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Ricky Gervais stands tall in 'Life's Too Short'

Though his Golden Globes hosting gig rankled some in Hollywood, Ricky Gervais is back doing what he does best: playing power-forward for the Life’s Too Short lunchtime basketball team.

Kidding. The faux-documentary mastermind, who spent three seasons telling the story of Andy Millman and other little-known people on movie sets in Extras, is now tackling the lives of little little-known people in Life’s Too Short, which follows the rise and fall of a showbiz dwarf. Warwick Davis (pictured, front center) and Gervais play themselves, and you can expect Extras-style celebrity cameos — including Johnny Depp — when the show premieres on HBO after Christmas. Devoted Gervais fans will be even more delighted by the appearance of familiar faces from The Office and Extras playing themselves, adding to the new series’ realism.

Check out an exclusive photo of Gervais and Davis, after the jump: READ FULL STORY

First Look: NBC's amazing new 'The Office' poster -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

NBC showed this new art of the cast of The Office at their upfront presentation, and we do mean art. Here’s the cast re-interpreting the classic Georges Seurat painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” No, we’re not kidding. You must check this out: READ FULL STORY

'The Office' scoop: The latest manager is... -- EXCLUSIVE

The new manager on NBC’s The Office, the person assuming taking Michael Scott’s chair for the final two episodes of this pivotal season is…. [spoiler alert from tonight's episode!] …. READ FULL STORY

Season finale alert! When to expect goodbye episodes from 'Survivor,' 'Chuck,' and 'Saturday Night Live'

Where did the time ago? It seems like just yesterday that we were anxiously awaiting the start of Lone Star; now we can barely remember that two-timing cad. That’s because it’s season finale time – that heartbreaking period when we bid adieu to nine months of scripted heaven to make way for three months of unscripted hell on the broadcast networks. (Don’t worry, Big Brother: We still adore thee).

Fire up your DVR playlists, kids … here are all the broadcast net finales. READ FULL STORY

'The Office' ratings drop without Steve Carell

Now that Michael Scott has left Dunder Mifflin and Deangelo Vickers is ruling the roost, NBC’s The Office ratings took a tumble Thursday night.

Will Ferrell continued his guest-star stint on The Office (6.8 million viewers, 3.5 preliminary adults 18-49 rating), with the adult demo falling 17 percent after spiking last week for Steve Carell’s final episode.

Despite the declining lead-in, NBC’s Parks and Recreation (5.1 million, 2.6) was up 13 percent and the season finale of 30 Rock (4.2 million, 2.1) rose 11 percent.

Fox won the night with American Idol (20.8 million, 6.1) hiking 7 percent and Bones (11.1 million, 3.3) jumping a robust 18 percent, trouncing a series low CSI (10.5 million, 2.2). READ FULL STORY

'Bones,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Vampire Diaries': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

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There are finales everywhere. What’s this?

I can’t believe my eyes; I must be dreaming. Wake up, Sandra, this isn’t fair!

Woah! Musical introduction. This is what the end of the season does to me, folks. I’m losing it. But that also means summer’s on the way, so remember to start sending your scoop requests for summer TV soon! And, as a special treat, please also send your season finale questions as well.

As usual, all queries/suggestions/ponderings get sent to spoilerroom@ew.com or @EWSandraG. And as a reminder, we’re on summer schedule now. So Spoiler Room will be on Fridays only, until late summer.

Thanks, y’all.

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Steve Carell's final 'Office' ratings strong

Steve Carell’s touching final episode of NBC’s The Office delivered the show’s best performance since at least January. The Office was seen by 8.1 million viewers and delivered a 4.1 preliminary adults 18-49 rating. That’s a strong recent number for the show, up 24 percent from last week, but not really unusual. The number will rise a bit in the final ratings since the episode was 52 minutes long and the rest of the hour showed the start of Parks & Recreation (Read Ken Tucker’s take on Carell’s final episode here).

Fox was out in front with American Idol (19 million, 5.5) and Bones (9.8 million, 2.8), which was down 13 percent against The Office. READ FULL STORY

'The Office': Missing Steve Carell already? Director Paul Feig looks back at the evolution of Michael Scott

When the American version of The Office debuted in 2005, Steve Carell’s Michael Scott was a horrible boss with a terrifying haircut. By the time Scott mouthed his final “That’s what she said” on last night’s emotional farewell episode, the character had evolved into a beloved TV icon (with a significantly better haircut), more lovable and less openly vicious than the Boss character on the original British Office. EW talked to Paul Feig — creator of Freaks & Geeks, director of the upcoming Bridesmaids, and the man who directed such iconic Office episodes as “Office Olympics,” “Dinner Party,” the Holly-introducing “Goodbye, Toby,” and last night’s “Goodbye, Michael” — about four key points in the evolution of Michael Scott. READ FULL STORY

'The Office': Exec producer Greg Daniels on the departure of Steve Carell and tonight's farewell episode, 'Goodbye, Michael' -- EXCLUSIVE

One year ago, Steve Carell announced that he would be leaving The Office, leaving us more than enough time to properly send off our favo–  Holy crap, he’s taking off tonight and we haven’t even set up our tear jars! Ready or not, Michael Scott will utter his final foot-in-mouth and walk out of Dunder Mifflin’s doors for the last time in “Goodbye, Michael.” The special 50-minute episode (which airs at 9 p.m. on NBC) was written by Office executive producer Greg Daniels, who spoke exclusively to EW about tonight’s landmark episode and bidding farewell to Carell.  READ FULL STORY

NBC promises Steve Carell's final 'Office' episode will be 'perfect'

NBC is setting the bar pretty high for Steve Carell’s final episode of The Office. In their latest promo, the network promises that Michael Scott’s last day in Scranton will be nothing short of “perfect.” The spot is light on laughs and heavy on tinkly piano music — though the opening image of Michael wearing cowboy boots and sitting on his office building’s roof in order to prepare for life in Colorado is pretty funny. Hopefully, that means Carell’s last day will be chuckle-inducing as well as justifiably sentimental. The supersized episode airs Thursday at 9 p.m. EST. Check out the promo after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'Bones' spin-off 'The Finder,' Will Ferrell on 'The Office' dip in ratings

Broadcast ratings dropped sharply Thursday night, which wasn’t great for key episodes of NBC’s The Office and Fox’s Bones.

The Bones spin-off “backdoor pilot” The Finder (11.1 million, 3.2) was down 9 percent from last week’s regular episode. Yet, since its American Idol lead-in (19.6 million, 5.6) fell 13 percent, one could argue Bones retained a slightly larger portion of its lead-in this week.

Over on NBC, The Office (6.8 million, 3.3) dropped 18 percent as Will Ferrell continues as guest star and the show ramps up to Steve Carell’s departure.

The working theory: With the Easter holiday approaching and Spring Break underway, many viewers are traveling and therefore TV viewership is down (one reason why ABC and CBS are staying out of the game and aired repeats last night). READ FULL STORY

Jim Carrey to guest star in 'The Office' season finale

Here’s some sssssmokin’ casting news: Jim Carrey will pop up in the season finale of The Office, EW has learned.

Carrey will guest star as someone who interviews for the management post that is being vacated by Michael Scott (the departing Steve Carell)—and seemingly handed over to Deangelo Vickers (Will Ferrell).

Carrey won’t be the only celebrity vying for the job; Ricky Gervais, Will Arnett, James Spader, Ray Romano, and Catherine Tate also play potential replacements in the hourlong episode, which airs May 19. An NBC spokesperson would not comment.

(Twitter: @dansnierson)

Will Ferrell gives 'The Office' a ratings raise; Paul Reiser's new sitcom flops

The debut of Will Ferrell on NBC’s The Office gave the comedy a ratings raise Thursday night. The Office introduced Ferrell’s potential Michael Scott replacement Deangelo Vickers and delivered 7.7 million viewers and a 3.9 adult demo rating — up 15 percent from the show’s last original episode. The Office was the night’s top-rated scripted show and sported the highest rating for the series since late January. (Though having CSI and Grey’s Anatomy in repeats couldn’t have hurt either).

The boost is also impressive considering the comedy’s poor lead-in — Paul Reiser’s new sitcom. READ FULL STORY

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