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The Office Celebrates Good Times

Steve Carell, John Krasinski and Rainn Wilson, The Office

The big news is that I will be appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight! OK, maybe that's just big news to me and my parents. But we are flipping out! Last year my family came to visit me in Los Angeles and I got us tickets to see a taping of The Tonight Show. Hilary Duff was the guest, and my mom leaned over to me and said, "One day, you'll be up there on the couch being interviewed by Jay Leno!" I rolled my eyes and grunted or something. Even at my age, I seem to regress into acting like a teenager around my parents. But secretly I was hoping that I would be up there one day. And now I am! I'm excited but I also have knots in my stomach. I borrowed a dress. I'm getting my hair done. I got good pointers from Steve [Carell], Rainn [Wilson] and John [Krasinski], who have all been on before read more

The Office Revisits a "Health" Scare

Rainn Wilson, The Office

I'd like to start this week's blog by publicly thanking my husband for letting me hijack his laptop for the past few weeks while I've been on the road. Thanks to him, I've typed many of my recent blogs from planes, hotel rooms and coffee shops. I'm currently en route from Montreal to our hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, where I'm meeting him for a special advanced screening of his new horror movie, Slither (which, if I can do a little wifely bragging, just received an amazing review in Variety). Tonight NBC is reairing my favorite episode from Season 1 — "Health Care" — written by the uber-talented Paul Lieberstein. I've watched this episode more times than any other episode we've made, and I still love seeing it. This week, Michael has to cut employee health benefits. Because he knows this will make him unpopular he makes Dwight do it. Dwight goes way overboard. He surveys people about their private health problems and the read more

The Office "Kids" Around

The Office's John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer

This week's episode of The Office [Thursdays at 9:30 pm/ET on NBC] is called "Take Your Daughter to Work Day," and it is written by the hot and talented Mindy Kaling (who also plays Kelly on the show). Every few weeks we have a scene that knocks me on the floor laughing while we shoot, and this was one of those weeks. I haven't seen the final product so I'm not sure what made it in and what didn't. And who knows if the comedy translated on screen or if it was just one of those days where we were slaphappy and giggling at everything. But this was a fun episode to shoot. In this episode the Dunder-Mifflin employees bring their daughters to work for the day. Stanley brings his hot teenage daughter who starts crushin' on R read more

Just read your review of the ...

Question: Just read your review of the Oscars and thought it a bit harsh. This is, after all, an awards show, with the main event being the handing out of awards. Certainly the singing performances, funny montages and humorous turns by Jon Stewart, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell and Steve Carell were attempts to liven up the evening. Some succeeded, some failed. But what would you recommend instead? Although I agree with you that there are many ways to reduce the lengthy event, that won't automatically make it any more interesting. So what will? Or do you concede that the Oscars are just one of those events that viewers and critics alike will always find fault with, no matter what happens or who hosts? Answer: Gee, a critic being harsh? How did that happen? You're right, though. I've been reviewing Oscar shows since maybe the late '80s, and I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've had a mostly positive impression (usually the years with Billy Crystal at the helm). As I ... read more

The 78th Annual Academy Awards...

Jon Stewart

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 read more

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE

Not to be outshined by the Lost boy, The Office's Jenna Fischer (aka Pam — and TVGuide.com's awesome blogger) is joining Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett in Blades of Glory, a comedy about pairs-figure-skating rivals, while Veronica Mars herself, Kristen Bell, is in final talks to play a Star Wars geek in Fanboys, a dramedy that starts shooting in late February. read more

Surface Wow, not a good day to...

SurfaceWow, not a good day to be an eerily attractive clone. You wake up in the morning, have a nice cup of coffee at your desk, and the next thing you know, you're hogtied with duct tape and crammed into the trunk of a Dodge Stratus. (And a big shout-out to Will Ferrell for making that the funniest car name in automotive history. "Don't talk about my Dodge Stratus!") It's enough to make a guy put a bullet in his own brain. No, wait, scratch that — it's enough to make a guy sit real still for a momentary misdirect before letting a hysterical Dr. Laura go. Meanwhile, Crazy-Eyed Rich gets busted in the Great Big Cryo-Lab of Doom, and Miles nearly gets himself tarred and feathered by an angry mob of townsfolk. Oh, sure, you electrocute one bully in the schoolyard and read more

Bones One of my favorite things...

BonesOne of my favorite things about Bones is how oblivious she is to the pop-culture world, like when Angela expressed her interest in dating Colin Farrell, and Bones tried to contribute, "I know him; he's funny." Angela shook her head and said, "That's Will Ferrell." I love that, despite their marked differences, Angela and Bones can be best friends, even when Ange is disgruntled with her job — which she so clearly is in this rerun. "I used to draw naked guys, and now I draw dead guys." Ange isn't the only one unhappy at work: Hodgins loves what he does but doesn't want anyone to know that his family is a major donor to the museum. "What I want in life is to come in here and sift through slime and bugs, but my family is one of those who secretly rule the world." Too bad we didn read more

YEP, SHE'S HAPPY

The Ellen DeGeneres Show enjoyed its best ratings week ever the week ending Dec. 18, due in large part to a visit from The Producers stars Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Will Ferrell. The show drew more than five million viewers, the talker's largest single-day audience in two and a half years on the air — which will quite possibly be more people than will actually see the critically drubbed big-screen musical. read more

AN ICE IDEA

This simply sounds too good to not mention: Will Ferrell and Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder are in preliminary talks to star in Blades of Glory, a film comedy about two disgraced male figure skaters who find a loophole out of their suspension by partnering with each other in pairs events. Arrested Development's Will Arnett and his real-life wife, Saturday Night Live's Amy Poehler, would play their rivals. read more

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