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I enjoy reading your columns; ...

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 ... read more


Steve Carell, The Office

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. read more

The Office First things first:...

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 read more


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'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, 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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I need Office spoilers!

Question: I need Office spoilers!

Answer: They're about to start shooting an episode that revolves around Take Your Daughter to Work Day. Also, a casting notice has gone out for a young Steve Carell-type to play an adolescent Michael in a flashback-type sequence. Any ideas?

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New evaluation: Office doing a better job

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 read more


Paramount has purchased "an original and very moving love story" from Serendipity scribe Marc Klein to serve as a starring vehicle for Tom Cruise.... Also per Variety, Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant have been tapped to star in the romantic comedy Music and Lyrics By.... Dane Cook is in final talks to play Steve Carell's brother in Dan in Real Life, about a widower who unwittingly falls for his brother's girlfriend.... In book deals, Paramount has bought The Spellman Files, about a family of private investigators, while Warner Bros. has snatched up David Ignatius' espionage thriller Penetration, which Ridley Scott will direct. read more

I just read that some other ...

Question: I just read that some other show will be taking the time slot of The Office in April because Steve Carell needed to take time off from the show to film a movie. Does that mean that this season won't last a full 22 episodes?
Answer: I'm not 100 percent sure of the show's schedule between now and early April (when the mid-season comedy Teachers gets a tryout), but if The Office doesn't make it quite to 22, it should be close. When The Office goes off the air in early February for the Olympics, 16 new episodes will have aired, leaving room for at least five new episodes to air on Thursdays in March. Whatever the math, the good news for fans is that Office and My Name Is Earl have already been picked up for a full 22 for next season ... read more

The Office was amazing last ...

Question: The Office was amazing last Thursday. Thanks for the spoiler about Michael's warehouse powwow, but can you give us anything else? Please?

Answer: Steve Carell and Rainn Wilson are heading to New York this week to shoot an episode in which Wilson's Dwight makes a speech at the company's Gotham headquarters. And I'm assuming you already heard about the show getting a 22-episode pickup for next season. That was the second best piece of news to come out of press tour. (The first was the announcement that CBS would be serving soft pretzels as an afternoon snack.)

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The Office In honor of Steve...

The Office In honor of Steve Carell's Golden Globe win earlier this week, here's a little symphony of Michael Scott non sequiturs that will hopefully make you giggle even if you didn't see the episode. (Although seriously, why didn't you see it? Have I not been clear so far with my instructions? Watch the show.) Anyway, here goes: "Is that jacket made of updog?" "I could've used some of that famous Hispanic cleaning ethic." "Peach iced tea. You're gonna hate it." "I put a cigarette through a freakin' quarter!" "I don't wanna live like that. I don't wanna be Shyla." Bravo, sir. Bravo indeed. Now then, on to more pressing matters. Like the fact that Oscar doesn't have the flu, if you know what I mean. Or more importantly, that Michael's totally cheating on Chili's. With read more

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