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Catherine Tate Returning to 'The Office'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 21st 2011 4:45PM
Catherine TateBritish superstar Catherine Tate is returning to NBC's 'The Office' for a multi-episode guest arc. The 'Doctor Who' veteran will play Nellie Bertram, the role she originated in the Season 7 finale.

Tate's character is hired by her close friend and chairman of the board Jo Bennett (Kathy Bates, who will not appear in the episode) to be a special projects manager working directly for the corporate office. According to NBC, she'll enjoy the favoritism she gets from Bennet.

"Catherine is hysterical. We introduced her briefly in last season's finale and knew she had to be a part of the show somehow. We'll meet her again as corporate's special projects manager, and her relationship with Robert California (James Spader) will be far from professional. We're thrilled that she's joining the cast," Paul Lieberstein, 'Office' executive producer and star, said in a statement.

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Report: James Spader Is the New 'Office' Boss! ...Sort Of

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 24th 2011 4:00PM
James SpaderJames Spader, new boss of Dunder Mifflin? Maybe, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The 'Boston Legal' star is reportedly in talks to join 'The Office,' but not as Scranton branch manager -- as the Dunder Mifflin/Sabre CEO. 'Harry's Law' actress Kathy Bates currently plays the paper and printer company honcho, but won't be able to reprise her 'Office' role and star on 'Harry's Law' at the same time.

"In the finale, he kicked ass," a source close to the show told EW. "He was so funny and had this weird energy. We didn't want to pass it up."

While no scripts have been written for 'The Office' Season 8 and Spader has yet to sign a deal, the likely scenario according to EW is this: Spader's character is hired as branch manager, but quickly decides the job is too small for him. He then convinces corporate to give him the CEO gig. That would leave the branch manager position open for either an internal or external hire ... and we're back to square one.

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'The Office' Season 7, Episode 24 (Season Finale) Recap

by Joel Keller, posted May 20th 2011 1:30AM
['The Office' - 'Search Committee']

Right off the bat, let me give this caveat to my review: Going in, I knew that this was going to be a very difficult episode for the writers of 'The Office' to pull off.

'The Office' - 'Search Committee'
The first degree of difficulty was that the episode was an hour, which is not something that this show has excelled at in the past. The second degree of difficulty was the multitude of guest stars -- as candidates -- parading through Dunder Mifflin Scranton, each with their own character flaws on display.

But the third degree of difficulty is that, without some sort of manager to kiss up to or hate, the atmosphere around the show feels rudderless. It's probably the reason why the episodes in which Deangelo and Dwight were the boss more or less worked, whereas this episode and Michael-less stories from earlier this year didn't.

There was a story here -- the search for a new manager -- and you have a pretty good idea who the most viable candidates for the job are by the end of the episode. But in a lot of ways, this felt like a series of sketches in search of a plot.

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Who is Catherine Tate? Why We Think She'd Be Great on 'The Office'

by Chris Harnick, posted May 19th 2011 1:00PM
Catherine TateChances are, Catherine Tate isn't a household name in your home ... yet.

However, reports indicate the English actress is the frontrunner to join NBC's 'The Office' as the new boss.

Tate will make her 'Office' debut on tonight's one-hour season finale (Thurs., May 19, 9PM ET). She's one of many famous faces -- including Ray Romano, Warren Buffett, Jim Carrey, Will Arnett, Ricky Gervais and James Spader -- vying for the job vacated by Steve Carell's Michael Scott.

Yep, that's a lot of big names, so why is Tate right for the job? Simple: She's pretty damn funny.

The star of her own series, 'The Catherine Tate Show,' Tate has won several BAFTAs and was nominated for an International Emmy.

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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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'The Office': Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate All Linked With Manager's Job

by Catherine Lawson, posted Apr 6th 2011 6:15AM
James SpaderSince Steve Carell announced his departure from 'The Office' the race has been on to find a replacement for his character, Michael Scott, as the manager of the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin.

Speculation's rife about who will step up to the plate, and just about every guest star in the current season has been linked with the top job. Most recently, we reported that 'Office' creator Ricky Gervais could be taking over from Carell, but now even more names have been added to the ever-expanding list of nominees.

The upcoming Season 7 finale was already set to be a star-studded affair, with Gervais, Will Arnett and Will Ferrell all having booked guest slots. However, according to TVLine.com, yet another comedic trio has signed on for the episode -- Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate -- and now they're all being linked with the top job.

Is there a grain of truth in the rumors, or is it all just smoke and mirrors?

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Johnny Knoxville Learns About a Bizarre Injury on 'Graham Norton' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 15th 2010 6:15AM
Johnny Knoxville Learns About a Bizarre Injury on 'Graham Norton'In the course of shooting the 'Jackass' series of shows and movies, Johnny Knoxville has suffered many, many injuries -- including wounds to his hand, head, teeth ... and penis. He's suffered a dislocated shoulder, whiplash, landed a motorcycle on his groin, and more stuff that you don't even want to hear about.

On 'The Graham Norton Show' (Sat., 10PM ET on BBC America), host Norton asks Knoxville how much longer he can keep doing this sort of thing. Is the stuntman getting too old? Fellow guest Joan Rivers defends Johnny's honor, saying that he's not over the hill yet. "Just enjoy yourself," she told him.

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One more piece of Doctor Who casting news

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 17th 2009 7:01PM
Doctor WhoI previously mentioned that a few old faces would be returning to Doctor Who in David Tennant's last hurrah for the series. Well, now there is one more old face to add to that list, as well as one or two new faces that are somewhat familiar to those that watch other Brit television programs.

Spoilers after the jump...

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Doctor Who rumors from The Sun

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 11th 2008 4:40PM
Doctor WhoThis is being reported by the British "newspaper" The Sun, so I urge you to consider the source before going mad with anticipation. The Sun first reported that Catherine Tate, Bernard Cribbins and John Simm would revisit their roles as Donna, Wilf and The Master respectively in one of the upcoming Doctor Who specials slated for 2009. Later, it reported that Paul McGann would return as the Doctor in a flashback capacity.

I would love for any of that to happen. Particularly McGann's return. But, it's The Sun. They're made it standard operating procedure to publish unsubstantiated rumors from unnamed sources. Much as I wish these were true, I'm not going to hold my breath unless I hear it from some sort of official source. Preferably the BBC.

Still, considering that I'm mentioning the articles here and including links back to the originals, we can conclude that this method of cheap publicity works. Bravo to The Sun! Thanks for eventually disappointing millions of Doctor Who fans worldwide.

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Doctor Who: Journey's End (season finale)

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 1st 2008 10:00PM
Doctor Who(S04E13) The latest season of Doctor Who gets resolved with a story that seems rushed, confusing and filled with self-love on the part of showrunner Russell T. Davies. But that doesn't necessarily mean it was bad.

To begin, the CGI and special effects are quite possibly the best ever seen on the show. Despite being in charge of the specials that will be airing next year, it seems that this episode was treated as the last that Davies will ever run. As a result, he wrapped up most every storyline he could think of going back to the first season.

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Doctor Who: The Stolen Earth

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 28th 2008 9:38AM
Doctor Who(S04E12) Russell T. Davies seems to include everyone and the kitchen sink in this episode. Appearing in the parent program are Captain Jack, Ianto and Gwen from Torchwood and Sarah Jane and Luke Smith from The Sarah Jane Adventures. Also making appearances are Martha Jones, Martha's mother Francine, Harriet Jones (former Prime Minister...yes, we know who you are), and British celebrities Richard Dawkins (real-life husband of former Doctor Who companion Lalla Ward) and Paul O'Grady as themselves. Oh, and Rose is back.

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Doctor Who: Turn Left

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 18th 2008 10:00PM
Doctor Who(S04E11) With this episode, Donna has become my favorite Doctor Who companion of all time. Yes, better than Sarah Jane. Yes, better than Rose (who finally reappears as a person and not in a cameo or on a video screen). I love her quick temper yet human personality (it's reminiscent of Rose's mother from the first two seasons), which makes sense since this episode is about the Doctor's adventures from the human perspective.

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Doctor Who: Midnight

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 11th 2008 10:00PM
Doctor Who(S04E10) Russell T. Davies proves me wrong...and right. I have said since the first season of Doctor Who's relaunch that the man can't write science fiction. I still believe that. But I never said he couldn't write. Actually, he's a very good writer in terms of writing about emotions and relationships (which is why we're introduced to each companion's family in the new series). Fortunately, this episode's writing plays more upon his strengths.

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Doctor Who: Forest of the Dead

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 27th 2008 10:00PM
Doctor Who(S04E09) In our last episode, the Doctor and Donna were trapped on a planetary repository of books called The Library along with a archaeological team and a microscopic, carnivorous species that hides in the shadows called the Vashta Narada. And somehow, all this is linked to a little girl who seems to be watching the events within the Library the same as the viewer.

And now, part two.

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Doctor Who: Silence in the Library

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 20th 2008 10:00PM

Doctor Who(S04E08) Thank you very much, Steven Moffat. You can't satisfy yourself with making me terrified of statues, now you have to make me afraid of the dark as well. Besides scaring the pants off me, this episode is the highlight of this season so far (having seen the second episode already, I can assure you that one is just as good). Since all the remaining episodes after this two-parter are written by Russell T. Davies, I may be able to stand by that statement before watching the rest of the season. As I've mentioned before, Mr. Davies is an excellent writer (and recent O.B.E. recipient) and I will always be greatful for his actions in returning Doctor Who to television, but the man just can't write science fiction.
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