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Mindy Kaling Gets 'Office' Promotion to Executive Producer

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 15th 2011 1:30PM
Mindy Kaling, who plays the always energetic, Ryan-obsessed Kelly Kapoor on the 'The Office,' while also pulling double-duty on the writing staff, just got promoted. But she's not climbing up the Dunder Mifflin corporate ladder.

Vulture is reporting that Kaling has been promoted to executive producer on the show. Kaling, who began her 'Office' career as a writer and became a co-executive producer last year, confirmed the news by tweeting: "excited to be back, lateral lisp and all!"

There had been widespread speculation that Kaling might leave her writing role on 'The Office' to focus on developing other projects of her own. In May, 'Office' executive producer Paul Lieberstein, who plays meek 'Office' HR rep Toby, told AOL TV he wasn't sure if Kaling would be coming back in a writing role.

"She's coming back as an actress, for sure," Lieberstein told AOL TV. When pressed as to whether that meant she wouldn't be writing for the show anymore, he said, "It doesn't look that way, but I don't think that's been ... We don't know yet," before hinting at her desire to work on new projects.

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Critics' Choice Awards Honors New Shows, 'Deadwood' Star Heads to 'Dexter' and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 10th 2011 1:30PM
Smash'Smash,' 'Ringer,' 'Apartment 23,' and 'Terra Nova.' Are these among the best shows of the fall?

According to Deadline, the critics behind the Critics' Choice Awards have nominated eight new fall shows for the Most Exciting New Series:

• 'Smash'
• 'Ringer'
• 'Terra Nova'
• 'Awake'
• 'Apartment 23'
• 'Alcatraz'
• 'Falling Skies'
• 'New Girl'

Cat Deeley will host the awards ceremony on June 20, VH1.com will live stream the show. ReelzChannel will air the ceremony at 8PM on June 22.

In other TV news ...

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Paul Lieberstein of 'The Office' on Steve Carell's Exit & the Star-Studded Season Finale

by Joel Keller, posted May 18th 2011 12:00PM
On the seventh season finale of 'The Office' (Thurs., May 19, 9PM ET on NBC), it feels like everyone on the planet is coming to Dunder Mifflin Scranton to interview for Michael Scott's old job. Jim Carrey, Ray Romano, Warren Buffett, Ricky Gervais, Will Arnett, James Spader and Catherine Tate will all be appearing in the episode as possible replacements.
 'The Office' - 'Search Committee'
But, as NBC Entertainment president Bob Greenblatt said during the network's upfront presentation, they won't reveal who the new boss is until next season. Still, with the departure of Steve Carell and the guessing game about who might be the new boss, it's been an interesting season for 'The Office,' one that's seen the writers meet the challenge some weeks and miss it others.

Paul Liberstein, who's best known for playing hapless HR rep Toby, is also the showrunner of 'The Office.' He talked to AOL TV about the challenges of Season 7, Carell's farewell episode and where the show goes from here.

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Is Mindy Kaling Done Writing for 'The Office'?

by Joel Keller, posted May 12th 2011 2:00PM
Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor on 'The Office'On Mindy Kaling's Twitter feed, the actress has been hinting that this is her last season, even if it's jokingly in comparison to the much more ballyhooed departure of Steve Carell.

The other day, I spoke to Paul Lieberstein, who most people know as hapless H.R. rep Toby on 'The Office,' but he is also an executive producer and the current showrunner on the series.

During our interview, which mostly revolves around the season that will end with next week's star-studded finale, I asked if Kaling -- who not only plays Kelly Kapoor but also is one of the show's best writer/producers -- is coming back next year.

"She's coming back as an actress, for sure," Lieberstein told me. When I pressed and asked if that means she won't be writing for the show anymore, he said, "It doesn't look that way, but I don't think that's been ... We don't know yet."

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'The Office': Mindy Kaling Reveals Will Arnett, Ray Romano Character Names

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 12th 2011 3:00PM
Mindy KalingMindy Kaling, the multitasking star of 'The Office' who also writes and produces the show, revealed a little more information on the highly anticipated guest stars who plan to drop by the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch later this season.

"Naming new characters is one of the most fun times in a writers room, as @KenTremendous [former 'Office' writer/'Parks and Recreation' co-creator Michel Schur] can attest. Takes a tiny, silly part of the brain!" she Tweeted.

Lucky for us, Kaling was given permission by none other than 'Office' showrunner Paul Lieberstein to let us all in on that fun process. She wrote, "I've been authorized by Paul Lieberstein (my boss/Toby (weird, right?)) to reveal all the guest stars glorious and ridiculous names today!"

So, what will stars like Will Arnett and Ray Romano be known as in the 'Office' universe?

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Harvey Keitel to Replace Steve Carell in 'The Office'?

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 2nd 2010 10:35AM
Harvey KeitelWe've heard plenty of suggestions on whom 'The Office' should hire to replace Steve Carell when the actor's contract expires at the end of this season, but the latest rumor is the most unexpected. Producer Paul Lieberstein, who plays Carell's 'Office'-mate Toby, wants Harvey Keitel to fill Michael Scott's shoes.

Yep, you read that right. The veteran actor, who has worked with Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, is Lieberstein's first choice for the role. "He's probably the only guy who can do it, and he's doing TV now," Lieberstein told E! Online. True -- Keitel starred on the one-season wonder 'Life On Mars.'

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Paul Lieberstein of 'The Office' Talks About Replacing Steve Carell

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 24th 2010 2:01PM
Paul Lieberstein and Steve Carell in 'The Office' - 'Sabre'
Paul Lieberstein is familiar to most fans of 'The Office' through his acting work as Dunder Mifflin Scranton's put-upon HR rep Toby Flenderson. But Lieberstein has also been on the show's writing staff since day one and ascended to the role of showrunner a couple of years ago. So if there's anyone who has an idea of how the show is going to replace Steve Carell and his iconic character of Michael Scott, it's Lieberstein.

When I caught up to him at the NBC TCA party last month, though, Lieberstein couldn't say how that was going to happen, mainly because the writers were still sorting things out themselves. But if he had a choice of who could manage the Scranton office, at least among the people who are already there, he'd pick either Andy Bernard (played by Ed Helms) or Darryl Philbin (played by Craig Robinson).

Lieberstein and I talked about last year's bumpy creative ride, how Dwight could fit in as the new boss and how Michael will torture his archenemy Toby this year. Oh, and he also gave me a possible casting tidbit when I mentioned Amy Adams instead of Amy Ryan.

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The Office: Niagara

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 8th 2009 11:35PM
Pam and Jim get married in The Office: Niagra(S06E04 / S06E05) The one thing you knew going into this episode was that Pam and Jim were going to be married at the end of it. There wasn't any big mystery; no old lovers were going to come back to interrupt the proceedings; Jim wasn't going to say Karen's name instead of Pam's.

Nope, that's been the beauty of the Jam pairing from the minute they got together; they just continue being a solid couple in the background while the craziness spins around them. Even when one of them gets sucked into the craziness -- Pam defecting to the Michael Scott Paper Company, Jim becoming co-manager -- the pairing is still solid.

That's what made this hour-long wedding episode so enjoyable. It wasn't the fact that Pam and Jim got married, it's that they had a memorable, very PB & J-style wedding despite the presence of the crew from Scranton.

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An Office wedding... and Michael Scott talks to the "mafia" - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 8th 2009 8:08AM
Angela Kinsey shows us accounting on The Office SetOne of the highlights of Friday's press tour day was a visit to the set of The Office. During that visit, various cast members took groups of critics through the entire office set (Angela Kinsey was my group's guide, as you can see in the photo). After the tour, the entire cast, except for the ailing Rainn Wilson, joined creator Greg Daniels in the warehouse to answer our questions.

Executive producer Paul Lieberstein (who also plays Toby) took the bulk of the questions about what's going to go on this season. One tidbit that he readily dropped (probably because it had been published already) was that there's going to be a special event in the fourth episode. Details after the jump.

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The Office: season 4 - DVD review

by Kona Gallagher, posted Sep 15th 2008 11:02AM
office season 4 dvd
Any DVD set that has The Office on it is going to be good. That's just a fact. So obviously, The Office: Season 4 DVD set already has a lot going for it. So what I was mainly interested in when I received it was how they dealt with their shortcomings: namely the fact that due to the writer's strike, this set only has 14 episodes.

While The Office fared much better than other shows with its truncated season, I still expect a DVD set without a full season's worth of episodes to have enough bonus features to help make up for it. While the features on this set are pretty standard (deletes scenes, blooper reels, commentaries, etc.) for the most part, the quality makes you forget that the set is light about ten episodes.

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The Office: Will we learn more about Creed's background?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 10th 2008 10:03AM
The Office to air after Super BowlYou know, I've always wondered about Creed's background. We know he was with the 1960's band The Grass Roots, he runs a fake I.D. business with a laminating machine stolen from the police department, he faked his own death so he could get benefits, he keeps bean sprouts in his desk, and he's been homeless.

Now maybe we'll get to learn even more about his background. In a major time-slot coup, it looks like a one-hour episode of The Office will air directly following the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, 2009. Exec producer Paul Lieberstein said these longer eps offer a great opportunity to delve into the characters:

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The Office's Mindy Kaling and Brian Baumgartner talk Office games, webisodes and sexiness

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 8th 2008 3:40PM
Mindy Kaling Brian Baumgartner The OfficeAh, summertime. The heat, the haze, the traffic, the lack of The Office; what's not to hate? Luckily, the brilliant folks behind The Office have been busy figuring out ways to tide us over until the fall. Starting Thursday, July 10, NBC.com will be airing Office webisodes. For those of you who like your Dunder Mifflin-ites live, Mindy Kaling (Kelly) will be hosting the Office Games in Scranton on Saturday, July 19.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in a conference call with Mindy Kaling and Brian Baumgartner (Kevin) as they discussed the webisodes, Office Games, friendly competition and the status of a few MIA Dunder Mifflin employees.

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Amy Ryan keeps her Office job

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 30th 2008 11:39AM
Amy RyanIn last season's finale of The Office, sparks flew between Michael Scott and Toby's HR replacement Holly. Amy Ryan, seen for four seasons on The Wire, brought a new dynamic to the show as Holly with her interactions with Steve Carell's Michael. "Amy gave the character of Holly an openness and matured innocence that exposed a new side of Michael," said Paul Lieberstein, who played Toby and was recently promoted to executive producer on the show. "She placed her character right on his level."

All I can say is bring on more Holly and congratulations to Toby! I guess since Lieberstein will still be so involved with the show, there's always a chance of more Toby in the future, but the beautiful Ryan will add a new dynamic to the series. While Amy Ryan's currently only set for five or so episodes, I hope they can expand that if it works. Now that Pam is back off the market and Karen's gone, Holly represents a new amorous target for the boys of the office. And having her be the HR rep at the same time makes it all the more taboo to pursue. Which means Michael will be all over it like Dwight on Second Life.

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Will writer/actors from The Office strike?

by Jen Creer, posted Nov 5th 2007 3:40PM
The Office
What would Ryan do? B.J. Novak, who plays Ryan on The Office, is also a writer for the show. So, will he show up for work today? He belongs to competing unions: The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) has stipulated that actors must show up for work. However, as a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA), he could be fined by his union if he crosses the picket line.

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When writers act, or actors write, at The Office

by Brett Love, posted Dec 17th 2006 2:05PM
Paul LiebersteinI'm just catching up after the closest thing that I have ever seen to a hurricane blew through volcano country and knocked out the power for 30 hours, and my internet has just gone all Dunder Miflin on me. Anyway, there is a good article over at the L.A. Times about writers as actors and what that means for comedy on television.

The focus is on The Office as many of the members of the cast are also the writers of the show. Executive producer Greg Daniels (The Simpsons) goes through his reasons for choosing to move people from the writers room in front of the camera. And it's not just because he's lazy. There is a method to his madness. Given the mockumentary style of the show, he feels that unpolished actors that may seem awkward at times add to the realism of the show.

They also touch on the character of Toby. Played by Paul Lieberstein, Toby was originally intended as a bit part. But when NBC President Kevin Reilly saw the character he responded, "He's funny. More of him." And Paul's acting career was born. The story for Mindy Kaling's character, Kelly, is much the same. Both of them say that they prefer writing to acting. Joel talked with Kelly about this back in March as well. It's a good behind the scenes piece, and worth a look.

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