This in-depth version of the column goes hand-in-hand with our weekly spoilers column, in which we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air.
This week, we discuss spoilers about upcoming episodes of 'The Office,' more precisely: who may step in to replace Steve Carrell.
'Eastbound & Down' star Danny McBride and co-creator Jody Hill told the audience at the show's PaleyFest 2011 panel yesterday that they don't foresee anything past a third season for the show, Entertainment Weekly reports.
"We never really had an interest in turning the show into anything traditional," McBride said. "We approach each season like it's one long movie."
Season 3, which McBride and Hill are writing right now, will most likely air in 2012.
In other TV news ...
• The 'Hawaii Five-0' cast is safe and sound on high ground in Hawaii following the major earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Also reportedly safe: '90210' stars Jessica Stroup and Shenae Grimes, who are in Japan, and Jimmy Kimmel, who is vacationing in French Polynesia. [EW]
• TNT announced the summer premiere dates for its original shows. Mon., July 11 will see the seventh season of 'The Closer' and the second of 'Rizzoli & Isles.' 'Memphis Beat' and 'HawthoRNe' will premiere on Tues., June 14, and 'Leverage' will bow on Sun., June 26. 'Men of a Certain Age' and the debut of 'Franklin & Bash' will air on Wed., June 1. Finally, the two-hour premiere of 'Falling Skies' will occur on Sun., June 19. [TV Guide]
• Steve Carrell's impending departure from 'The Office' is becoming all the more real now that NBC has set his exit date. Carrell's last episode will air April 28. [EW]
"There were no tongues involved. No tongues were injured," Carell said of his technique while kissing Fey. "We did a four-and-a-half minute kiss for the end credits, and, so, we were, like, whispering things to each other ... [like], 'Okay, lie down. Now, roll over.'"
Watch the video after the jump.
You are seeing that picture correctly: hardcore conservative TV guy Stephen Colbert is totally Frenching a guy. This probably begs a key question: why? Is this a screenshot from one of Glenn Beck's secret dreams? Is he trying to breathe life back into a man who has passed out while standing? Is this his way of destroying the possibility of gay marriage by participating in it?
It's actually part of a Second City show in Chicago. Alum Colbert, pictured here with actor Dave Razowsky, appeared at the famed theater over the weekend to celebrate the theater's 50th anniversary along with fellow alumni Steve Carrell, Bonnie Hunt and Harold Ramis. It is not known if Colbert kissed them too.
(S06E07) "You know, I really would have appreciated a heads up that you were into dating mothers. I would have introduced you to mine." - Dwight
Ahh, that's more like it. After last week's garbage episode, "Mafia," The Office seems to be back on track by exploring two of the best plots the show has had in quite some time. Jim and Pam's wedding is obviously still the high-water mark, and it will probably continue to be that way for quite some time, but "The Lover" was certainly a step in the right direction.
This Thursday, 'The Office' is back with season 6. (8 PM ET, Global/NBC)
Last season was a bit of mixed bag - with the Jim and Pam romance resolved, the show was forced to look elsewhere for longer plot arcs. The Dwight-Angela-Andy love triangle was good for a few awkward laughs, but didn't offer the same vicarious thrill. Can season 6 bring the show back on track?
Apparently, I'm only good looking when someone is looking at me out of the corner of her eye.
I bring this up not to inform you that I'm unattractive -- my blogger profile photo does a better job of informing you of that than I ever could -- but rather because I didn't think I could be any more depressed than I was after that comment. I honestly thought their derisive laughter was going to be the low-point of my evening. Then I watched tonight's Office finale...
I bring this up because I'm becoming scared that I might have lost perspective on The Office. I've sincerely loved every episode that has aired since its return from the break. Now, here's the question: is this because the writers spent the entire strike doing brain push-ups? Or is it because The Office is Charlie Sheen to my Kristy Swanson? My (glowing) review after the jump...
For everything that happened this week -- a return to form for those of you who were upset that the previous two episodes strayed from the confines of Dunder-Mifflin -- I believe it's that question (and Pam's reaction to it) that will set up the conflict over the remaining episodes of the season. I'm about as good at reading female facial signals as Rain Man, but even I could tell that Pam's face during the "proposal" wasn't exactly filled with the kind of joy you'd expect it would be. Maybe the producers are just giving us a red herring and Pam's reaction tonight will be the equivalent of Lost's four-toed statue (interesting for a blip, then forgotten about) or maybe things are not all that well in JAM-land.
But, I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's talk about the rest of the episode first...
I wasn't there when we won WWII, but I imagine the joy I felt when a new Office showed up in my TiVo was similar to what it felt like on V.E. day. I almost wanted to dress up in a sailor uniform and give Steve Carell a long, deep kiss in Times Square (though, to be fair, I almost always feel that way). I was happy The Office was back, the only thing I worried about was whether it'd still be good...
Friday at Comic-Con got underway with the Warner Brothers presentation. The swag bag included a Get Smart t-shirt with "KAOS" written on one side and "CONTROL" on the other. Not so surprisingly, no one under the age of 20 seemed to know what this meant, but Warner Brothers needn't worry because the kids love The Rock. And, because this is Comic-Con, The Rock (Agent 23) put in an appearance along with his Get Smart co-stars Steve Carrell, Masi "unofficial Comic-Con poster boy" Oka, Studio 60's Nate Torrence and Borat's Ken Davitian mercifully wearing pants.
First Stephen Colbert, now The Office.
On a recent episode of the NBC comedy, boss Michael Scott (Steve Carell) went to Wikipedia for tips on how to fire one of his employees. So fans of the show have, naturally, gone to the site and started to edit the entry on negotiations like crazy. Because, as Michael put it (I'm paraphrasing here, don't remember the exact quote), "having a bunch of people edit a web site is best way to get accurate information."
First off, it was a great episode. Dwight shooting Roy in the eyes, all the Toby/Michael stuff (Toby is truly one of the great characters on TV right now), and Ed Helms returning at the end (which I didn't see coming) were all really funny moments. But I'm wondering: was the show really "supersized?"
Oh, I know it was longer. It started at 8pm and got over at 8:40, so it was longer in length, but didn't it seem like there were more commercials than usual? And what about that 4 minute long commercial for 30 Rock? Sure, they increase the length of the episode by 10 minutes, but 4 of those minutes are for an extended promo for another one of NBC's shows? It seemed to be shoved in there and was rather distracting.
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