets the most laughs. At least not anymore. Read more »
Actress: Jenna FischerShow: The OfficeOccupation: ReceptionistPros: Cute, funny, kind, smart.Cons: Is a receptionist in Scranton, PA. No big future plans. Would be forced to attend Dunder-Mifflin company events from time to time. Pam is, realistically, probably a reach for this list, but I just like her so damn much. She‘s just an interesting, subtle and lovable character. You can‘t go wrong with Pam. #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1  Read more »
Dwight Schrute, Played By Rainn WilsonI‘ve touted Dwight Schrute‘s qualities before, and I‘ll do so again: Dwight is quickly becoming one of the more funny and unique characters in TV history.#10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
Ricky Gervais, the comedy mastermind behind the original, UK version of The Office, has written an episode, with writing partner Stephen Merchant, for the American version of the show. Gervais and Merchant were asked by producers early this year if they would write an episode and the pair were quite keen to do so, seeing as they‘re big fans of the American version of The Office. The episode, entitled “The Convict” is set to air on November 30th, which just happens to be the last day of sweeps. Do you think that NBC will hype the episode? There was previous speculation among fans that Gervais himself, along with other original Office cast members, would make an appearance on the NBC version. Unfortunately, this is not the case, for now at least. Read more »
The OfficeI watched the premiere of The Office when it first aired and, for some reason, I was non-plussed. Then, last Summer, I picked up the first season DVD and, suddenly, I got it. The Office is subtle and character-based, but once you get into it, you soon realize that The Office is the best and most consistent comedy on TV. It also might be my favorite show, in general, currently on television.Start Page / #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
Last night‘s special, hour-long Christmas episode of The Office made me wonder: could The Office permanently transform itself into an hour-long show, while keeping it‘s quality high? The episode was directed by Harold Ramis who is, by all means, a comedy God. His directorial touch is immediately apparent. The episode, although an hour-long, came at a rapid pace with no lulls whatsoever.The greatness of The Office was on full display last night. Whenever I write my Office reviews, I keep trying to find aspects to criticize. But I can‘t. The Office contains more laughs than almost every comedy on TV (South Park, maybe, being the exception), and tells heartfelt, believable stories on top of the high level of comedy.  Read more »
I know that I already reviewed last Thursday‘s episode of The Office, entitled "A Benihana Christmas", but that was before I headed over to MediaVillage. Our friends over there at the Village have written a far more in-depth and detailed look at the special hour-long episode, complete with the comedic and story highlights (with quotes too!). If you don‘t head over to MediaVillage often, you should. They‘ve got some great stuff.Just one more thought: I‘m not sure I‘ve ever witnessed a TV show get this much universal praise since "Seinfeld" was in its heyday. Everyone, and I mean everyone, loves The Office. It‘s unprecedented. Anyway, there‘s an excerpt after the jump. Read more »
Yesterday, The Writers Guild of America announced its nominees for their annual end of the year awards. This is the season for awards and, while largely inconsequential, I‘m a sucker for all of it. I love awards, I love nominations. I like to intelligently discuss (read: argue incoherently) the nominations with my friends and foes. Whose deserving? Who got the shaft? All good topics.The Writers Guild are, obviously, concerned with the written aspects of television, so it‘s right up my alley. I‘m generally in agreement with the group‘s nominees this year, although I have a couple of minor nitpicks.The nominees are... Read more »
Well, so it begins. The carousel is getting started and the under performing television programs are meeting their inevitable fates. I don‘t totally disagree with anything that either FOX or NBC are doing, but I always question the point of producing shows that any normal guy could see were destined for failure.Who on earth thought that the Lithgow/Tambor golden years comedy 20 Good Years would succeed? Anyone? Well, no more. 20 Good Years has been given the old boot and will be replaced by, to add insult to injury, a special two-hour edition of The Biggest Loser. Ouch.Here‘s the complete rundown of the changes: Read more »
AFI (the American Film Institute) recently announced their top ten television programs of 2006. They do this every year, and the thing I like about it is that they don‘t feel the need to rank them. It is, simply, their top ten favorites. The list is good, but I‘d make a few changes. We‘ll get to that in a second. AFI takes into account every TV show that has been on the air since January 2006 and, therefore, can contain shows that ended last May. They also incorporate miniseries into their list, although they don‘t usually include many in their top ten. The full list is after the jump. Read more »
Show: The OfficeThis was the moment fans had been waiting for. Not only was their dramatic kiss a long time coming, it also set up story lines for season three, as well as leaving a monster cliffhanger. If you‘re not a fan of The Office, you can‘t understand how long this moment had been in the offing. The build up was all worth it.Start Page / #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
My Name is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, and 30 Rock, all in a row. Could a comedy lover ask for more? NBC, finally, wisely, brought back the Must-See Thursday line-up, a sight for sore eyes. Live action comedy has been in dire straits over the last few years; this NBC line-up comprises four of the best five live-action comedies on network TV.Start Page / #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
The category of Best Actor in a Comedy Series has always been full of heavyweights. This year is no different. The Golden Globe nominees in this category are big names and all quite deserving, but I have a couple questions (though they may be deemed moot for eligibility reasons). The dearth of comedy on TV these days has thinned out the field, but what remains is still formidable.Digressing for a second; Isn‘t it about time we nominate voice actors in a category? Think about who would be nominated in a Best Voice Actor - Comedy category: Read more »
You know, I‘m always trying to kid myself. After watching a great episode of Lost or Grey‘s Anatomy or South Park or 24, I can make myself believe that that show is the best on television. It‘s always a lie, however. The Office is the best show on TV. Hands down, no one even close. It consistently puts out a half hour of comedy so dense in laughs, unique characters, and good stories that, after watching an episode like last night‘s, you absolutely know that The Office is the best show on television. I‘m still laughing at moments from yesterday‘s show. Read more »
Even when it‘s not so great, it‘s still pretty great.If the above statement can be deemed true, then you know you‘ve got something special. This is what last night‘s episode of The Office made me think. It didn‘t make me laugh out loud and, yet, I still loved it. If you‘re made to care about the characters, the laughs don‘t become a necessity. Of course, comedies are comedies are comedies. At the end of the day, funny is what they‘re there for. Last night‘s episode still had its share of laughs (which The Office always will; the cast and writers are too talented). But, what jokes worked and didn‘t work became inconsequential because a couple significant story lines emerged that could have long-term effects on the show. Read more »
There is not one show on network TV that makes me laugh like The Office. Adapted from the British show of the same name, its subtle humor has a style and uniqueness previously unseen on American TV. The pacing and plotting of The Office is far more relaxed than a typical show, which allows for the actors to manipulate comedic beats in ways sitcoms won‘t allow.The Office is unique in it‘s presentation: single camera, presented in widescreen, filmed on a practical set in a faux-documentary style, and shown on NBC without a laugh track. The actors are all well-versed in improvisation, and a large portion of each episode shown is unscripted. However, the one aspect that I find to be both unique and completely refreshing on The Office is the relationship between salesman Jim Halpert and receptionist Pam Beesley.  Read more »
The Office is getting more and more difficult to write about. It‘s really funny. Consistently funny. Great episodes, week after week, breed little in the way of discussion. But, alas, we must go over some aspect of The Office and the one that interests me the most, right now, is the character of Andy.Andy, played by Daily Show alum Ed Helms, has turned into one of the most devastatingly annoying characters on television. In fact, of all the people who are regularly on TV, here is how I rank the most annoying people, real or fictional:1.Rosie O‘Donnell2.Dr. Phil3.Sean Hannity4.Stephen A. Smith5.Andy from The OfficePretty elite company, if I may say so myself.  Read more »
Jenna FischerfromThe OfficeStart Page / #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
I‘m not sure why they keep tacking on "musical" to this comedy category. Has there ever been a musical series on TV, every episode full of song and dance? Is Barney the Talking Dinosaur considered for this category? I‘m not opposed to prime time musical series, but writing songs is hard. I just don‘t see twenty-two episodes working logistically.The five comedies nominated in this category each come with their own merits. I don‘t agree with all the nominees; there is one whose nod actually makes me visibly angry. In fact, I‘m repeatedly punching a metal wall right now. Broken hand aside, I‘m actually pretty pleased with the nominees for two reasons I‘ll get into in a moment. First, check out the nominees after the jump.  Read more »
The nominees for the Screen Actors Guild awards were announced today and, as always, prove to be a nice barometer of who really deserves these end-of-the-year acting nominations. Since SAG is comprised of actors, there is no group more qualified to dole out acting awards than them. Therefore, I trusts these awards and nominations more than any other acting nominations.This is not to say I don‘t disagree with some of their choices. I do. My biggest qualms actually come from their film nominees, but we won‘t get into to that. The nominations in each TV category are after the jump, with commentary.  Read more »
The Office. What is there left to write about? Really. How many ways are there to say "really funny?" To reiterate my feelings: The Office is the best comedy on TV. It may also be the best show on TV. Period. On a week-to-week basis, there is no show I look forward to more. In fact, I haven‘t eagerly anticipated anything on TV like I do The Office since the heyday of Seinfeld. Given this fact, that The Office is consistently hilarious, what can we discuss? Well, there is the Jim and Pam relationship. The "drama" of The Office. Which, for a comedy, is rare. Significant, weighty story lines are few and far between in popular, prime-time comedies. Complex and interesting relationships are even more desolate in the comedy landscape, which is why the Jim and Pam story is invigorating and, yet, sometimes jarring. Read more »
Featured in People Magazine‘s Sexiest Men Alive issue of 2006, John Krasinski appears to be more than just a goofy guy. With a useful educational background and much talent to spare, he can certainly make it far in the entertainment industry. Moreover, his unassuming yet sexy presence lands him a spot on the Emmy-winning sitcom The Office. Read more »
After yesterday‘s episode of The Office left Pam debating her aborted wedding, could a romantic twist be hiding somewhere in the last two sweeps episodes of The Office?  Fans will be happy to know things don‘t get too serious around The Office as NBC ramps up the laughs in an attempt to close strong on the much loved sitcom.   Keep on reading for top-secret details on what to expect from The Office as February sweeps come to a close. Read more »
Two things caught my attention during last night‘s episode of The Office:1) The character of Michael Scott often crosses the border of completely inappropriate behavior to such a ridiculous degree, that believability is lost.2) All those obsessive Jim and Pam fans who think they‘re soul mates, and that they should be together, and blah blah blah....they have to be killing themselves right now.Here‘s what I think Steve Carrell and the writers for The Office did sometime early in season 2.   They sat down and decided that, although they‘d set up The Office in a faux-documentary style and that the realism of the show was part of the appeal, the character of Michael Scott would be allowed to break down that wall whenever it was deemed necessary.  In essence, they decided to sacrifice some realism for the sake of comedy.  Which, since The Office is a comedy, was probably the right decision. Read more »
“Cocktails”, the new Office epsiode which NBC aired last night, will go down as the episode when we all realized that Jan is a freak.  Jan and Michael‘s relationship has always been a mystery, as in “Why would this seemingly sane person (Jan) want anything to do with a nutjob like Michael?”  We learned a little bit about Jan‘s neuroses in the episode after they got back from Jamaica (the one where the warehouse guys blew up the picture of a topless Jan).  But now, finally, we understand the real reason Jan wants Michael: she is crazy.Functionally crazy, but crazy nonetheless.  In the episode, Dunder-Mifflin‘s CFO throws a cocktail party which Michael, Jan, Dwight, Jim, and Karen attend.  At one point (after a litany of your standard inappropriate comments from Michael), Jan tries to persuade Michael into having a little tryst in the bathroom.  It doesn‘t end up happening, but we learn that Jan seems to be primarily interested in Michael for the sex.  Which is reasonable, I guess. Read more »
NBC’s The Office offers the latest in TV-reruns called “newpeats,” the show’s version of reconstructed past segments stitched together to create a new façade. On Thursday March 15, 2007, the network will integrate previously unaired material with a pair of episodes reruns. The episode entitled “Traveling Salesman” and “The Return,” which aired in January, will be re-edited to include deleted scenes, which have not been seen on television. This move is one strategy to boost the ratings during the content dearth known as repeat week, giving its replays a creative twist.  Read more »
If the great Newpeat experiment NBC is executing is doing nothing for your The Office appetite, we have a little relief in store for you in the form of some The Office spoilers!  The Office will return with a new episode April 4th, and the very premise has me rolling already.  What kind of trouble can Michael and Darryl possibly get into, and where?  And what about Jim and Pam?  Read on for more details. Read more »
What can you say?  The Office is, if anything, only getting better.  Last week‘s super-sized episode was absolutely spectacular, but tonight‘s might have been even better.  The episode, entitled “Safety Training” began with the return of Andy from Anger Management rehab.  He came back with a new name (“Drew”) and a new outlook on life.  Dwight, still harboring a grudge from Andy‘s hole-punching incident, vowed to shun him for the next three years.  Obviously, this had hysterical results. Read more »
For the last two and a half years, actor Rainn Wilson has distinctly established himself as the Assistant Regional Manager Dwight K. Schrute on NBC’s The Office. But in his upcoming movie entitled Girlfriend Experience, Wilson will depict a role quite different from his infamous neurotic character. In Girlfriend Experience, the 41-year old actor will be playing a lonely geek who hires a prostitute to pretend to be his girlfriend to make him seem more desirable to other women who don‘t charge money for sex. Joining Wilson in his own generated concept are writers Mark and Brian Gunn. Although he has worked in many movies, this will be Wilson’s first starring role. The upcoming movie, which is distributed by DreamWorks, will be produced by Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock‘s Montecito. Read more »
On tonight’s supersized episode of The Office, called “Women‘s Appreciation,” Phyllis has an encounter with a flasher. Want more details? Read on! Beware spoilers for the rest of the season.Don’t forget, The Office is on at a “special time” tonight (8:36/7:36c) after My Name is Earl’s supersized “Laugh ‘N Sniff” episode. Read more »
Setting things up for its season finale, this week’s The Office gave Jim/Pam fans everywhere something to talk about with some long-awaited resolution to last season’s cliffhanger, while still giving plenty of time for the usual amount of uncomfortable humor and personality conflicts expected from the Scranton employees, this time taking us beyond the confines of Dunder-Mifflin to the shores of Lake Scranton.  We also got to see Andy Bernard float down a river in a giant sumo wrestler costume. Read more »
After spending the last few episodes hinting towards big changes, The Office made what could possibly be the most impressive move in its season finale – keeping everything the same. Michael is back with Jan, Dwight is still his subordinate, the Jim/Pam/Karen love triangle is still in effect and, as far as who got the big promotion to the corporate office – nobody got it. Well, someone got it, but not who you would expect. Read more »
The Office star Jenna Fischer has been given twelve-week long recovery period for the back injury she sustained on May 14th. The 33-year old actress, who plays receptionist Pam Beesley on the hit comedy series, was at a party in New York City when she slipped and fell on a marble staircase. Read more »
John Krasinski has gained much popularity for his portrayal of Jim Halpert on the highly-followed comedy series, The Office. However, from this summer until the holiday season, fans can expect to see a lot of their favorite paper salesman in the big screen. Late last year, it was reported that the 27-year-old actor signed up to be one of the cast members in the football comedy, Leatherheads. The movie, which is scheduled for release in December, follows the story of an aging football hero named Dodge Connolly (George Clooney) who recruits a young college football star, Carter Rutherford (Krasinski), to join his struggling league. Academy-Award winner Renee Zelwegger will play Lexie Littleton, a journalist who gains the affections of both Dodge and Carter. Read more »
As we reported earlier, Steve Carell, lead actor on the comedy series The Office, has a new movie entitled Evan Almighty, which will hit theaters on June 22, 2007. For Carell, who has stepped in to fill Jim Carrey’s shoes as the lead character in the sequel of Bruce Almighty, he doesn’t feel much pressure in leading a massively budgeted film. “Not really. There’s nothing I can do about it,” Carell has said when asked if he feels the weight of turning the highly budgeted film into a success. “My job was done when I wrapped the movie. I feel like I did the best that I could do and brought everything I could as a performer, but it’s completely out of my hands. I hope people like it, I hope people go to see it. But I guess I’ve learned there’s no stock in being neurotic about things I have no control over.” Read more »
There has been talk that Ben Silverman, the new chairman of the NBC network, is planning to create a spin-off of their hit comedy series, The Office, with fan favorite Dwight Schrute, played by actor Rainn Wilson, leading the show. The Office is an adaptation of the equally popular UK program with the same name. Silverman brought the series to the United States in 2004 as a midseason replacement. Producer Greg Daniels developed (and continues to work on) the show, while original series creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are credited as part of the production staff. Read more »
Steve Carell, star of the comedy series The Office, has yet another moving coming up. Aside from Evan Almighty, which hit theaters on Friday, he will be starring in the romantic comedy film entitled Dan in Real Life.Apart from his role on The Office as Michael Scott, Carell is known for his roles in movies such as Andy Stitzer in The 40-Year Old Virgin, Brick Tamland in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and Frank Ginsburg in Little Miss Sunshine. Popularly known for his comedic acting, he has won numerous awards from various award-giving bodies. Read more »
This coming fall, a video game based on the hit NBC series The Office will be released. Developed by MumboJumbo, the game features the characters from the paper company Dunder-Mifflin as they complete their jobs while pulling pranks around the office.The Office, an award-winning comedy series, follows the day-to-day activities of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictitious Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company. Despite being scripted, the series takes the form of a documentary with a presence of the camera being acknowledged. The show stars Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and B.J. Novak just to name a few. Read more »
Jenna Fischer, cast member on NBC’s The Office, will be gracing the big screen in the upcoming comedy The Brothers of Solomon.Fischer, a 33-year old native of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, is an actress currently playing Pam Beesly on the comedy series The Office. Her other acting credits include That ‘70s Show, Cold Case, Strong Medicine, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Fear, and most recently, Blades of Glory. Read more »
Last night‘s episode of The Office, entitled "Diwali", featured what may have been the absolute low point for the character of Michael Scott, played by Steve Carrell. Not the low point for the show, mind you: The Office was as funny as ever. The problem is that there seems to be no basement for how pathetic Michael Scott can be. This wouldn‘t be a problem if he were a bad guy and we hated him. But, at this point, well into the third season of The Office, we sympathize and (almost) like Michael Scott, Regional Manager of the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin.  Read more »
There has been much discussion among fans of The Office about how and when they would bring the characters from the two branches together. Would one of the branches close? Would some of the employees merely transfer? Would they all move into the same big office? I had always assumed that this story line regarding the "merge" would be gradual, at the very least taking shape over the course of a few episodes. I was wrong. The Office answered all the questions and wrapped up the story within one 22-minute episode. Impressive. Read more »
Our friends over at GiveMeMyRemote have gone crazy previewing today‘s Office episode. As it is every Thursday over there, today is The Office Thursday. She‘s got all sorts of clips and interviews and pretty much everything you could possibly want to know about tonight‘s episode and any and all public dealings involving the cast. Read more »
In an uncommon sign of good sense, NBC has announced that they‘ll attempt to rekindle that old "Must See TV" magic and schedule the network‘s four best comedies from 8-10PM on Thursday nights. In order, NBC will air My Name is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, and 30 Rock one after the other.Thank the Lord. I can‘t believe it‘s taken this long for NBC to consolidate the (far and away) best comedies they produce. Those fours shows are, arguably, the four best live-action comedies on TV today (although, How I Met Your Mother might have something to say about that). What took NBC so long?  Read more »
While visiting her parents in her hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Office star Mindy Kaling spent most of her time doing one of the things she loves the most: shopping. Kaling was supposed to be working on a script for The Office’s fourth season.  Instead, the 28-year-old writer and actress ended up going store-hopping along Newbury Street last week. Read more »
It‘s very, very rare that a half-hour comedy will make fans legitimately care about where the story is going to go coming into a new season.  The Office is one of those rare shows.  Not only is it the funniest show on TV (when Curb Your Enthusiasm returns, we‘ll talk), its plot lines, and cliffhangers between seasons, are truly meaningful to fans.  So, when executive producer Greg Daniels spoke to press late last week and gave some hints about what‘s to come on season four of The Office, fans listened.  Thanks to IGN, here are the major nuggets of info regarding the upcoming season of The Office. Read more »
What a great day for The Office.  The recognition it‘s been receiving over the last year is a bit overdue, but fans will take it.  The Office, being the best show on television, should receive a massive amount of high-profile nominations, and it has.  After taking home the Best Comedy statue last year, The Office will be the favorite to win it again this year.  The increased recognition for the show has also garnered more acting nods than it‘s ever received, a couple of which should make fans squeal with joy.  Let‘s take a look at all of The Office‘s 2007 Emmy Nominations: Read more »
Get ready for longer hours at The Office. NBC announced on July 16 that the fourth season premiere episode of the hit series would be an hour long.  Later that day, executive producer Greg Daniels proclaimed that the series would run long for its first four weeks back on the air, filling up four of the five extra half-hours on the fall schedule.  The production of longer episodes is in accordance with NBC‘s plan to lessen reruns on the network. Read more »
It‘s back to work for the people of The Office, including actress Jenna Fischer, who fractured her back in four places almost three months ago. The 33-year-old Emmy nominee was at a party in New York in May, when, on her way to the dance floor, she slipped and fell on a marble staircase.  Her doctor gave her 12 weeks to fully recover, and although she is still suffering, Jenna Fischer returned to work with the rest of The Office cast on Monday.  Read more »
In case you didn‘t know, Craig Robinson, who plays warehouse foreman Darryl Philbin on The Office, is currently starring in a new web series called Mr. Robinson‘s Driving School, which is broadcast on MSN and heavily financed by Volvo.Mr. Robinson‘s Driving School features the Office actor as he proves that he‘s the best driving instructor in town.  The series includes some interactivity for viewers such as a driving lessons game and a chance to leave voicemails that may be used in future episodes. Read more »
Ed Helms, who plays Andy Bernard, has earned his spot on The Office, starting off as a recurring actor on season 3 and officially promoted as a regular cast member by the end of the year.  Although becoming a series regular was something he aspired toward, the 33-year-old actor reveals that he remained unassuming so as not to get his hopes up. “I certainly harbored hope that it would continue.  But I didn‘t have any illusions.  When I first started it was an eight-episode arc and it just sort of kept going.  It wasn‘t until we figured out a contract to become a series regular that I allowed myself the excitement - the ability to really embrace it and be excited about it,” Helms told IGN. Read more »
When The Office left off last season, Jenna Fischer‘s character, Pam, seemed on the verge of finally embarking on a relationship with Jim, played by John Krasinski.  With under a month to go before the series returns with its fourth season premiere, Fischer‘s marriage to her real-life Jim seems to have come to an end. The 33-year old actress has been married to writer/director/filmmaker James Gunn for nearly seven years since October 2000.  The couple have just announced their decision to separate. Read more »
Premiere Date and Time: Thursday, September 27, 9pm (special one-hour premiere)Network: NBCTime Slot Competition: Grey‘s Anatomy, CSI:, Don‘t Forget the Lyrics, SupernaturalCast: Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Melora Hardin, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Mindy Kaling, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez Read more »
In BuddyTV‘s 2007 Fall TV Guide, we reviewed all the returning shows to tell you what’s worth watching according to three of our writers, Oscar Dahl, Debbie Chang and John Kubicek.10. Heroes Heroes is a show whose pilot I wasn‘t all that enamored with and therefore never got into.  Everything I‘ve read and heard tells me that I got the wrong first impression.  I‘m going to simultaneously watch the season 1 DVDs and give season two a chance.  We‘ll see what happens. Read more »
Next month, the very first convention for NBC‘s The Office will be held in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where the Emmy award-winning comedy series is set.  Although the show is actually filmed in Los Angeles, it has made numerous references to the “Electric City.” The Office, which centers on the employees of a fictional paper company in Scranton, has had a huge impact on the city.  Many locals religiously follow the series, and last December, flocked to the Mall of Steamtown to meet Emmy nominee Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight Schrute in the series. Read more »
It‘s a frustrating day for The Office.  After last year‘s victory in the Best Comedy category and coming off what most would consider an ever better season this year, The Office team had to expect to take home the Comedy Emmy once again.  But, alas, it was not to be.  30 Rock, the other upstart NBC comedy from Saturday Night Live alum Tina Fey, perked up and hijacked the Best Comedy Emmy, surprising anyone who watched both 30 Rock and The Office last year.  The Office was shut out in all the acting categories as well.  Steve Carell was more or less the favorite to win Best Actor in a Comedy Series, but he lost out, perhaps fittingly, to the original Michael Scott, Ricky Gervais.  Rainn Wilson lost Best Supporting Actor to Jeremy Piven (Entourage) and Jenna Fischer lost to Jaime Pressly (My Name is Earl). Read more »
It‘s been four months since Jim burst in on Pam‘s confessional in last season‘s finale in order to ask her out to dinner. In its season premiere, fans of The Office were finally clued in to what happened after that brief conversation. This bit of drama, however, still did not get in the way of the usual antics to be expected from the NBC sitcom. Michael Scott continues to embarrass himself in new ways, Dwight is as horrendously inappropriate as ever, and Toby is still as underappreciated as Creed is creepy. Read more »
In its second episode of the season, The Office this week takes the time to show us what has become of Dunder Mifflin‘s former temp made boss, Ryan, as well as give us an update on nearly every single one of the romances we‘ve been introduced to over the years. But, as important as all of those relationships are to fans of the show, there is still plenty of time for regional manager Michael Scott to take his incompetence to new heights as staff continues to demonstrate the everyday awkwardness the NBC sitcom does so well. Read more »
This hour-long Office experiment is going well.  At first, the idea to run out four hour-long episodes of The Office to kick off the season seemed a little arrogant, but the show has retained its humor and momentum each of the first two hours.  The Office has to be the only comedy on TV able to pull off this stunt, in part because the characters are so well-developed and the comedy comes from a variety of sources in a variety of ways.  That‘s the beauty of The Office: it changes gears so quickly and seamlessly that one second you‘re admiring the comic subtlety of John Krasinski and the next you‘re watching Michael Scott drive his car into a lake.  Read more »
The Office moves through its fourth season as Dunder Mifflin celebrates the launch of its company website, the brainchild of Michael‘s former temp, Ryan. More importantly, however, this week finally gave us some of the deeply missed Jim/Pam pranks along with some surprising chemistry between various staff members and an oddly sympathetic Dwight. It even gave us some dramatic tension as Michael risked jail time by holding a pizza delivery guy hostage. Read more »
The Office is back.  Not that it really ever left, but there were some criticisms of the season‘s first two episodes. Most revolved around the hour-long episodes that NBC is rolling out to begin the season.  Fans have been lukewarm on these sixty minute editions, feeling that it‘s just a little too long to keep up the momentum.  I somewhat disagree, in that I really enjoyed the first two episodes.  For me, The Office is like Lost.  Even the worst episodes are better than most everything else on TV.  Who am I to complain?  Consistent greatness is a difficult trend to keep up.  I give props to NBC for experimenting with the hour-longs, and although it seems unlikely they‘ll ever do it again, I think it was worth a shot.  Last night‘s episode, for instance, was great from start to finish.  Sure, there was a hiccup or two (the kidnapping thing was a little much), but I laughed my ass off throughout.  Read more »
Comedy is all about mood.  You watch anything in the right mood and it will strike you as funny.  If you‘re alone and bitter and totally sober and you force yourself to watch something supposedly funny, you probably won‘t be laughing all that much.  That‘s just the way it is.  I find that The Office is usually funny in any mood, merely ranging from “chuckle to yourself” to “wildly convulsing on the carpet” depending upon one‘s mood.  Watching last night‘s off-kilter, atypical hour-long episode of The Office ("The Money"), I was mostly chuckling to myself, but more than that, I was thinking about what The Office has become, if the dramatic elements were taking away from the laughs, if I was delusional, if The Office was the first comedy whose characters I legitimately care about, and if the writers have already beaten Jan‘s character to death. Read more »
In the last of the one-hour episodes of the season, this week‘s The Office gives us a glimpse of Dwight‘s life at home when Jim and Pam stay for an overnight at Shrute Farm. Jim and Pam weren‘t the only Dunder Mifflin employees exploring their new relationship, however. Tonight‘s episode also gave us some progress with Jan and Michael, Kelly and Darryl, and even Andy and Angela. The show opens with Michael throwing his coat at Pam. Apparently, Michael is in the middle of watching The Devil Wears Prada and is emulating Meryll Streep‘s character, shouting orders at Pam from his office. After finally finishing the movie a few days later, since Michael only watches movies in brief intervals, he apologizes to Pam after realizing that Streep‘s character was actually not intended to be a good person. Read more »
Finally.After a month of holidays, egg nog, and more Snoopy and Ralphie Parker than one knows what to do with, we‘re finally back to normal. January is upon us, 2007 has begun its tyrannical, 300-plus day reign, and our favorite TV shows will no longer bludgeon us with repeats. Tomorrow, January 3rd, brings the return of a couple of our favorites, as well as two brand new shows.After that, the flood begins, and over the next month virtually every original program will air new episodes. A full list of the returning dates for most every show on television is after the jump. Read more »
The Office returned to a half-hour tonight after a month of hour-long episodes.  Reaction was decidedly mixed to those hour-long editions of The Office, with complaints that the sixty minutes was just too long to sustain the show‘s style of comedy.  I disagreed, and really enjoyed the first four episodes this season, particularly last week‘s somewhat dark, character-driven episode which showed us sides of Dwight and Michael never previously seen.  I‘ve heard Office fans everywhere excited to be getting back to the half-hours, but the problem is this: tonight‘s episode felt short.  Really short.  Read more »
As part of FOX‘s Fall TV press junket in Los Angeles last week, we were lucky enough to receive an invite to the FOX Fall Eco-Casino party at trendy nightclub Area in West Hollywood.  Being a lowly internet writer, this was my first experience at a big-time Hollywood event.  They even had a red carpet (which I did not walk down; bloggers use the back entrance, out of sight from the real press), which was all flash bulbs and TV cameras.  Exciting stuff.  We were driven from our hotel to the club, dropped off at the press table, picked up our credentials and walked straight in.  It was sweet. Read more »
The previous season of The Office ended with Jim finally asking Pam to go out on a date, and apparently, the fans are not the only ones who are awaiting to see what the future holds for these two Dunder-Mifflin employees. Series star John Krasinski, the actor behind the paper salesman/office prankster, said he is interested to see how the new relationship will work out.  "They‘re so compatible for each other, I think it would be interesting to see, after all that pressure, what a relationship would be like," Krasinski told San Antonio Express-News.  "I feel like there would be some sort of awkwardness.  There‘s a lot of pressure ... and I think both of those characters would feel that after a while." Read more »
The Office, a remake of the hit British series, really took off on NBC, becoming one of its top shows. One of the major draws of the show during the first two seasons, besides the antics of Michael Scott & Dwight K. Schrute, was the Jim and Pam will-they-or-won’t-they relationship. After their long-awaited kiss and Pam’s “I can’t” in the second season finale, that all changed, as Pam broke it off with her fiancé and Jim started dating Karen, their new co-worker from the Stamford office. But will they really keep Jim and Pam apart for another season? There’s clearly still something there. Brian Baumgartner, who plays Kevin Malone, says that while he doesn’t know what’s going to happen with Jim and Pam, “there is some big stuff coming up for that in the finale. I can tell you that Kevin plays an important role in deciding Karen or Pam. And he takes that role very seriously.” Read more »
The residents of Scranton, Pennsylvania finally reaped the rewards of having a hit show set in their town.  Scranton, “The Electric City,” is the setting for NBC‘s The Office, though the show has never filmed there.  Last weekend, Scranton was host to the first ever Office Convention, and the turnout was exceptional.  Most of the cast flew into town, as well as prominent local Scranton leaders and hordes of excited fans.  The weekend kicked off on Friday with live footage from the University of Scranton on NBC‘s Today Show, featuring Al Roker and some of the cast, including Kate Flannery, Creed Bratton, and Oscar Nunez. Read more »
Stanley the Manley.  As funny as all the other characters are on The Office, Stanley may lead them all in laughs per word spoken.  So, I was excited when I read that tonight‘s episode of The Office was about Stanley, and his possible recruitment to the Dunder-Mifflin Utica branch.  Unfortunately, Stanley gets less screen time than the episode‘s plot would lead one to believe, though this is quickly forgiven.  Tonight‘s Office was possibly the funniest of the season.  Hilarious throughout, there wasn‘t a whole lot in the way of story development, but we did get the return of Karen Filippelli and three gloriously fake mustaches.  Read more »
Starting this morning, the entirety of Hollywood is in a state of flux.  The writers‘ strike is fully on at this moment, and the effects will be both immediate and long-lasting.  The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Letterman, Leno, Conan, Kimmel, even Carson Daly – all will immediately go dark.  Until an agreement is reached between the WGA and producers, the entirety of late-night will be in re-runs.  The Office, in terms of scripted shows, is in one of the most interesting positions of any series.  Most members of The Office cast are also members of the Writers Guild, and have been told by the Guild to stop showing up for work.  These cast members include Steve Carell, BJ Novak, Mindy Kaling, and Paul Lieberstein. Read more »
This Thursday‘s Green Week episode of The Office, “Survivor Man,” Michael Scott (Steve Carell) is not invited to Ryan‘s special Dunder-Mifflin wilderness retreat, causing the regional manager to attempt his own survival journey. “Hilarity ensues” can really go without saying for any premise The Office comes up with.Back at the actual office, the only clue we‘re given to the B-story is “Jim (John Krasinski) tries to revolutionize the office birthday party.” It looks like we‘re in for another “when the cat‘s away” story. Continue reading for some sneak peek video clips from this Thursday‘s episode. Read more »
If you were wondering why Steve Carell would not cross the picket line once the writers‘ strike started on Monday, tonight‘s episode of The Office is one of the reasons: Carell wrote it.  This is the second episode of The Office Carell has written, the first one being the very famous second season finale with the big Jim-Pam kiss.  Tonight brings lighter fare, but not by much.  What seems like a one and done episode without much character work at first turns into much more by the end.  Read more »
There‘s something that NBC probably doesn‘t want you to know right now.  It‘s a sobering piece of news, something even I wasn‘t aware of until yesterday: The Office only has one more new episode to air, and that episode is on this Thursday.  As a result of the writers‘ strike, The Office has shut down production, leaving only one last finished episode in the can.  So, just remember, this Thursday‘s Office may be the last new installment any of us see until Fall 2008, or even (shudder) 2009.  It‘s a crazy time for TV. Read more »
Do you like props?  Who doesn‘t, right?  NBC is putting props from all its most popular shows up for auction starting next week, and anyone can bid on them.  I‘ve never heard of anything like this happening before, but I probably just haven‘t been paying attention.  So, on Monday, the auctions will begin with items that I presume will range from the very pricey (Tim Sale‘s Heroes paintings) to the affordable (Dunder-Mifflin warehouse uniforms).  I wonder if this has anything to do with the writers‘ strike, a sort of juvenile ploy by the networks to anger the writers and actors while production is shut down.  It probably doesn‘t, but the timing is a little suspicious. Read more »
Being that The Office is probably my favorite show on television, and that I am all too aware of the ramifications of the on going writers‘ strike, there is no way for me to judge tonight‘s Office episode with any sort of rationality.  There is a strong likelihood that this will be the last new episode of The Office we see for nine months, possibly longer, and it left a very weird taste in my mouth.  “The Deposition” was an atypical episode of The Office, one that basically put the character of Michael Scott on trial and humiliated him over and over again.  What seemed needlessly cruel during the deposition redeemed itself simply through Michael‘s reactions at the end – another reminder of how fundamentally kind and good Michael Scott, the person, is.  And just how clueless he is. Read more »
The Office has run out of new episodes thanks to the devastating WGA writers‘ strike.  For many television fans, The Office is the highlight of the broadcast week.  In millions of households, The Office is at least a staple of the viewing schedule.  Thanks to the WGA ties within the cast and crew, The Office became one of the strike‘s very first and highest profile casualties.  What‘s an Office fan to do to pass the time until Fall 2008, the likeliest return date for (arguably) television‘s best comedy?  Well, although it won‘t make up for the show‘s absence, The Office‘s four main stars will be appearing in a number of upcoming theatrical films.  Here‘s where you can find Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and Rainn Wilson while The Office remains on hiatus.  Read more »
When The Office started, Melora Hardin was introduced as Jan, Michael Scott‘s (Steve Carell) superior at the New York City corporate headquarters of the fictitious paper distributor Dunder Mifflin.  She immediately connected with her character and gave it her own “personality,” different from the original BBC version.  Her character was known as a driven and successful woman, whose no-nonsense managerial style collides with Michael‘s laid-back and casual approach.  Despite their opposite personalities and despite her rejection of Michael‘s multiple advances, she was drawn to him, which eventually led to their office romance. In an interview with hobotrashcan.com, Hardin dishes out on her character‘s relationship with Michael and what she hopes for Jan in the future. Read more »
So, maybe NBC isn‘t going back to iTunes anytime soon.  NBC announced today a deal with online DVD distributor NetFlix that will allow NetFlix subscribers to watch episodes of popular NBC shows like The Office, 30 Rock, and Friday Night Lights at NetFlix.com the day after the shows air on NBC.  In addition, DVDs of previous episodes will be available both online and through NetFlix‘s typical distribution method – DVD by mail.  This announcement comes just months after NBC dropped iTunes as its primary online distributor for old TV episodes.  Read more »
I did not go to business school.  Stories like these generally don‘t make a whole lot of sense to me and, I assume, the details aren‘t all that important to the typical television viewer.  With that in mind, let‘s just take a look at the end result here.  Over the weekend, NBC Universal pulled all of its television content from Apple‘s iTunes Store.  This has been long in the making, beginning with NBC halting the placement of new episodes of The Office on iTunes this season.  But now, all current and previous seasons of NBC television content has been pulled from iTunes, possibly for good.  Read more »
The Office may be closed right now, but series star Jenna Fischer still has some reasons to celebrate. For one, the 33-year-old actress is appearing in her first starring role in a major film, which is scheduled to hit screens nationwide on Friday, December 21. "I‘m lucky that really great scripts keep coming my way," Fischer, who will appear as John C. Reilly‘s love interest in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, told the Los Angeles Times.  "I‘m the love of Dewey Cox‘s life.  I‘m that one woman who can love him through his genius and madness." Read more »
Having a starring role in a hit television series doesn‘t automatically make one a media magnet. This, apparently, has proven to be true for Jenna Fischer, who has starred as receptionist Pam Beesly in NBC‘s Emmy winning-comedy The Office since 2005.  The 33-year-old actress claims that she goes unnoticed by pesky photographers whenever she‘s out and about in Los Angeles. Read more »
Check out all our lists for BuddyTV‘s Top 7 of ‘07 to relive the best and the worst of the year in television.Why was this finale of The Office better than the previous season? After all, it’s hard to top the first time Pam and Jim kissed at Casino Night. However, on the season 3 finale, Jim decides to bail on Karen and asks Pam out on an official date. It left fans over the moon – after all, The Office wouldn’t pull them apart twice on us, would they? Read more »
Check out all our lists for BuddyTV‘s Top 7 of ‘07 to relive the best and the worst of the year in television.We all knew that Sprinkles wasn‘t doing well. She needed insulin, an ace inhibitor, cream, and pills to keep her health in tact. The thing is – Sprinkles is a cat. A cat that became too sick for Dwight Schrute to tolerate. On the season 4 premiere of The Office, Dwight euthanized his girlfriend‘s cat, causing sadness to animal (and Dwangela) lovers everywhere. Read more »
Check out all our lists for BuddyTV‘s Top 7 of ‘07 to relive the best and the worst of the year in television.Oscar Dahl ranked The Office 1st.  He says...The Office, despite being a hit just the way it is, decided to not be scared of change. Jim and Pam are a couple, Ryan is now Michael‘s boss, Jan turned into a psychopath, and Dwight killed Angela‘s cat. The season 3 finale delivered on all levels, and finally appeased "Jam" hopeful across the world. But, most importantly, the series remains laugh-out loud funny at every turn. The Office has already established itself as the best network comedy of the decade and has only gained steam throughout its four seasons. 2007 may have been its best year yet. (click here to read Oscar Dahl‘s complete Top 7 list) Read more »
Check out all our lists for BuddyTV‘s Top 7 of ‘07 to relive the best and the worst of the year in television.Here‘s the deal. If I were walking down the street in New York City and passed a thousand John Krasinskis, I wouldn‘t do a double-take. I wouldn‘t even break my stride to check him out. I‘d just keep going because he looks like every other guy on the street. He may not be Wentworth Miller or Taye Diggs but John Krasinski brings a different kind of hotness, one that makes him number one in my book. Read more »
Amazon.com has come up with a way to make tax season a little less stressful.  The e-commerce company is selling tax prep packages this season, featuring characters from NBC‘s TV series The Office as examples of the types of taxpayers who might try out different packages.The Dunder-Mifflin employees are featured on Amazon‘s Tax Central page, where customers can download copies of Intuit‘s TurboTax and H&R Block‘s TaxCut.  Read more »
The Spirit Awards is taking place next month, with The Office star Rainn Wilson taking over hosting duties this year.  Wilson has been using his strike-imposed break to prepare for his upcoming gig. “I‘ve been doing my homework and watching previous Spirit Awards,” Wilson, who admitted he has never attended the ceremony before, told Entertainment Weekly.  Last year‘s Spirit Awards was hosted by comedienne Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Show), and Wilson has no intention of trying to upstage his predecessor.  “Well, I could never compete with Sarah Silverman.  I will never be able to say the word vagina as many times as she can.” Read more »
It seems The Office viewers have been going crazy over the show’s amusing Dwight Schrute Bobbleheads.  As of last week, the NBC Universal Store had sold over more than 150,000 units of the product, which is modeled after the hilarious character played by Rainn Wilson.  The bobbleheads first hit shelves in April 2006, and has since then become the biggest seller in the store’s eight-year history. "The desire to take home a piece of The Office with the Dwight bobblehead has exceeded all of our expectations," Judith Dutch, vice president of NBC Universal’s retail operations and consumer marketing, said. Read more »
The 14th Screen Actors Guild Awards or SAG got underway on Sunday, January 27, 2008.  NBC‘s The Office took home the SAG for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Comedy Series. The Office won thanks to the comedic talents of Steve Carell as Michael Scott, Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly, Melora Hardin as Jan Levinson, John Krasinski as Jim Halpert, Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute and B.J. Novak as Ryan Howard among others.  Read more »
In light of recent developments, there now seems to be a ray of hope on the horizon for an imminent resolution to the writers‘ walkout.  With a tentative agreement issued jointly by the Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the buzz is that a number of shows will soon resume production. NBC‘s The Office actually already has fresh material all set for filming.  The sitcom was about to shoot a script during the first week of the scribes‘ strike.  However, the script never got produced because The Office‘s lead star, Steve Carell, refused to cross the picket line. Read more »
After three months of picketing in front of their networks, members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) finally decided to go back to work.  The decision came following Tuesday‘s vote, where over 90 percent of the 3,775 WGA members agreed with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers or AMPTP‘s proposed contract. With the scribes‘ walkout officially over, the networks are now all abuzz with getting fresh episodes of many of their primetime shows penned and produced.  At NBC, one of the shows certain to get new installments underway is the hit sitcom, The Office. Read more »
Last week, we reported that NBC‘s hit comedy The Office will be back with new episodes beginning Thursday, April 10.  While the just-concluded writers‘ strike was going on, some of The Office personnel kept busy with other gigs that allowed them to practice their passions. Late last month we mentioned that B.J. Novak, who plays Ryan Howard on The Office, has been taking his stand-up comedy act to various campuses around the United States.  More recently, his co-star, Brian Baumgartner, who portrays the character Kevin Malone on The Office, has had the chance not only to do something outside of their show, but to revisit his old stomping grounds. Read more »
Two things have occurred recently that, in all likelihood, could have direct bearing on the much-awaited new episodes of NBC‘s The Office.  First, the hundred-day-long writers‘ strike was resolved and second, The Office‘s main man, Steve Carell, was recruited for jury duty.Carell, who stars as the overeager boss, Michael Scott, in The Office, spoke at the recently held WonderCon, where he was one of the panelists for the movie, Get Smart.  Although Carell was there primarily for his upcoming film, he did manage to include a few tidbits about his NBC sitcom. Read more »
Steve Carell of NBC‘s hit sitcom, The Office, is a busy guy these days.  Not only will he soon be back filming new, post-strike installments for The Office, but he has also been making the rounds of talk shows to promote his upcoming big screen projects. Come June, moviegoers will get a chance to see The Office star in his latest flick, Get Smart, with Anne Hathaway.  Before that, Carell‘s fans can give a listen to him voicing one of the characters in the animated film adaptation of the beloved Dr. Seuss classic, Horton Hears a Who, due out in theaters on March 14. Read more »
The employees of Dunder-Mifflin are going back to their desks as The Office begins airing new episodes beginning April 10.  Before going on hiatus, fans have witnessed Pam and Jim as they are forced to admit that they are dating.  Viewers also saw Angela as she breaks up with Dwight and begins dating Andy to make him jealous, while Michael and Jan are still living together despite that fact that Michael chose the company over her. The comedy continues with the episode called “Dinner Party.”  Read on for spoilers. Read more »
NBC announced their plans today for the 2008-2009 TV season, which include a continuation of Knight Rider, the return of Friday Night Lights, and new shows revolving around classic characters like King Arthur and Robinson Crusoe.  However, the most interesting news that NBC talked about were the huge plans they have in store for The Office.  Not only will the hit comedy series have more hour-long episodes and online webisodes, but it‘s also landed the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot for 2009.  In addition to that, executive producer Greg Daniels will be creating a spin-off of the series that will also debut after the big game. Read more »
NBC had their upfronts yesterday, and announced a whole new slate of shows that will premiere over the course of the next year.  The proposed 52-week schedule is a ground-breaking one.  It contains more series than any other network has attempted before, and will very much decrease the amount of re-runs over the year.  There are some very intriguing new series slated to premiere on the peacock, and we‘ve got the basic information and synopses for each of them.  In case you missed it, we wrote an article running down the entire NBC presentation yesterday: NBC Upfronts. Read more »
The Office generates a significant portion of its laughs from making the audience uncomfortable.  Sometimes the awkwardness of a situation can almost become unbearable, and thus the laughter comes less from pure humor and more as a defense mechanism.  Michael and Jan, as their relationship on The Office currently stands, are a whole bundle of uncomfortable.  There‘s nothing worse, in real life, than being around a dysfunctional, passive-aggressive couple in the throes of antagonism.  What The Office writers do with Michael and Jan is replicate this real-life feeling and amp it up to 11.  Tonight‘s first post-strike Office episode, entitled “The Dinner Party,” let viewers see the depths of dysfunction contained in the Michael/Jan relationship.  It was scary.  Read more »
The Office returned to prime time last night with it‘s first new post-strike episode.  The general consensus: The Office is as good as ever.  The episode, called "The Dinner Party," focused on the dysfunctional relationship between Michael and Jan.  Jan, played by Melora Hardin, has become one of the surprisingly developed characters since the series began.  Jan started as a high-powered executive, but has since turned into an unbalanced homemaker.  In honor of The Office‘s return, and Jan‘s feature role, we were able to conduct an e-mail interview with actress Melora Hardin.  Check it out below. Read more »
At first glance, The Office Spin-Off is a terrible idea.  That‘s the initial, visceral reaction Office fans appeared to have at the recent news that NBC is going ahead with the proposed spin-off, with a tentative February premiere date.  NBC is saying all the right things (it has the US Office creator Greg Daniels‘ blessing, he is the one heading the show up, the series won‘t hit the air until everyone is happy with it, etc.), but the fact remains that this looks like a shameless maneuver by NBC to cash in on its greatest comedy franchise.  The dual fear is that the Office spin-off 1) will dilute the original and 2) will pale in comparison to the original.  It‘s hard to argue with the second point, though NBC has assured fans that the first won‘t happen.  I would argue that neither of these points are particularly important issues, especially now when the details for The Office Spin-Off are exceptionally murky.  Until we know what the spin-off will be, who is in the cast and who is creatively in charge, making a value judgment is impossible and foolish. Read more »
The Office is sharp as ever.  One of the trademarks of The Office throughout its run is the out-of-nowhere emotional weight that bubbles up amid constant hilarity.  Plot lines often revolve around truly sad moments in the characters‘ lives, and from this is borne the sometimes “uncomfortable humor” that The Office is known for.  Last week‘s “The Dinner Party” was a perfect example of this.  The first remark from every one of my Office-watching friends regarding the episode was along the lines of “Oh my god, that was hard to watch.”  And it wasn‘t a criticism.  If a show can make you laugh consistently while you squirm, then it‘s hitting some kind of nerve.  Tonight‘s Office, “Parking” continues Michael‘s downward romantic spiral as he searches for a Jan replacement.  Read more »
This is the best week ever because The Office is returning with all new episodes this Thursday, April 10. We‘ve been deprived of it for so long, it‘s hard to remember what happened last. To catch you up, Michael (Steve Carell) went to New York where he was deposed as part of Jan‘s (Melora Hardin) wrongful termination lawsuit. Hilarity ensued when his personal diary was presented as evidence.On Thursday, the tension continues in the episode "Dinner Party," when Michael and Jan invite Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (John Krasinski), and Andy (Ed Helms) and Angela (Angela Kinsey) over for dinner. Dwight (Rainn Wilson) naturally does not adjust well to seeing Andy and Angela together.We‘ve gathered some great Office-related goodies for you at BuddyTV. Read on to see what we‘ve got. Read more »
Happy holidays, everyone!I know what I‘m doing during the holidays, and that is catching up on all my favorite shows that I‘ve missed this fall.  NBC Rewind is making it easy for me to do that because I can watch all my favorite shows online at http://www.nbc.com/Video.  (I‘ve missed a few episodes of Chuck, so that‘s first on my list to watch on Rewind.)NBC is also helping us celebrate the holidays here at BuddyTV by providing us with a gift pack that includes Heroes season 1 on DVD, plus many more fun items!  Read on to see what you can win! Read more »
The Office doesn‘t spend much time in the office anymore.  Since the beginning if the season, most of the episodes have kept a majority of the action outside the actual office setting, where most of the first three seasons took place.  This makes sense – as a series progresses, they have to open up the playing field and give themselves story flexibility.  The Office is all about the characters anyway; placing them in the close quarters of the Dunder-Mifflin Scranton branch is merely a way of forcing disparate personalities to interact.  As long as that dynamic stays intact, inside or outside, The Office will succeed.  None of the out-of-office endeavors we see involve employees who get along – we‘re not seeing Jim and Pam‘s domestic life, we never even really saw Michael and Pam without other Office characters around.  Tonight‘s episode had A and B stories that not only took place outside of The Office, but also occurred in one night.  Read more »
The Office can be serious.  It has to be, sometimes, because its comedy is all borne from these characters.  They have to change, and for this change to occur, reality has to kick them in the shins from time to time.  The episode tonight was a peculiar one, not particularly in a bad way, but in terms of the story structure.  Stanley the Manley is finally given a meaty arc and, let‘s be honest here, more Stanley is always good.  Also, the insubordination of Stanley was a necessary plot point to cover – without it, too much Stanley being Stanley becomes unbelievable.  His character is obviously always upset with Michael in some way – it‘s difficult to fathom that someone as outspoken as Stanle wouldn‘t loudly mouth off from time to time.  Read more »
Pregnancy rules the day in the world of The Office.  Angela Kinsey (who plays Angela on The Office) gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday.  Kinsey and her husband Warren Lieberstein welcomed their first child, Isabel Ruby Lieberstein, into the world.  Kinsey, 36 years old, continued filming on The Office while pregnant, though her screen time was knowingly reduced (the first time you could kind of tell she was pregnant was during last week‘s episode).  Kinsey is the sister-in-law of Paul Lieberstein, who plays Toby on The Office and is also on the writing staff.  However, as great of news as this is, there is bigger news in The Office world.  It is being reported that by the end of the season, viewers will learn that a character on The Office is pregnant.  Who could it be? Read more »
The Office is often a depressing show.  The characters have been built up over four seasons to the point where the audience truly cares about them.  It is sometimes difficult to watch these people toil away in their dead-end jobs working for an incompetent (if not well-meaning) boss.  Then, you kick yourself in the shins and realize it‘s a show.  But, then later you realize that The Office is probably more true to life than any other office setting in television history and that it actually is a little depressing.  There are Michael Scotts and Jim Halperts and Pam Beesleys and Dwight Schrutes in the world, only the real ones don‘t make people laugh; they just go home and get ready to go back to work the next day.  Sorry for the Debbie Downer intro here - the first half of tonight‘s Office episode made me think about these things.  That probably wasn‘t the writers‘ intentions. Read more »
There‘s a lot to take in here.  NBC head Ben Silverman held a conference call today regarding NBC‘s upfronts.  He went over the NBC Fall schedule, the new series that will premiere next season, what NBC‘s midseason will look like and which shows will return, when they will return and with how many episodes.  NBC‘s big thing is that this schedule is a 52-week schedule, with staggered premiere dates and very few re-runs.  Ben Silverman claimed that next season, NBC will premiere more series than any other network ever.  That‘s probably true.  Read more »
The romantic twists of The Office finales.  We‘re used to it by now.  Season 2, it was “the kiss.”  Season 3, it was Jim rebuking the New York job in favor of a date with Pam.  This season, well, The Office tricked us a little.  Pam and Jim were involved, certainly, but the big romantic twists involved a number of other characters.  More so than any other Office finale (or random episode, for that matter), tonight‘s fourth season finale contained tons of significant story developments.  It truly was a case of The Office writers setting themselves up for the entirety of season 5.  It‘s hard to believe that so many massive personal events would happen in the span of one day, but this is a comedy.  These things can be forgiven. Read more »
Today NBC announced a more detailed schedule for its Fall premieres, including a few changes. The Molly Shannon/Selma Blair sitcom Kath and Kim will move from Tuesdays to Thursdays, leaving room for The Biggest Loser to gain 30 extra minutes. Also, the new series America‘s Toughest Jobs from the producers of Ice Road Truckers, will premiere this Fall as opposed to next Summer, which NBC originally planned.Additionally, NBC announced premiere dates for all of its shows. Heroes is returning one week later than previously announced and 30 Rock fans will undoubtedly be upset, and with good reason. Read on to see the new NBC Fall 2008 schedule and premiere dates. Read more »
Writer and producer B. J. Novak has significantly expanded his participation on The Office as Ryan Howard.  Although he started as out as a temporary employee at the Scranton branch of the fictitious paper distributor Dunder Mifflin, he has surprisingly climbed up the corporate ladder and has taken Jan‘s (Melora Hardin) widely sought after job at Dunder Mifflin‘s corporate office in New York.  Despite the fact the he never made a sale while he was working in Scranton, his new position as corporate manager seems to have boosted his confidence and infused his overall style with a great deal of arrogance. In the fourth season finale of The Office, however, Ryan was arrested after it was discovered that he was fraudulently reporting his sales twice to mislead Dunder Mifflin shareholders.  This has left fans wondering what‘s next for Ryan Howard. Read more »
TVGuide recently released their list for Best and Worst television shows of the year. Their choices are relatively solid, as far as these end of the year lists go. As always, and what proves to be the point of these lists, I have some disagreements, and I‘m sure anyone with a pulse does also.TVGuide chooses not to rank their lists, just listing them in random order. I‘m so used to the clear-cut rankings made by the modern-day list maker that those of the "in no particular" variety feel chaotic. I need order. Nonetheless, their choices are after the jump, followed by some commentary. Read more »
Rainn Wilson, Action Star.  Doesn‘t seem right, now does it?  The Office star, however, has been pegged for a role in the upcoming Transformers 2, a sequel to last summer‘s action hit.  Lest you think director Michael Bay and company have gone crazy, Wilson will reportedly play a college professor to Shia LeBeouf‘s character.  This will be, in all likelihood, the biggest film Rainn Wilson has ever appeared in.  He did have a co-starring role in the Luke Wilson and Uma Thurman superhero comedy “My Super Ex-Girlfriend.”  Most recently, Wilson had a very minor part (pretty much a cameo) in the Best Picture nominee Juno.  His Transformers role will probably be meatier than the part in Juno, but likely not much more.  Wilson also has a starring role in the film Rocker, which will be released later this Summer.  Transformers has yet to begin filming.  Read more »
Steve Carell‘s path to movie stardom was unexpected.  A veteran of underground comedy, Carell‘s first break was on the short-lived, but critically-acclaimed, Dana Carvey Show.  Though that series was quickly canceled, one of his cast mates and fellow writers on the series was Stephen Colbert.  Colbert subsequently became one of the first break out correspondents on the Jon Stewart version of The Daily Show and, serendipitously, suggested that The Daily Show bring on Carell as a correspondent.  Carell shined on The Daily Show for 6 years, and eventually left to ply his trade in Hollywood.  He landed the role of Michael Scott on the American version of The Office, which was originally a British sensation starring Ricky Gervais. From there, things got interesting. Read more »
Do you work in an office?  Do you like to play pranks on your co-workers?  Do you have delusions of grandeur in your managerial position?  How would you react if, one day, you found that all of your possessions were placed into the vending machine?Well, now you don‘t have to request a transfer to the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin to see how you would fit in. Just take BuddyTV‘s personality quiz: Which Character From The Office Are You? Read more »
The Office spin-off is still in the early stages of production. Nothing has been written, nor has the concept been fully formed.  Office writer/producer/part-time blogger Michael Schur (perhaps better known as Mose Schrute) recently discussed The Office spin-off with Variety, saying "We‘re trying to come up with the best concept and hire the funniest writers.  In the next couple of weeks, we‘ll be making the final move to one specific idea."  Word is that none of the main characters from The Office will leave the original series to be a part of the spin-off.  More likely is that some new characters will be introduced next season on the original who will then become a part of the spin-off, which will premiere on NBC at mid-season.  Despite not having a premise nailed down, the spin-off has its first cast member: Aziz Ansari. Aziz is a part of the MTV comedy troupe Human Giant and will be featured on the next season of Scrubs as an intern.  Read more »
Simple yet entrancingly beautiful, Jenna Fischer gives spark to the TV loop as she became part of the Emmy-winning sitcom The Office. Her modest and unpretentious presence on and off cam certainly makes her one of the crowd’s favorite. Read more »
Match Game was well before my time.  I understand it was a cultural staple back in the day, but every time I see a clip, the show strikes me as hopelessly unfunny.  I mean, Charles Nelson Reilly?  Seriously?  The only part of it I truly like is the fact that everyone is boozing and smoking during the broadcast.  That sort of of laid-back, anything goes feel has long passed television by, especially in the post-Wardrobe Malfunction TV landscape.  However, the newest re-vamped Match Game that is heading to TBS is very, very intriguing, if only because of the personnel.  The Hollywood Reporter broke the story today:  The new Match Game pilot, executive produced by comedic genius Robert Smigel, will feature Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program), Norm MacDonald (Saturday Night Live) and other comedic talents.  The show has not been picked up yet, and is still in its pilot stage, but with the talent on hand, it‘s probably a safe bet that Match Game will go to series.  If it does, it will become the first original game show on TBS. Read more »
Amy Ryan, Academy Award nominated actress, will be returning to The Office in the Fall.  Ryan played Holly, Dunder-MIfflin‘s new Scranton HR manager in the season finale, taking over for the departed Toby Flenderson.  Steve Carell‘s Michael Scott and Holly immediately hit it off over the course of the finale, sparking discussion among fans of The Office whether Holly would return for season 5.  She will, but not permanently.  Variety announced today that Amy Ryan has signed on for five more episodes of The Office for next season. Read more »
With the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences releasing the top 10 finalists for Outstanding Comedy and Drama Series last week, awards fanatics can now feel like they‘re a part of the nomination process. In recent years, the Emmys have complicated their process a bit, adding in panels, episode judging and weighted ballots to determine who will be deemed the five best shows of the season.Thanks to the intrepid reporting of Tom O‘Neil at TheEnvelope.com, we also know the specific episodes submitted for consideration by each show. Over the weekend, panels gathered in Los Angeles to view one episode submitted by the top 10 finalists for Outstanding Comedy and Drama Series and then ranked them from best to worst. With the episode titles, you too can determine which episodes are your favorites, and with BuddyTV‘s newly expanded Video feature, you can even watch a few of them right here for free.  Continue reading for the Outstanding Comedy Series episodes. Read more »
The list of acting finalists for this year‘s Emmy Awards is nearly complete thanks to Tom O‘Neil at Gold Derby. He has already uncovered all the major Drama categories, and now he has both Supporting Actor and Actress categories on the Comedy side. The lists are largely dominated by NBC, thanks to three apiece for past Emmy champions The Office and 30 Rock.Continue reading for these top 10s and a little analysis. Read more »
Brian Baumgartner does not sound anything like the character he plays on The Office.  It‘s a little bit disorienting hearing him talk.  Today, we at BuddyTV were privy to a conference call with Brian Baumgartner (who plays Kevin on The Office) and Mindy Kaling (who works triple-duty on The Office, as an actor/writer/producer).  They were there to discuss the upcoming Office Webisodes, which will debut on NBC.com July 10, as well as the Office Games, which are taking place in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  Kevin is the focus of the four Office Webisodes, which will be released weekly, as he tries to secure a loan in order to pay off his gambling debts.  Mindy Kaling will host the Office Games in Scranton.  Kaling and Baumgartner discussed these events, plus all sorts of random Office musings. Read more »
The Office premiered a series of internet-only webisodes last summer, entitled “The Accountants,” and they were received so warmly that NBC and The Office writers are back with another batch of webisodes this summer, the first of which debuted today at NBC‘s official website.  The series is called “Kevin‘s Loan” and it involves our favorite “special” accountant, Kevin Malone, as he tries to secure a small business loan in order to pay off some gambling debts to his bookie.  Kevin, as fans of The Office are well aware, is a gambling addict.  This personality trait has popped up occasionally during the first four seasons and, coupled with his Police tribute band association, is one of Kevin‘s defining characteristics.   The first of four webisodes in “Kevin‘s Loan”, called “Money Trouble,” was released today, and it stars Brian Baumgartner as Kevin and Oscar Nunez as Oscar.  You can watch the full webisode below. Read more »
According to various reports, Saturday Night Live star Amy Poehler is in talks to star in The Office spin-off from NBC, which is set to premiere at mid-season.  The Office spin-off has been long in the making, and is being headed up by top Office producers, including creator and show runner Greg Daniels, as well as writer Michael Schur (perhaps better known as “Mose Schrute”).  Poehler is still a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and she‘s also pregnant, two possible obstacles in her hiring.  Variety is not only reporting that Poehler is in “final negotiations” to join the spin-off, but that the spin-off won‘t be a spin-off at all and will be an entirely new series with no crossover characters.  This conflicts with earlier reports that some characters would be introduced in the first half of The Office‘s newest season, then make their way onto the spin-off.  Read more »
Kevin Malone isn‘t the easiest nut to crack.  On one hand, he‘s a working accountant, so he has to have at least some solid mental capacity.  On the other hand, he‘s incredibly dense.  His naivety in some things and obsessiveness in others is often baffling.  He can speak intelligently if the right topic comes along, but if it‘s anything he‘s remotely unfamiliar with, he can seem like the dumbest man alive.  Audiences didn‘t have a difficult time buying the fact that Amy Ryan‘s Holly character on The Office‘s season finale literally thought Kevin was slow.  It‘s not a stretch.  On today‘s second installment of The Office‘s four-part summer webisode series, entitled “Kevin‘s Loan,” Kevin travels to a bank and applies for a loan.  His idiocy is remarkable.  The full webisode can be found below.  Read more »
Earlier this week, BuddyTV reported that Amy Poehler is in negotiations to star in NBC‘s The Office spin-off, which is set to premiere at mid-season.  This has led speculations of the 36-year-old actress‘ departure on Saturday Night Live, where is currently a cast member.  Now, confirmation comes from Poehler herself who told The Associated Press that she will in fact be leaving the sketch comedy where she catapulted to national fame. Despite earning an Emmy nomination for her work on Saturday Night Live, Poehler has decided to exit the show to make way for her role on The Office spin-off, a role that is rumored to be similar to that of Steve Carell‘s character in The Office.  Read more »
The NBC executive session at the TCA press tour featured many scheduling announcements. Jay Leno‘s final episode of The Tonight Show will be Friday, May 29, 2009 and Conan O‘Brien will take over the following Monday, June 1. Conan will be stopping his current show in early 2009 and Jimmy Fallon will take over in either March or April, following a virtual preview of the show that will exist online prior to its network premiere.The other big story was Amy Poehler‘s role on the new show from The Office writers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur which is officially NOT an Office spin-off. Though Daniels is also developing a spin-off that would include characters currently on The Office, the Amy Poehler show will be tonally similar but has no direct connection to The Office. Read more »
NBC is doing its best to confuse everyone.  First, there was The Office Spin-Off that was planned for mid-season.  Then Amy Poehler was supposedly cast as the lead in the Spin-Off.  Then, we found out that the show Amy Poehler has been cast in isn‘t The Office Spin-Off at all, but a different comedy series, similar in theme to The Office and still produced by original Office creator Greg Daniels and writer Michael Schur (aka “Mose Schrute” or “Ken Tremendous”).  Now, it looks like The Office Spin-Off might not happen at all.  There‘s also Amy Poehler‘s pregnancy, which may throw off NBC‘s desired scheduling.  What is going on here?  What hath Ben Silverman and company over at NBC wrought?  Read more »
NBC‘s hit comedy The Office is offering up short and sweet webisodes for the summer. The weekly webisodes, which center on Kevin Malone (Brian Baumgartner), go live every Thursday. The third installment, entitled "Exposed Wires" is due on an inner-tube near you in two days!To help promote NBC.com, we at BuddyTV have gotten our hands on five of these Employee of the Month t-shirts! Read more »
As an Office fan and a writer, today‘s Comic-Con panel featuring the writers of The Office, moderated by Rainn Wilson was a dream come true.  Anyone looking for juicy plot tidbits were out of luck.  It was mostly a playful discussion of how The Office is written.  It‘s nice to see some of the face to put to the names.  This was writer/creator Greg Daniels first time at Comic-Con, and he was loving it.  Rainn Wilson did a great job moderating, and kept things moving along, injecting some jokes where needed, and all in all presenting a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Read more »
The Office webisodes have left me with a bad taste in my mouth.  The first two webisodes were promising, funny, but the conclusion leaves a lot to be desired.  I suppose this was inevitable, given that the total webisode series adds up to a mere nine minutes of actual content – it‘s not like that‘s enough time to tell any sort of satisfying story.  However, if you‘re going to do something, you might as well make a go of it.  The lack of ambition for these webisodes, then, is where my major complaint arises.  There‘s some funny stuff, but it‘s really an incomplete thought.  If "Kevin‘s Loan" had, say, double the screen time, it could have been pretty cool.  As it is now, I‘m not sure how satisfying it will be for fans of The Office.  You can all judge for yourselves.  Below you will find the final two episodes in their entirety. Read more »
What would it be like to see one of the guys from the Sterling Cooper ad agency walk into the Dunder Mifflin paper company?  Viewers will soon get to find out, as Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello recently announced that one of the actors from AMC‘s Mad Men will be doing a guest stint on The Office.  Rich Sommer, who plays ad exec Harry Crane on the Emmy nominated drama, will show up in the September 25 season premiere of the NBC comedy.  Everyone involved with the series is being extremely secretive about his role, but one insider told Ausiello that the character "ties in with a surprise twist."  Let the theories begin. Read more »
Taking a vacation from the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, The Office main man Steve Carell shares some funny anecdotes while filming the spy-themed comedy Get Smart, with Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, and Alan Arkin. I n the film, he plays the top analyst of the top secret intelligence agency.Despite being new to the genre with Get Smart as his first action film, the star of The Office said he‘ll give “action guy” Johnson (The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King) “a run for his money.” Read more »
For exclusive on-set videos and hot features on the new TV season, check out BuddyTV‘s Fall 2008 Preview.Network: NBCPremiere: Thursday, September 25, 8pmCast: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna FisherPreviously on The Office: Michael‘s (Steve Carell) arch-nemesis Toby left Dunder Mifflin and was replaced by an HR rep that caught his eye. As Jim (John Krasinski) was about to propose to Pam (Jenna Fisher) at a company picnic in the parking lot, Andy stole his thunder by proposing to Angela instead. Read more »
For exclusive on-set videos and hot features on the new TV season, check out BuddyTV‘s Fall 2008 Preview.My name is Gina Scarpa and I‘m a couch potato.  I‘m not lazy, overweight, or sloppy.  I‘m always busy, I like to be social, and I have lots of friends.  Despite those things, there‘s always one place I want to be: on my couch, in front of my tv, with a snack in one hand, and my laptop in the other.  I don‘t even know what to do with myself during the summer, without my favorite scripted television shows to keep up with.  Don‘t even get me started on Lost not returning until 2009.  I almost needed to join a support group.  Things are looking up, though.  It‘s August and in just a few short weeks, my shows come back on, life gets back to normal, and I can finally figure out what happened after Jim couldn‘t propose to Pam on The Office.  Bring on the fall shows! Read more »
Bad timing for Craig Robinson.  The actor, best known for his role on The Office as Daryl, should have been enjoying the success of Pineapple Express, in which Robinson had his biggest film role to date.  Instead, he was dealing with the fallout from his recent June 29 arrest, in which he was pulled over by Los Angeles cops at a traffic stop.  The police found drugs, including ecstasy, inside the actor‘s car.  Things could have been worse.  Robinson will avoid jail time after he plead guilty to drug possession.  If Robinson stays clean for 18 months and completes required therapy sessions, all charges will be dropped.  Felony possession charges and misdemeanor under the influence charges were also dropped as part of the settlement.  Read more »
A few weeks ago, I asked you if you wanted to work at Dunder-Mifflin. Some of you answered no, some of you sounded like you wanted to sign up for the job, any job, right away.Well, now you can determine if you can make it as an underling of Michael Scott without actually signin onto Dunder-Mifflin‘s limited healthcare plan. How? By winning The Office DVD Board Game, of course! Read more »
These Emmy voters.  Who are they?  Considering the process they must go through to watch the nominated episodes for Best Comedy and Best Drama, you‘d think they were locked in a closet for eleven and a half months out of the year.  The system seems overly complicated: to get your show up for initial consideration, you send the Emmy voters one episode of your series.  When the field is then pared down to the final nominees (as they are now), each series provides six episodes (or, six hours for dramas, six half-hours for comedies) to the voters.  First, however, the academy places those six episodes on three separate tapes.  The tapes are then randomly distributed to the Emmy voters, all of whom receive two of the three tapes.  This means, of course, that not every Emmy voter is seeing the same episodes.  Perhaps this makes sense to some people (probably the same people who were responsible for nominating Two and a Half Men for Best Comedy).  Anyways, the fine folks at Gold Derby recently got a hold of the specific episode lists that each Best Comedy series sent out to voters.  You will find those lists below, along with some commentary.  Read more »
Yes, it‘s September, and a lot of fans can barely contain their excitement with the barrage of shows that will either premiere or return this fall.  One of such, of course, is The Office, which will be returning on September 25 at 8pm as part of NBC‘s one-two punch every Thursday along with 30 Rock.  The critically acclaimed series is out on its fifth season, and, unlike other series that usually begin to dull down after a few ones, The Office looks like it‘s not going to lose steam any time soon.September 25, however, is still a good three weeks away, so to satiate the cravings of The Office fans for Steve Carrel, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, and Jenna Fisher, its season 4 DVD came out September 2.  The four-disc set includes every episode of the strike-interrupted fourth season, plus some deleted scenes. Read more »
This month brings excitement to television fans across the nation because the fall season is about to begin, with numerous shows coming back to airwaves with new seasons.  One of those shows is The Office, which heads back to NBC on September 25 at 9pm.  Late last month, The Office’s Jenna Fischer, who stars as Pam Beesly, revealed some juicy insights on what’s to come for her character in the new season."[Pam is] away at art school right now.  Pam was accepted to Pratt, and she‘s living in New York, and there is a whole new world opening up for her," Fischer reveals.  "We‘ve been shooting some really great scenes at USC with Rich Sommer and John Cabrera and having so much fun.  It‘s like we‘re doing our own show called Art School." Read more »
This fall, NBC’s The Office welcomes one of the series’ original creators, Stephen Merchant.  In fact, last week, Merchant took a spot behind the camera to shoot the show’s Halloween episode.  The Office was originally created by the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Merchant, alongside Ricky Gervais, the English comedian, writer, director and actor behind The Ricky Gervais Show."He was in the writers room with us rewriting over the last several days," The Office writer-producer-actor Paul Lieberstein said of Merchant in a conference call with reporters Monday. "It was really exciting having him there." Read more »
I love TV comedy.  For me, there‘s nothing better.  Good comedy is always, always hard to come by.  It‘s forever hit and miss, the bad comedy consistently overwhelming the good comedy.  The success rate for a comedy of any kind is abysmally low.  More fail than succeed.  This is nowhere more apparent than on television.  But, even so, today‘s crop TV comedy is very, very good.  The Best Comedy category of the Emmys is, as a result, quite hard to predict this year.  The nominees are diverse, both in tone and quality – Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, 30 Rock, Entourage and Two and a Half Men.  One of these shows will take home a cute little statue this Sunday.  Let‘s take a gander at who the favorites might be.  Read more »
Can you believe we‘re already to the fifth season?  The Office drops its season premiere in a special hour-long edition two days from now, in its permanent Thursdays at 9pm time slot.  The NBC comedy was shut out of all the major Emmy categories on Sunday, but don‘t take that as a knock on The Office.  The show is still as good as ever (people really like Tina Fey, that‘s all).  We last left our Dunder-Mifflin employees as they said goodbye to HR man Toby, the bane of Michael Scott‘s existence.  Pam is off to school in New York for a few months, Andy and Angela are engaged, and Michael has discovered that Jan is pregnant.  As we approach the new season, I thought it might be worthwhile to hurl some predictions at y‘all.  Read more »
Tonight the employees of Dunder-Mifflin return to work as The Office begins season 5 with a one-hour episode at 9pm on NBC. Last year left plenty of balls up in the air, from the exit of Toby to the fate of Jim and Pam to Angela‘s engagement to Andy and subsequent hook-up with Dwight.Last week at the NBC Fall Premiere Party, BuddyTV spoke to several stars from the hit NBC series. Next week we‘ll have more video interviews with some of the great supporting players, but today we bring you our exclusive video interviews with female stars Jenna Fischer and Melora Hardin. Read more »
The Office writers are a talented bunch.  In a day and age where information flows freely, and plot secrets are nearly impossible to keep under wraps, props have to be given to an outfit that can successfully misdirect an audience that‘s millions strong.  The Office ended last season with a marriage proposal, just not the one that viewers were expecting.  As tonight‘s fifth season premiere opened, a number of story-lines were in play: Angela and Andy‘s engagement, Dwight and Angela‘s affair, Jim‘s inability to propose, Pam‘s impending three-month schooling in New York, Jan‘s pregnancy and the arrival of Michael‘s new crush – HR lady Holly (played by Oscar-nominee Amy Ryan).  That‘s a lot of baggage to bring into a season premiere, but The Office managed to address almost every issue, all the while keeping a completely separate through-line for the entire one-hour episode. Read more »
Unfortunately, there is no new episode of The Office this week.  You‘re going to have to get over it.  Tonight, instead of a half hour‘s worth of hilarity, NBC will air what could be 90 minutes of hilarity in the form of the Vice Presidential debates.  As you are most likely aware, tonight‘s debates will feature two of the most experienced, capable and worthy Vice Presidential candidates this country has ever known.*  The Office, coming off an excellent season premiere that featured a culmination of four years of Jim and Pam moments, will return next week with a new episode.  Disappointing, maybe, but I have every belief that tonight‘s debate will be as hilarious as any network sitcom could possibly be.  NBC has provided a nice video sneak peek at next Thursday‘s episode, entitled “Business Ethics,” which you can find below.  Read more »
The brilliance of The Office comes from the unbelievably deep pool of talent the show has cultivated. As great as Dwight and Jim are, The Office could literally feature any employee at Dunder-Mifflin to create a great episode. Tonight that rule is put into practice, as Meredith (Kate Flannery) plays a big role in season 5‘s second episode, “Business Ethics.”During last months‘ NBC fall premiere party, the cast of The Office came out in droves for a good time. BuddyTV spoke to Leslie David Baker (Stanley), Oscar Nunez (Oscar), Phyllis Smith (Phyllis), Kate Flannery (Meredith) and Creed Bratton (Creed) about their experiences on the show. Continue reading for more details and to watch our exclusive video interviews. Read more »
After watching an hour-long episode of The Office, normal half-hours seem slight.  The Office is good enough to fill an hour without feeling over-extended.  Most comedies can‘t pull this off, but The Office employs such a deep cast of great side characters, that you can pad episodes with little moments without making the episode feel too lengthy.  Nonetheless, there is something to be said for a tight, 22-minute episode of television.  While, as an informed audience member, I know that there will always be some great material left on the cutting room floor, any regrets are masked by the constant laughter that The Office generates.  Tonight‘s Office was co-written by the creators of the original British Office, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, along with current Office show runner Greg Daniels, and that pedigree lived up to its name, producing one of the funnier episodes in recent memory. Read more »
To understand Michael Scott, you need only watch tonight‘s episode of The Office.  The psychotic need Michael has to be loved by everyone bubbles up in the most embarrassing way possible.  He decides to throw an Office-wide baby shower for the child of his ex-girlfriend Jan, who was artificially inseminated and wants nothing to do with him romantically.  Michael employs Dwight to help him go trough birthing scenarios.  Instead of a doll, they use a watermelon.  Dwight rubs butter up the watermelon.  Why? “Babies are slippery.”  True words spoken by a wise man.  Tonight‘s episode wasn‘t the funniest episode of The Office ever, but it was a good Michael Scott character study.  Read more »
Let‘s talk for a second about Phyllis.  Phyllis Vance, wife of Bob Vance, is a punching bag on The Office.  She is treated horribly by Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute on a routine basis, but she doesn‘t raise a stink.  There‘s a reason for this: Phyllis might be the happiest person in the office (well, at least she was until Jim and Pam got together).  She has a loving husband Bob, and manages to have a quiet confidence about her.  A life of ridicule has allowed Phyllis to wipe away criticism like it‘s nothing.  On top of all that, Phyllis is a good person, who understands that being good doesn‘t always inspire goodness. On tonight‘s episode of The Office, Phyllis Vance was repaid for her decency, in a way.  It was nice to see, after witnessing years of undue scorn. Read more »
I‘m an Office apologist.  There‘s nothing the show can or will do that will make me feel differently.  So, as a loyal fan, I‘m going to be a forgiving viewer and respect that The Office has earned my fandom time and time again.  If The Office wants to take the pedal off the comedy for an episode and drop some drama on me, I can handle that.  I can accept it.  Five seasons of character work allows The Office to do such things.  Tonight‘s episode of The Office, given its plot, could have taken place in a prime time drama.  There was a long, epiphanic car ride, a jilted lover taking out his pain on an innocent and the dreaded family meal.  Three stories, only tangentially connected, none of which were particularly funny tonight.  I forgive you, Office – I enjoyed the episode nonetheless.  Read more »
The tragi-comedy that is The Office loves to put its characters in awful, awkward situations.  Witness tonight‘s episode, which was a return to older Office episodes, taking small issues and spending an entire half-hour to ruminate on the consequences.  It wasn‘t all small issues, and one major plot-line is an ingenious set-up for what could be a climactic episode that takes place at Schrute Farms.  The more time we get to spend at Schrute Farms, the better, as far as I‘m concerned.  In a surprising development, Michael Scott and his separation from Holly is not even alluded to.  Tonight, it was about Jim, Pam, Dwight and Andy. Read more »
BuddyTV interviews Craig Robinson, who plays Darryl on The Office.Craig Robinson is everywhere.  The man got his start in the stand-up game, and stayed there for the better part of his career.  Ever since being cast as Darryl, a warehouse employee, on The Office, Robinson has been a stand-out.  He steals nearly every scene he appears in on The Office, and in doing so drew the attention of Judd Apatow.  Robinson has since appeared in Knocked Up and last summer‘s Pineapple Express, and he is prominently featured in Zack and Miri Make a Porno, which will be released in theaters tomorrow.   We recently got the opportunity to speak with Craig about The Office, Zack and Miri, and what his ideal Darryl story-line would be.Below you will find both the written transcript and the full mp3 audio of the interview. Read more »
B.J. Novak returned to the Scranton Branch of Dunder-Mifflin at the beginning of new season of The Office as Ryan, but has received little screen time since.  Michael Ausiello is reporting today that Novak will be taking a leave of absence soon from The Office in order to go to Europe and film his role in Quentin Tarantino‘s new WWII film Inglorious Basterds.  This is somewhat old news – we all knew that Novak would be shooting this film, and soon – what is new is the insinuation from a source saying that Novak may never return to The Office, at least in an on-screen role.  He may come back on later as a writer, but we may soon see the end of Ryan the Temp.  Read more »
The Office is playing out, here in its fifth season, like a meticulously mapped out drama.  While not the funniest show on TV anymore, The Office is the most character-driven comedy of our time, and it‘s a pleasure to watch the writers take their characters and make them evolve in new and interesting ways.  Tonight, Michael, Andy and Oscar took a trip up to the Great White North, while Jim and Pam continued their love ballad.  Two episodes removed from Amy Ryan‘s departure, Michael Scott is displayed an enormous amount of pathos.  He‘s a complicated guy, that Michael Scott.  At once inept in so, so many ways, while also displaying the skills that have allowed to keep a job that it doesn‘t feel like he should reasonably hold.  Read more »
Rashida Jones, who so charmingly played Karen Filippelli on season 3 of The Office, has been hired on for another project by Office executive producers/writers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur.  What was originally supposed to be an Office spin-off starring Amy Poehler, is no longer a spin-off at all, but merely an Untitled Amy Poehler Comedy Project, which is being headed up by Daniels and Schur.  Jones will not reprise the role of Karen, but instead play Nurse Ann Logan, whose boyfriend has a strange injury which somehow brings Logan into the world that Amy Poehler‘s character will inhabit.  Read more »
Toby‘s back, everyone.  The Office hasn‘t really been The Office without the resident HR mope Toby Flenderson on hand to draw the ire of Michael Scott.  Surprisingly, there was no fall-out tonight from Michael Scott‘s phone tirade to David Wallace at the tail end of last week‘s “Business Trip.”  Instead, Michael‘s anger is directed furiously towards Toby and his sudden reappearance in The Office.  Meanwhile, Jim finalizes the purchase of his parent‘s house without telling Pam, and Ryan makes an important life decision. Read more »
There‘s a new Hollywood couple on the block, and they are presently the subject of buzz from several media outlets. Emily Blunt, who is perhaps most famous for her role on The Devil Wears Prada, and John Krasinski, who is best known for playing Jim Halpert on NBC‘s The Office, are reportedly dating. No comment has been issued by either party regarding the dating rumor but Star magazine claims that Blunt and The Office actor were seen on Sunday, November 9 spending some quality time at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. Read more »
Tonight, there won’t be a new episode of The Office.  Sometimes you’ve got to take a break from it all, really, with Thanksgiving already here and you probably spending your time with loved ones and whatever’s on the table.  But if your idea of Thanksgiving involves sitting around a screen watching some television show—hey, we’re discussing The Office here, so my example for this one will be The Office—then you have a chance to do so.Now, NBC has always released extended version of The Office episodes on its website.  You probably know that there are so many scenes that don’t make the final cut in each episode, something that you can easily attribute to the show’s slight improvisational and eerily unpredictable streak.  There will be another one of those: last week’s episode, “Frame Toby”, is getting the Producer’s Cut treatment online. Read more »
Thanksgiving is a time for food, family, and, most importantly, a time to plan your holiday shopping. The day after Thanksgiving is often called Black Friday because shopping malls are crowded with people doing all their Christmas shopping.BuddyTV wants to make that experience simpler, so we offer our new Holiday Gift Guide. We chosen the best gifts for TV and movies, plus a few other specialty categories to cater to your every need. Whether you’re trying to stay on a budget for your office Secret Santa or if you’re finding the perfect gift for that obsessive Supernatural fan in your life, we have great ideas for everyone. Read more »
Finally, it’s confirmed: an hour-long episode of The Office will air immediately after the Super Bowl on February 1.  We’ve long heard that the folks behind the award-winning comedy are at work on an hour-long episode of the series, but until now it’s only been speculated that the episode will air after the Super Bowl.  Even creator Greg Daniels wasn’t sure, joking at one point that the promos they earlier created to hype the current season’s premiere was “good practice for post-Super Bowl.”  Now, well, it is.Both the network and Daniels are tightlipped regarding what will happen to that episode.  Well, guess what—we have the slightest of ideas.  Spoilers are after the jump, so read on if you dare. Read more »
The year is almost over, and BuddyTV wants to know which shows were your absolute favorites from 2008. We have a huge Showdown featuring 48 of the top shows of the year, from reality staples like American Idol to smash hits like CSI. You can vote for your favorite cult shows like Supernatural, or a small comedy like It‘s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  We have shows still going strong like Grey‘s Anatomy and shows canceled before their time like Jericho.VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SHOW OF 2008>> Read more »
The Golden Globe Awards honor the best in both television and movies, and though they‘re not taken as seriously as the Emmys or the Oscars, they‘re still a lavish, star-studded affair.  However, the glitz was put on hold last year due to the writers‘ strike, forcing the producers of the show to cobble together an awkward news conference to announce the winners.  This year, with no strike in sight, the Globes are back to being as glamorous and exciting as ever.  The ceremony is set to air on NBC on Sunday, January 11 at 8pm, and is bound to be attended by a cavalcade of big stars.The nominees for the 66th Annual Golden Globes were announced this morning, and below you‘ll find a list of all the television categories.  Shows like True Blood, Mad Men, 30 Rock and The Office received multiple nominations, while other critically acclaimed shows were surprisingly omitted. Read more »
Oh, holidays at the office. How have yours been?Mine, well, I couldn‘t say much.  A newbie like me isn‘t supposed to have any idea on what‘s going to happen.As for the folks at Dunder-Mifflin, well… I honestly don‘t think it‘s anything ordinary.  The first Christmas party we‘ve seen from these folks, everybody fought over a video iPod, from the moment Michael (Steve Carell) decided to introduce a “Yankee Swap” after he gave the gadget to Ryan (B.J. Novak) and got something handmade from Phyllis (Phyllis Smith).  Not that handmade gifts are bad, but sometimes a $20 limit on gifts just won‘t work—especially when someone decides to break the rule and buy an iPod. Read more »
Juggling multiple story arcs can be tricky for any sitcom.  But The Office has never been a comedy show about trying to cram in as many jokes possible in a half-hour format.  Its humor stems from the characters‘ quirky yet realistic circumstances that lead them to do the most outrageously uncomfortable things imaginable.  The sitcom is never predictable either. In its five-season run, it‘s always trying to shake things up so that things always feel fresh, particularly as the characters grow older and as relationships get more complicated.The fifth season of The Office took several months to air but the premiere was well worth the wait. In the opener, we learned what we missed at Dunder Mifflin over the summer as the staff engaged in a weight loss program in attempt to win three extra vacation days.  Michael started to pursue a friendship with his new HR rep Holly and Andy planned his wedding to Angela, who continued her affair with Dwight.  Jim finally proposed to Pam, who was still attending art school in New York at the time, and a disgraced Ryan returned to the office as a temp receptionist.  If the opener is any indication of this season, we are in store for an extremely entertaining year. Read more »
Everyone‘s excited about what the upcoming post Super Bowl episode of The Office has to offer.  As hinted previously, it‘s going to be an hour-long special and will involve some kind of roasting.  You can read more about it in this article. While that‘s enough to get fans curious, NBC has announced the names of some guest actors who will be gracing the episode, making it even all the more intriguing. Scheduled to air on Sunday, February 1 at 10:30pm ET/PT immediately after Super Bowl XLIII, the episode entitled "Stress Relief” will feature Jessica Alba and Jack Black in a storyline where in some of the employees of Dunder Mifflin try to secretly watch a bootlegged Hollywood movie during the workday.  Both Jessica Alba and Jack Black are expected to play characters in the bootleg movie. Read more »
Ever since the Roy-Pam-Jim triangle was resolved, The Office has shifted its focus to yet another love triangle called Dwandela, consisting of Dwight Schrute, Angela Martin and Andy Bernard.  After Dwight mercy-killed her beloved pet cat Sprinkles in the first episode of the show‘s fourth season, Angela immediately ended their secret affair and instead began openly to date Andy, who proposed to her at an office party in the season‘s last episode. It took months of the old Bernard charm to wear her down, but eventually she decided to take a chance on him, unknown to Bernard that she‘s still engaging in secret hookups with Dwight on the side.  And from that moment on, Angela and Andy‘s lives have been filled with nothing but buttoned up bliss. Warning: This article may contain possible spoilers. Read more »
It‘s December, and as happens each year, many of our favorite shows have curled up in their dens (“production studios”) to hibernate until spring. For the avid television viewer, the dark days of winter are a reflection of the dark TV screen, turned off until new episodes return in January and February. It can be a confusing and lonely time for TV viewers. Some even resort to reading books.Thankfully, the big studios are working harder than ever to give viewers a temporary cure for the mid-season break blues: a new crop of Webisodes from favorites like Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, and more. Read more »
Now being a “shipper” is a very serious thing. I mean, as your characters fall in love, you do too. 2008 was full of great television relationships. We had to narrow it down to a lucky 20 for BuddyTV users to choose from.Any shipper fanatic knows their “ship” inside and out. I, for one, will always be a LoVe shipper. That is - Logan and Veronica of Veronica Mars. 2008 saw the development of new ships, the crumble of others, and the long lasting tension of our older ships. Overall, it‘s been a great year for most shippers.The competition will be fierce as there are a lot of fans out there. When we did our “Which One Tree Hill Couple is Best” showdown, Brook and Lucas pulled out the win from underneath Leyton and Naley fans. MiSa (Michael and Sara from Prison Break) fans have been known to be a powerful force. Read more »
Bringing out the employees of Dunder Mifflin to new places has always been a pleasing distraction from the office walls of the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch.  So far, we‘ve seen them playing a Survivor-like competition at Lake Scranton, settling issues at the corporate office in New York and going to Chili‘s for either an important client meeting or the annual Dundies award show, just to name a few.  But among all the out-of-office trips, there‘s one location that I just can‘t seem to get enough of.  I‘m referring to Schrute Farms, Dwight‘s (Rainn Wilson) 60-acre beet farm where he and his cousin Mose grow beets (and hemp).  The place shows a lot of promise in terms of being a good venue for what could be hilarious future storylines in The Office, and the possibilities in exploring the farm are endless. Read more »
Dwight: Wait a minute. One more bite of eclair each. Hold it in your mouth if you can‘t swallow.Jim: [looks to Michael for a "That‘s what she said"] Really? Nothing?Kelly: Get out of my nook, Dwight.Pam: [heard through Jim‘s Bluetooth] THAT‘S WHAT SHE SAID! THAT‘S WHAT SHE SAID! THAT‘S WHAT SHE SAID!Michael: Attention everyone, hello! Yes, I just want you to know that this is not my decision but from here on out, we can no longer be friends. And when we talk about things here, we must only discuss work associated things. And uh, you can consider this my retirement from comedy. And in the future if I want to say something funny, or witty, or do an impression I will no longer, ever, do any of those things.Jim: Does that include "That‘s what she said?"Michael: Mmm hmm, yes.Jim: Wow. That is really hard. ...You really think you can go all day long? Well, you always left me satisfied and smiling, so...Michael: That‘s what she said! Read more »
The Office producer Greg Daniels has finally revealed the premise of NBC‘s upcoming sitcom starring Amy Poehler. Originally set to be a spin-off of The Office, the series premise changed after Poehler came on board. The show will instead follow the office of Leslie Knope (Poehler), a mid-level bureaucrat in the department of Parks and Recreations in Pawnee, Indiana. Daniels and fellow Office producer Mike Schur are both on board to steer the untitled show, which Schur currently refers to as “The Untitled Amy Poehler Project.” Read more »
When we last caught up with the folks at Dunder Mifflin Scranton, Phyllis revealed to the entire Office (minus Andy) that Angela and Dwight are sleeping together. This week, the tension comes to a head in “The Duel,” when Andy finally finds out the truth… from Michael.This episode had its key funny moments, like when Michael tries to explain his “philosophy” to David Wallace (Verbatim: “Don‘t ever, for any reason, do anything to anyone… for any reason, ever, no matter what, no matter where or who, or who you are with, or where you are going, or where you‘ve been…ever, for any reason whatsoever.”) or when Dwight reveals another choice tidbit from Schrute family lore, this time in the form of a song: “[Singing] Learn your rules, you better learn your rules, if you don‘t, you‘ll be eaten in your sleep… HAARGGCH!” (Yes, that was my attempt at a monster-chomping noise.) Read more »
During Thursday‘s TCA Winter Press Tour, new primetime entertainment president Angela Bromstad announced that NBC has renewed The Office and 30 Rock for the 2009-2010 season.  This means we get to enjoy another year of unprecedented comedy that only the TGS crew and Dunder Mifflin employees could deliver. None of the orders is much of a surprise.  The Office has emerged as one of TV‘s funniest and sharpest shows, proving to be popular with adults 18-49.  30 Rock, on the other hand, is a five-time Golden Globe Award winner and a nine-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning comedy series.  Both shows have been well received by critics. Read more »
He‘s already Dunder Mifflin Regional Manager Michael Scott on the hit NBC comedy The Office, and now Steve Carell is branching out into two other fields: TV production and small business ownership. Carell, 45, recently bought the Marshfield Hills General Store in Massachusetts, where he and his family spend their summers. The 155-year-old building housing the store is a landmark in Marshfield Hills. And when the building went up for sale early this year, Carell jumped at the chance to help preserve a bit of the community‘s heritage. Read more »
It‘s not easy spending eight hours behind a desk.  At one point or another, you die of boredom and the prankster in you awakens.  While its fun to imagine all sorts of tricks you would play onto your coworkers, it‘s even funnier watch how the employees of Dunder Mifflin get trapped into a hoax. After all, pranks have always been a staple on The Office and it‘s something I‘m looking forward to with each episode.  A lot of characters from The Office have done their own share of practical jokes, but without trying too hard, paper salesman Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) does his best as the ultimate office prankster.  And because he spends much of his time conspiring with office receptionist (and now fiancée) Pam (Jenna Fischer) to engineer pranks on his pompous deskmate Dwight, fans now have an idea of what pranks work, what doesn‘t and how funny they can be. I‘ve gathered some of my favorite Jim Halpert pranks and listed my top 5.  Read more »
It‘s been a week of hilarity over here at "That‘s What She Said" Central at BuddyTV.Thank you for all who entered our contest, and we appreciate your dirty, dirty minds, ha!Read on to see which two BuddyTV readers did the best job in coming up with a "That‘s What She Said" caption for our Office contest! Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release.Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) go undercover to do a bit of industrial espionage on a paper company competitor.  Meanwhile, the rest of the office holds a debate to settle the question: is Hilary Swank hot? on The Office, Thursday, January 22, 9pm on NBC. Read more »
Michael Scott (Steve Carell) has always been the central character of The Office.  While he serves as the regional manager of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin, he likes to think of himself first as a friend, second as a boss, and then third as an entertainer.  Unfortunately, his attempts at humor tend to fall flat since he usually says inappropriate and offensive things inadvertently in the hopes of getting a laugh.  Even so, he‘s not the type who easily gives up.  In fact, he‘s created an array of characters which he brings into play for both entertainment and educational purposes. Read more »
After a few weeks of Dwight-Angela-Andy drama, last night The Office got back to its roots with some out-of-nowhere inanity in the form of a heated debate between two sides of the Dunder Mifflin staff over an eternal question of our age: Is Hilary Swank hot?Some viewers found the sequence pointless—but isn‘t that the point? The Office loves to investigate extremes in how far its characters will go to amuse themselves and challenge each other, no matter the issue. The Swank Debate contained a lot of quintessential Office elements: it let the dynamic ensemble cast shine, and struck that essential middle chord between totally relatable and totally ridiculous. Many of us have held the Swank Debate with friends before, but would any of us ever go so far as to map the symmetry of her face to defend our side? Read more »
If Michael Scott (Steve Carell) had a soul mate it would definitely be HR rep Holly Flax (Amy Ryan). Although she only appeared on six episodes of The Office, she left a memorable impression as the “major dork” who has a sense of humor much like that of Michael.  After realizing that Michael and Holly have a lot of things in common, the two fell in love, much to the dismay of CFO David Wallace, who then transferred Holly back to Nashua.  Thus, they were forced to end their relationship. But fans have not seen the last of Holly.  According to Greg Daniels, the big man behind The Office who confirmed the scoop to Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello, Amy Ryan will be revisiting Dunder Mifflin to reprise her dorky role. Read more »
There‘s always plenty to laugh about when watching The Office.  While there are pranks, quirky characters and odd storylines, there‘s another aspect of the show that keeps it interesting.  I‘m referring to the clever yet hilarious language that the sitcom employs.  Whether it‘s a word that sounds funny or something that doesn‘t really make sense, The Office language has become quite a staple on Dunder Mifflin, and has also become popular among the show‘s fans.  And because of this, NBC.com has created The Office Addictionary to give fans the opportunity to play with words. Read more »
Public Service, the new NBC comedy that may or may not be a spin-off of The Office is slated to begin on April 9 at 8:30.  The show is about a small-time local government and will star Saturday Night Live alum Amy Poehler and The Office star Rashida Jones.  There have been confusions in the past on whether the recently titled show is a spin-off of The Office primarily because, while (1) it was not derived from the Dunder Mifflin universe despite some crossovers from cast members, (2) it borrows a few conventions originated by The Office at least in US television, such as a cast of seemingly ordinary office workers.  The show runners have said, once and for all, that it is not a spin-off of the The Office.According to Greg Daniels, the co-creator along with Michael Schur of the new show, Public Service was supposed to have a post-Super Bowl send-off but Poehler‘s pregnancy has made the change in schedule necessary.  If we‘d recall, more or less the same thing has influenced her stint on SNL. Read more »
I‘ve always enjoyed how The Office builds up its comedy through its character‘s colorful traits. Obviously, Michael Scott (Steve Carell), Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) spearhead the success of the show but this week, I decided to put the spotlight on Creed Bratton (Creed Bratton), the oldest employee of Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch.  He‘s not my favorite character, but he‘s definitely one of the most interesting personalities I‘d want to get to know. At present, Creed serves as the office quality assurance representative, even though, due to poor memory, he doesn‘t remember his job title most of the time, even referring to it as “Quality Ashwitz.” He wriggles out of nearly all his primary job responsibilities, and doesn‘t remember much of the names of his co-workers, referring to Meredith (Kate Flannery) as Mary Beth, Stanley (Leslie David Baker) as Sammy and Jim as “the tall guy.” Read more »
In lieu of a normal new episode tonight, The Office will return on Sunday night right after the Superbowl on NBC, hoping to present its biggest audience ever with a one-hour bucket of joy titled "Stress Relief." The hype is definitely in full force for the episode, which co-stars Jack Black, Jessica Alba, and Cloris Leachman. We‘ll also get to watch every Dunder Mifflin employee‘s dream: a roast of Michael Scott (Steve Carell)!BuddyTV got a sneak peek at three clips from "Stress Relief," and from what we can tell, the hype for this episode will be well-deserved. Check out all three Office clips after the jump. Read more »
Perhaps to the disappointment of a lot of The Office fans, executive producer Greg Daniels tells Entertainment Weekly that the much-anticipated wedding between Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) will not be happening this season.  This doesn‘t mean, however, that their relationship won‘t be moving forward."If people assume it‘ll happen this season, then I don‘t want to do it," he countered with a laugh.  "There are so many stories about a couple getting married that I want to explore." Read more »
On the last episode of The Office, we saw that Michael (Steve Carell) isn‘t all that evil when, after successfully trying to get some insider info from a competitor, he decided to repay the family for the kindness they‘ve shown him.  Dwight (Rainn Wilson) wouldn‘t have any of it, though, and The Office fans had the old and tested Michael-Dwight dynamics throughout the last episode.  Meanwhile, the folks back at Dunder Mifflin set up a debate, complete with visuals and well-thought out arguments, to deliberate on a most startling, relevant issue: is Hillary Swank hot?On tonight‘s episode of The Office called “Stress Relief,” something‘s going to go wrong with Dwight‘s fire safety seminar, and he must make amends to the rest of his officemates who freaked out.  Meanwhile, Michael himself tries several ways to get his employees to relax but later on figures out that he is everybody‘s main stressor at work.  His recourse?  A no-holds-barred roast of himself.  This, particularly, should be fun.  Also, Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) convince Andy (Ed Helms) that they‘re film gurus after the three watch a pirated movie. Read more »
Ryan Howard has been absent from Dunder Mifflin from quite some time but it‘s only a matter of time before BJ Novak reprises his role on The Office once again.  According to Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello, “The Temp” will be making a “dramatic” return later his season as part of a top-secret storyline. This is good news for fans of The Office who have been missing Ryan.  Most of his hilarious scenes on the show involve awkward storylines with Michael Scott (Steve Carell), who might have a “man-crush” on him and makes him do various menial tasks, and office chatterbox Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling), whom he has an on-again, off-again relationship with. Read more »
It took nearly 10 days for fans to enjoy another installment of The Office but last night‘s post-Super Bowl episode was worth the wait.  “Stress Relief” definitely lived up to all its hype and like most fans, I found myself laughing my socks off at every scene.  For me, this was one of the greatest episodes I‘ve seen in a long time. If you weren‘t able to watch it, you can read a recap of the episode in this article.  But in a nutshell, “Stress Relief” showed how the Dunder Mifflin employees reacted (and stayed true to their personalities) during a fire, which paved the way for a much significant plot of how Michael Scott  (Steve Carell) causes much of the stress in the office.  While The Office diverted viewers‘ attention with an unnecessary yet still enjoyable subplot of Mrs. Albert Hannaday, which featured Jack Black, Jessica Alba and Cloris Leachman, it gave the rest of the Dunder Mifflin employees a chance to treat themselves with a little payback. Read more »
I‘ve already read several qualifying reviews of last night‘s Post-Superbowl Office episode, “Stress Relief,” each of them basically saying the same thing: that the episode started strong, felt disjointed, puttered out early, and had no use for its celebrity “guest stars” Cloris Leachman, Jack Black, and Jessica Alba. (That term‘s a little generous, since you could have blinked and missed Alba. Especially with that hair, she may as well have been replaced by a well-dressed mop.) At first I was inclined to agree with the other reviewers. Usually, I err on the side of critical with The Office, because it has set such a high standard for itself over the years. But after sleeping on it, reviewing the episode for a second time, and still laughing as hard as I did last night—I‘ll say with confidence: The Office is back at the top of its game. Read more »
Ken Kwapis, who serves as occasional director to The Office, has brought us some of the most hilarious episodes of the award-winning NBC sitcom including “Diversity Day,” “Sexual Harassment,” “Casino Night,” and “Gay Witch Hunt,” just to name a few.  Fortunately, fans have more episodes from Kwapis to look forward to as he has helmed a two-part special episode, which airs tonight and next Thursday, February 12. Warning: This article may contain spoilers!!! Read more »
I was getting some major déjà vu during this episode of The Office: Dwight and Jim forgot Kelly again? Andy‘s singing to a woman in a sexy, high falsetto? Michael‘s throwing candy bars at lecture listeners? Is it possible that the Office writers are getting lazy with their diverse cast of fascinating characters?Okay, I‘m kidding. I actually loved this episode, especially the dynamic between Jim and Dwight as they show off their horrific party planning skills. (I‘m for sure going to use “IT IS YOUR BIRTHDAY.” on a greeting card in the very near future.) Read more »
"Lecture Circuit" wasn‘t as outrageously hilarious as Dwight (Rainn Wilson) destroying the CPR dummy and pretending to be Hannibal Lecter while calling out to Clarice in the episode “Stress Relief” but it was still a testament to how The Office cleverly puts together the right mix of comedy, realism, and odd circumstances.  I particularly liked the fact that Mindy Kaling, who plays my favorite office chatterbox Kelly Kapoor, helmed this two-part episode and allowed her character to be the latest victim of the party planning committee.  Inspired by last week‘s installment which saw one of the worst (and funniest) efforts of the party planning committee, I‘ve decided to pay tribute to the group‘s most memorable office events that have made the Scranton branch the funniest subsidiary of Dunder Mifflin. I‘ve listed my five favorite events planned by the party planning committee in no particular order. You can add yours in the comments below! Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release:Tour of the branches – part two.Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) continue their tour of the branches with Michael taking a lesson from their visit to Utica.  Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Jim (John Krasinski) struggle to fulfill their new party planning duties with a grumpy staff.  Angela‘s (Angela Kinsey) new cat causes a stir. Read more »
Happy Valentine‘s Day, Office watchers! Last night Mindy Kaling (a.k.a. Kelly Kapoor, and one of the best Office writers around) gave us all a glorious Valentine‘s Day gift with the conclusion of her two-part “Lecture Circuit” arc. This was an episode full of love of all sorts. In honor of the day of romance, let‘s take a look at all the love we saw last night. Read more »
“Lecture Circuit,” the two-part episode of The Office, has finally given closure to the Pam-Jim-Karen triangle but it has also left the door open for a storyline that the show has seemingly kept unexplored for quite some time.  I‘m referring to Holly Flax, the human resources representative who briefly replaced Toby, and the love of Michael Scott‘s (Steve Carell) life.  She was last seen in the episode “Employee Transfer” in which she was transferred back to the Nashua branch of Dunder Mifflin after CFO David Wallace discovered her relationship with Michael. But if last week‘s episode is any indication, then we certainly have not seen the last of Holly Flax. Read more »
It might have been hilarious how uptight feline-loving accountant Angela (Angela Kinsey) was dumped by both Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Andy (Ed Helms) on The Office, but there wasn‘t anything funny when Kinsey decided to part ways with her husband of eight years, writer Warren Lieberstein, reports People."Angela and Warren are taking some time apart to figure out what is best for [daughter] Isabel and for their relationship," says Kinsey‘s rep Tess Finkle.Finkle adds, however, that the separation had been amicable mainly in consideration of their daughter, and the two in fact continue to remain friends and spend time together. Isabel will turn 1 in May.  Kinsey, 37, despite showing some animosity towards Pam (Jenna Fischer) on The Office, is actually very good friends with the actress. Read more »
Most characters on The Office would often be seen just idling about at work, with some quite openly advertising their penchant for good old solitaire on their monitors.  With the popularity of social networking sites (otherwise known as distractions at work) such as Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter, some The Office fans might be wondering if the actors and characters have pages for these site.Jenna Fischer, who plays receptionist Pam on the NBC comedy, says neither she or her love interest Jim, played by John Krasisnki, are on Facebook or Twitter, via her MySpace, which apparently she does have.  She likewise cautioned that those Facebook profiles who bear their names don’t belong to them, and that they are fake.Fischer, 34, moreover reveals that office kiss-up Dwight, played by Rainn Wilson, and perky, bubbly customer service representative Kelly, played by Mindy Kaling, are both on Tweeter but only as their character. Read more »
When news broke that The Wire star Idris Elba will be dropping by Scranton for a six-episode arc and that his character will supposedly cause Michael Scott quite a lot of trouble, there have been rumors that Steve Carell might be reduced to making cameos on The Office, as the latter chose to prioritize his movie career.  It was further reported that one loyal minion will allegedly follow him a la Jerry McGuire, and the normal conjecture, of course, would point to Dwight (Rainn Wilson).Zap2it reports that Carell will not be leaving Dunder Mifflin Scranton to go do movies.  It‘s true, however, that a corporate shakeup will definitely happen on The Office, as Elba assumes the position of Jan over at corporate in New York.  Rumor has it that the shakeup will reach Pennsylvania and have some professional repercussions in Michael‘s life.  No further clues were given though on which “major” character will follow Michael as he take on this path. Read more »
Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling) started out as a character that seemingly didn‘t have any outstanding traits in The Office.  After several episodes, however, this Indian American customer service representative has officially become the office chatterbox with unparallel expertise on clothes, boys, dating and celebrity gossip.  As someone with a bubbly persona with juvenile tendencies, Kelly has added her “spicy curry” charm into almost every episode of The Office, whether through her on-again and off-again romance with Ryan (B. J. Novak) or her hilarious one-liners.  Not surprisingly, she has also attracted a rapidly increasing fanbase next to the major players of the show.In the most recent two-part episode of The Office, we got a huge dose of Kelly as she chastises the party planning committee, particularly Jim and Dwight (Rainn Wilson), for forgetting her birthday.  So as a tribute the girl who "can‘t wait to get pregnant and have babies," I‘ve decided to list down the most noteworthy Kelly Kapoor scenes in The Office.  Read more »
Recently, Kris De Leon did a special tribute piece for one of the funniest, most interesting yet oft-ignored characters on The Office: Kelly Kapoor.  Perhaps unknown to some people, the actress who plays Kelly, Mindy Kaling, is also one of the show‘s writers.  Recently, she dropped by a chat room to discuss some things that forthcoming on the NBC show, including a potential new crush for the office girls, a wedding, and a couple of stars returning to Scranton.Spoilers ahead. Read more »
Aside from a half-hour of unprecedented comedy, The Office provides us with a handful of advice whether in the form of silly office terminologies, funny one-liners or hilarious quotes.  It actually seems like a horrifying source of life lessons especially since the show revolves around the world‘s greatest incompetent boss, who sees himself as a friend first and a boss second and probably an entertainer third, and his diversely odd subordinates.  Then again, it teaches us that managerial skills are not always what will get you promoted.  To explore this even more, I‘ve gathered some of the most memorable life lessons The Office has put forward over the past five years.  This borders on disturbing as some make sense while most of the things listed below don‘t.  But still, it‘s fun to reminisce how these flawed ideologies came into light. Read more »
Apparently, the stars of The Office are not too keen on staying in Scranton to sell paper all day.  In fact, Ed Helms, who plays Andy Bernard on the NBC comedy, is teaming up with co-star Steve Carell in a so far untitled Civil War feature, where he plays a history-obsessed civil war re-enactor who goes back in time.  Once there, he had to find a way to go home without altering history.  Lest we forget, Helms, 35, also stars in Night at the Museum 2 and The Hangover.John Krasinski, who plays Jim Halpert on The Office, also has some movies in the works, including a highly anticipated comedy that stars the likes of Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, and 30 Rock lead Alec Baldwin.  Meanwhile, his latest movie Away We Go is set for a June 2009 release.  The comedy follows a couple who is expecting their first child as they travel around the US to find a perfect place to start their family. Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release:Love is in the air…sort of.It‘s Valentine‘s Day at the office.  Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) meets a mysterious woman at a Valentine‘s blood drive. Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) pair up with single women at the office "Lonely Hearts Party." Meanwhile Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) are banished from the office for being too publicly affectionate, and have an awkward lunch with Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) and Bob (Robert Ray Shafer). Read more »
On the last episode of The Office, the employees of Dunder Mifflin Scranton celebrated Valentine‘s Day by participating in a blood drive (where we found out Dwight‘s (Rainn Wilson) special talent).  The happily coupled people in the office, Jim (John Krasinski), Pam (Jenna Fischer), and Phyllis (Phyllis Smith), had a little lunch, while Michael (Steve Carell) decided to hold a little Valentine‘s mixer to help the romantic tragedies that are a majority of the employees. They even had a little session in which they gathered around in a circle and retold their worst heartbreaks.  In between Angela (Angela Kinsey) recalling two other guys dueling for her affections and Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) remembering his ex-fiancée leaving him over breakfast, someone mentioned that Andy (Ed Helms) was honeymooning by himself. Read more »
Valentine‘s Day aired a little late for The Office this year but it came at a time when almost all Dunder Mifflin Scranton employees are single, which basically paved the way for a potentially good episode.  Unlike the second season‘s “Valentine‘s Day,” where we saw a more cheery atmosphere with Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) flooded with gifts from her then boyfriend Bob Vance while most of the employees had their special someone to look forward to, “Blood Drive” was quite different. Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release:Michael‘s golden ticket idea causes quite a stir.Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) causes a huge problem in the office when he comes up with the idea to put "golden tickets" into packages of paper for clients to redeem for discounts. Andy (Ed Helms), Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) give Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) differing advice on wooing a woman. Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release:Meet the new boss- Idris Elba (The Wire) guest stars. Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) has big plans for his 15th anniversary party at Dunder Mifflin, but is in for a shock when the new, no-nonsense Vice President (guest star Idris Elba) has some ideas of his own. Meanwhile, Jim‘s (John Krasinski) prank on Dwight (Rainn Wilson) has some unexpected results. Read more »
It‘s been some time since Michael Scott screwed something up at Dunder Mifflin on a major scale so it was fun to watch him trying to wiggle his way out of the jam in “Golden Ticket.” The episode proved that sometimes good ideas fall short. It also showed how horrible Michael Scott (Steve Carell) is as a boss.  He‘s done quite a lot of mischief in the past five years of The Office but his misdemeanor on last week‘s episode topped my list. Read more »
Don‘t miss tonight‘s Office, when Michael (Steve Carell) has big plans for his 15th anniversary party at Dunder Mifflin, but is in for a shock when the new, no-nonsense Vice President (guest star Idris Elba) has some ideas of his own. Meanwhile, Jim‘s (John Krasinski) prank on Dwight (Rainn Wilson) over the dress code has some unexpected results.Can‘t wait until 9 PM tonight to see the "New Boss" antics go down? Never fear. We‘ve got four preview clips of the episode after the jump. Read more »
Perhaps some The Office fans are still reeling from what Michael (Steve Carell) did on the last episode of the NBC comedy.  To give you a refresher, just when we thought things were going well between him and David Wallace from corporate, the Scranton regional manager just upped and told him he was quitting.  Or was he?As if that wasn‘t enough, Entertainment Weekly reports that actress Ellie Kemper was recently cast as the paper company‘s new receptionist, which, as we all know, is a post that currently belongs to Pam (Jenna Fischer).  Of course, it‘s also possible that the fiancé of Jim (John Krasinski) is not getting the axe but is just being transferred somewhere else.  The region, after all, has a new boss introduced in the last episode. Read more »
Fifteen years! That‘s how long Michael Scott (Steve Carell) has been with Dunder Mifflin.  It‘s hard to imagine that Michael, arguably the world‘s worst boss, has lasted that long in a micro-capacity regional paper sales company that was founded in 1949.  As someone who goes by the principle of being a friend first, a boss second, and “probably an entertainer third,” he is often a poor judge of character, which often leads to bad decision-making.  But then again, he is a talented salesman who has worked his way up the corporate ladder to earn the coveted position of Regional Manager of Dunder Mifflin‘s Scranton branch. Read more »
The new Amy Poehler comedy hasn‘t even premiered, but already the show has gained attention after a leaked focus group report enumerated its many loopholes and bad points and essentially said it‘s bound to flop.  NBC‘s Parks and Recreation stars the Saturday Night Live alum and follows fellow NBC comedy The Office‘s mockumentary format.  For his part, NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman is not bothered because focus groups are generally haters anyway.According to the FGD report, preview audiences thought Parks and Recreation was a “carbon copy” of The Office (after all, the show is from The Office‘s Greg Daniels and Michael Schur).  As for Silverman, these kinds of negative responses are not unusual for a new series. Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release:Michael takes goofing off to a new level – Idris Elba (The Wire) guest stars.Michael‘s (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) relationship with the new vice president (guest star Idris Elba) becomes increasingly tense, as Michael finds an excuse to goof off even more than usual. Meanwhile, Pam (Jenna Fischer) faces the challenge of a new copier and Kelly (Mindy Kaling) develops a crush. Read more »
Looks like last week’s cliffhanger won’t reach an easy resolution after all. When Michael jumped up and quit during “New Boss”, did anyone else expect that he’d fumble his way back into the job just as quickly? Well, judging from Thursday’s “Two Weeks,” it looks like this personnel change is going to take—Michael will soon be the head of the “Michael Scott Paper Co.” and, shock of all shocks, he’s taking Pam along with him!Well, as anyone who’s ever tried to write about The Office would tell you, it’s really quite hard (that‘s what she said) to write about The Office. At least, it’s hard without just rambling off favorite quotes and favorite scenes in non sequitur fragments. (Monsters.com! Bandit! Productivity Czar!) Read more »
We saw Michael Scott (Steve Carell) doing a Jerry McGuire on the last episode of The Office, and Pam (Jenna Fischer) correspondingly doing a Renee Zellweger to join her boss as they walked out of Dunder Mifflin.  As we learned, Michael isn‘t exactly fond of his new boss, and he showed it, driving up to corporate to tell David Wallace that he quits.Entertainment Weekly reports that yet another Dunder Mifflin-ite is joining Michael and Pam on their journey in financial instability.  Ex-employee Ryan (BJ Novak) will allegedly be asked by Michael in the same way he asked practically everyone (that is, except Kevin, Angela, and Meredith).  The love of Kelly‘s (Mindy Kaling) life will say yes to the proposal, probably because Ryan is hardly in a position to refuse seeing that he‘d been reduced to running a bowling alley. Read more »
Ever since Charles Minor (Idris Elba), the new no-nonsense Regional Vice President arrived at Dunder Mifflin, many subplots came to light on The Office.  Michael‘s (Steve Carell) seemingly temporary resignation has turned into a more solid departure as he decides to start his own paper company with receptionist-turned-salesman Pam (Jenna Fischer) at his side.  And as a result, Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) has been assigned as the substitute receptionist while Stanley (Leslie David Baker) is now the Productivity Czar.  Judging from Charles‘ hasty decision, it‘s quite obvious that he knows very little about the Scranton branch employees, which I think could really put forward some hilarious storylines in the coming episodes.  But one thing‘s for sure: Charles knows the effect he has on women!We first saw Charles‘ appeal in “New Boss” as Kelly (Mindy Kaling) and Angela (Angela Kinsey) debate over his attractiveness. Given their respective complicated sexual histories, it would be fun to see both Kelly and Angela chasing after the same guy.  We‘ve already seen how complicated an Office love triangle can be after Angela dated both Andy (Ed Helms) and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) at the same time, so I‘m positive that the idea of Charles being in some wacky love triangle with Angela and Kelly will be even more entertaining.  The question is: Who‘s the better fit for Charles? Read more »
It seems that Michael Scott and the rest of the employees of Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch have not only found relative success in the paper business but in the TV circuit as well.  NBC has sold its acclaimed flagship comedy, The Office, to local broadcast stations representing more than 93 percent of the U.S., including each of the top 50 markets.The press release, which was announced by NBC president Barry Wallach, is in preparation of for The Office’s fall off-network launch. Read more »
When Michael (Steve Carell) said goodbye to Dunder Mifflin in the last episode of The Office, a lot of fans probably wondered why his most loyal minion Dwight (Rainn Wilson) didn’t throw himself into the fray and offered to go with him.  As we saw, only Pam (Jenna Fischer) was bold enough to take the plunge with Michael with a start-up paper company; even boyfriend Jim (John Krasinski) didn’t dare.For his part, The Office co-executive producer and writer Aaron Shure assures fans that Michael and Dwight aren’t through and that there’s a good reason why Dwight didn’t follow Jerry McGuire, I mean Michael Scott. Read more »
When the American adaptation of The Office premiered in mid-spring of 2005, four years after Ricky Gervais’s original British mockumentary-style comedy began and two years after it has successfully wooed audiences on both shores, critics were quick and harsh in their evaluations. The American show starring Steve Carell as a mid-level boss at a regional paper company was "so diluted there‘s little left but muddy water,” said the New York Times. Even ever-jovial USA Today gave a backhanded assessment, calling it a “passable imitation of a miles-better BBC original.” Reviewers saw potential, but were wary that the American show could grow from shoddy reproduction to original interpretation when it retained the same premise, same tone, and same style of the British Office.Now, four years later, the American Office has forged its own way, becoming one of the sharpest and best-loved comedies on television. The show managed what first seemed impossible: paying due respect to its original source while constructing its own identity within that space. And now, still four years later, NBC is putting their faith in comedienne Amy Poehler to make a similar jump from replica to real thing with Parks and Recreation, a mockumentary about city government official Leslie Knope, the pilot episode of which airs this Thursday, April 9 at 8:30 on NBC. Read more »
From NBC’s official press release:Michael hosts a company luncheon—Idris Elba (The Wire) guest stars.Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Andy (Ed Helms) strike up an unlikely friendship and plan a hunting trip. Regional Supervisor Charles (Idris Elba) asks Jim (John Krasinski) for a "rundown," and Jim spends his day trying to figure out what that is. Michael (Steve Carell) hosts a Paper & Pancakes luncheon. Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton and Paul Lieberstein also star. Read more »
From NBC’s official press release:Michael assembles his dream team—Idris Elba (The Wire) guest stars.After getting off on the wrong foot with his new supervisor, Charles (Idris Elba), Jim (John Krasinski) finds himself face to face with the new boss in a soccer game in the Dunder Mifflin parking lot. Meanwhile, Michael (Steve Carell), afraid to face the workday, has trouble leaving his house. Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton and Paul Lieberstein also star. Read more »
Office producer Mike Schur called Thursday‘s double-installment of The Office a "delicious comedy sandwich" (in the middle of which was the non-spin-off pilot Amy Poehler‘s new Parks and Recreation), and he was definitely on the money with that mouth-watering assessment. But there was also so much more than comedy. The two episodes worked in perfect tandem together. They took The Office in an unprecedented direction, shirked what some worried was a threat of plot-stagnation, and provided genuine moments of much-needed tension and character development--all while still retaining its trademark moments of laugh out loud second-hand discomfort and embarrassment. Read more »
Corporate manager Jan Levinson may have been fired on The Office but at least her portrayer, Melora Hardin, has already found work in FX’s drama pilot called Lights Out.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 41-year-old actress has been tapped as the female lead of the new series and will star opposite Holt McCallany, who is credit for his roles on CSI and Heroes. Penned by Justin Zackham, Lights Out revolves around Patrick Leary (McCallany), a former boxing champion who struggles to find himself and provide for his wife (Hardin), an orthopedic surgeon, and their daughters now that he‘s out of the ring. Eventually, he become a so-called legbreaker who collects unpaid gambling debts and decides he‘ll need to make another big payday to support himself and his family after being diagnosed with pugilistic dementia, which is a neurological disorder that affects boxers who receive multiple blows to the head. Read more »
The last two episodes of The Office have taken the series into an unexpectedly hilarious direction.  After gathering enough courage to face the workday, Michael Scott finally assembled his “dream team” and set up shop at their new headquarters: a small office space (technically a closet) in the same building as Dunder Mifflin’s office.  With Pam closing her first account ever as a salesman, The Michael Scott Paper Company seems to be off to a good start. Then again, it’s too early to tell.  And becoming the frontrunner of the paper industry is still a long shot, let alone surviving the presently depressed economy. But this is The Office, a world where you can play pranks at your co-workers, get away with wearing a tux at work or get promoted in spite of lack of managerial skills, so anything is possible.  Still, one sale won’t be enough and Michael (Steve Carell) won’t be able to succeed with only Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Ryan (B. J. Novak) on board.  The question is: Who should Michael hire next? Read more »
From NBC’s official press release:Michael and Dwight in a high-stakes battle.Idris Elba (The Wire) guest stars.Dwight‘s (Rainn Wilson) loyalty to Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carrell) is tested when he finds a new hero in Charles (guest star Idris Elba).  Meanwhile, Andy (Ed Helms) tries to provide for all of Jim‘s (John Krasinski) emotional needs. Read more »
Many know Mindy Kaling as office chatterbox Kelly Kapoor on NBC’s The Office but there’s more to the bubbly actress than meets the eye.  Hired three years out of Dartmouth College, she’s also a writer and co-executive producer for the show, having penned several memorable episodes such as “The Dundies,” in which Michael holds his annual office award ceremony much to the dismay of the rest of the office, "Diwali," in which Kelly invites the entire staff to celebrate a Hindu festival, and the two-part special “Lecture Circuit,” in which Dwight and Jim take over the party-planning committee but accidentally forget Kelly‘s birthday while Michael and Pam travel to other branches in order to pass on Michael‘s "expertise." Read more »
If you‘ve missed a few episodes of The Office lately, you may not be used to this, but: you‘ve missed a lot. In what last season might have sounded like a laughable bizarro Office world, Michael quit Dunder-Mifflin and "branched" out with his own namesake paper company, with Pam and Ryan as his Dream Team of sales. And they seem to be doing okay! Crazy.Now, in Episode 5.24, "Heavy Competition," the MSPC is trying to scrape away some coveted paper clients from the team over at D-M, and Dwight is caught in the cross-fire: forced to choose between old master or new, Dwight starts a feud with Michael that shows no signs of stopping.Read on for the best quotes and moments from this week‘s episode of The Office. Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release:Michael deals with early morning deliveries and financial strains.Idris Elba (The Wire) guest stars. Read more »
You knew it was going to happen sometime: the status went back to quo last night on The Office. But, as far as ends getting tied off cleanly, "Broke" was an inspired episode, full of tension, suspense, and yes, humor. And Michael finally got to stick it to everyone, as a threatened Dunder-Mifflin had no better choice than to offer the Michael Scott Paper Company a buy-out. In a rare moment of seeing the big picture, AND using the correct metaphor to describe it ("Wouldn‘t you rather have a fishing pole than a fish?"), Michael successfully negotiated the $60,000 buy-out into a multi-million dollar deal to get his old job back, plus a sales position for Pam, a job for the disgraced Ryan, and even Charles Miner tossed out of Scranton.  Read more »
Last week‘s "Heavy Competition" provided a lot of laughs as Dwight‘s (Rainn Wilson) loyalty to Michael (Steve Carell) is tested when he finds a hero in new boss Charles (Idris Elba). It also featured a silly yet very funny cold open with Michael, Ryan (B.J. Novak) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) throwing cheese balls at each other and catching them in their mouth. Carell, Novak and Fischer must have had a blast and I could only imagine how frustratingly funny it was to film that scene. It‘s one of the most ridiculous I‘ve seen in a long time and it got me thinking of some of the hilarious teasers over The Office‘s five-season run. After all, the segments at the beginning of The Office are one of the things that fans look forward to in every episode.  Read more »
Idris Elba has a lot on his plate nowadays. He‘s now starring in the new thriller called Obsessed, in which he finds himself being fought over by Beyoncé Knowles (as his wife) and Ali Larter (as her psychotic rival). He has also been cast in the action crime movie Takers, and the action film The Finest, as well as the adventure drama The Losers. Most recently, however, Elba took a stab at the small screen as The Office‘s new boss, Charles Miner - a role he wasn‘t expecting to book at all.   Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release: Michael is torn between his two sales groups.Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) has to mediate a dispute within his new sales team. Meanwhile, trouble brews in the office when several employees take the term "casual" Fridays too loosely.  Read more »
Last week, The Office proved that it can be just as hilarious even with its supporting cast members on the spotlight. There are so many talented people on the show and we don‘t always get to see much of them so "Casual Friday" was quite a refreshing break from the series‘ Jim-Michael-Dwight driven storylines. From Kevin‘s chili cold open segment to Creed‘s (Creed Bratton) board games with Jim (John Krasinski), the episode kept me laughing hard. But the funniest scene of all was when Toby (Paul Lieberstein) confronted Meredith (Kate Flannery) about her very inappropriate outfit, which she pulls in various directions only to reveal her nether regions even more.    Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release:Michael brings coffee and dancing to the office.Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) gets into the caf/disco scene. Meanwhile, Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (John Krasinski) decide to take a secret trip.  Read more »
Who would have thought Kelly Kapoor could get all this attention?  Reports have it that The Office‘s Mindy Kaling has signed on with NBC to producer her own series.  The network has given her a two-year, seven-year overall deal, with her taking part in the developing of her own comedy.  Of course, she‘ll also be starring on it and perhaps tackling a whole new character.The writer-producer talked to Variety about her upcoming show, saying that she‘s still scouting for ideas to work on.  She admitted that she‘s fond of workplace comedies such as the one she‘s currently starring in, as well as buddy shows like HBO‘s Flight of the Conchords.  With those types of influences, there‘s no doubt Kaling‘s show will be getting plenty of attention once it airs. Read more »
After so much turmoil through the Michael Scott Paper Company storyline, last night‘s Office episode, "Cafe Disco," felt like a nice reprieve for a show that has earned a relaxing deep breath and a strictly-for-the-fun-of-it dance party. Now, the day after, fans seem pretty split on whether last night‘s silliness was exhilarating or irritating--and I want to hear where you stand! Not to get all Swedish on this conflict (World War II! Neutrality! "History!"), but I really see both sides. Sure, on the plot front, not much happened. But it was an episode made up of great moments, and I couldn‘t help smiling during Andy and Kelly‘s dance-off, Dwight‘s treating Phyllis like a horse, and Jim and Pam‘s back-and-forth about the wedding, in which they mutually finally landed on, "I like cheesy." In the end, "Cafe Disco" delivered for those of us who also love a little unabashed cheese in our lives.So, my Office watching cheese-lovers and haters, spread these best quotes and moments on your cracker: Read more »
Thursday marks the season ender of the fifth season of The Office and it‘s sure to have some big moments and exciting cliffhangers. After all, it‘s also the 100th episode of the series. As you might have heard, season 5 wraps up with the annual Dunder Mifflin company picnic where employees from Scranton, Utica, New York, and Nashua have gathered for some fun under the sun. But as you all know, The Office is not your average sitcom, so we should expect some quirky mishaps along the way. And Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello even hints that "the episode ends with a doozy of a twist, the repercussions of which will be felt well into next season."Want more clues to the finale? Read on for more spoilers and speculations! Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release:Season finale - The Scranton Office represents at the company picnic.Oscar nominee Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) and Idris Elba (The Wire) guest star. Read more »
It‘s finale week and a lot of shows have geared up to bring something different on the forefront. But The Office isn‘t just wrapping up its fifth season -it‘s also celebrating a milestone as it reaches its 100th episode tonight. Looking back, however, it was almost an impossible feat. The Office, the remake of the BBC series starring Ricky Gervais, started as a midseason entry that kicked off in March 2005. It first few episodes drew mixed reviews from critics, and despite its promising cast (Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and Rainn Wilson), not a lot of people were watching the series. But thanks to Judd Apatow, whose feature directorial debut, The 40-Yea-Old Virgin, hit screens and went on to gross $177 million worldwide, Steve Carell, who had been active in film and television for several years, finally became a household name.  And that accelerated The Office‘s exposure, according to NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman.  Read more »
Last week, The Office aired its 100th episode, which also served as its fifth season ender. "Company Picnic" was over before you knew it and it clearly wasn‘t enough to cram all the characters and hilarious storylines in just 30 minutes. Kelly and Creed were missing and some characters didn‘t get enough screen time. Still, the episode had a lot of monumental scenes that set the ground for next season.  I‘ve gathered some cliffhangers from the finale and I‘m leaving it up to you to sound-off on what could possibly happen when The Office returns for season 6! Read more »
After its initial announcement last month about the shows it would pick up, today NBC revealed its official 2009-2010 schedule and also made several official cancellations.My Name is Earl and Medium are both gone, though there are possibilities that both shows could be picked up by rival networks.  For My Name is Earl, it‘s especially difficult since the season ended with a cliffhanger.More Fall Lineups:FOXABCNBCCBSThe CW Read more »
TGIF, am I right, guys? Fridays are the best. I‘m even wearing sandals to celebrate. There‘s nothing better to ease us all into the weekend than a brand new Office episode, and this one delivered. Some people worried that a return to the status quo would mean stagnation, especially after that great deviation into the Michael Scott Paper Company. (And by some people, I mean me, since I don‘t know anyone else who sits around worrying about such things.) Well, they were wrong! We had everything in last night‘s "Casual Friday" episode: suspense, humor, nudity, games, intrigue, fake-firings, urine, ultimatums, spilt chili, and a five-years-late J.Lo reference! Here‘s that run-down you asked for of all the best moments and quotes from the latest Office episode. Fax it to your dad when you‘re done. Read more »

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