Screen Junkies » The Office http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:16:30 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘The (British) Office’ Will Get A Spin-Off Film Thanks To Ricky Gervais http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-british-office-will-get-a-spin-off-film-thanks-to-ricky-gervais/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-british-office-will-get-a-spin-off-film-thanks-to-ricky-gervais/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:58:01 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263787 I wonder if he's still obnoxious.

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In case you’re wondering what happened to incorrigible jerk David Brent since the end of The Office‘s brief run, we’ve got good news: you’ll see him 12 year later. Ricky Gervais and BBC Films have announced that they will be pairing up to give us Life on the Road, the follow-up film to the well-regarded workplace comedy.

The details are awesome. 12 years later, David Brent is still trying to get his music career off the ground with a self-financed tour (hence the title). Bear in mind that this is consistent with a number of David Brent appearances Ricky Gervais has made, giving guitar lessons online and showing up for gigs.

The movie shoots in 2015, which gives us likely over two years to get excited.

*sits in corner, twiddling thumbs and tapping foot*

 

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Learn To Play Guitar With Ricky Gervais’ David Brent In This Video http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/learn-to-play-guitar-with-ricky-gervais-david-brent-in-this-video/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/learn-to-play-guitar-with-ricky-gervais-david-brent-in-this-video/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:17:37 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=256675 Hot love highway.

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When the British Office came out, there was little need to delineate actor Ricky Gervais from his painfully awesome David Brent character, because no one knew who Gervais was. However, after a LOT of public appearances, some good projects, more than a few bad ones, and a general “aw shucks, aren’t I incorrigible?” attitude, it seems as though the two might be a little closer than anyone would have imagined.

But who the hell cares? It’s still awesome to get any dose of David Brent back, so here he is in some weird guitar video called “Thank Fuck It’s Friday/Learn Guitar With David Brent.”

No more information is necessary.

 

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David Brent Is Back To Battle Racism With ‘Equality Street’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/david-brent-is-back-to-battle-racism-with-equality-street/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/david-brent-is-back-to-battle-racism-with-equality-street/#comments Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:53:56 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=254040 Because we all needed this political reggae remind that we should all just get along.

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It’s been a while since anyone has heard from The Office’s David Brent but thankfully he and his music career have resurfaced. Here he is teaming with rapper Dom Johnson for the authentic Caribbean-flavored political reggae song, “Equality Street.” It really puts prejudice in the crosshairs.

“See that Kenyan guy with mental eyes? He might be totally normal, you can’t generalize. Black people aren’t crazy. Fat people aren’t lazy. And dwarves aren’t babies. You can’t just pick them up.”

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David Brent Returns In ‘The Office Revisited’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/david-brent-returns-in-the-office-revisited/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/david-brent-returns-in-the-office-revisited/#comments Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:46:47 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=253804 Ricky getting back to what Ricky does best.

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It’s not as though anyone would miss him in real life, but in the world of fictional comedy, Ricky Gervais‘ scathing David Brent is like a god to us people.

Ten years after last seeing him on the BBC (I’m not counting the U.S. The Office appearances), David Brent is back, this time at work in the music industry, no doubt serving his own fantasies of becoming a big rock star at his old age.

Check out the trailer and say with me, “Welcome back, old friend.”

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Dispatches For Our Irrelevance Desk: Roseanne Barr Cast In ‘The Office’ Final Episodes http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/dispatches-for-our-irrelevance-desk-roseanne-barr-cast-in-the-office-final-episodes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/dispatches-for-our-irrelevance-desk-roseanne-barr-cast-in-the-office-final-episodes/#comments Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:14:39 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253216 In 1989 world, this is HUGE news.

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In a very misguided grasp of the words “celebrity” and even “actor,” The Office, in its twilight hours, has wrangled Roseanne Barr to appear on the show as a talent agent, there to rescue Andy and his dream of entertaining America.

I didn’t know Andy had an inclination for entertaining, besides his well-documented experiences in Here Comes Treble. Oh well. I guess you miss a lot of new information when you don’t watch a show for its last five years.

Anyway, for the millions of our readers that are huge fans of Roseanne Barr and late-era The Office, this is your Woodstock. Make hay while the sun is shining.

Community gets John Goodman, The Office gets Roseanne. Seems about right.

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NBC Is Not Going Forward With The Dwight Schrute Spinoff http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-is-not-going-forward-with-the-dwight-schrute-spinoff/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-is-not-going-forward-with-the-dwight-schrute-spinoff/#comments Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:24:55 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251751 Maybe they'll just take Dwight's Nazi uncle and put him on 'Last Man Standing' or something.

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Normally I would make this a “Today In ‘Oh, NBC!‘,” but the fact is that they might just be learning. Learning from Joey. Why that lesson takes seven and a half years instead of just seven is beyond me, but, hey, baby steps.

Rainn Wilson posted on his Twitter feed that NBC wasn’t picking up the pilot, he had fun making it, and there are no hard feelings. Glad he’s not pissed that Kevin is getting his own show and Dwight’s not.

What remains to be seen is how NBC will deal with the final episodes of The Office, which were supposed to transition into the Schrute beet farm experience through the introduction of Dwight’s extended family. Now it just seems as though the last few episodes will introduce Dwight’s family, then the show will end, with no family ever to be seen again.

Which is an ending I find to be hilarious.

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Even Brian Baumgartner Is Getting His Own Post-’Office’ Show http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/even-brian-baumgartner-is-getting-his-own-post-office-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/even-brian-baumgartner-is-getting-his-own-post-office-show/#comments Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:57:21 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251724 It's not about life at the Post Office.

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With The Office wrapping things up this season, the cast and creators are now lining up their next gigs. Rainn Wilson will continue the role that made him famous with the the Dwight-centric, Schrute Farms. Angela Kinsey is developing Dirty Blondes. While Greg Daniels is working on an untitled show with Craig Robinson. Actually, make that two untitled shows — the second starring Brian Baumgartner, best known as Dunder-Mifflin’s resident dunderhead, Kevin Malone.

On the ABC series, Baumgartner stars as “Norman, a mid-level airline executive who fights to experience winning again… At anything.” Like chili-wrestling? One can only dream.

The project has an excellent pedigree with Parks and Recreation’s Harris Wittels writing. Say what you will about the appeal of Baumgartner and his ability to carry a show. He’s consistently hilarious on The Office and looking at him just forces one to smile. He’s the embodiment of joy.

(Deadline)

 

 

 

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‘The Office’ Casts Stephen Colbert As Broccoli Rob http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-office-casts-stephen-colbert-as-broccoli-rob/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-office-casts-stephen-colbert-as-broccoli-rob/#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:01:36 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251072 He's the only man who could live up to the legend.

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The American version of The Office is finally giving America what America wants — The Rev. Sir Dr. Stephen Tyrone Mos Def Colbert, D.F.A., Heavyweight Champion of the World.

Truthiness will descend upon Scranton on October 25th in this season’s Halloween episode. The Colbert Report host will step into the shoes of Andy’s college a cappella rival, Broccoli Rob. The character has been teased over the years and, though several years since Cornell, remains the bane of Andy’s existence. With the show in its final season, it was time to bring in Brocc to help Andy resolve his deep-seated anger issues. Otherwise, it would just be weird that he’s talking about him all of the time and viewers would assume that the two had a bad breakup or something. (EW)

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The Dwight Schrute ‘Office’ Spinoff Hasn’t Cast His Little Brother: FALSE! http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-dwight-schrute-office-spinoff-hasnt-cast-his-little-brother-false/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-dwight-schrute-office-spinoff-hasnt-cast-his-little-brother-false/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:08:20 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250559 Perhaps this isn't clear. They cast his brother.

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Demonstrating that NBC knows exactly what they’re doing, and yes, they remember Joey, thank you very much, the peacock’d network is moving forward with the Dwight Schrute spinoff The Farm.

And to prove it, they’ve cast Dwight’s little non-Mose brother with actor Thomas Middleditch who seems to be very avant garde with his comedy, despite the fact that his most notable role to date is his recent unremarkable turn in The Campaign.

Middleditch will be playing the role of Jeb, a lazy pot grower. In order to ease everyone into the slightly different world of The Farm, Middleditch will be appearing in the series finale of The Office. Because circle of life.

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‘The Office’ Is Done After Next Year, Which May Surprise People Who Thought It Was Already Cancelled http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-office-is-done-after-next-year-which-may-surprise-people-who-thought-it-was-already-cancelled/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-office-is-done-after-next-year-which-may-surprise-people-who-thought-it-was-already-cancelled/#comments Tue, 21 Aug 2012 23:59:55 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250469 I hope Jim and Pam both lose their legs in separate car accidents and have to become "skateboard people."

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R.I.P., Nard-Dawg. We hardly knew ye.

Showrunner Greg Daniels finally confirmed what many had been predicting since the departure of star Steve Carell what seems like fifteen years ago – The Office will be ending its run after this season.

While this may be bittersweet to those have fallen in and out of love with the gang from Scranton, the final season could afford the show a delightful “who gives a rat’s ass?” attitude that the producers are already demonstrating by picking up Clark Duke and Jake Lacy as 20-something drones, and revealing who is behind the documentary team that’s been producing all this “footage.”

So, gather ye rosebuds, wish the gang a fond farewell, and see if they can outdo themselves knowing that NBC owes them a lot of latitude after The Office kept its ass afloat for a half-dozen years or so.

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LA Kings Gave Rainn Wilson Tickets… In Jell-O http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/la-kings-gave-rainn-wilson-tickets-in-jell-o/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/la-kings-gave-rainn-wilson-tickets-in-jell-o/#comments Thu, 24 May 2012 22:19:26 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=248901 Free tickets and a delicious snack. Thoughtful!

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Those pranksters. As if it weren’t hard enough to get people to come to Kings games.

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7 TV Shows We’re Giving Up For Lent http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/its-ash-wednesday-so-here-are-7-tv-shows-were-giving-up-for-lent/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/its-ash-wednesday-so-here-are-7-tv-shows-were-giving-up-for-lent/#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2012 15:02:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245817 It's Ash Wednesday. Party's over, people.

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It’s Ash Wednesday. Party’s over, people. 40 days of self-deprivation begins now. While you’re supposed to deny yourself something that you really enjoy or depend on, it’s easier just to cut out the stuff we don’t like any more. So why not bad TV? We can just replace it with good TV, so it’s not that big a sacrifice.

It’s too easy to not watch a show that you weren’t watching before, so to add at least a modicum of difficulty, let’s cull some shows that were once favorites. It’s nothing personal. Sometimes shows fall in quality, sometimes they just get old, and sometimes we change. For whatever reason, here are a handful of shows that we have no problem saying goodbye to for Lent.

True Blood

I like(d) True Blood for what it is – a campy, soapy display of stylized violence with a fair amount of nudity. It continues to be very self-aware, but there seemed to be very little new space to explore. To recap, there have been werewolves, vampires, fairies, shapeshifters, panthers, and witches. That’s a lot of factions going head-to-head.

The shock value is gone, and while the sexiness and violence is still entertaining, it’s compromised by the total absence of a story to tell. I was able to make it through last season buoyed by the hotness of the characters, but no more. Unless they seriously overhaul their writing team, I’m going to bid the show adieu and get my nudity from the internet.

Law & Order: SVU

The show has been gradually declining in quality over the past five years. In fact, the decline was so gradual that indoctrinated viewers may not have even noticed. Now, with the absence of Christopher Meloni, it’s pretty clear that the show will keep trending downward. After 13 seasons and 286 episodes, there are only so many different ways a character can get raped and murdered. There are also only so many ways Ice-T can be informed of the nature of a crime, then respond with “That’s messed up.”

Yes it is, Ice-T. It’s very messed up. Just like your show.

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Having Forgotten About ‘Joey’, NBC Considers A Dwight Spin-off From ‘The Office’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/having-forgotten-about-joey-nbc-considers-a-dwight-spin-off-from-the-office/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/having-forgotten-about-joey-nbc-considers-a-dwight-spin-off-from-the-office/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:06:03 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=243730 I like this idea. I might not watch it, but I like it.

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Upon first reading, this news may cause an involuntary eye roll, but NBC spinning off Rainn Wilson‘s Dwight Schrute into his own show may not be such a bad thing. The Office has gotten pretty stale since Jim and Pam popped out their kid a couple years ago. The show hasn’t yet been picked up for a ninth season, and if this spin-off keeps that from happening (unlikely), then it might just be worth it.

The good news about a Dwight Schrute spin-off is that a) it has a built in fan base, even if that base is dwindling, and b) with a much smaller budget, the show can be more irreverent and fun, not having to carry such bland mass appeal.

THR reports the show would naturally dive deeper into Dwight’s character and pursuits, including his family, his farm, and his bed and breakfast. If this show isn’t all beets all the time, then it’s headed in the wrong direction.

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You Will Soon Be Able To Buy Dunder Mifflin Paper From ‘The Office’. REJOICE! http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/your-office-will-soon-be-able-to-buy-dunder-mifflin-paper-from-the-office-rejoice/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/your-office-will-soon-be-able-to-buy-dunder-mifflin-paper-from-the-office-rejoice/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2011 18:58:58 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=237892 This is a way better idea than my 'Night Court'-branded nocturnal legal services.

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In the time-honored spirit of doing anything for a buck, as well as the impossible dream of making copier paper interesting, if only for a moment, Staples office supply chain will begin selling The Office’s Dunder Mifflin-branded paper.

Now I’m sure you’re saying to yourself, “Whoa. Whoa. Slow down. Before I get excited about this development, is the paper laser quality? Is it bonded? What’s the weight? Will I have the opportunity to put on a watermark?” To which I can only reply, “I don’t know what any of those questions mean.”

Of course, the paper will be more expensive because they have to toss a few schillings in the pocket of NBC on every sale, but it’s been my experience that office managers absolutely love whimsy and will do anything they can to spice up the office, even if it means spending a little more for some packaging that no one will ever, ever see.

Nonetheless, I’m sure some weirdos are camped outside of Staples as I write this.

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How Faux-Documentary Sitcoms Trick Us, And Why We Love Them Anyway http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/how-faux-documentary-sitcoms-trick-us-and-why-we-love-them-anyway/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/how-faux-documentary-sitcoms-trick-us-and-why-we-love-them-anyway/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2011 17:33:26 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=237700 You've been fooled, but you don't care.

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For all their quirks and idiosyncrasies, the most acclaimed network sitcoms of the past decade all share one peculiar and rarely-examined component – that of the “fake” documentary crew. While Modern Family, The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Arrested Development are all praised for departing from convention, the fact is they all rely very heavily on an overused concept.

By any account, the heavy-handed and derivative placement of multiple shows in the “faux-documentary” construct should elicit the ire of TV snobs who claim to prize innovation above all else, but that just hasn’t happened. Despite the fact that The Office (UK) and Arrested Development introduced this narrative device almost a decade ago, its use continues to not only evade the scorn of critics, but is often the explicit reason for their praise. While lauded network sitcoms have become few and far between, it’s difficult to find a recent example that doesn’t feature confessionals and a single, shaky-camera approach.

Remarkably, this approach turns out to be a win-win, as the viewer forgoes the latter conceit, refusing to believe they’re not “in the moment” while still enjoying all the conventions of the faux-doc style. These conventions include the breaking of the fourth wall in testimonials and the ability to film characters without them “knowing it,” which is unheard of in the traditional three-camera setup. (Note the confessional approach doesn’t occur in’Arrested Development‘, but rather is supplanted by cutaways to newspapers, websites, and security videos. No TV show used more third-party sources than ‘AD‘.)

Characters in a traditional sitcom structure (say, ‘Wings’ or ‘Cheers‘) may never have acknowledged the camera, but private moments also did not exist, which is a change that cannot be underestimated. The level of intimacy has been raised exponentially with the faux-doc style.

While The Office certainly plays to the documentary style more than the other shows, with nods and appeals to the camera operators, you still are left with the feeling that you’re watching something unfold as it happens rather than watching something that was recorded two weeks prior, then assembled in some fictional documentary post-production house. This dilemma was skirted entirely in the more recent Better Off Ted, which took all the elements of the documentary approach, but had Ted address the camera mid-scene rather than in a documentary-style cutaway. The Office is still on the air while Better Off Ted is not, so draw your own conclusions

This structure gives us the best of both worlds. It lets the viewer feel like a voyeur in a more realistic setting than those of three-camera sitcoms such as Friends and Two and a Half Men, while still spoon-feeding jokes, set-ups, and reaction shots (albeit with completely different prompts than they are used to). As such, it’s no coincidence that shows with the faux-doc format don’t have laugh tracks. The audience is watching and deciding for themselves what’s funny and what isn’t.

Despite the way these audiences feel in the faux-doc premise, the testimonial and confessional scenes actually entail a wildly unapologetic direct delivery of jokes. The characters are breaking the fourth wall to speak, completely flying in the face of any “discovery” the audience feels they have made. It’s a very strange balancing act; one I can’t explain without a better (any) understanding of the human mind. We decide that these shows make us feel smarter, even though they really don’t. These shows are tricking us, and not only do we not feel duped, but we clamor for more.

The producers and cast deliver us jokes in a more direct fashion than shows that are maligned as heavy-handed and cheap (like King of Queens), but we get to feel even better about ourselves for thinking we are pulling the humor from the situation rather than taking what we are given.

Now, is this due to the fact that the writing on these shows is better than on King of Queens? Certainly the writing IS better, but that’s not what makes us feel smarter. Simply and ineloquently put, these shows make us feel smarter because the structure of the narrative makes us FEEL smarter. Good writing follows because a good writer would (I pray) rather write for a show without a laugh track. Thus, the shows establish a nice little cycle of success. The format makes jaded audiences feel smarter, and coincidentally, the format also lends itself to better writing. So the audience gets further rewarded with better writing, which ACTUALLY makes them smarter.

But they won’t feel smarter forever. Much as the three-camera approach was an innovation around the time of I Love Lucy, it wore off way down the line. The faux-doc style also has a very finite half-life, as the context is so specific that it is likely to get co-opted quickly (though for some reason it hasn’t yet) by unfunny, trite shows which will likely ruin the format for everyone involved. The audience will feel less smart because you can’t feel smart when you’re watching According to Jim no matter how it’s presented, and sitcoms will be forced to look for another structure.

But until then, let’s pretend Leslie Knope, the whole gang from Modern Family, and Dwight Schrute are just living their lives, and we are a fly on the wall, watching it happen. Except of course when they look directly at us to tell us a joke.

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John Krasinski Offers Up ‘The Office’ Season 8 Spoilers http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/john-krasinski-offers-up-the-office-season-8-spoilers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/john-krasinski-offers-up-the-office-season-8-spoilers/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2011 21:49:52 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223229 Jim buckles down to impress Robert California.

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At the NBC party for the Television Critics Association, I noticed the office’s John Krasinski stepping off the red carpet to go enjoy a drink and some gourmet cuisine. I managed to stop him for an exclusive interview before any of my colleagues found him.

Now I’m sure you’re expecting me to goof around and be funny with the smart alec from the hit NBC comedy. Well, I’m not an A-list TV comedy writer, so get off my back! I went the straightforward path and got some scoops on season eight and spoilers for Jim’s storylines.

Q: What is the new dynamic like with James Spader?

John Krasinski: Spader is unbelievable. I’ve been the biggest James Spader fan forever. To have him on set is a huge, huge coup for the show but also for me. I’m just really excited because his energy as a character is unlike anything we’ve ever had on the show.

Q: Is it different than we saw in the season finale?

JK: Not really. It’s a similar episode. He’s definitely that guy. He’s incredibly competent. We offered him a boss position and he wanted the CEO position and he got it. That’s how incredibly persuasive he is. Robert California, which I think is one of the greatest names and funniest characters ever.

Q: Michael Scott always wanted to be your friend as well as your boss. How does it change everything when you have a guy who’s not trying to do that?

JK: It’s really interesting. I feel like we’re definitely all inferior to James’ character and I think he very much knows that. He puts us on the spot immediately for being not so good at what we do which is weirdly incredibly motivating. We get to be a lot better very fast.

Q: What’s going on with Jim and Pam?

JK: Pam’s pregnant. Jenna, her commitment level is so high to get pregnant for this part. No, Pam’s pregnant and Jim’s finding it a lot more fun to be at work and just providing for his family. He starts to feel like with the office being run a little more efficiently he can have a lot more fun himself.

Q: Do you have scenes with different characters than you’ve had in the past?

JK: Yes, I will definitely start having different [scenes]. I know that I have a lot of fun stuff with Andy who needs my help in different ways, shapes and forms. I have a lot of stuff with Kevin, which is great. It feels a lot like the first couple seasons where just inter-office relationships are the thing that was so fun.

Q: Were you ever a guy who messed with people at work?

JK: No, I was never clever enough to do any sort of pranks whatsoever.

Q: How will Jim be messing with Dwight this season?

JK: We have a whole bunch of different pranks. One of my favorite ones will be at Schrute farms.

Q: One of my favorite episodes was when Jim started taking over a management position and started to tone it down, nobody liked him. He was trying to be fair and it just didn’t work. What were your thoughts on that storyline?

JK: I don’t think Jim was made for the leadership role. I think he’s a really good middleman and he’s a good cushion and filter for the rest of the office. I don’t see him running the office any time soon.

Q: Do we need a guy like Jim to take the bosses down a peg?

JK: I hope so, that way I’ll have a job.

Q: When you do movies, are they pegging you as the rom-com guy, or the male friend in the rom-com?

JK: I don’t think so, I hope not. I feel like right now, it’s just been a lot of fun to work on projects at all in the hiatus. It’s a short little window and I’ve been really lucky to be a part of some great movies.

The Office returns to NBC this fall.

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‘The Office’s’ Pam And Jim Are Having Another Baby http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-offices-pam-and-jim-are-having-another-baby/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-offices-pam-and-jim-are-having-another-baby/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 17:55:09 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=220258 Bad timing. Steve Carell loves babies.

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Jenna Fischer’s decision to ruin her body by giving birth to a child is good news for The Office writers. In an interview with Vulture, the actress reveals that her real life pregnancy will be written into show with Pam and Jim announcing their second child is on the way. How that is possible on a paper salesman’s salary, I do not know.

The real-life pregnancy overlapped with last season’s Valentine’s Day episode where Fischer and her on-screen husband, John Kraskinski, totally boinked. “When we started shooting that [Valentine’s Day] episode, I thought to myself, If everything goes well, this is going to be a very, very convenient coincidence,” Fischer said. “And I think I found out I was pregnant when we were shooting that episode.”

She also revealed she knows who Steve Carell‘s replacement is, but isn’t allowed to say. If she’s sure that nothing will change her mind, I’ll put my nipple away. But only if she’s sure.

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UPDATED: James Spader To Join ‘The Office’ But In A Different Role http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-spader-to-join-the-office-but-in-a-different-role/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-spader-to-join-the-office-but-in-a-different-role/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2011 17:55:39 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217826 I'm looking forward to a twist on 'Secretary' featuring a very game Ellie Kemper.

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UPDATE: James Spader has officially been announced as the new CEO of Sabre on The Office. Prepare for even more uncomfortable stares on the NBC sitcom.

It looks like Robert California, James Spader‘s creepy, cosmic applicant, will be joining Dunder Mifflin, but not as Regional Manager, the position left open by Michael Scott‘s departure. Rather, Mr. California (awesome, btw) will be replacing Kathy Bates‘ character as CEO of Sabre. Unlike Bates’ character, Spader would be a regular on the show, micromanaging the hell out of that Scranton branch.

EW reveals from a source that producers loved Spader’s weird energy during his “interview” last season and are eager to work it into the show going forward. However, with Spader sitting atop the firm, the question remains: Who will run the Scranton branch? Right now the odds-on favorite is female Brit comic Catherine Tate, though her participation next season hasn’t been confirmed. As of now, geriatric weirdo Creed Bratton is in the hot seat due to seniority.

Frankly, I like the one-two punch of Creed and California. Take all your loyal viewers, NBC, and just creep the hell out of ‘em till they don’t know what’s what.

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Gervais Plays The ‘Shark Jumping’ Card On ‘Office’ Season Finale http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/gervais-plays-the-shark-jumping-card-on-office-season-finale/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/gervais-plays-the-shark-jumping-card-on-office-season-finale/#comments Fri, 20 May 2011 23:49:42 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213145 “If you’re going to jump a shark, jump a big one,” Gervais wrote on his blog. So... maybe a Sharktopus?

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“If you’re going to jump a shark, jump a big one,” Ricky Gervais wrote on his blog, regarding “The Office” season finale. So… maybe a Sharktopus? I bet Dwight would do it, or at least, he would say that he would do it.

Last night was the much-hyped “Office” season closer, which featured cameos by Jim Carrey, Will Arnett, Gervais himself (via webcam) and oddly enough, Warren Buffett. I guess when Steve Carell leaves your show, you need to plug that celebrity sized hole in your sitcom boat. Catherine Tate (“Dr. Who“) is the current favorite among the producers as a replacement.

Gervais had many critical things to say about the American version of his hit show, because if there’s one thing Gervais shies away from, it’s controversies stemmed from freely speaking his opinions:

“I assume most people know I didn’t do the US remake for the art. I did my version for the art. That’s why I stopped it after a few hours of telly,” Gervais wrote. “Don’t get me wrong. I’m very proud of the US version. It was not only a very very good network comedy but it was also a massive success story. But you know, I did it for different reasons, ambitions and with slightly different emotional attachments to the project.”

Gervais referring to the show in the past tense is interesting. “It was not only…” Well, once you jump a shark, you can’t un-jump it. Third Law of Shark Jumping Physics. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Brit Comic Catherine Tate Top Choice To Replace Steve Carell On ‘The Office’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/brit-comic-catherine-tate-to-be-the-new-michael-scott-also-whos-catherine-tate/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/brit-comic-catherine-tate-to-be-the-new-michael-scott-also-whos-catherine-tate/#comments Wed, 18 May 2011 22:15:53 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212710 The winner of the job will have to demonstrate excellent looking-into-the-camera skills.

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British comedienne Catherine Tate (“Doctor Who“) is the frontrunner to replace Steve Carell’s Michael Scott next season on”The Office,” according to THR. While those close to the show didn’t say exactly what qualities drew them to Tate, there were concerns about her ability to meet the program’s schedule given her theater commitments. Currently starring in a performance of Much Ado About Nothing in London, she will appear on tomorrow’s season finale alongside Ray Romano, Jim Carrey, and Will Ferrell, though her fate beyond that in unknown.

Judging by this news, it would really seem that the powers that be have no idea who will be filling in the top spot, so don’t expect any revelations before next season. Will Arnett is out of the running because his pilot got picked up at NBC, James Spader is being considered, but probably a long shot given the warm qualities the show has adopted recently. James Spader is not “warm.” Ed Helms, Craig Robinson, and Rainn Wilson are also supposedly in contention, but I would count on them being more in the mix for the entertainment value on the show.

So bet on Tate, despite the fact that no one outside of “Doctor Who” message boards knows who she is.

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9 Most Bad Ass Moments Of Dwight K. Schrute From ‘The Office’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/9-most-bad-ass-moments-of-dwight-k-schrute-from-the-office/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/9-most-bad-ass-moments-of-dwight-k-schrute-from-the-office/#comments Fri, 13 May 2011 01:39:43 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211888 As a tribute to his efforts and ultimate success, we give to you the nine most bad ass moments of Dwight K. Schrute.

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Tonight, after seven painful years, Dwight K. Schrute will finally realize his dream of becoming the acting manager of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch. And with the departure of Will Ferrell‘s character (Deangelo Vickers) from “The Office,” who better to lead than Dwight? Season after season, Schrute has proven himself as the alpha male, using his superior intellect and cunning to best his foes. As a tribute to his efforts and ultimate success, we present to you the nine most bad ass moments of Dwight K. Schrute.

The Great Escape (S.1 : Ep.4)

Early on in the series, Dwight proved himself a master of cloak and dagger. While attempting to glean information by hiding in a cardboard box, Schrute was double-crossed and left for dead. But using his survival instincts and his handy pocket knife, Dwight managed to free himself.

Junk Yard Brawl (S.6 : Ep.20)

Nobody talks shit to Dwight K. Schrute, not even his boss and mentor Michael Scott. So when Michael gets cocky while the two are searching through a garbage dump for missing leads, Dwight isn’t afraid to throw down. It’s almost like Anaki fighting Obi Wan.

The Anti-Flashing Task Force (S.3 : Ep.22)

When a pervert flashes Phylis in the parking lot, it doesn’t take Dwight long to set up a task force. Don’t worry, this won’t interfere with his other task forces, as it’s been given priority.

Parkour (S.6 : Ep.1)

Being the bad ass that he is, it was only a matter of time before Dwight took up Parkour. Frankly, I’m surprised it took as long as it did.

Who did this to you? (S.3 : Ep.11)

This isn’t “bad ass” in the traditional sense. But the speed with which Dwight comes to Pam’s aid upon thinking she had been attacked really speaks volumes. And his ability to defuse the situation is bad ass in its own way.

Master of Disguise (S.7 : Ep.11)

What’s more bad ass than going undercover and assuming someone’s identity? Doing so in order to pelt your enemy with snowballs.

Update: We Failed (S.5 : Ep.6)



As was pointed out in the comments, this is Creed, not Dwight. Sorry for being an idiot.

Dwight Pepper Sprays Roy (S.3 : Ep.19)

Dwight and Jim might not always get along. In fact, Dwight pretty much hates Jim. But that doesn’t stop him from coming to Jim’s aid when he is attacked by Pam’s meat-head boyfriend, Roy. For Dwight, law and order trump petty personal differences.

The Element of Surprise (S.6 : Ep.10)

There’s only one man who can take down Dwight K. Schrute. And that man is Dwight K. Schrute. So when Dwight goes head to head with himself, the result is an all-out orgy of destruction. Luckily for Dwight, he has the element of surprise on his side.

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Warren Buffett Brings His Considerable Acting Chops To ‘Office’ Finale http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/warren-buffett-brings-his-considerable-acting-chops-to-office-finale/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/warren-buffett-brings-his-considerable-acting-chops-to-office-finale/#comments Tue, 10 May 2011 04:38:26 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211261 There's a reason to keep watching "The Office," even though Steve Carrell is gone, and that reason is… somewhat interesting celebrities.

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There’s a reason to keep watching “The Office,” even though Steve Carrell is gone, and that reason is… somewhat interesting celebrities. So, now all the producers have to do is load every episode next season with 6-7 celebrities and they’ll be good to go.

Billionaire tycoon Warren Buffett joins the never-ending famous person parade that is”The Office” season finale. Other celebrities making a cameo-or-greater on the episode include Jim Carrey, Ray Romano, Catherine Tate, Will Arnett, James Spader and Ricky Gervais. They’re all interviewing for the coveted position of Scranton branch manager for the paper company Dunder Mifflin. This just goes to show you, if you work hard enough, and become famous enough, you too can interview to become the head of the small Pennsylvania off-shoot of a poorly managed paper company.

The almost-an-hour-long “Office” season finale airs May 20th. (Variety)

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Will Ferrell Departs ‘The Office’, Dwight Steps Up As Acting Manager http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/will-ferrell-departs-the-office-dwight-steps-up-as-acting-manager/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/will-ferrell-departs-the-office-dwight-steps-up-as-acting-manager/#comments Tue, 03 May 2011 16:53:04 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210209 Ferrell and Rainn Wilson offer up some spoilers.

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Will Ferrell joined “The Office” for Steve Carell’s final three episodes. Now it’s time for him to pack up and go too. The remaining episodes for this season will remove Deangelo Vickers (Ferrell) and make room for even more A-list guest stars.

“It becomes apparent that as bad a boss as Michael Scott seemed at times, my character is 10 times worse,” Ferrell said on Friday at a press conference for his upcoming film Everything Must Go. “He’s a terrible salesperson and he’s oddly conceited at times.”

There are certainly lots of fans who would have liked to see Rainn Wilson take the lead. Dwight fans will get a taste of what a Wilson-starring “The Office” might be like. “There’s an episode coming up very soon called ‘Dwight K. Schrute, Acting Manager,’” Wilson said at his press junket for the movie Hesher. “For one episode, Dwight gets to be manager and it’s very funny. He does have a pet piranha in his office.”

Wilson said he shot scenes with guest star James Spader, but was not involved with any of Jim Carrey’s scenes. He is meeting with the writers to discuss next season though. “Now we’ve just got to figure out what season eight’s all about,” Wilson said. “I’m actually going in later this week to meet with the writers and try to talk to them about it. It’s really mostly up to them but I’ll put in my two cents and see where they’re at and stuff like that.”

As Ferrell departs his month-long legacy at Dunder Mifflin, he’s happy to see what Carrey and Spader will do in his place. “I think it’s great,” Ferrell said. “I think it’s really a credit to Steve that everyone wants to be a part of this storytelling. I thought the episode last night [April 28] was so well done. That was the show at its best in terms of being funny, being poignant. I think he’s been nominated every year for an Emmy and hasn’t won it. If he doesn’t win this year, it’s kind of a travesty. But if I win, it would be less. I hope he wins. He really should. He’s so good.”

“The Office” airs Thursday nights on NBC.

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Last night, Steve Carell raided the supply closet and left Scranton for greener pastures. Before leaving the corporate world, though, he filmed his exit interview with “Office” co-star Angela Kinsey. In the video, he talks about his favorite show moments  and what the characters and the actors who portray them have meant to him over the past seven years. He also takes a moment to say goodbye to his fans and acknowledge that he’s “made an enormous mistake.”

It’s sad to see him go but it’s important we all put on a brave face and show him what big boys and girls we can be. No crying. And if any of us do, let’s pretend that we got stung by a hornet. Just a really fast one that moved too fast for everyone to see because it is so fast, you see. One of those super hornets. I think it migrated up here from Mexico. (NBC)

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He did a lot of them. Here they all are, back to back, for your viewing pleasure. (Vulture)

Great Scott! Links!

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9 Actors (Besides Steve Carell) Who Walked Away From Popular T.V. Shows http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-actors-besides-steve-carell-who-walked-away-from-popular-t-v-shows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-actors-besides-steve-carell-who-walked-away-from-popular-t-v-shows/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2011 22:26:03 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=209569 After seven seasons, comedian Steve Carell has decided to walk away from the highly popular show. What an asshole.

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Tonight marks the final episode of Michael Scott’s tenure on”The Office.” After seven seasons, comedian Steve Carell has decided to walk away from the highly popular show. What an asshole.

Just kidding….sort of. I admire him leaving before the quality drops any further, but part of me really wants to see him run that thing into the ground, “Simpsons” style. Either way, he’s not the first to prematurely say adios to a role. Some of TV’s most popular shows have had actors walk away while the ratings were still high. Here are nine such examples.

Mike Flaherty (Michael J. Fox) – “Spin City”

In the forth season of the popular ABC sitcom, “Spin City,” producers were forced to shake change things up when the show’s star, Michael J. Fox, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. His character, Mike Flaherty, left his position as deputy mayor after taking the fall in a mafia scandal. Flaherty went on to become an environmental lobbyist in D.C., working along side Senator Alex P. Keaton, Fox’s character from “Family Ties.” He was later replaced by a new character, played by Charlie Sheen. Things ended poorly two seasons later.

Diane Chambers (Shelly Long) – “Cheers”

In the pilot episode of “Cheers,” the character of Diane Chambers is abandoned at a bar, Cheers, by her boy friend, a married man named Sumner Sloan. Devastated by the experience, she accepts a job at the bar in order to begin rebuilding her life. In the fifth season of the show, Sumner Sloan returns and offers Diane the chance to finish writing her book, “Jocasta’s Conundrum.” She ends up leaving her job and lover, Sam Malone to pursue the opportunity. The character was written out of the show at the behest of actress Shelly Long, whose decision to leave is widely considered one of the biggest blunders in television history.

Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson) – “M.A.S.H.”

When Colonel Henry Blake was discharged from the army and sent home at the end of “M.A.S.H.’s third season, viewers were probably expecting a tearful good bye. But they probably weren’t expecting to have their hearts ripped out of their chests. Writers surprised everyone by having the character killed off in a plane crash during his flight home. They did so after actor McLean Stevenson left the show. He felt his character was becoming a second fiddle to Hunnicut and Pierce.

Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) – “Happy Days”

When Ron Howard decided to leave his role as the star of “Happy Days,” at least he had a good reason. He was launching his career as a director. But removing the main character of a show about the mid-50’s and early 60’s proved easy enough, and writers shipped his character, Richie Cunningham, off to the army.

Eric Forman (Topher Grace) – “That 70’s Show”

Eric Forman was the glue that held “That 70’s Show” together. His basement was the meeting place for all of the other characters, including his parents. So when Topher Grace decided to leave the show, it seemed like a stretch to keep the show in production. It was. After Forman left to teach in Africa, it lasted only one season.

Benjamin Stone (Michael Moriarty) – “Law and Order”

After four years on the initial “Law and Order,” District Attorney Ben Stone was written off the show, resigning his post after a key witness was murdered while under his protection. Actor Michael Moriarty claims he left the show to protest what he perceived as a government attempt to censor violence in the show. Producers told a different story, involving Moriarty’s “erratic behavior.” Either way, “Law and Order” never missed a beat, and continued for another 16 seasons.

Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) – “ER”

Dr. Mark Greene was the first character introduced on the hit medical drama, “ER.” But after eight seasons and no end in site, actor Anthony Edwards wanted to move on. Writers decided to kill off the character with a good old-fashioned case of brain cancer. Despite the loss of such an iconic character, the show lasted another seven seasons.

Lawrence Kutner (Kal Penn) – “House”

The character of Lawrence Kutner was probably the greatest Indian-American Doctor with brutally murdered adoptive Jewish parents in the history of television. That’s why everyone was so bummed when the writers decided to kill him off via suicide. The reason they did so was because actor Kal Penn had accepted a liaison position at White House. Based on the method of his departure from the show, I’m assuming the writers were McCain supporters.

Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) – “The X Files”

“The X-Files” was a wildly popular sci-fi drama that helped bring conspiracy theories into the main stream. Agent Fox Mulder was the heart and soul of the show. After seven seasons of exploring the paranormal, actor David Duchovny walked away after contentious contract negotiations. Writers decided to tie up loose ends in a fitting manner: by having Mulder abducted by aliens. However, his character did return sporadically for the remainder of the series.

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The Office” is supposed to be a comedy about the things people actually do at work. Jim Carrey‘s next movie is about a man who plays host to a bunch of penguins in a New York City apartment. The comedic sensibilities are a perfect match.

Carrey will guest star on an upcoming episode of”The Office.” In the episode, Carrey interviews for the position Steve Carrell‘s Michael Scott leaves. Is a resume with experience like “Pet Detective,” “Mask-Based Superhero” and “Christmas Present Relocation Manager” gonna land him the job as manager of a paper company? Probably not. Carrey will also have stiff competition in the episode from Ricky Gervais, Ray Romano, Catherine Tate, Will Arnett and James Spader. Sounds like this episode could use a few more celebrities. Is James Franco available?

Meanwhile, that begs the question: what’s gonna happen to Will Ferrell‘s character Deangelo Vickers (great name), who’s currently in charge? It’s a bigger office mystery than who takes more than 3 slices of pizza on Pizza Fridays, though many suspect it’s Jason. (EW)

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How Krasinski Said Goodbye To Carell On ‘The Office’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/john-krasinski-talks-saying-goodbye-to-steve-carell-on-the-office/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/john-krasinski-talks-saying-goodbye-to-steve-carell-on-the-office/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2011 17:53:45 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=207519 There were tears.

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We’ve known Michael Scott was leaving Dunder Mifflin for awhile, so we’ve had time to mentally prepare ourselves. The cast of “The Office” has known even longer, but they weren’t prepared to get emotional on Steve Carell’s last day. While promoting the romantic comedy Something Borrowed, John Krasinski shared his own tearful farewell.

(Click Here To See Video Of Will Ferrell’s Debut On”The Office.”)

“I definitely cried on the last day,” Krasinski said. “Wasn’t expecting it and then the last scene of the day was our goodbye of characters. We hadn’t said goodbye and so that was an incredibly existential black hole. It was like way too much happening. So there were definitely tears.”

The show has wrapped for the season but it was several weeks ago that Carell wrapped. Krasinski describes his feelings graphically. “Brutal, in no uncertain terms which I only say because it wasn’t so clear when it was happening. I think I was under the impression of my logical brain saying, ‘This is just what happens. People move on and they have contracts that expire and there’s nothing personal’. Then you realize that a huge part of your show, a huge part of your everyday life, a huge part of the energy around you every day is gone. It’s just sad to lose a friend like that. It was tough but it’s all fantastic and our energy level on set is tremendous and we all feel incredibly excited about what’s to come. Everybody was talking about a spinoff 2 ½, three years ago. This is the show sans Steve. It’s ‘The Office 2.’”

When Will Ferrell appeared last week as the new boss, Jim and Pam’s storyline had them showing off their baby a little too much for his tastes. They won’t beat that joke any further. Instead they’ll find all new ways to annoy their new boss.

“No, I think that played out in the episode, or at least was highlighted in that episode and we definitely find other relationship avenues to take.”

“The Office” airs Thursday nights at 9 on NBC.

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NBC Makes Steve Carell Stay 20 Minutes Later On His Last Day http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-makes-steve-carell-stay-20-minutes-later-on-his-last-day/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-makes-steve-carell-stay-20-minutes-later-on-his-last-day/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2011 18:35:44 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206459 I think he should sneak out early and turn off his phone.

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As you may have heard, Steve Carell is departing”The Office,” where his portrayal of Michael Scott has been an inspiration to dimwitted boobs everywhere. And NBC is wringing everything they can out of the occasion, including making the guy stay late on his last day by “Super-Sizing” his last episode, which will run for 50 minutes on April 28th.

NBC is right to promote the shit out of this, particularly since there is a concern that your average viewer might confuse this with the season finale, which is being kept separate for some reason, presumably to tease us more about who his eventual replacement will be. Expect to see lots of commercials to the effect of “THIS ISN’T THE LAST ONE, KEEP WATCHING AFTER THIS!!!” (Deadline)

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Will Ferrell Meeting ‘The Office’ Leads To Comedic Situations http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/will-ferrell-meeting-the-office-leads-to-comedic-situations/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/will-ferrell-meeting-the-office-leads-to-comedic-situations/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2011 16:07:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=206110 Will Ferrell's debut on "The Office" next week officially has NBC's hype machine set to kray kray.

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Will Ferrell’s debut on The Office“ next week officially has NBC’s hype machine set to kray kray. The TV spots are airing constantly and it shouldn’t be long before he pops at the bottom of the screen during “Minute To Win It.” I also heard that NBC is planning to put a Will Ferrell android in every office across America. Except for the offices where the Will Ferrell android was designed. That would just be overkill.

Anyway, check out these clips of Will Ferrell meeting the cast to expected results.

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