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 »
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'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 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 »
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.
Steve Carell’s final episode of The Office just got a promotion: NBC is “supersizing” the episode to 50 minutes.
The April 28 outing that features Carell’s final appearance as Michael Scott will run from 9-9:50 p.m. Then NBC is offering an extended episode of Parks and Recreation from 9:50-10:30 p.m. A regular 30 Rock will follow at 10:30 p.m.
NBC is pulling out all the stops for Carell’s last season, having added guest stars like Ray Romano and Will Arnett, in addition to casting Will Ferrell as a potential replacement for Scott (video clips here).
Backstage at the Comedy Awards: Eddie Murphy on 'wrong turns' like 'Pluto Nash'; Louis C.K. on his 'sh--y' night
Hey Rob Corddry, what do you think about having comedians honor comedians?
“They should do that! I think that’s a great idea,” the former Daily Show correspondent told EW at the Comedy Awards. “Just get a bunch of comedians together in black tie.” Okay, somebody’s either being really snarky or hasn’t been paying attention, since Comedy Central’s first annual awards were just that — with Corddry himself picking up the Golden Microphone for Best Sketch Comedy/Alternative Comedy Series (Childrens’ Hospital).
EW caught up with a number of the winners and presenters backstage at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, and, needless to say, others were more direct regarding how they felt about the evening. Like Louis C.K., who elaborated on his acceptance speech for Best Stand-Up Special (Louis C.K.: Hilarious), in which he declared the gala to be “the s—-iest night of my life.” “You know, I’m just exaggerating,” C.K. clarified. “But, yeah, pretty s—-y.” READ FULL STORY »
We still don’t know which Will Ferrell is going to show up at Dunder Mifflin Scranton next week, when the comedian’s four-episode arc on The Office begins — but these two new clips from Ferrell’s first episode, “Training Day,” do help flesh out his character. Michael Scott’s temporary (or not-so-temporary) replacement is a genial dude named Deangelo Vickers who loves the American southwest, has to live with a debilitating peanut allergy (“It’s a part of me”), and proclaims that he’s “just as comfortable at a ball game as I am at the opera” — a declaration that provokes utter contempt in Dwight. He’s also kind of a fox … at least in the eyes of Kelly, who clearly has a thing for non-Michael men in positions of power (Charles Miner, anyone?). Watch the clips below, then tell us: How do you think Ferrell will fare on The Office?
The Officeis hiring more stars for its season finale: Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate will guest star as more potential replacements for the departing Michael Scott. They join the previously reported Ricky Gervais and Will Arnett in the May 19th hour-long episode. Of course, Gervais has said he’s not interested in playing the role again, Arnett was cast in an NBC comedy pilot, and Romano is on TNT’s Men of a Certain Age. Or, producers could just do a total fake out and cast somebody who isn’t even in the finale.
Been a bit slow lately aside from the Mad Men drama. So in honor of April Fools Day, below is our prayer to the TV gods: A dirty dozen of online traffic-boosting headlines we’d like to see:
– Lost prequel announced: Peninsula-set reboot to explain everything
– NBC reveals shocking new The Office boss: Dave Chappelle!
– Fox: “We screwed up, let’s bring back Firefly“
– The Glee and Grey’s Anatomy crossover wedding: Yes, it’s happening! READ FULL STORY »
Could Will Ferrell go from NBC’s Office temp to full-time boss?
Yes, according to the man himself — though other sources strongly caution against such a blockbuster prospect. Ferrell was attending the Comedy Central’s Comedy Awards this weekend when he said he will continue on NBC’s top-rated comedy beyond his previously announced four-episode arc that airs starting next month.
“Yes, I’m taking over,” Ferrell told EW when asked abut a rumor that he’s going to be Steve Carell’s permanent and full-time replacement. READ FULL STORY »
Sometimes the TV gods can be cruel. After granting us an exceptional installment of The Office, they’re forcing us to wait three whole weeks before another new episode. There is, however, a silver lining here — Will Ferrell’s much-ballyhooed four-episode stint on the show begins on April 14, when The Office finally returns. NBC teased his arrival with a 16-second clip that aired at the end of last night’s episode, and though it doesn’t give us much to go on — Ferrell’s character asks Michael to hug him, Michael refuses, then reaches his arms around Ferrell’s back — it’s enough to spark speculation. What will Ferrell’s temporary Dunder Mifflin boss be like: a megalomaniac, á la Mugatu in Zoolander and Megamind Megamind? A sweetly deluded manchild, á la Anchorman‘s Ron Burgundy? A sad sack who could conceivably be a real person, á la Stranger Than Fiction‘s Harold Crick? Only time will tell — though we’re pretty psyched to find out. Check out the promo below, then let us know what you’re hoping to see from Ferrell’s visit to Scranton in the comments. READ FULL STORY »