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Andy's New Incentive Program Goes Over Big on 'The Office' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 30th 2011 3:00AM
'The Office' - 'The Incentive'Oddly enough, considering the big deal made out of casting James Spader this season, what this week's episode of 'The Office' (Thu., 9PM ET on NBC) proved was that they really don't need him to succeed. The ensemble is so strong by now, they're holding the show together just fine.

That said, Spader was perfect this week. He's there to inspire and terrify the office, and keep everyone on their toes. But Andy has stepped up beautifully into Michael's shoes with a completely different but equal level of awkwardness.

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Deena From 'Jersey Shore' Does Jersey Turnpike With Ed Helms (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 29th 2011 3:15AM
Ed Helms & Deena Cortese, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Jay Leno knew exactly what a Jersey Turnpike was when he asked Deena Cortese about it on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC). He just wanted to hear the 'Jersey Shore' cast member explain the dance move.

When she stumbled around to find the words, he suggested she just go ahead and show him. Luckily for him -- or not, depending on your perspective -- Ed Helms was the first guest, and he was still on the couch, so Deena invited him to dance with her.

The move required very little from him. He simply stood there, while she backed up into him and shook her butt. "That's a Jersey Turnpike?" Helms marveled when it was over. "I had another name for that."

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Ed Helms Is a Dog Molester on 'Wilfred' ... Or Is He? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 15th 2011 2:25AM
'Wilfred' - 'Acceptance'When it comes to 'Wilfred' (Thu., 10PM ET on FX) it's almost impossible to tell what to believe. Do you ever believe what Wilfred tells Ryan, or is Ryan just hallucinating these conversations? Regardless, this week, Wilfred seemed determined to test their friendship.

In Thursday's episode, Ryan did a better job of treating Wilfred like a dog, attempting to train him with a clicker and a water gun, to mixed results. But it was Ed Helms' creepy turn as a doggie day care worker that really tested their friendship.

When Ryan's sister returned to his life, he tried to mend that relationship, which meant having to find a play for Wilfred to go during the day. Enter Darryl (Helms), who was ever so friendly and sweet to Wilfred upon his arrival.

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'The Office' - 'Secretary's Day' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 23rd 2010 12:01AM
(S06E22) We haven't heard from the folks at Dunder Mifflin Scranton for almost a month, and it's refreshing that the first episode back, the antics are generally related to office-specific issues. Well, at least the better part of the episode was office-related.

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Steve Carell on 'The Daily Show' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 8th 2010 2:40AM
Steve Carell on 'The Daily Show'Steve Carell appeared on 'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) to promote his new movie, 'Date Night.' Unfortunately, even though they worked together for many years, host Jon Stewart had a little trouble remembering who he was. First, Stewart showed the wrong movie clip -- a clip from 'The Hangover,' which starred a different ex-'Daily Show' cast member. Oh well.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'The Office' - 'Happy Hour' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 26th 2010 10:14AM
Lauri Naughton Okin, Amy Pietz and Steve Carell in 'The Office' - 'Happy Hour'
(S06E20)
If you took this episode and dropped it in the middle of season two or three, it probably would have fit in nicely. Well, except for the fact that you might be asking why Pam was on maternity leave (and why Jim is the dad), why Andy is working in Scranton, and just who the hell Erin is.

But you know what I'm getting at. The tone, pacing, and comedy of this episode continues the recent trend of 'The Office' getting back to what made people love it to begin with. And, yes, part of that means that Michael is going to make an ass of himself. But at least the season six version of Michael somehow gets a little bit of hope mixed in with his desperation stew.

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'The Office' - 'New Leads' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 19th 2010 10:03AM
John Krasinski in 'The Office' - 'New Leads'(S06E19) It's starting to feel like Sabre's purchase of Dunder-Mifflin was just the jumping-odd point the writers needed to bring the Scranton branch dynamic back to something that feels like the old days. For the second week in a row, we have an episode that felt very much like the ones from the first couple of seasons -- without the Jim/Pam drama -- with the entire office interacting with each other and a large amount of mistrust floating about. And it made for one of the funniest episodes in years.

With sales being king at Sabre, the sales staff was letting their elevated status go to their heads. This brings about some interesting character aspects we haven't seen much of. Phyllis, for instance, gets to take her status out on Michael, who's embarrassed her any number of times, and Angela, who she just plain hates. Andy walks out of a tedious Michael-called meeting. Stanley actually looks like he's doing work. It's amazing how a high commission can motivate even the most sedentary salesperson, huh?

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Andy and Erin Kiss on 'The Office'! (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 18th 2010 10:52PM
The Office, Andy and Erin kissYes! Yes! Yes! No, we're not re-enacting the Meg Ryan diner scene in 'When Harry Met Sally.' We're celebrating the fact that Andy and Erin kissed on 'The Office' (Thu., 9PM ET on NBC).

And doesn't it seem appropriate that it would happen in a dump? We're not saying their relationship is dumpy in any way, but just that it's been a long and rocky road to get this far, with the '12 Days of Christmas' debacle and everything else. And it's so sweet how she put her little coat around him. Go, Andy and Erin!

Watch the video after the jump.

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'The Office' - 'St. Patrick's Day' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 12th 2010 11:57AM
'The Office' - 'St. Patrick's Day'
(S06E18)
Watching this episode, I got the nagging feeling that the writers made a grave mistake three years ago when they had Jim leave the Scranton branch for Stamford, then come back. When the branches merged, Jim became the branch's number two under Michael, and he actually had a scintilla of authority over Dwight.

Sure, he pulled pranks on Dwight over the ensuing years, and Dwight tried to end Jim on any number of occasions. But there was always an implication that the two weren't work equals. Jim becoming co-manager made things worse.

But now they're equals again. And seeing Dwight's MegaDesk, followed by Jim creating the incorrectly-named QuadDesk, made me realize why the early episodes of 'The Office' work so well. Jim and Dwight getting under each other's skin was a reminder of every irritating cubicle neighbor I've ever had, and that dynamic was missing. It was good to see it back tonight, but it got me annoyed that it really hasn't been around since season two.

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Ed Helms Puts a Spin on Things on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Mar 11th 2010 8:17PM
Ed Helms (of 'The Office' and 'The Hangover' fame) has a hidden talent: He can spin anything on his finger. To prove it, Ellen DeGeneres brought out a few items for Helms to spin on Thursday's 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated). Helms tries his hand - er, finger -- at spinning a dictionary, a laptop computer and a sofa cushion. We don't need to spin the results for you; watch it yourself.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'The Office' - 'The Delivery' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 4th 2010 10:35PM
'The Office' - 'The Delivery'
(S06E16 / S06E17)
Remember how the one hour Pam/Jim wedding episode was considered by many -- including me -- to be 'The Office's' best episode of the season? Well, the one-hour Pam/Jim baby episode definitely isn't in that category.

Why? Because, through a lot of the episode, Pam and Jim displayed none of the charm that made us fall in sitcom love with them in the first place. To compound the situation, they're being written into situations that would make fans of 'Yes, Dear' cringe. But we'll get to that later.

As usual with most one-hour 'Office' episodes, the first half was better than the second. But even the first half of this one had some problems.

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'The Office' - 'Manager and Salesman' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 12th 2010 12:02AM
Steve Carell in 'The Office' - 'Manager and Salesman'(S06E16) Ahhhhhh.... order has finally been restored to the universe.

Can you feel it? The air is cleaner, food tastes better, and the two feet of snow outside my window is a fluffy dream instead of an icy mess.

It seems like the producers of 'The Office' realized things weren't right in their world and they decided to rectify things. And in the process they made one of the more satisfying episodes of the season.

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Review: 'The Office' - 'Sabre'

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 5th 2010 12:30AM
The Office: Sabre
(S01E15)
Why has this season of 'The Office' been so off-kilter? There have been promising episodes but very few that hit the mark. In fact, the only episode that can hold its own with classic 'Office' episodes is the Pam-Jim wedding, and I'm starting to fear that the show really is trying to figure out where to go from that high point.

And Jam may be the big problem here. They're not interesting anymore. But I'll get to them later.

So Dunder Mifflin is now owned by a company called Sabre. We don't quite know what they're all about except that they sell printers and they have a feisty CEO played by Kathy Bates. And in exchange for saving the branch's ass, they've asked for a few very reasonable changes. You'd think that even Michael Scott would embrace those changes. You'd be wrong.

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Review: The Office - Secret Santa

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 10th 2009 11:35PM
Phyllis Smith and Steve Carell in The Office: Secret Santa(S06E13) After the cringeworthiness of "Scott's Tots," seeing an episode where Michael merely acts like a petulant child is almost refreshing.

But Michael's petulance had a purpose. Dunder Mifflin is in trouble. Office morale is at an all-time low. So, while Michael was still acting like a baby, he was doing it because he wanted to be the one to lift everyone's spirits. Still, it's funny to watch childish Michael, especially when we can see big ol' Kevin act indecisive while crushing Michael's lap.

I loved seeing Phyllis as Santa. She's right; she has the temperament, the figure, and she's got bad-ass Bob Vance to back her up in case anyone objects. And to think, at one time Phyllis Smith was a cheerleader for the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals.

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Creed Bratton of 'The Office' on Best Creed Lines, Music and Sleeping Under a Tarp

by Ryan McKee, posted Dec 10th 2009 3:42PM
It's annoying when burnt-out hippies on the street say, "Life's been a long strange ride, man" -- but it's all too appropriate when Creed Bratton of 'The Office' says it.

Bratton went to college on a swimming scholarship, then chased his rock star dreams around Europe, hooking up with the folk group The Grass Roots in 1965. Wanting to act, he won small TV roles before a friend gave him stand-in work on 'The Bernie Mac Show,' where he met Ken Kwapis -- "a huge Grass Roots fan," according to Bratton -- who got him background work on 'The Office.' There, he convinced showrunner Greg Daniels to let him create "this character that was sort of addled and weird, who'd done a lot of drugs and stuff." And "Creed" was born.

Creed (the actor) gave us the lowdown on what makes Creed (the character) tick and what his most memorable lines are, as well as the closest he ever got to homelessness and where the name Creed actually came from.

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