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Originally posted 05/17/2013 08:45AM
The series finale of The Office took up an hour and 15 minutes of NBC's prime-time schedule Thursday night. The last quarter-hour had a special sentimental magic, as we got parting moments with each of the characters at the Dunder Mifflin paper company of Scranton, Pa.
The rest you could have fed into a shredder.
After a season that carefully worked out significant narrative strands – the ultimately inevitable ascension to manager of the insufferable Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), the unexpectedly tender travails in the marriage of Jim and Pam (John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer) – this episode was poorly conceived and clumsily structured.
It really wasn't worthy of all the years of affectionate humor that had gone before it.
Originally posted 05/05/2013 09:05PM
It won't be an easy sweater to fill.
"There's only one person in this whole world like you," Fred Rogers liked to say on his long-running children's TV show. But now the difficult task begins of finding someone just like Mr. Rogers – or who can at least capture his essence – for an upcoming biopic.
A film about Rogers, who died in 2003 at age 74, is in the works at Treehouse Pictures based on a script by Alexis Jolly, a staff writer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Deadline.com reports.
Originally posted 03/13/2013 06:00PM
Steve Carell knows just how his friends on The Office feel now that the series is winding down – a lot like he felt when he left the sitcom in 2011.
"I just hope they savor it, because it was such a special thing for me and a really moving transition in my life. And it was hard to say goodbye," the actor, 50, told PEOPLE at Monday's Hollywood premiere of his new movie, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
Carell, who played Dunder Mifflin branch manager Michael Scott for seven seasons, says he's been in touch with all of his old castmates recently, and he feels their pain.
Originally posted 03/08/2013 03:00PM
After clocking in at at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company for nearly 10 years, Brian Baumgartner knows a thing or two about mixing work and play.
But even as The Office prepares to wrap its ninth and final season, the Kevin Malone actor is still not sick of his colleagues, who make the series' finale a bittersweet goodbye.
"Mine and, really, everyone's life has changed so much over this decade," Baumgartner, 40, told PEOPLE after serving as the grand marshal at Sunday's Subway Fresh Fit 500 race. "We've all grown up together. Our lives have all changed together. We've seen weddings and divorces and kids, success and failure."
Originally posted 06/21/2012 09:45AM
Keira Knightley found herself in a dogfight – for screen time – when her four-legged costar in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World turned out to be more of a screen hog than a screen dog.
Originally posted 07/07/2011 10:00AM
Steve Carell has said himself that he had trouble letting go of his Office character Michael Scott. So how will the show's loyal viewers react to a new boss ruling the Dunder Mifflin roost?
NBC announced Wednesday that Boston Legal actor and former Brat-Packer James Spader, 51, will replace Carell on the hit show.
As the CEO of Sabre, the parent company of Dunder Mifflin, "James will reprise his role as Robert California, this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class weirdo Jedi warrior," Paul Lieberstein, an executive producer and a series regular said in a statement.
Originally posted 04/29/2011 12:10PM
It was the end of an era for the fictional characters of The Office at Dunder Mifflin Inc. in Scranton, Pa. on Thursday.
Steve Carell – who played the paper and printer distribution company's manager (and self-proclaimed "World's Best Boss") Michael Scott – made his final appearance on the show in a humorous, but heartfelt episode called "Goodbye, Michael."
Announcing his plans to move to Colorado to live with fiancée Holly Flax, Michael brings in an assortment of Wizard of Oz-themed farewell gifts for his colleagues.
Spoiler: Read on only if you want to know what happens on the final episode.
Originally posted 03/09/2011 08:30AM
Charlie Sheen may be one of a kind, but is he irreplaceable?
When Monday's news broke that the actor, 45, had officially been given the boot from Two and a Half Men, fans of the hit CBS show questioned whether the show would go on – and if so, with which new star?
Producers are reportedly discussing current Parks and Recreation star Rob Lowe. John Stamos's name also has come up recently. (Both of whom Sheen said he's fine with replacing him on Dan Patrick's radio show Wednesday morning.) Or what about Steve Carell, whose run on The Office is nearly up?
Vote below on who you think would be the best new addition to Two and a Half Men:
Originally posted 01/27/2011 09:30AM
Steve Carell will get a proper send-off from The Office later this season, sharing his final three episodes with his Anchorman costar Will Ferrell.
Ferrell, 43, will join the NBC sitcom for a guest role in which he plays a branch manager who arrives from the home office and proves just as inept as Carell's Michael Scott, Deadline.com reports.
"We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star, and we turned him into a television star," executive producer Paul Lieberstein says. "We are proud to continue The Office's tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they'll see what we see: tremendous raw sexuality."
Originally posted 12/13/2010 09:30AM
Steve Carell isn't getting into the debate over who should replace him on The Office. But he hopes it doesn't end up being someone who's too much like Steve Carell.
"I think it would be in their best interest just to sort of go in a different direction and not try to do the same type of character," the actor, 48, tells Ellen DeGeneres in an interview airing Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Beyond that, he's not making any specific suggestions. "You know what," he says, "I'm leaving that to the producers."
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