Last night, the season finale of The Office trotted out a celebrity lineup worthy of The Marriage Ref, with Will Arnett, Ray Romano, Jim Carrey, James Spader, and even mega-billionaire Warren Buffett waltzing through the doors of Dunder Mifflin. The episode also featured a cameo by Ricky Gervais, Hollywood’s favorite irascible scamp/leering supervillain. Gervais, of course, co-created the original British version of The Office, which only ran for 14 episodes. Gervais just posted a reaction to the season finale over on his blog, in which he expresses something like exasperation with the American version. Noting that the season finale reminded him of the Chris Martin episode of Extras (in which a celebrity cameo is awkwardly wedged into a sitcom), Gervais laughs, “If you’re going to jump a shark, jump a big one!” READ FULL STORY
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After weeks of hype and speculation, The Office‘s seventh season has finally drawn to a close. And I’m pleased to announce that in tonight’s finale — which featured guest appearances from a whopping six stars, plus billionaire Warren Buffett — it was revealed that Michael Scott’s replacement will be… READ FULL STORY
Uh-oh, Office fans. “The Inner Circle,” last night’s episode — which happened to be the show’s first outing post-Steve Carell — scored ratings that were 17 percent worse than the ratings for the show’s April 28 episode, “Goodbye, Michael.” While it is a little unfair to compare the two episodes (“Goodbye, Michael” was an Event with a capital “E,” likely watched by a lot of people who aren’t regular viewers of The Office), this news still doesn’t seem to bode well… especially when coupled with the knowledge that “The Inner Circle” itself, which abruptly sent guest star Will Ferrell packing, was mediocre at best. (Read my full recap here.)
We all knew that this beloved sitcom was going to change drastically once Michael Scott left Scranton behind. But considering last night’s episode and these ratings, do you think you’ll even stick around to see what happens next? Let us know by voting in the poll below the jump. READ FULL STORY
Ricky Gervais shares thoughts on Osama, Obama, the Royal Wedding, and Steve Carell's departure on his blog
In case you hadn’t heard, a lot happened over the past few days. From the Royal Wedding hoopla on Friday to the breaking news about the death of Osama bin Laden on Sunday, everyone from 24-hour news cycle anchors to tweeters shared their thoughts on this week’s historical moments. The Office creator Ricky Gervais is no different — the actor took to his blog to share his unique brand of insights on the events (oh, one can only dare to imagine what Karl Pilkington would think about all this…). READ FULL STORY
At the end of last night’s special episode of The Office, Michael Scott bolted for Boulder, but his farewell episode apparently left behind a small puzzler. While teasing the episode in an interview with EW, Office exec producer Greg Daniels noted: “A tiny mystery story — which I’m not sure anyone’s going to catch and will come out a few episodes from now — is being set up here.” And so we ask: What is that “tiny mystery” — a mysterwee, if you will? (And I understand if you won’t.) Let us consider five possibilities: READ FULL STORY
'The Office' gives Michael Scott one more 'That's what she said,' and it makes us feel so good inside
Like so many of you, I still have mixed feelings about Steve Carell’s last episode of The Office. While there were so many Michael Scott moments that were touching (his goodbyes with Jim and Erin, his letter of recommendation for Dwight) and funny (his worries that his improv credits wouldn’t transfer to Colorado) in last night’s episode, it still felt like there needed to be more. This is the end of an era, after all.
I will, however, give major kudos to those last few minutes with Michael. It was emotional without being sappy (thank goodness Pam got to see him off) and even gave a wonderful nod to the series as a whole when Michael asked the camera crew if they were ever going to air their footage. But, the best thing the Office writers could have possibly done was give Michael Scott a perfect parting line, which they did: the eternal “That’s what she said.” READ FULL STORY
Let them eat cake! Or something. William and Kate are enjoying two royal wedding cakes today: this eight-tiered delight topped by their new royal cipher; and a chocolate-cookie cake specially requested by the groom. Am I disqualified from discussing the Joseph Lambeth cake technique and the 900 floral touches because I can’t look at the cake and not wonder what The Office‘s Deangelo Vickers would do if he got within an arm’s length of it. Yes? Good. “Why did I just do that? It’s not even that good! I had cake for lunch!… No!” READ FULL STORY
Michael Scott makes his grand exit tonight on The Office, and Steve Carell is finally talking about it — with (now former) co-star Angela Kinsey! In a five-minute video released today by NBC and shot by Kinsey (who plays accountant Angela), she interviews Carell in his trailer on the Office set, and he reminisces about “Diversity Day,” the “three-headed monster” that is Angela, Oscar, and Kevin, his favorite musical moments, and more. Carell is more earnest than silly when answering Kinsey’s questions, though he does quip about his departure: “I’ve made an enormous mistake and I think that I probably shouldn’t be going…” Don’t tease, Steve. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
'The Office:' Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak, and Paul Lieberstein have picked their favorite Michael Scott moment. What's yours?
For seven seasons on The Office, Michael Scott has served as the crazy crown prince of cringe while being responsible for more lost man hours than carpal tunnel syndrome. But that comes to an end tonight as we say goodbye to the world’s best/worst boss — played to perfection by Steve Carell — with a 50-minute episode (9 p.m. on NBC). As we look back and remember the good times we spent with the great Scott, we ask a tough question: Is it possible to choose a single favorite Michael Scott moment? EW presented that challenge to the show’s three writer-actors — Mindy Kaling (Kelly), B.J. Novak (Ryan), and Paul Lieberstein (Toby). READ FULL STORY
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