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Love is on the air: Who is the greatest TV couple of all time? Round 1, part 1


Ross and Rachel. Carrie and Big. Clair and Cliff. Ricky and Lucy. These are just a few of the iconic pairings competing for the chance to be EW’s “Greatest TV Couple of All Time.” Check out our full bracket here and vote in the polls below to determine who will move on to the next round. First up — the 16 couples in our “Baby, You’re the Greatest” conference.

ALSO: EW.com’s Greatest TV Romances package


'The Office': Adam Scott as 'Jim,' and other awesome casting what-ifs from the original audition list -- PHOTO

Leslie Knope’s one true love, wooing a mousy receptionist played by 24‘s Chloe O’Brian? Bridesmaids‘s secret air marshal explaining to an invisible documentary crew that he wants people to be afraid of how much they love him? A kooky beet farmer/paper salesman who doubles as a founding member of the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade improv troupe?

Thanks to Rainn Wilson, we now know that all of them could have been featured on The Office — if casting had gone just a little differently.

“This is the original sign-in sheet for the first day of casting for The Office given to me by Allison Jones, our incredible casting agent,” Wilson explained upon posting this revealing photo on Facebook yesterday. “I was the very first person to audition for the series, 11/06/03.” As you’ll see, Wilson and a certain future Parks and Recreation star arrived at the audition simultaneously — and 12 other notable actors followed in their stead:


David Brent returns! Ricky Gervais reprises tone-deaf boss for Comic Relief special -- VIDEO

It’s been nearly 10 years since we said goodbye to The Office‘s David Brent and the delightfully pathetic employees at Wernham Hogg Paper, following a special Christmas episode that seemed to set them off towards a brighter future. Even the obnoxious Brent was allowed some hope, following a promising blind date with a beautiful woman who actually found him… charming.

So what has he been up to in the decade since? Last night, in a 10-minute “The Office Revisited” special that aired on BBC 1 for Comic Relief, Ricky Gervais checked back in with his hopeless stooge. Brent is still selling (cleaning products now, not paper), and music is still his biggest passion. In fact, he’s now a self-described “local Simon Cowell,” guiding the career of an aspiring black lyricist named Dom Johnson. I don’t have to tell you that Brent finds a way to screw this up, do I?

Watch the catching-up-with video below, followed by Brent & Johnson’s new music video, “Equality Street.” READ FULL STORY

'The Office' airs backdoor pilot for aborted Dwight spinoff. Would you have watched it?

Successfully spinning off a beloved TV show is trickier than it seems. For every Frasier or The Jeffersons, there’s an AfterMASH, The Ropers, or — perhaps most infamously of all — Joey.

It makes sense, then, for networks to hedge their bets by airing episodes of existing shows that serve as “backdoor pilots” for potential spinoffs. The Cosby Show did it when the Huxtable clan went to see Denise at Hillman College, setting up A Different WorldGrey’s Anatomy did it when Addison took a trip to California, visiting the Private Practice she’d eventually join. And last night, The Office did it by setting half of the action at Schrute Farms, where audiences were introduced to a few heretofore unseen members of Dwight’s family — including his weed farmer brother Jeb (Thomas Middlemarch), his single mom sister Fannie (Majandra Delfino), and his bearded cousin Zeke (Matt Jones, a.k.a. Badger on Breaking Bad).


Jenna Fischer finds 'Reasons to Be Happy' after 'The Office'

The Office may be coming to an end, but Jenna Fischer will start a run in a Neil LaBute play off-Broadway this spring. She’s set to star in the world premiere of Reasons to Be Happy, a companion piece to LaBute’s Tony-nominated reasons to be pretty, alongside Leslie Bibb, Josh Hamilton, and Fred Weller for MCC Theater. Performances run from May 16 through June 23 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Three years after breaking up, Steph (Fischer) and Greg (Hamilton) start wondering if they should try again — only she’s married to someone else and he’s just started dating her best friend, single mother Carly (Bibb), who has a jealous ex-husband, Kent (Weller). As the theater’s site says, “Reasons to Be Happy is a funny, surprising, and poignant new play about the choices and sacrifices we are willing to make in the pursuit of that often elusive ideal: happiness.”

Both Fischer and Bibb will be making their New York stage debuts.

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EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Tony:

“Mini cupcakes? As in miniature versions of cupcakes, which are already miniature versions of cake? Where does it stop with you people?”

–Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) on The Office

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Thursday, Dec. 6 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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Rainn Wilson wants Voting Day to be a national holiday -- VIDEO

Rainn Wilson, whose Office counterpart doesn’t celebrate any major holidays, stars in a new PSA for social media site GOOD supporting a measure to make “Voting Day” — Nov. 6 — a national holiday.

The video pokes fun of the “archaic” practice of voting on Tuesdays, which was instituted to ensure that people traveling to vote wouldn’t miss church on Sundays. It suggests that voting on a weekday is now an inconvenience as people are forced to choose between work and their civic duty.

Watch Wilson spar with a 19th-century sharecropper, who is oddly similar to his character Dwight’s cousin Mose from The Office, about voting below. READ FULL STORY

Instant catch-up: The 10 funniest moments from 'The Office' season 8

Even diehard fans can admit that season 8 wasn’t The Office at its finest. Regardless, the show still knows how to sling a punchline — especially if it’s delivered during the pre-credits cold open or by Ellie Kemper’s Erin Hannon. Those who stopped watching after Michael Scott made his exit missed out on a lot of great gags — which is a shame, especially if they plan to tune in again for the show’s last season.

So, before watching the sitcom’s final premiere tonight, catch up by reading this list of season 8’s funniest moments. Sure, none of them are quite up there with Threat Level Midnight‘s first appearance, but chances are they’ll still leave you satisfied and smiling. (That’s what she… well, you know.)


Thursday night TV: 'Big Bang' or '30 Rock'?

Thursday, traditionally primetime’s biggest night, won’t really get interesting until Oct. 4. By then, every network — minus The CW — will have premiered new episodes of its fall Thursday shows. As of tonight, though, only Fox is airing shiny new autumnal TV: CBS has comedy repeats and a new Big Brother, ABC’s showing summer series Wipeout and an old ep of Grey‘s, and NBC’s entire night has been turned over to the season finale of America’s Got Talent.

But in early October? By then, we’ll be four episodes into the fourth season of Glee, and all of NBC’s comedies will have returned. Meredith Grey will be sobbing all new sobs on ABC, and Lucy Liu will be steaming up screens as a sexy Dr. Watson on CBS’s Elementary. ‘Twill be a glorious time, my friends. A glorious time indeed.

So let’s fudge tonight’s TV Timeslot Wars poll by pretending that frabjous day is already upon us. When October rolls around, comedy lovers will be faced with a tough choice at 8 pm: The Big Bang Theory‘s nerds or 30 Rock‘s nerds? If you like one, there’s a good chance you also like the other — though you could always ditch both for extra Britney on The X Factor‘s results show.

Here’s the moment of truth — which show will you watch live? Let us know in the poll below.


'False!' Rainn Wilson explains why your inspirational quotes suck -- VIDEO

Rainn Wilson is not Dwight Schrute. He was born in Seattle, not on Schrute Farms, and he almost certainly did not perform his own circumcision; his middle name is Dietrich, not Kurt; and he has a normal relationship with a human woman, something Dwight’s never really managed to accomplish.

Still, there are many similarities between the actor and his most famous character. Both of them, for example, think the inspirational quotes you list as favorites on Facebook are stupid — and neither will hesitate to explain precisely why they’re so wrong.

Thus the following video, an entry in College Humor’s “Malarious” series. (They’re funny clips for a cause!) Watch as Schrute — er, Wilson — mercilessly takes down college students who dare to live for the nights they’ll never remember with the friends they’ll never forget. But try not to laugh — laughter indicates weakness.


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