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The Office Alum Jenna Fischer Expecting Her Second Child

  The Office alum Jenna Fischer is pregnant with her second child, Us Weekly reports. Fischer...   http://www.tvguide.com/News/Jenna-Fischer-Pregnant-1078208.aspx?rss=breakingnews

SideReel Isn't Afraid of the Dark

Television is an incredibly effective ghostbuster (except where  Poltergeist  is concerned)! Halloween can be a scary time, what with ghouls, maniacally grinning pumpkins, and roving bands of little kids. (Yes, that's right, kids can be creepy.) But there is a surefire way to banish dread into the shadows — and that way is to watch comedies! True, Halloween episodes have a less illustrious history than those for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but all the cool kids/shows are doing them now, and it's always enjoyable to see funny people in dumb outfits. So take a break from chowing down on candy corn and have a laugh or eight while waiting for that Sassy Rick Grimes costume to arrive.   Home Movies  S3E13: Coffins and Cradles This sardonic cartoon never really got its due (even on its second home of Adult Swim, whose offerings are increasingly stoner bait), but it was the most meta comedy in existence prior to the launch of  Community . The Halloween edition, however, ditched the high concept in favor of accessibility. That doesn't mean it's stupid or unfunny (it is, in fact, the complete opposite of those things), but it manages to cram cults, identical costumes, heart attacks, and births into 22 minutes, and never once feels rushed.   Friends  S8E6: The One With The Halloween Party Also known as the one with the worst costume in the world, namely Ross's attempt at a visual pun in Spud-nik (Half-potato. Half-satellite. All terror.). Concept: Chandler and Monica throw a party and all of the titular friends show up and have inoffensive and adorably funny concerns and arguments... it's a whole thing. I'll admit that this one is an office favorite, and not necessarily a personal pick, but it's enjoyable in the same way that all  Friends  episodes are. So there you have it.    The Office  S8E5: Spooked Holiday episodes of  The Office  were always series highlights, maybe because in a show that so often took its characters out of their comfort zones for no real reason, theme parties (Christmas, Halloween, birthdays) put them in  identifiably  awkward scenarios — after all, everyone who has ever been a corporate citizen can identify with the stilted interaction prompted by executive decree. Regrettably, "Spooked" takes place during James Spader's odd 15-episode run, but it's saved by the plight of Dwight, who must surrender parts of his costume in the name of office safety.   Community  S2E6: Epidemiology The paintball episode might have been the first time that we see Dean Pelton as having no real plan (he just wants to be a good dean!), but this is the episode that truly solidifies that trait. Greendale's Halloween party is pure Pelton: non-stop ABBA; rancid Army-surplus meat (with zombifying properties); and the willingness to lock all of the students inside at the request of men in uniform. So no, the Dean might not have a plan, but Harmon surely did, setting "Epidemiology" up as the start of the long game of Shirley's pregnancy, Jeff and Britta's secret sex, and Annie's infatuation with Rich.   NewsRadio  S3E5: Halloween Another show that deserved more praise and credit than it ever got was  NewsRadio , a powerhouse comedy from the mid-90s NBC hit machine. After being disinvited from the company Halloween party for being "too cool for school," the WNYX crew acquiesces to dressing up with eyes collectively rolling the whole time. Dave Foley gets back into drag in a callback to his time on  The Kids in the Hall , while, in an unintentionally tragic scene, Bill (Phil Hartman) is given an early date with death by a psychic. It's truly uncomfortable and sad in retrospect, but take my advice: ignore the pathos and join the cool kids radio club.   The Simpsons  S6E6: Treehouse of Horror V And so we come to the grande dame of Halloween specials.  The Simpsons  started doing its Treehouse of Horror episodes in its second year and its first entry was strong right out of the gate. While each year has had its own particular strengths (1996's highlight, a Clinton/Dole-inspired vignette, still gets widely quoted every election cycle), this fifth edition is the most emblematic of the series between Homer's time travel travails, a terrific parody of  The Shining ,  and the underrated closer, "Nightmare Cafeteria."    How I Met Your Mother  S1E6: Slutty Pumpkin More than any other season 1 episode up to this point, "Slutty Pumpkin" crystalized the  How I Met Your Mother  gang's individual characters. Ted spends his time pining for a woman he barely knew (the titular Slutty Pumpkin), Barney shows him the error of his ways in the meanest way possible, while Marshall and Lily try overzealously to combat Robin's fear of commitment. But despite showing all of their worst traits, the episode is light and sweet, like Halloween candy.     Curb Your Enthusiasm  S2E3: Trick or Treat Look, Larry David's awkward-a-thon of a series is not everyone's cup of tea, but it is  my  cup of tea and I identify with it totally and completely, so it should come as no surprise that I've got LD's back on this one. Why should he have to give candy to sarcastic teenage trick-or-treaters who won't even dress up? And why should they be allowed to spraypaint "BALD ASSHOLE" on his house? Sure, he might be a bald asshole, but not for the reasons they indicate!     Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of SideReel.com. She went as  Star Trek  characters for Halloween decades before it was cool. You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

‘The Office’: Watch a Deleted Scene

The ninth, final season of NBC's "The Office" will be released on Blu-ray/DVD on Sept. 3, and Speakeasy has an exclusive deleted scene from the show. http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/09/02/the-office-watch-a-deleted-scene/?mod=WSJBlog

The Office Exclusive: Andy Enlists the Group to Boost Erin’s Confidence in Deleted Scene

  Erin ( Ellie Kemper ) got the happy ending she had always wanted when she was reunited with her birth parents on The Office series finale. But early in Season 9, Dunder Mifflin's receptionist had a very different set of hopes and dreams, namely, becoming a...   http://www.tvguide.com/News/Office-Season9-Deleted-Scene-Erin-Andy-1069670.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Steve Carell: 'People Hated Me' for Lying About 'The Office' Finale Cameo (Video)

Steve Carell was strongly disliked for lying about his appearance on "The Office" finale, the actor told Jay Leno on Wednesday. "People hated me," said Carell. "'You jerk!'" he heard from others. "You owe that show everything and you're not going back -- You jerk!'"    Read More....   http://mc-3596-1705542522.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com/tv/article/steve-carell-people-hated-me-lying-about-office-finale-cameo-video-110966

'The Office': Watch Seth Rogen, John Cho and Adam Scott's Auditions (Video)

How different would the NBC comedy be? The never-before-seen auditions have been released.        http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/SJgc45OAUQ0/story01.htm

Emmys 2013 winners and losers: '30 Rock,' 'Homeland,' 'The Office'

Every year the Emmy award nominations arrive with a slew of surprises and snubs, and this year is no different. 2013 may be remembered as the Year of the Louis C.K., as the comedian was among the big winners of today's announcement, alongside the recently departed "30 Rock," Showtime's "Homeland" and "Veep." Meanwhile, "New Girl," "The Office," "The American" and "Boardwalk Empire" are among the projects feeling disappointment this morning. Read More... http://www.hitfix.com/news/emmys-2013-winners-and-losers-30-rock-homeland-the-office

Steve Carell Talks DESPICABLE ME 2, the Evolution of the Character, Being Gru on ELLEN, Lying About His Appearance on THE OFFICE Finale, and More

Steve Carell is back in the game as Gru, the curmudgeonly super-villain with a crazy accent whose life has been completely transformed by his daughters. In the comedy adventure sequel, Despicable Me 2, he’s left behind his life of crime to raise Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) and become the perfect dad. But just as he starts to adjust to his new role, he’s recruited by an ultra-secret organization and finds himself unexpectedly working for the good guys. Opening July 3rd, the sequel also features Benjamin Bratt, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand and Ken Jeong. READ MORE...

John Krasinski on The Office Finale's Steve Carell Cameo: 'We All Just Flat-Out Lied'

Remember all that will they / won't they about The Office 's finale and Steve Carell's participation or lack thereof? (Of course you do, it was like twenty seconds ago.) John Krasinski remembers it, and he remembers it fondly. "It was so thrilling. We all just flat-out lied ," the erstwhile Jim Halpert tells People . "I lied to Letterman! I have to apologize to him for that at some point. It was just one of those things that we all vowed and had to protect. Look what happened — it was the best. The 'that's what she said' was the perfect use of Steve." Very true — it was so lovely . Krasinski also mused and gushed about the series being over, saying, "Not only has it given me every opportunity in the business, but I wouldn't have met Emily [Blunt, his wife] . In a very big, existential way it's the most important thing in my life." Awww! http://www.vulture.com/2013/06/john-krasinski-office-finale-steve-carell-lied.html

A Big Win For 'The Office'

NBC also got something out of the deal: "The Office" series finale brought in approximately 5.4 million viewers on Thursday night , scoring a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demo. Although once upon a time the series was averaging 9 million viewers, the "Office" finale saw season high ratings , with the Season 9 premiere bringing in only 2.1 million viewers. Read More... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/17/office-finale-ratings_n_3294381.html?utm_hp_ref=tv
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