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'The Office' first look: Clark suits up with Dwight

Clark Duke returns to "The Office" Thursday (Jan. 17) after being absent from the past few episodes. And Dwight, oddly enough, is pretty happy to see him.Clark has been, uh, servicing the White Pages account with Jan, but now that he's back, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) is eager to use him again to land another account. He's even got a way to sweeten the deal, as you can see in this exclusive clip on Zap2it.Also in Thursday's episode, Darryl (Craig Robinson) interviews for a job at Jim's (John Krasinski) new company, and Pam (Jenna Fischer) comes for a surprise visit. Oh, and Meredith (Kate Flannery) decides to change things up with a new wig after last week's head-shaving incident."The Office" airs at 9 p.m. ET Thursday on NBC. What do you think of the clip?... //

The Office Season 9 Episode 10 “Lice”

The Office  "Lice" Season 9  episode 10  airs Thursday, January 10 on NBC (9-9:30 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis:  Pam (Jenna Fischer) accidentally brings lice into the office and lets  Meredith (Kate Flannery) take the fall, while Dwight (Rainn Wilson) vows to destroy the parasites. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) has a fantastic day in Philly wooing a potential business associate (guest star Julius Erving). Meanwhile, Phyllis (Phyllis Smith), Nellie (Catherine Tate) and Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) meddle in Darryl’s (Craig Robinson) love life. Leslie David Baker, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Ellie Kemper and Jake Lacy also star. READ MORE...

'The Office': Steve Carell probably won't come back for the finale

Michael Scott isn't likely to make a return trip to "The Office" before it ends this season.That's the word from NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt, who says he's still "hopeful" Steve Carell might return to the show but isn't holding his breath."He left in the way he wanted to leave, and he and [executive producer Greg Daniels] talked about it, and I don't think he will," Greenblatt said Sunday (Jan. 6) at the TCA winter press tour. "There's maybe a little Hail Mary pass on a cameo, but I think the decision is that it will go out without him sort of compromising his exit.""The Office" returns from its holiday hiatus on Thursday. The hour-long series finale will likely air in May.... //

John Krasinski Reflects on The Office, Prepares to Say Goodbye

John Krasinski stars in Promised Land , a drama he co-wrote with Matt Damon. But while promoting that film in an interview with Movie Fanatic , the actor touched on the show to which he admittedly owes everything. What will be like to say goodbye to The Office in May? Read More... //

'The Office': Jon Favreau will direct an episode

"The Office" will welcome another big-name director to the world of Dunder Mifflin before it ends in the spring."Iron Man" helmer Jon Favreau will direct an upcoming episode of the NBC comedy, TVLine reports. Favreau and the show are working on coordinating their schedules, so it's not yet known where his episode will fall in the remainder of the season.Favreau is the latest in a line of well-known directors to take the reins of "The Office." Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams, Jason Reitman and Harold Ramis have also directed episodes of the show in the past.Favreau's other TV directing credits include the pilot of NBC's "Revolution" (he's also an executive producer) and episodes of "Undeclared," "In Case of Emergency" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live."... //

TV ratings: 'X Factor' Season 2 finale rises, still down from Season 1

There was good news and bad news for the Season 2 finale of FOX's "The X Factor." The music competition posted its highest overall audience and 18-49 demo ratings since the early October bootcamp rounds, but the numbers were still down from last season's already soft ratings.The 9.65 million total viewers and 3.1 rating in 18-49 was good enough to rank "The X Factor" #1 for the night in 18-49 and give FOX the lead in both categories. But the most watched show of the evening was a rerun of "The Big Bang Theory" that drew 10.9 million viewers. "The X Factor" came close to that in its final half hour of a two-hour live results show, hitting 10.8 million viewers. It faced minimal competition from reruns on NBC, CBS and CW and holiday specials on ABC and NBC. Last season, "The X Factor" finale posted a 3.8 in 18-49. Adding insult to injury, earlier... //

The Office Season 9 Episode 9 “Dwight Christmas”

The Office  "Dwight Christmas" Season 9  episode 9 airs Thursday Dec 6, 2012 (9-9:30 p.m. ET) on NBC. Episode Synopsis :  When the party planning  committee drops the ball on the annual Christmas party, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) gets everyone to celebrate with a traditional Schrute German Christmas. Darryl (Craig Robinson) fears Jim (John Krasinski) has forgotten his promise to take him along to the new job in Philadelphia . Meanwhile, Pete (Jake Lacy) teaches Erin (Ellie Kemper) about his favorite movie Die Hard. Jenna Fischer, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, and Catherine Tate also star. Read More... //

The Office Season 9 Episode 8 “The Target”

The Office  "The Target" Season 9 episode 8 airs Thursday Nov 29, 2012 (9-9:30 p.m. ET) on NBC. Episode Synopsis :  Reagan (Christina Applegate ), Chris (Will Arnett) and Scott (Luka Jones) get invited to join Gene (guest star  Matt Braunger) and Terry (guest star Jean Villepique) at their mountain cabin for their annual "Family Funlympics." Meanwhile, when Reagan decides she needs to leave the cabin  to go and check up on Ava, she is shocked to learn that Ava has new friends. Read More... //

The Office Season 9 Episode 7 “The Whale”

The Office  "The Whale" Season 9 episode 7 airs Thursday Nov 15, 2012 (9-9:30 p.m. ET) on NBC. Episode Synopsis:  When Dwight (Rainn Wilson) must sell to a woman at the lucrative Scranton  White Pages , Pam (Jenna Fischer) and the ladies teach him how to interact with female clients. Angela (Angela Kinsey) suspects the Senator (guest star Jack Coleman) is cheating on her; she and Oscar (Oscar Nunez) spy on him at his yoga class . Meanwhile, Andy (Ed Helms) skypes in from his boat, and Toby (Paul Lieberstein) convinces several guys in the office to grow mustaches in honor of "Movember." John Krasinski, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Catherine Tate, Clark Duke, Andy Buckley, Phyllis Smith, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Creed Bratton, and Jake Lacy guest star. Read More... //

TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' gets even bigger; 'X Factor' loses to 'Voice' again

Nothing can stop comedy powerhouse "The Big Bang Theory" which matched series highs in total viewers and a season high in the 18-49 demo on Thursday (Nov. 8) to drive CBS to a decisive victory in both measures.Meanwhile, a special airing of "The Voice" helped give NBC's usual Thursday doldrums a boost. Though the singing competition slipped to a season low, it still easily topped rival FOX's "X Factor" head-to-head in both viewers and 18-49.After a five week hiatus, primarily due to baseball and election coverage, "Glee" returned to a season low in viewers. "Two and a Half Men" (featuring guest star Miley Cyrus), "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation" all hit season highs in viewers.CBS averaged 13.6 million viewers and an 8.6 rating/14 share to dominate primetime in households. ABC trailed with 7.1 million viewers and 4.6/7. NBC (6 million, 3.8/6) was third with only the slightest edge over FOX (6 million, 3.6/5). The... //