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'The Office' wants fans to create a 'Fanisode.' Dibs on the shootout scene.

the-office-fanisodesImage Credit: NBCScience says summer starts on the Solstice, June 21, but I say it starts when your favorite show airs its finale. Then, depression sets in. Lucky for us, the good people behind The Office recognize the void they’ve left in our hearts and — in the spirit of Michael Scott — thought of a time-wasting, fantastically entertaining way for us to fill our days.

Starting today, fans can sign up to help create an Office fanisode. It will work similar to the Star Wars Uncut project, where fans are asked to recreate a small portion of an episode — in this case season 6’s ”Murder” — and submit it for a chance to be included in the final product, which will be posted on NBC.com toward the end of summer. The 86 segments are up for grabs now at NBC’s page for the contest. Up to three people sign up for each segment, and you have two weeks to get your video in. Best one makes it into the final product, which will be posted on NBC.com toward the end of summer.

I’m still trying to decide exactly how I want to re-produce “Murder”‘s closing shootout scene between Andy, Dwight, and Michael, since claymation and animation require real talent. It’ll either be Twilight dolls (Bella-Edward-Jacob), Mad Men Barbies or EW staffers.

But what about you PopWatchers? Are you going to give it a try?

The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years: Here's our full list!

1105_coverTo help celebrate Entertainment Weekly‘s 20th anniversary (one more year and we can finally drink booze!), the writers and editors have carefully curated a list of the 100 greatest characters in pop-culture over the last 20 years. Whether the fictional women, men, ogres, muppets, babies, and cartoon rockers who made our list were initially created before 1990 didn’t matter so long as they made a lasting impact in the culture after 1990. Some characters were so inseparable in our minds and hearts — like a certain highly articulate TV mother and daughter, for example — that we simply listed them together. (Hey, it’s our list, so we get to make the rules.) Rest assured, we carefully deliberated, debated, argued, and bickered over who would make the cut and where they deserved to be ranked; after you take a look at our list, please feel free to do the same in the comments. READ FULL STORY

Andy Richter might host new 'Pyramid': It's not another sitcom, but we'll take it

andy-richterImage Credit: Noel Vasquez/Getty ImagesConan O’Brien is headed for basic cable on TBS, but his old sidekick is likely keeping it old-school at CBS. The L.A. Times reports that Andy Richter is currently “sealing a deal” to host a new version of Pyramid, the game show Dick Clark used to host in the ’70s. (Apparently, Donny Osmond hosted a previous Pyramid reboot in 2002-04…. Must have missed that.)

According to the Times, Richter wasn’t exactly CBS’ first choice: “Last year, there were two pilots made, one with Dean Cain as host, the other with Tim Vincent, and neither got off the ground. An effort to land Howie Mandel fell short.” Ouch.

But you know what? I think this could be a good move for Richter. His goofy affability is just right for a game show host. And it’s not like his attempts to become a sitcom star have worked out. (Sorry, Andy Richter Controls the Universe and/or Andy Barker, P.I. fans.) Anyway, I know I’d rather watch a Richter-led Pyramid than another game show hosted by Howie Mandel. How about you?

Pac-Man on Google.com: You can play it!

In honor of Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary this week, Google is hosting the actual game. You think it’s just a cool image, but then it’s an actual game. You don’t even need to “Insert Coin” — the game will just start for you! And then you’ll switch to another one of your 37 open tabs and forget that it’s still going and someone will approach your door and say “HOW DO YOU LIVE LIKE THIS?” because without the visual context, you’re just sitting there willingly listening to ambulance sirens. Then you’ll realize you should start playing Pac-Man again, and there goes your afternoon. Sorry, your boss!

What’s your favorite Pac-Man snack? Mine is the strawberry, though I was always intrigued by the anomaly of root beer. I always appreciated that strawberry came second because I was terrible at Pac-Man. I used to believe the creators of Pac-Man had put my favorite two fruits in the beginning so that I’d be momentarily giddy and then not feel like that big of a loser when I lost. But then I grew up!

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EW Exclusive: Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez songs heading to 'Band Hero'

Every tweenager’s dream of being a singing, dancing Disney star is inching one step closer to reality: Activision is releasing a three-song download for Band Hero and Guitar Hero of Miley Cyrus’ “7 Things,” Demi Lovato’s “Here We Go Again,” and Selena Gomez & The Scene’s “Falling Down.” The “track pack” will be available May 18 for the Wii and May 25 for Xbox and PS3. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

A Magic 8-Ball movie? Signs point to yes.

magic-8-ballToys and movies: Two great tastes that taste great together, right? Hollywood executives certainly seem to think so, as a recent episode of The Simpsons so nicely lampooned with this trailer for Tic Tac Toe: The Movie. Universal, which has a deal with Hasbro, already has films based on Battleship, Monopoly, Candy Land, Stretch Armstrong, Magic: The Gathering, and the Ouija board at various stages of development. Now comes news that Paramount — which hit the toy-to-movie jackpot with a little franchise called Transformershas optioned the Magic 8-Ball as the basis for a potential live-action adventure film. Sure, we all played with Magic 8-Balls as kids, shaking up that little black fortune-telling sphere for answers to our most profound questions, like whether the girl we had a crush on in fifth grade liked us back (“Reply hazy, try again”) or whether we’d be rich and famous when we grew up (“Don’t count on it”). But can you picture an entire movie based on that? Concentrate and ask again.

What do you think? Does the idea of a big-screen Magic 8-Ball movie leave you thinking “Outlook good”? Or “Very doubtful”? While we’re at it, what game do you think Hollywood should set its sights on next? Hungry Hungry Hippos? Boggle? Jenga?

Super Mario Crossover is the 8-bit mashup of my dreams

MarioWarning: Super Mario Crossover is about to steal your whole day. [makes noise] If you’ve ever wanted to battle Bowser as Link instead of Mario,  now’s your chance: This brilliant mash-up game lets you play the classic Super Mario Bros as Mario (bo-ring), Link from Zelda, Samus from Metroid, Megaman, a dude from Contra, or Simon from Castlevania. Ho. Lee. Crap. Using their weapons/specialties — whips! bombs! — within the Mario universe is a mindfrak for the ages.

The keyboard controls leave a little something to be desired, but I’m still totally floored. Now on to earning that Boy Scout video games merit badge!

Which classic game character do you want to play as, PopWatchers? Which games would you mash up?

Sheldon names his bowling team 'The Wesley Crushers.' What did you name your sports league team?

bowling-namesImage Credit: Robert Voets/CBSFor the record, Sheldon, I totally dug the name “The Wesley Crushers” for your bowling team. But perhaps that’s because I have an affinity for pop culture-centric sports league team names. (Who doesn’t?) My bowling team, for one, is named “We Drink Your Milkshakes,” since we felt we could intimidate our competition by referencing a scene from There Will Be Blood involving milkshakes, bowling pins, and blunt force trauma. (Fun!) And I guess it’s working, because we’re headed to the playoffs tonight! (That is, after besting a SyFy-inspired team, “Imagine Gutter.”)

Have you been inspired à la Sheldon? What pop culture project/person/event inspired your sports league team name, PopWatchers?

'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune' renewed until 2014. What is awesome, Alex?

Wheel-Fortune-JeopardyImage Credit: Carol KaelsonVariety reports that both Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune have been renewed through the 2013-2014 season. This means two things: 1) I will remain in shape until 2014, since Jeopardy! remains my favorite TV show watch while working out, and 2) We get to watch Alex Trebek’s sheer disgust for underperforming players for four more years. And that, my friends, is the greatest gift of all.


Ellen DeGeneres a category on 'Family Feud': Survey said?!

I am a huge, huge fan of Family Feud. In large part because I love how often “a gun” actually ranks on the list of survey responses. (On one episode, “a gun” was actually the top answer to the question: “Name something you keep on your bed stand.” Shudder.) As a fan of contestants’ scary/bizarre/fascinating answers, I’m mighty peeved that I missed an awesome episode that featured a category about Ellen DeGeneres: “Name something that everybody knows about Ellen DeGeneres.” Not surprisingly, the fact that DeGeneres is a lesbian was the No. 1 answer. But one member of this family highlighted one mighty interesting “fact.” (See the hilarity that ensued in a clip from DeGeneres’ talk show after the jump.) READ FULL STORY

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