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'The Office' Romance for Michael and Holly Isn't Over After All

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 7th 2010 6:35PM
Michael Scott on 'The Office'Dunder Mifflin is a strange place for romance. Jim and Pam, of course, have been the cornerstone of the show. But we've also seen the rocky relationship between Ryan and Kelly, a love triangle with Dwight, Angela, and Andy (as well as Dwight's baby plan with Angela), the awkward courtship of Andy and Erin and a few doomed dalliances involving Michael Scott.

Michael Scott has moved on to a new love interest this season (played by Amy Pietz), but according to EW's The Ausiello Files, Holly Flax may not be done. Ausiello quotes 'Office' executive producer and co-star Paul Lieberstein (he plays HR guy Toby) as saying he wants to bring Holly (Amy Ryan) back next year.

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Ricky Gervais to guest-star on The Office?

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 16th 2010 1:31PM
The Office (BBC)While promoting his new, self-titled animated HBO show based on his podcasts, Ricky Gervais hinted that his boss character of David Brent may make an appearance on the American version of The Office. Gervais and his writing partner and co-creator Stephen Merchant have already been associated with the show, having written two episodes, including the pilot.

Can you imagine the sort of repartee between Michael Scott and David Brent? Would they be friends? Would they be enemies? Does anybody remember the bit from the Emmy Awards in 2008 when Gervais demanded he be given Carell's Emmy? I'm not even watching it right now and that bit still has me laughing hysterically.

Sure, NBC doesn't need the promotion right now what with the late night controversies going on, but soon Conan will be gone and Jay will take back The Tonight Show. They'll need a new event to get people excited about something on their network and this could be it (well, I don't know about everyone else but at least I'd be excited).

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Eight TV character-inspired Halloween candies

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 30th 2009 2:02PM
The candy manufacturers had better watch out, because as Halloween is approaching, TV shows have been coming up with their own candies, inspired by some of the more colorful, interesting characters. Take a look at this list, and see which are treats and which are tricks. And, listen, tell us what kind of candy your favorite TV characters might inspire!

8. How I Met Your Mother - Robin Scherbatsky's Canadian corn
Oh, Canada. Slutty pumpkins aside, Robin had to convince her American friends that Canada not only celebrates Halloween, but Canadian corn is the best Halloween candy ever. That's right, Canadian corn. It's like candy corn, only it's orange on the top and white on the bottom. It also tastes like pancakes because it isn't made with corn syrup; it's made with maple syrup.

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What's Hot on SlashControl: Last week's episode of The Office

by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 26th 2009 5:30PM
Jim and Pam on The Office
Since Fringe comes on at the same time as The Office now, I'm a little behind on my Office viewing. But no worries, because the folks at SlashControl are fantastic about getting new episodes on the site shortly after they air. That means even if you missed last week's episode of The Office, "The Lover," and your DVR / TIVO failed to record it for you, you can watch it at SlashControl.

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Sneak peek at Pam and Jim's wedding on The Office (tomorrow!)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 7th 2009 6:09PM
Jim and Pam - Casino Night, The OfficeThe event that all of us hopeless romantics have been waiting for is almost here. On this Thursday's one-hour episode of The Office, titled "Niagara," Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly will finally tie the knot. Their big plan was to have the wedding at Niagara Falls, so that no one from the office would be able to make it. Unfortunately, Michael gave everyone the time off to go to the wedding. Bad for Pam and Jim. Great for us.

I'm one of those people who's been patiently waiting for this day to happen. In fact, it ranks right up there with Luke and Laura on my list of most anticipated TV weddings. Ever since Jim planted a big smooch on Pam after Casino Night (season two finale), my heart's been all aflutter for these two. Sniff ... I knew they'd be walking down the aisle (or whatever they have at Niagara Falls) one day.

After the jump, check out seven sneak peek clips straight from AOL's awesome video site, SlashControl.

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Watch out, Jim! You're about to be fired from Dunder Mifflin

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 12th 2009 2:04PM
Jim H The OfficeI don't usually offer advice to television characters for a variety of reasons, number one being they (or the people who create them) don't listen to me, and number two being I don't want to be taken away by the authorities. However, I'm risking the latter and flying in the face of the former to serve up some counsel to Jim Halpert. Attention Jim: you are on the verge of being fired!

All the signs are there on The Office. Jim has thrived in Dunder Mifflin under Michael Scott's leadership (such as it was), by doing just enough to satisfy corporate. He had a comfy niche in the Scranton branch. Well, the happy times are over. The new boss, Charles Miner, does not like Jim.

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The Michael Scott Paper Company has a web site - VIDEOS

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 11th 2009 8:02PM
The Michael Scott Paper Company

As Jay pointed out in his reviews of The Office this week (read them here and here), the writers have managed to take an established show into amazing new directions. After quitting in a huff, Michael Scott started his own paper company, and The Michael Scott Paper Company already has a Web site up and running.

"Serving Scranton's paper needs since 2009," the site touts, the company is more than just paper. It's about creating meaningful relationships with people.

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The Office: Golden Ticket

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 13th 2009 1:33AM
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(S05E17) I'm with Jay Black: last week's episode of The Office was kind of "meh" for me. Luckily, this week more than made up for it. Even though season five has our favorite Dunder-Mifflinites looking way more glamorous than in the first season (I mean, really. I know Pam's in love, but it does not make your hair that shiny), we've gone back to season one levels of Michael Scott stupidity.

At first, when Jim and Michael were freaking out about giving 10% off to one of their biggest clients, I couldn't figure out what the big deal was. I mean, I love sales and all, but 10% isn't enough "whimsy" to make me want to wear a top hat. Then I realized that the coupon was for 10% the entire year -- and as Darryl said, they use three pallets of paper a week. So that's bad enough -- but then it turned into 50%, and I can see why everyone was freaking out.

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The Office: Blood Drive

by Jay Black, posted Mar 6th 2009 1:14AM
Hey, wanna know why I put the same picture every week? It's because I'm lazy. Big time.(S05E16) At the risk of annoying John Hodgman, allow me to quote from this week's show: "Meh."

Tonight's episode felt like the obligatory Valentine's Day sex that millions of married couples went through a few weeks back: a robotic, passionless visit to all our familiar places that still manages to serve as a pleasant reminder of why we fell in love in the first place.

But that's okay. Not every experience can be the kind of handicap-stall-destroying booty-knocking that Phyllis and Bob Vance (of Vance Refrigeration) enjoy.

It's like I tell my wife, if the worst you do is "Meh", then you're probably doing all right. (It's usually at this point that she excuses herself from the room and weeps quietly in the bathroom).

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The Office: Lecture Circuit (Part 2)

by Jay Black, posted Feb 12th 2009 11:07PM
Hey, remember when these reviews were long?(S05E14) I don't usually cringe at The Office. For whatever reason, it's hard for me to disconnect the part of my brain that understands that the people I'm watching are actors speaking words written by writers. I know that makes me sort've like Rain Main describing a kiss -- wet -- but I can't help myself: I just don't cringe.

That being said, during Michael's presentation tonight, I cringed so hard that I am currently a hunchback.

I'm not even sure what I felt could be described as good. It's like eating hot peppers at one of those places that makes you sign a waiver that you won't sue them for burning off your tongue: are you happy or sad at the end of the meal?

All I know is that any show that's able to get my gut to churn that much (even though I know that the person on the screen isn't real) must be doing something right...

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The Office: Lecture Circuit

by Jay Black, posted Feb 6th 2009 1:07AM
Sometimes it's difficult for me to think of funny things to write in this Alternative Text box...(S05E14) Last week's episode of The Office was kind of like a one-night stand that happens after way too much drinking: good for what it was, but ultimately unsatisfying.

Tonight's episode is like finding the girl you're going to marry. And then realizing that she's rich. And also that she believes that Han shot first.

In a return to form not seen since Paul Crewe came back into the game in The Longest Yard, tonight The Office found its way back to that perfect old- school alchemy of discomfort, satire, and heart. Oh, and Creed. Lots of Creed ...

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The Office: The Surplus

by Jay Black, posted Dec 5th 2008 12:13AM
And we're back baby!(S05E09) For a moment, tonight's episode played like an issue of What If? where we got to take a step back from Earth 616 and take a look at an alternate reality of What Dunder-Mifflin would look like if Michael's vision of himself as the word's most beloved boss actually came true! We also got to see why it can never, ever actually happen.

The sad part is that the office as Michael would like it to be -- filled with ridiculous, unnecessary high fives and almost-sexual harassment -- actually looks like a fun place to work. Be honest, when Michael was doing his Stayin' Alive strut down through all the Mifflinites, you kinda dug it. For just a brief millisecond, D/M was a (gasp!) positive work environment.

Of course, it wasn't to last. For one thing, it came from the office's own self interest. For another, we are talking about Michael Scott here...

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The Office to roast the boss after the Super Bowl

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 4th 2008 9:04AM
Finally after seasons of torment, humiliation and just plain squirmishness, the members of The Office will have their revenge on the man they call their boss. Hot, stinky, nasty revenge. Who says it's best served cold? People who are too lazy to pre-heat, that's who.

NBC confirmed that The Office's Michael Scott will get the roast he deserves in a special hour-long episode following the Super Bowl, according to TVWeek.

But will this be the opportunity that the members of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin have been waiting for ever since they agreed to start working there, or will Michael's knee-jerk need to be anything but the butt of a joke ruin their chances?

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The Office: Business Trip

by Jay Black, posted Nov 14th 2008 1:16AM
Possibly my last post (you know, because I might die on the drive home),(S05E07) So, right now I'm in Maine finishing up a round of college shows, approximately 500 miles from my wife and kid back in New Jersey. Two years ago, I was a teacher who was home every night. Now, I'm a comedian -- following my dream! -- and I'm pretty sure my kid's first words are going to be "cat's in the cradle..."

Watching the interplay between Pam and Jim tonight really hit home. I've seen my wife's face when I tell her that I've got to fly to Waukesha, WI (a real place!) to make with the ha-has. I've heard the resignation in her voice as she said, like Jim, "well, it's your dream."

There's been some grumbling in the comments that this season has been a bit off. I'm not 100% sure I agree with that, but I can understand where you're coming from. That said, let me ask you this: is there another comedy show on the planet that can pack such an emotional wallop? Phew...

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The Office: Baby Shower

by Jay Black, posted Oct 17th 2008 12:02AM
Ass-turd. Huhuhuhuh.(S05E03) You know, I hammered The Office pretty hard last year about its use of Michael. I was worried that Michael Scott was going the way of late-period Homer Simpson: from buffoonish but believable head bee guy, to too-stupid-to-function lesser bee guy.

This season seems to be committed to undoing last year's damage. The Michael/Holly storyline has been sweet, surprising, and funny. Further, it's allowed for Michael's character to have some breathing room; giving him his "own" Pam seems to have freed the writers from making Michael so ridiculous that you feel he's less like a mid-manager from Scranton as much as he is a well-meaning sprite from the dimension Ergo.

Now, let's just hope that they don't ruin all that progress by giving Dwight something unbelievable to do like spending the episode destroying a $1200 stroller. Oh, wait...

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