John Krasinski was out last night doing more promotion for the end of The Office. The show is coming to an end next Thursday via a 2 hour 15 minute salute front-loaded with a one-hour revisit, so NBC thinks this will be quite the event. A larger picture question might be whether or not fans will return for finale night given this used to be a cult comedy. A 50% ratings pop might be in the cards, but even so that is far below the series’ best performances. For now, we wait and watch Krasinski lip-sync with Jimmy Fallon. Continue Reading
This is unprecedented. The Office finale will no longer be an hour long. Instead it will be 75 minutes long (with commercials of course) as The Peacock just revealed plans to make next week’s send off even bigger. The original game plan was 8-10 PM/ET with a farewell special airing at 8. Now, things will go all the way to 10:15 PM with its follow-up Hannibal being squished to a meager 45 minutes. Here is the release.
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — May 7, 2013 — NBC is extending the length of the final episode of “The Office,” with a running time that will now extend from 9-10:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 16. Continue Reading
The Office star Jenna Fischer was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Monday night to promote her new play. Of course, the big topic of conversation was the ending of her long-running sitcom during which she spoke of the Scranton, Pennsylvania wrap party in which Steve Carell showed up unexpectedly. Interestingly enough, we hear he is planning on doing the same thing via a cameo on finale night next week. Continue Reading
As I suggested upon seeing Mindy Kaling’s recent appearance on David Letterman, a Steve Carell cameo was almost positively going to happen for the finale episode of NBC’s The Office next Thursday. Well, here comes validation. TV Line caught the story today that despite the ongoing denial from showrunner Greg Daniels, they can confirm he will indeed cameo in the last episode. They are unsure of the circumstances and have yet to receive NBC acknowledgment (obviously,) but this is the closest thing we will likely get to verification until air time. That said, Michael Scott is coming back even if for a brief moment. That’s what she said.
The two-hour finale event (front-loaded by a one-hour farewell at 8 pm/ET) airs on May 16.
Well, it looks like Steve Carell is set for a surprise return on NBC’s finale of The Office. Mindy Kaling of The Mindy Project took to David Letterman this evening where she was prodded with questions regarding her co-star’s return. Her answer was that of “I don’t want to lie to you.” Obviously, she was not contractually obligated to say “no” to such quandaries which is why the safe money will be placed on a return of Michael Scott. Carell was said to be revisiting his desire to stay out of the series-ender until a last minute offer to return. Since that time, his previously vocal stance on leaving the character behind turned to quiet. Continue Reading
Yesterday we heard the guest lineup for The Office finale (it was nothing too special and lacked mention of Steve Carell,) and today the Peacock revealed their run-up to finale night. A one-hour primetime special will air on Thursday, May 16 at 8 pm, making the series-ender a nightlong event as the last episode itself runs from 9 to 10 pm. Keep reading for more details.
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — April 26, 2013 — NBC has announced an hour-long primetime special dedicated to the seminal comedy “The Office.” It will air Thursday, May 16 (8-9 p.m. ET) as a prelude to the one-hour series finale of “The Office,” which will immediately follow. Continue Reading
With The Office now officially wrapped and its series finale set for May, the cast of the long-running cult comedy is now on the talk show circuit. Jenna Fischer took to The Tonight Show last night to talk about ending the show, but more importantly, the end of Pam. It is hard to imagine it was nearly a decade ago we had no clue who she was; however, Fischer has since been immortalized in the classic Will Ferrell comedy Blades of Glory. See, we all knew The Office was good for something! Continue Reading
While his Office spin-off at NBC may not have been greenlit to series, Dwight Schrute player Rainn Wilson could get a second crack at appearing on the small screen next season after all. CBS has just cast the star in its drama pilot Backstrom for the lead role. He joins a series about a short-tempered detective struggling to change his behavior where his supporting stars include Dennis Haysbert (24) and Kristoffer Polaha (Made in Jersey.)
Deadline suggests he was attracted by the role more so than other offers because of the material. Backstrom is based on a Swedish book series and is being produced at Fox TV. Wilson will serve as a producer on the show alongside Bones alum Hart Hanson which also might have had something to do with today’s addition. Interestingly enough, one of the projects he passed on (Donor Party) actually had a guaranteed six episodes over at NBC, but odds are he was also looking for a turn in a different genre.
Steve Carell visited Ellen this week to promote his new film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Ultimately, his appearance was another opportunity for the actor to shoot down rumors of his return for the final episode of The Office airing in May. The explanation from the Evan Almighty star is (and it does make sense much to our disappointment) that his character has run its course and now it is time to say goodbye to the rest of the cast. While a few-second-long cameo may be possible, fans of the comedy series should definitely not be anticipating a lengthy appearance from Michael Scott in the run-up to finale. Continue Reading
We have been waiting on this one for a while now. NBC has finally determined the series finale date for The Office. The broadcaster will close the doors on Dunder Mifflin May 16th with a one-hour episode. This instantly reminds us of when that sort of thing was the norm in the comedy’s hay-day (remember Super-Sized episodes?!) and thus the nostalgia comes flooding back. While the ratings have been damp, the show was such a huge cult-favorite for so many years that it would be shocking to not see a sizable ratings bump. For comparison purposes, 30 Rock just ended to a 50% surge suggesting maybe The Office could close out in a similar capacity. Hit the jump for the official press release. Continue Reading
Jon Favreau can scratch an episode of The Office off his bucket list. The man responsible for Iron Man (and not much else) will be directing one of the final five installments of the long-running NBC comedy. You can chalk this up to the man’s availability after a big screen adaptation of Jersey Boys was tossed, but do take note that the presence will be behind-the-camera only, so to answer your questions, ‘no, Happy Hogan will not make his way to Dunder Mifflin before reappearing in the third Iron Man film.’ Continue Reading
Once upon a time, NBC thought it to be a good idea to spin-off their top comedy as it headed out the door. The broadcaster had eyes on giving Rainn Wilson’s Dwight Schrute life after The Office through a program called The Farm, but the network was none too pleased with the results thus why no series order was ever received. This complicated matters because the pilot episode was supposed to be part of The Office’s currently-running ninth season although it appeared as if the network would opt to scratch that idea because failing first episodes usually tend to be the lowest form of television on the dial. Of course, that would mean the peacock losing money as they would have pony up the per episode fees to The Office’s expensive cast and crew to complete the season order which is why today we report that The Farm is confirmed to air as an original episode of the long-running comedy. Continue Reading
Say goodbye to The Office’s Dwight Schrute spin-off. NBC has opted out of production for The Farm as the already-produced pilot episode was not up to the network’s standards. Series star Rainn Wilson confirmed the news via Twitter earlier today saying, “NBC has passed on moving forward with The Farm TV show. Had a blast making the pilot – onwards & upwards!” Continue Reading
Television guest spots are most always welcomed. They manage to spice up our favorite shows from getting a bit formulaic without stretching too far from what works and usually the bigger the celebrity, the better. Today, it was announced that two broadcast favorites are getting such treatment as Stephen Colbert has a date with The Office and Matthew Broderick will make a fourth season appearance on Modern Family. Continue Reading