The Office's Steve Carell, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer
It's an oldie but goodie on The Office tonight [9:30 pm/ET on NBC]. We are rerunning an episode from Season 1 called "Diversity Day." Michael is subjected to a day of diversity training after complaints are made to corporate about his behavior. He hijacks the meeting and teaches his own brand of sensitivity.
If you are new to The Office, this will be a treat. "Diversity Day" is an often-quoted fan favorite. It is also a favorite of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the creators of the original British version of
Black. White. I give the Wurgels and the Sparks major credit for taking part in a social experiment for all the world to see, but talk about showing your true colors! The real star of the show, of course, is the makeup crew. Wow! To their credit is the fact that lily-white Rose was able to pass for a black teenager in front of a def poetry group — even after telling them her favorite band is The Cranberries!? Ouch. But Rose’s minor faux pas is nothing compared to Bruno’s misguided notion of what it means to be black. At first I thought he only looked a bit like Steve Carell (sans hair), but then he started channeling Michael Scott, Carell’s character from The Office, and I nearly couldn’t
Rob Corddry, a correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, follows in the footsteps of such comedic peers as Conan O'Brien and Saturday Night Live's Amy Poehler when he lends his voice to The N's O'Grady (Fridays at 9:30 pm/ET) this week. Here's what he had to tell us about his animated gig, advising Jon Stewart on the Oscars and more.
TVGuide.com: On O'Grady, who or what are you voicing? A news reporter, perhaps?Rob Corddry: No, actually
The 78th Annual Academy Awards 8:01: The opening scene just demonstrates why we love Jon Stewart: No one does self-deprecation so funny. Not even George Clooney. I think my dog would look great in a Steve Martin wig.
8:05: At first, the Hollywood royalty aren't laughing quite as hard as I am at Jon's jokes — especially not at the one about the suffering caused by movie piracy. But nothing brings people together like a Bjork joke. (She was trying on her gown and Cheney shot her!) And then the gay Western montage. Not even Stewart knows how to follow up that hilarity, so I'm not even gonna try. Brilliant.
8:16: Nicole Kidman's weird intro for the best-supporting-actor nominees has me thinking right away that Clooney will win. And then he does; self-deprecation keeps working wonders. "So I'm not winning director." The music starts after about 10 sec
Joan & Melissa LIVE at the Academy Awards5:30: I'm so glad my colleagues over at the channel have decided to go blue for the red carpet. Setting the tone for the evening, Joan Rivers begins with a slightly disturbing scene in which she spreads 'em for Matt Dillon in Crash and groans a lot. And she warns us that there are many more such scenes from the nominated movies to come. Next she gives a nod to Isaac Mizrahi's infamously presumptuous Golden Globes coverage at rival E!. "I would never be so presumptuous!" she declares while she pokes Lisa Rinna in the boob. Instead of groping her interviewees, she'll be using cards to indicate whether they are wearing underwear and/or have real breasts. This'll be interesting.
5:33: Joan gives her own thank-you speech tailor-made to offend her entire crew: "We are color-blind here at TV Guide. Right, black person?" Then she fills the time
Question: I enjoy reading your columns; I feel like you have a great perspective on the shows and actors. I do think you should give The Office more of a chance, though. Instead of focusing so much on how Scrubs should have its spot, watch the show and notice how Season 2 has evolved and deserves the attention it is getting. It is not just Steve Carell, either. The subtle and often hilarious nuances of the other workers at Dunder-Mifflin often have me laughing more than the antics of Michael Scott. Kudos to the actors who play Stanley, Kevin, Phyllis, Kelly, Meredith and Oscar. Thanks for listening.
Answer: Are you reading my regular review column? Not long ago, I revisited The Office in a column that made many of these points. I did not have room to single out all of the coworkers by name, but I agree with you wholeheartedly. (Although you left out Toby and Angela, who also score every time they're on screen.) Much as I have come to appreciate The Office lately (though with
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NBC's The Office, which was originally slated to air its season finale on March 30 — as boss man Steve Carell breaks away to film Evan Almighty — instead will extend its sophomore run to May 11, using a combo of repeats and one additional new episode. Elsewhere on the Peacock: Joey returns March 7 at 8 pm/ET, and Scrubs moves up a half-hour to Tuesdays-at-8:30 effective March 28, the same day Teachers, a new comedy, debuts at 9:30.
The Office First things first: I know Jenna Fischer gave us fair warning in this week's blog, but I simply can't get past Pam's slightly different (yet thoroughly radical) hairdo. It's like when a formerly four-eyed friend gets contact lenses, or when Alex Trebek shaved off his mustache — you can't think about anything else for staring at the oh-so-tiny, all-consuming change. Sparkly pink headband… I might not sleep for days. Maybe I should take a stress-management cue from Meredith and whip up a big ol' somethin'-and-tonic in the break room.
While the rest of the office deals with Valentine's Day and its requisite emotional
Universal has announced a Dec. 22 premiere for Steve Carell's Evan Almighty, where it will go head-to-head with Ben Stiller's Night at the Museum and Charlotte's Web (no relation to TVGuide.com's Entertainment News editor).... Vera Drake's Imelda Staunton will play Dolores Umbridge, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.... Per TMZ.com, director Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day) is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges that, while dressed in drag, he allegedly solicited an undercover cop in Hollywood on Jan. 8. But was he turning tricks under the name Alan Smithee? That's the question.
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When it premiered last March, the best I could say about NBC’s remake of BBC’s instant-classic workplace satire The Office was that (unlike the Coupling fiasco) they didn’t fatally screw it up.
The clone captured the tone of 9-to-5 ennui spiced with absurd humor; plus, as flirtatious coworkers Jim and Pam, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer were perfection. My problem was with the comic focal points: recent Golden Globe winner Steve Carell as clueless boss Michael Scott and Rainn Wilson as h