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Top Videos: America's Surprise Birthday Party, Pippa Middleton on Today, Hotwives of Orlando

Kristen Schaal

This week, Pippa Middleton gave her first televised interview on theToday show, and Funny or Die threw a surprise birthday party for America in honor of the Fourth of July. Jimmy Kimmel exposed bandwagon fans who were rooting for the U.S. in the World Cup, and also rewrote the lyrics to Trey Songz' "Na Na" so that old people could understand them. Chris Rock hosted the BET Awards, where he showed a video of himself interviewing white people at a monster truck rally about the show. Also, Showtime debuted the trailer for Season 2 of Masters of Sex, and Hulu geared up for the premiere of its original series The Hotwives of Orlando.

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6 Reasons You Should Be Watching Ricky Gervais' Netflix Series Derek

Ricky Gervais

The world would be a better place if we were all a little more like Derek Noakes, the titular character of Netflix's British import Derek.

That may be a surprising notion, given that Derek — a simple-minded man who works in an old-age home in Britain — is the creation of Ricky Gervais, whose stand-up comedy and past work on shows like The Office and Extras can be biting, to say the least. Even Gervais admits thatDerek, which he describes plainly (and accurately) as "a show about kindness," is less a departure from his previous projects and more a complete rejection of them.

"In recent years — and I'm culpable; I may even be one of the major driving forces in it — there's been a comedy of embarrassment, of excruciating social faux pas, the minutiae of human behavior, and usually the bad side," Gervais, who plays the lead role of Derek in addition to writing and directing the series, told TVGuide.com last week. "What's slightly different about [Derek] is, all those comedies and all the characters I've created before were sort of laughing at the blind spot, laughing at the difference between how the characters see themselves and how we see them. And with this, I've closed that blind spot. People are more sincere and more honest. ... The big theme is that kindness trumps everything."

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Office Alum Brian Baumgartner Gets Married

Brian Baumgartner, Celeste Ackelson

The Office alum Brian Baumgartner married his girlfriend Celeste Ackelson on Saturday, Us Weekly reports.

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Why Everyone Needs to Watch Hulu's The Wrong Mans

Mathew Baynton, James Corden

Russian gangsters, car chases, government conspiracies — these aren't things you often see in comedy. At least not on TV.

Action-comedy films have been around forever, but no one has attempted to blend the genres within a half-hour comedy slot. Until now. On Monday, Hulu debuts The Wrong Mans, an ambitious comedy-thriller from Gavin & Stacey'James Corden and Mathew Baynton co-produced with the BBC. The duo star as Phil (Corden) and Sam (Baynton), two below-average Joes who unwittingly get sucked into a high-stakes crime caper after answering a cell phone found on the road.

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Stephen Merchant Goes Solo With the New Comedy Hello Ladies

Stephen Merchant

It's 8am, and Stephen Merchant is in pain. The 6-foot-7 Englishman strained his back the night before while lip-synching to DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince's "Boom! Shake the Room" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in a clip that's about to go viral.

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Exclusive: TV Writers Choose the 101 Best-Written Shows Ever; What Was No. 1?

The Sopranos

Bada bing! The Writers Guild of America has named HBO's The Sopranos, created by David Chase, the best-written TV series of all time. Members of the WGA's West and East coast chapters — folks who obviously know a thing or two about writing TV shows — evaluated hundreds of dramas, comedies, miniseries (six hours or more), daytime serials, animation, variety series, talk shows and kids' programs to come up with an unprecedented, exhaustive list of TV's top 101.

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10 Things You Didn't Know About NBC's The Office

Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski

Bob Odenkirk as Michael Scott? An African-American Pam Beesly? A spinoff starring Ed Helms as suburban dad Andy Bernard?

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VIDEO: Watch Ricky Gervais Reprise His Office Role as David Brent

Ricky Gervais

It's been almost 10 years, but David Brent is back! Ricky Gervais reprised his Office role for a 10-minute video, The Office Revisted. read more

VIDEO: David Brent's Back! Ricky Gervais Reprises Office Role for New Special

Ricky Gervais

While many are still mourning Steve Carell's decision not to return to The Office as Michael Scott, there is a silver lining: We still have Ricky Gervais. The Office creator has decided to bring back David Brent for a "mini episode" called The Office Revisited, Entertainment Weekly reports. read more

Ricky Gervais' New Netflix Sitcom Derek About the Elderly Is Sweet, Not Cruel

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais may have enjoyed being the "most feared man in Hollywood" when he notoriously offended many as a the host of the Golden Globes, but he insists that his new sitcom Derek, set in a nursing home, is "sweeter" than his usual fare.

Derek, an original series to premiere on Netflix sometime this year, won't target the elderly with Gervais' sardonic wit. The show's humor doesn't lie in mocking them, but rather in taking jabs at the callous outside world and its marginalization of the elderly. It's certainly not an obvious topic for humor, but Gervais hopes that viewers will give the show a chance.

"I think there's risk of people not watching it because of assumptions that it was cruel," he said at Netflix's winter TV previews on Wednesday. "There's risk that they don't get it. Or that they get it and don't like it. ... I haven't felt this excited and proud of a project since The Office. That's the truth of it."

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Premiered: July 09, 2001, on BBC
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: The terrific Britcom about a dysfunctional workplace from hell helped put BBC America on the TV map, attracting a wider audience of hip, young viewers. This wickedly funny mockumentary tracks the monotonous doings at a paper-product firm in the dreary London suburb of Slough. Ricky Gervais (who wrote and directed the series with Stephen Merchant) plays it perfectly deadpan as David Brent, the inept office manager who has deluded himself into thinking that he's both a funny guy and a great boss.

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