May 23rd, 2011
11:31 AM ET
In a recent entry on his blog, Gervais—who executive produces the NBC series and wrote and starred in the U.K. edition—gave his take on the final episode, in which he, Jim Carrey, James Spader and even billionaire Warren Buffett all compete for the regional manager job vacated by Michael Scott (Steve Carell).
"Watching The Office finale may remind some of the Chris Martin episode of Extras," Gervais said. "If you’re going to jump a shark, jump a big one. I assume most people know I didn't do the U.S. remake for the art. I did my version for the art."
May 20th, 2011
01:41 PM ET
Thursday night's season finale of "The Office" gave us the brief, insane tenure of Creed as acting manager of Dunder Mifflin in Scranton (with Pam brilliantly handling his attempt to steal clients); Andy turning Erin down for a date (no!!!); the long overdue exit of Gabe (good riddance); plus one of the sweetest moments ever with Phyllis letting Erin believe that she was her mother, just a little longer.
While all of this was going on, the search committee, consisting of Jim, Toby and Gabe (and later Kelly, whom I guess is out of the running now), continued looking for Michael's permanent replacement. Here's a quick take on all of the applicants:
May 16th, 2011
10:40 AM ET
NBC, which has struggled in recent years to find consistent hits in primetime, is placing its bets on the musical genre for the 2011-12 season.
The network released a primetime schedule Sunday that's heavy on music-based series, both scripted and unscripted.
"The Sing-Off," the a capella competition which had success in limited runs the past two Decembers, will air weekly on Monday nights this fall. The network's hit show "The Voice" will take over the "Sing-Off" slot during the midseason.
May 10th, 2011
06:24 PM ET
The season finale of “The Office” is going to be a packed house. In addition to the likes of Ricky Gervais, Jim Carrey and Will Arnett, famed investor Warren Buffett is also expected to make a cameo.
According to Variety, Buffett will also be angling for the gig Steve Carell's Michael Scott vacated at the end of April and was temporarily filled by Will Ferrell’s Deangelo Vickers. Apparently, Buffett had the "Office" crew make a stop by his company's annual shareholders meeting for a skit in which Buffett pretended to take over for former office manager Scott.
Other big names descending on the Scranton, Pennsylvania office that episode are Catherine Tate, James Spader and Ray Romano.
The finale airs next week on May 19. How do you think Buffett would fare as Dunder Mifflin’s boss?
April 29th, 2011
10:13 AM ET
Thursday night's episode of "The Office" was an unforgettable, very fitting goodbye to the series' star, Steve Carell. At the same time, it was a reminder of the uphill battle the show faces in order to continue on without him.
But first, let's take a moment to applaud Carell and the character he created. Michael Scott was not a David Brent clone, and he wasn't just a lovable buffoon, because that wouldn't make him unique at all. In the midst of a "remake," Carell gave us an original.
As a result, it was extremely difficult to watch the episode with dry eyes.
April 28th, 2011
12:30 PM ET
“The Office” has provided its fair share of laughs over its seven seasons, but tonight's super-sized episode that marks Steve Carell’s exit - and the departure of Michael Scott, the eccentric but loveable boss Carell's portrayed to acclaim on the NBC series - had the cast holding back tears.
Director Paul Feig admitted to the Los Angeles Times that yes, even he had to break out the tissues. (And it looks like he wasn’t the only one - the tears were flowing for Angela Kinsey as well as she rehearsed a final scene with Carell.)
But when the time came for Feig to hand his present of a desk clock to the "Office" actor, he tried to leave him with a more upbeat message.
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