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The Office: Steve Carell gives thumbs-up to James Spader

The new boss at "The Office" has the support of the old boss.James Spader is joining the "Office" cast in the fall as the new CEO of Sabre, Dunder Mifflin's parent company. The man he's more or less replacing, Steve Carell, approves."I think it's an excellent choice," Carell tells "Access Hollywood." "I think it's great, and he will infuse all this new energy into the show."Carell appeared on "Access" Monday (July 18) to promote his movie "Crazy, Stupid, Love," which hits theaters July 29. He says he's kept in touch with his former co-workers on "The Office" and that the mood on set is upbeat going into the show's first full season without him; Michael Scott left Scranton a few episodes before the end of last season to be with his soulmate Holly (Amy Ryan)."In talking to the cast, everyone's very excited, and I know it'll be a good season," Carell says."The Office" premieres Sept.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/07/the-office-steve-carell-gives-thumbs-up-to-james-spader.html

'The Office': Jenna Fischer says another Halpert baby is coming

Jenna Fischer is pregnant in real life, and the producers of "The Office" have decided to roll with that fact.So Cece Halpert, get ready to meet your little brother or sister."Pam will be pregnant when the season starts," Fischer tells Vulture. "Pam and Jim [John Krasinski] snuck away last season on Valentine's Day, and they had sex. The story is that they conceived this baby at that time and were keeping it a secret until we come back from the summer."Fischer and her husband, Lee Kirk, announced in May that they're expecting their first child -- and coincidentally, they conceived their baby around the time that "The Office" was shooting its Valentine's day episode, titled "PDA," early this year."The Office" begins shooting its eighth season later this month and will premiere Thursday, Sept. 22 on NBC.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/07/the-office-jenna-fischer-says-another-halpert-baby-is-coming.html

Jenna Fischer's Pregnancy to Be Written Into The Office

Jenna Fischer has confirmed to Vulture that her real-life pregnancy is being written into the new season of The Office . "Pam will be pregnant when the season starts," says Fischer, who announced her pregnancy in May... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Jenna-Fischer-Pregnancy-1035264.aspx?rss=breakingnews

'The Office': James Spader officially hired as new CEO

Meet the new boss, very much not the same as the old boss.James Spader, who guest-starred on "The Office" season finale in May, will become a full-time member of the cast in the fall, NBC says. As reported earlier, his character, Robert California, will be the new CEO of Dunder Mifflin's parent company Sabre."James will reprise his role as ... this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class weirdo Jedi warrior," executive producer/cast member Paul Lieberstein says. "He'll have been hired over the summer as the new manager, but within hours, got himself promoted. Within days, he took over the company. James has an energy that is completely his own, and 'The Office' has no tools for dealing with this guy. We're thrilled he's joining our cast."Spader has won three Emmys for his work on "The Practice" and "Boston Legal," and while the latter series had a large comedic element,... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/07/the-office-james-spader-officially-hired-as-new-ceo.html

'The Office' may hire its new branch manager from within: Who should get the job?

If James Spader becomes the new CEO of Sabre on "The Office," then the Scranton branch is still going to need a new boss. And the latest word is that person may be someone we already know.As reported last week, Spader is in talks to join the NBC comedy in the fall. The scenario writers are kicking around would have him starting as Michael Scott's replacement in Scranton but very rapidly ascending the corporate ladder to become the head of the company.That would once again leave the branch manager job open, and according to TVLine, "The Office" writers are leaning toward giving an existing character the job. Jim (John Krasinski), Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Andy (Ed Helms) are the likeliest suspects, although the show also still has an option on Catherine Tate, who like Spader was seen interviewing for the job in the Season 7 finale.Each of the current characters mentioned for the job --... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/07/the-office-may-hire-its-new-branch-manager-from-within-who-should-get-the-job.html

'The Office' New Boss: Jim, Dwight Or Andy?

After all those guest stars, it looks like "The Office" may be hiring from within, after all. Following star Steve Carell's summer announcement that he would leave the hit comedy he led for seven seasons as lovable dunce Michael Scott, the show's producers went on a massive search for a new star boss; theybooked Will Ferrell for a four episode arc as the temporary boss, and then overloaded the season's final episode with a long series of guest stars. But according to TV Line's Michael Ausiello, the plan right now may be to hire from within. He says that the producers are, for now, deciding between Jim (John Krasinksi), Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Andy (Ed Helms) to take the boss's chair; on the show, Dwight and Andy both vied for the role, while Jim turned the temporary gig down, which set off the long search for a new head honcho. Read More... http://feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/hUXw5QkaTxg/the-office-new-boss-jim-d_n_887230.html

James Spader Taking a Job at THE OFFICE

After having one of the best interviews out of the round of guest stars being considered to take over Michael Scott’s job after Steve Carell completed his last episode of  The Office ,  EW  says James Spader will end up getting the manager position at Dunder-Mifflin. However, there’s a bit of a twist to his involvement with the series. For those who want to stay clear of any spoilers and not know what’s coming early on for the next season of  The Office , we’re putting details of his hiring after the jump. http://collider.com/james-spader-the-office/98611/

'The Office' as old-school sitcom or, Ricky Gervais' worst nightmare

Ricky Gervais has said that "When the Whistle Blows," the show-within-a-show on his series "Extras," is basically the nightmare scenario of what the original version of "The Office" could have become. So he might not find the video below especially funny.We, however, think it's pretty great: A YouTube user has re-imagined the opening of the show as an old-school, TGIF-era sitcom. The saxophone blast at the very beginning of the clip is from "Roseanne," and the theme song is "Family Matters." The actual "Office" scene is the cold open from the Season 5 episode "Moroccan Christmas."Re-cutting "The Office" as a classic sitcom has been done before, but this particular video has gone viral: As of this post, it had  more than 140,000 views. We're glad the show is the way it is -- and that NBC's version didn't turn out more like this in the first place -- but this is just fun stuff.Take a... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/06/the-office-as-old-school-sitcom-or-ricky-gervais-worst-nightmare.html

'Office' showrunner Paul Lieberstein's new deal; 'Parks and Rec's' Nick Offerman hosting TCA Awards

Today's TV snacks include news about the man in charge of "The Office," the man in charge of the Pawnee parks department and bits about a couple midseason series. "Ofifce" showrunner Paul Lieberstein has signed a three-year overall deal with Universal Media Studios. He'll eventually work on new series projects for the studio, but for the time being his focus will be on the continuing transition of "The Office" following Steve Carell's departure. [Deadline]"Parks and Recreation" star Nick Offerman -- aka Ron Swanson -- will serve as host for the Television Critics Association Awards on Aug. 6. Says Offerman: "I am mighty flattered to be invited to speak in front of a crowd like this. The last time I was awarded such a privilege was in front of the Eagle Scouts disciplinary board, concerning what came to be known as 'The Astonishing Cowsh*! Incident of 1987' in Grundy County, Illinois. I presume this engagment will... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/06/office-showrunner-paul-liebersteins-new-deal-parks-and-recs-nick-offerman-hosting-tca-awards.html

What We Want from The Office in Season 8

It seems like just yesterday the big debate about   The Office   was whether the American remake could ever live up to the original UK version. Now, here we are, 150 episodes and eight seasons later and the show is still going, for better or worse, without its original main character. Since they're already messing with the DNA of the show, the writers might as well take this opportunity to retool some other things that haven't been working and give viewers a reason to tune in that doesn't start with " Michael " and end with "Scott."   Read More... http://tv.ign.com/articles/117/1172070p1.html?RSSwhen2011-06-01_180100&RSSid=1172070&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Ftv+%28IGN+TV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader
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