The Office

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Marvel Studios gets all the glamour with their movie series, but without a doubt, Warner Bros and DC Entertainment presently own the TV side of things. The upcoming television season will feature the return of Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, and iZombie, which will be joined by Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and eventually, Titans. Room to grow? Absolutely! In Hollywood, success breeds opportunity, so why would DC Entertainment stop at just seven series across four networks? To that end, some fascination news today. DC Entertainment has a pilot approved for production at NBC. The hook? It’s a single-camera, work-place comedy a la The Office. Color me intrigued… (more…)

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Of the many projects that Hollywood currently has in its mammoth machine the one most “flying under the radar” right now to me, feels like the forthcoming Muppets TV show, set to premiere this Fall on ABC.  These classic Jim Henson characters that many of us grew up with, are getting a modern-makeover in their televised presentation. I’m not referring to their physical appearance, but rather their stylistic approach.  The show will feature a behind-the-scenes style format that could allow the writers to do some truly unique and entertaining things with this “cast.”  Now, we at home get a chance to take a full look at the pitch video that got the series green-lit!

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Martin Freeman hosted Saturday Night Live last night and really hit it out of the park with this Lord of the Rings skit, The Office: Middle Earth. If you’ve watched the BBC version of The Office with Ricky Gervais, or even if you’ve only watched the American version with Steven Carell, you’ll immediately notice the incredible attention to detail. This just might be the best skit of the entire SNL season! (more…)

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This week on The Bastardcast, Jason and Jeremy come together to celebrate the show’s one year anniversary while still managing to talk about Star Trek Into Darkness, Chris Nolan’s Bat-Bond, Doctor Who, and the art of Bea Arthur’s pricey yet magical mams.

Also on the show, the fellas discuss the tale of the tape for a fight between Whovians and Star Wars fans, Pac Rim‘s 70 minute orgasm delivery system, Schwarzenegger’s toxic new roll (that was a lazy description but I’m still drunk from the Anniversary Party), the Office finale, the atrocity that is Pac Rim mock-off Atlantic Rim, that Ludicris seal of approval, and the death of the friggin terrible Zombieland TV show that died because we’re all awful to awful things or something.

You need more, don’t you? Fine! This is one fat friggin taco of a show! You wanna hear about Rob Liefeld‘s new Kickstarter (which is, for the record, NOT called “The Adventures of Tiny Foot and Titbutt”)? How about Canadian Jesus and the Jimmy Olsen AIDS Initiative? You got it! How about another nail in Nintendo‘s coffin, the Disney black-market where handi-capes are making a killing, and the saga of a 10 foot Robocop and his pending siege on the city of Detroit? Sure!

Is that enough freaking show for you? No?!?! SCREW YOU, we’ve got all that and an a cavalcade of easter eggs from the show’s rich (LIE) history, a never-before-shared story about the time the boys tried to interview a pornstar, AND a bunch of shitty impressions. If you want more, I suggest you go mount a unicorn named Bo Jackson and ride off to the magical kingdom of fairytales and superior podcasts where Leslie Nielsen is still alive, the 3 titted chick from Total Recall is mayor, and Simon and Simon is still on the air. All of that, plus, a song about blowjobs on THE BASTARDCAST!

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The Bastardcast: Hell yeah, we’re giggle dealers and proud men with tits and opinions.

Will Helms go on ‘Vacation’?

According to Variety, the Griswold family may be about to select yet another Rusty. Office star Ed Helms is in talks to play Rusty Griswold, (the son of Clark Griswold aka Chevy Chase) in four National Lampoon’s Family Vacation movies. Previously the part of Russ has been played by Ethan Embree, Anthony Michael Hall, Johnny Galecki, and the one whose name no one remembers.

The film is being written by John Michael Daley and his writing partner Jonathan Goldstein. The duo previously wrote the screenplay for last summer’s surprise hit, Horrible Bosses. Thus far, no director has been selected, though the fact that Chevy Chase will likely return in a smaller role probably means that Dan Harmon will not be involved.

We don’t yet know if the National Lampoon’s name will remain in the title for this franchise kick starter. It would seem proper, but they have descended into a cesspool of direct-to-DVD cleavage, college students, and drinking movies over the last decade, so it might actually affect the film’s box office negatively. We also don’t know if they can pull Randy Quaid away from the Canadian wilderness and his anti-Star Whackers mission. Here’s hoping.

Source: Variety

Is this the Long, Slow Death of ‘The Office’?

Picking an apt exit point always seems like a challenge as the end draws near for a TV show. Some jump too soon, some get pushed, and some linger long after their expiration, reeking like a forgotten Easter egg.

The Office is not there yet, but after a disappointing 8th season (in terms of execution and numbers), it is getting a little ripe, and today’s news of a possible “reboot” certainly doesn’t bode well for a rebound.

From Nellie Andreeva over at Deadline.com:

Word is that The Office executive producer Greg Daniels, who originally developed the American version of the cult British comedy, is mulling a reboot of the series, now in its eighth season. Daniels is expected to meet with NBC brass to lay out his idea for The Office 2.0, which I hear would feature existing characters as well as new ones.

Is it me, or does that sound, well, a bit benign? Daniels isn’t exactly an interloper, he knows what can make the show great, and maybe the show could use a slight shakeup, the key word being slight.

The trouble is, Andreeva goes on to report that contract negotiations with stars and busy film actors John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and (less so) B.J. Novak are at a stand-still and the shows biggest star, Ed Helms‘ deal is in question too. Add that to the fact that Rainn Wilson is gearing up to leave along with current show-runner Paul Lieberstein (Toby) for the planned Dwight-centric spin-off The Farm, and Mindy Kaling may leave for her own, non-Office related show, and one has to wonder which existing cast members will remain? Not James Spader, he’s leaving too, and that means we could be talking about a whole lot of empty desks next season and a show that revolves around the reliably un-encumbered accounting department.

Now, The Office has always been an ensemble show and that’s why it didn’t entirely implode when Steve Carell left, because of Helms, Krasinski, Wilson, Craig Robinson, and secondary cast members like Angela Kinsey, and Brian Baumgartner. It’s their presence and talent, but more than that, it’s their chemistry that has kept the show afloat through the last few years and the horribly bungled introduction of Spader‘s “Robert California”. You remember Robert California right? All misplaced confidence, creepy pseudo-eroticism and bravado, a beast that walked above everyone he encountered? That was a character that could have elevated the show, but instead he only provided cover for producers as they clumsily tried to plug Helms into Carell‘s evacuated space, disappeared (not the fault of the writers, most likely) and then returned to loose all potential as Catherine Tate‘s “Nellie” began to rise in prominence and he wilted in her presence.

Speaking of Tate, she’s been the best part of this down season because, unlike Helms, she actually reminds us of the moronic weasel that Michael Scott was at his finest, and not the sappy putz that he morphed into during later years (a part of the character that Helms seems to be channeling on a weekly basis).

A reboot with her at the center around most of the existing cast could actually work because (SPOILER), before last night, she was universally hated and unpredictable enough for them to fear (END SPOILER). And that is, let’s be honest, why a show about an office works and it’s also what made the UK original pure genius and early seasons of this version so damn good — everyday in our lives we are under the thumb of a person who under the best circumstances merely makes our lives annoying, and under the worst of circumstances can make them hell. Sure, there are exceptions to that, but we can relate to a jerk of a boss and the contrasting camaraderie that we feel with our co-workers in response, we can relate, we can laugh, we can care, or at least we can care more about that then we can care about a cuddly office space filled with bumpers, safety nets, and G rated hi-jinks. Or at least, I can.

Going forward, my concern is that a ninth season will continue to de-fang the role of “the boss” and also see the loss of half the cast or their return on a strictly and severely part time basis, gutting the show of its chemistry, star power, and buzz. At that point I think it’s fair to ask, why bother? The last thing any Office fan likely wants is their own version of a soulless Scrubs 2.0 or After-Mash. If reboot means “tear down and replace”, throwing in a bunch of similar character types embodied by strangers that occupy Jim’s desk while giving knowing glances to a sweet receptionist, I say put the show and us out of our misery. As I said before, finding an apt exit point is a challenge, but when all of your stars are walking out the door, well, that is a big damn neon sign.

Showrunner May Leave ‘The Office’

Turnover is an ever-present happening in real-life offices, but for a TV show, NBC’s The Office has undergone more than it’s share over the last few years and it looks like we’re about to see much more.

Because you are tack-sharp individuals, I’m sure you know that writer and Office customer service wizard Mindy Kaling, aka Kelly Kapoor is in the process of putting together her own show, one that just booked Bill Hader and her Office co-star Ed Helms to be guest stars. So we may as well count her out, and James Spader, who is half-way to the weirdness level of Christopher Walken , has already announced his intention to split after 1 season as Michael Scott’s pseudo replacement, so that’s 2 down.

Now comes news that showrunner Paul Lieberstein, aka Toby, is set to leave to head up The Office spin-off about Rainn Wilson’s character Dwight Schrute and his beet farm should that show, known as The Farm, get picked-up after it’s back-door pilot runs later on this season during an episode of The Office. Obviously if that happens, we can count Wilson out as well.

As I said up top, that is a ton of turnover for a show that would be heading toward it’s 9th season and it may not even end there since both Helms and John Krasinski don’t have deals yet for next year (though they are reportedly in talks). Should those talks fail, and those two leave as well, one has to wonder if it might be time Dunder Mifflin to go out of business lest we windup with an all Creed, all the time version of The Office.

Source: THR 

NBC Fall Schedule Announced

And NBC is the first out of the gate with it’s Fall 2011 tv schedule!

While they renewed fan-favorite Chuck for a fifth and finale season (and moved it to Friday nights), they also axed alot of shows and have a lot to fill.

So, let’s get right into it.

As you can see below, there are a LOT new shows coming out with returning shows being juggled around. Not only has Chuck been moved to Fridays, but Parks & Recreation was moved to the lead-in for The Office at 8:30, and the new comedy Whitney getting the coveted post-Office slot at 9:30pm. These are all risky moves, but if NBC can grab people’s attention, it could be worth the risk.

Personally, I am most excited for are Free Agents on Wednesdays, Grimm on Fridays and Awake to premiere mid-season.

Take a look at NBC‘s new schedule below the jump, and let us know what you are looking forward to this coming fall!

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Take a Look at James Gunn’s ‘Super’

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We’re you a fan of Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass? The answer better be yes, or you can flock yourself with a spiked dildo. Well, in the style of “average joe becomes a vigilante” comes James Gunn‘s (Slither) Super.  The film stars Rainn Wilson as a man who decides to become a super hero after a series of events which include his wife (played by Liv Tyler) leaving him for Kevin Bacon, literally being touched by the finger of God in a dream, and seeing a morally-preachy superhero named the Holy Avenger (played by Nathan Fillion) on catholic television. Rounding out the cast is Ellen Page, who plays Wilson know-nothing, immature, vulgar sidekick.

From what we hear, based on early reviews, Super is like what would happen if Kick-Ass was a Troma film (low budget, cult films from humor-gore director Lloyd Kaufman). It’s a film about a weirdo who smacks people in the head with a wrench in the name of justice. It’s slapstick humor, that tips into the realm of dark comedy. Eh, I guess all you really need to know is that it features a potty-mouthed Ellen Page in a superhero costume (HAWT) and stars that guy from The Office.

To get a better idea if this is a movie you should put on your watch list, then check out the clip below. It highlights the real-world effects of fighting evil (NSFW Language).

Super screened at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) and was very well received. No word on when it will be released theatrically, but IFC films bought it and hopes to market it to the cultfilm fan base (straight to DVD, presumably).

source: bleedingcool