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'The Office' Recap: 'Pam's Replacement'

November 12th, 2011 6:02pm EST
James Spader
Are we used to Robert California yet? Didn’t think so. It’s interesting that he does unexpected things (playing harmonica in a blues band?) yet how he goes about it is the same. He manipulates people into letting him have his way. In the course of this episode’s 22 minutes, he goes from expressing admiration for “Kevin and the Zits” to taking over their band with entirely new members.

Parts of it are funny, including Andy playing the drums on his own body to feel like he is participating. But it is sweet to see him, Darryl and Kevin reunite in the parking lot for a good, old-fashioned jam,...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Doomsday'

November 5th, 2011 1:47pm EDT
Zach Woods
We’re several weeks into the new TV season. How do you think ‘The Office’ is doing without Steve Carrel? Does Ed Helms seem like an appropriate replacement, and is James Spader giving the aging show a shot in the arm?

I will admit it: I miss Michael Scott. But I do enjoy Andy as boss, and Robert California is oddly fascinating. Still, it feels like the show is missing a center.

‘Doomsday’ is a good example. After a client accidentally gets an order for free, Robert insists that Andy eliminate office mistakes. Andy desperately agrees to Dwight’s offer to use a new system to catch errors. T...
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Madonna, Jay-Z & Other Celebs To Create YouTube Channels

October 31st, 2011 9:47am EDT
Madonna
Madonna and Jay-Z are to create their own video channels on YouTube.com as part of a new business venture to expand the website.

Bosses at the video-sharing site have shelled out over $100 million to dozens of producers to create fresh new content, and as part of the deal, both superstars have signed up to lend their support.

Other participants include actor Ashton Kutcher, "Modern Family" beauty Sofia Vergara, "The Office" star Rainn Wilson, "Parks and Recreation" actress Amy Poehler, former basketball star Shaquille O'Neal and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk.

Not much information ...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Spooked'

October 30th, 2011 6:02pm EDT
The Office
Cool costumes are a dime a dozen on Halloween episodes of ‘The Office.’ This year, they are censored by Andy, and as a result it isn’t so exciting. (Perhaps with the exception of Dwight and his sci fi boobs.) The real meat of this installment surrounds Erin and Andy’s awkward relationship.

First off, Erin is put in charge of decorating the office for Halloween. But the posters are tamer than a preschool party, as Robert California points out. Andy is apparently hot and cold with Erin, and she’s none too pleased when he asks Angela and Phyllis to assist her to make the office a little more ...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Garden Party'

October 23rd, 2011 5:13pm EDT
The Office
Forgive my absence. I blame it on a European vacation, and I could only view ‘The Office’ in French.

The writers of ‘The Office’ keep coming up with fairly clever ways of getting the office staff out of, well, the office. Think of some of the series’ best episodes, such as ‘Booze Cruise,’ ‘Casino Night’ and ‘Niagara.’

‘Garden Party’ doesn’t quite rank up there, but it’s pretty good. Andy decides to host a garden party (how very Connecticut of him) at Schrute Farms, seemingly as a way to impress Robert California. However, it soon becomes clear that he’s really trying to impress his paren...
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Jobless Charlie Sheen Is The Highest Paid Man On TV (See Who Else Made Big Bucks)

October 14th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen has been named the highest paid actor on TV, despite losing his job on "Two And A Half Men."

The star had a public fall-out with the show's creator Chuck Lorre earlier this year following months of bizarre behavior and he was eventually fired in March.

Ashton Kutcher took over the lead role in the hit show, but Sheen still managed to top Forbes.com's recent rich list.

Sheen pulled in earnings of $40 million, making him the highest paid TV actor between May, 2010, and May, 2011.

He is followed by Ray Romano, who earned $20 million for his now axed "Men of A Certain Age."

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'The Office' Q&A With Ed Helms And Paul Lieberstein

October 7th, 2011 1:44pm EDT
ed helms
“Ed Helms is just an unbridled genius and it was important to us to capitalize on that.” This is the answer given when the question is raised as to why the producers of NBC’s “The Office” decided to promote from within to fill the Branch Manager position when Steve Carrell left the show at the end of last season. The answer was given by Ed Helms himself, joking of course, but his fake bravado isn’t far off.

Helms, who plays Andy Bernard on NBC’s hit show, has launched to superstardom in the past few years thanks to his addition to “The Office.” So why has Helms become so popular as of late...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Lotto'

October 6th, 2011 10:33pm EDT
Ellie Kemper
This episode was a little underwhelming. It did a few things, though: It developed the Darryl-Andy relationship; it brought in some potentially new blood; and it took some office workers outside the office, which is always a welcome device.

Apparently, the six workers in the warehouse, formerly under Darryl, won a $950,000 lottery. That was apparently enough money to prompt them all to quit.

Darryl is supposed to be looking for new employees, but he seems to be in a funk – romantically, workwise, you name it. Andy tries to help, but his interviewing of new employees (in a group fashion)...
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Jenna Fischer Welcomes Baby Boy

October 3rd, 2011 2:20pm EDT
Jenna Fischer
Actress Jenna Fischer has given birth to a baby boy.

The Office star and her husband Lee Kirk became first-time parents to Weston Lee on September 24th, her representative has confirmed to People.com.

The spokesperson says, "Mom and baby are doing great."

The couple wed last year.
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'The Office' Recap: 'The Incentive'

September 30th, 2011 7:37pm EDT
Brian Baumgartner
To all of us who thought Andy Bernard would not last another week as the Office boss, we have been proven wrong. Andy, in his own way, redeems himself a little bit in this week’s episode. Maybe this arrangement will actually last a while.

It all starts when Robert gives an inspirational speech about upping everyone’s numbers, after which Andy promises to double sales growth. Everyone seems keen on the idea until it comes time to do it. “What do you expect me to do, hit a magic button?” Phyllis asks. Clearly, Andy is not so inspirational.

But that doesn’t matter. When he presents the ...
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Nina Dobrev, Lea Michele & Other Stars Look Ravishing In Red On Emmy Red Carpet

September 19th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Nina Dobrev
It was a sea of red at Sunday night's Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. "Vampire Diaries" star Nina Dobrev (above), looked radiant in a strapless mermaid gown.

Other stars who opted for crimson included Kate Winslet, Kerry Washington and Connie Britton.

Which actress wore it best? Check out the photos below, and let us know in the comments!

"Glee" star Lea Michele

"Mildred Pierce" star Kate Winslet

Kerry Washington

Adrianne Palicki

"Friday Night Lights" star Connie Britton

"The Office" star Angela Kinsey

Nancy O'Dell

CHECK OUT THE WINNER'S LIST HERE!

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2011 Emmy Predictions: Bad Fashion, Cuss-Ridden Acceptance Speeches & More!

September 17th, 2011 8:00am EDT
Anna Paquin
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards take place tomorrow. ChaCha recently polled a selection of its users on the nominees fashion choices, expected wardrobe malfunctions, impromptu kisses and more.

Who is going to be fashion's biggest nightmare at the Emmy's this year?
January Jones – Mad Men (24 percent) (She just had her baby, so we don't think she'll show up this year.)
Anna Paquin – True Blood (37 percent)
Mindy Kaling – The Office (37 percent)

Who is most likely to have a wardrobe malfunction?
Christina Hendricks – Mad Men (11 percent)
Evan Rachel Wood – Mildred Pierce (57 percent) or...
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'The Office' Set Visit Up For Auction

September 16th, 2011 3:32pm EDT
The Office
The stars of The Office are auctioning off a visit to the set of the hit comedy to raise money for a children's charity.

The winning bidder and a friend will get the chance to meet the cast, including Rainn Wilson and John Krasinski, and tour behind the scenes of the Los Angeles set.

The Charity Buzz auction, which ends on September 29th, is expected to raise $5,000 for Children Mending Hearts, a foundation which offers support to at-risk kids in the U.S.
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Early 2011 Emmy Predictions: Here's Who Will Win

August 20th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
Mad Men
It may be a little early to predict the Emmy winners, but unlike the Oscars, not much changes in the Emmy Awards season once the nominations are out.

The Emmys can be very tough to predict, but we'll take our best shot. Here's who we think will go home with the gold on Sept. 18th. Do you agree?

Outstanding Drama Series
'Boardwalk Empire'
'Dexter'
'Friday Night Lights'
'Game of Thrones'
'The Good Wife'
'Mad Men'

After yet another outstanding season, it looks like 'Mad Men' may make it four in a row. Its only real competition is 'Boardwalk Empire,' which took the Golden Globe, and...
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Ricky Gervais Defends His 'Atheist Comedy' TV Show

July 22nd, 2011 1:45pm EDT
Ricky Gervais
Funnyman Ricky Gervais has defended his upcoming TV show Afterlife, insisting he is not attempting to "undermine the moral fabric of America."

The Office creator revealed earlier this week he is working on a new comedy with writer Clyde Phillips, about an atheist who dies and goes to heaven.

However, he is furious it has already been labeled an "atheist comedy" and is urging fans not to judge the show until they've seen it.

In a post on his official blog, Gervais writes, "How is a show called Afterlife, about an atheist who dies and goes to heaven, an 'Atheist Comedy'? He goes to heaven...
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Jenna Fischer Expecting A Boy

July 20th, 2011 7:58am EDT
Jenna Fischer
Pregnant actress Jenna Fischer can start buying blue baby clothes - the comedienne has revealed she is expecting a boy.

The Office star confirmed in May she is expecting her first child with husband Lee Kirk, who she married last year.

Now, Fischer has revealed the gender of the tot, who is due in September.

When TV host Jay Leno asked the star if her parents were excited about their first grandchild, she replied, "This is the second grandchild, but first grandson. This is the exclusive, Jay. When I went to my movie premiere the other day a reporter asked me if I knew what I was havin...
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'Mad Men' And 'Mildred Pierce' Lead 2011 Primetime Emmy Nominations (See List)

July 14th, 2011 10:19am EDT
Mad Men
Hit drama Mad Men looks set to dominate the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards after scoring 19 nominations, including Best Drama.

Mad Men star Jon Hamm will go up against the likes of Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Hugh Laurie (House) and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, while his co-star Elisabeth Moss will battle for the lead actress prize against Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Kathy Bates (Harry's Law).

The Outstanding Drama Series category will be a closely-fought affair - Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Dexter, Friday Night Ligh...
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And The Emmy Nominees Will Probably Be...

July 13th, 2011 6:19pm EDT
Modern Family
It’s time to predict this year’s Emmy nominees – never an easy task. Emmy voters are unpredictable; they tend to hold onto old favorites, but sometimes nominate newbies and throw in wild card nominees as well.

This was a good year for TV – particularly old favorites like ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Modern Family’ but also new fare like ‘Raising Hope’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire.’

Here are predictions for this year’s nominees in the major series categories. I likely won’t be right on the money, but if I can get four out of every six in each category, I’ll be happy. It can be a tough guessing game.

Nomina...
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Ricky Gervais Defends Dwarfism Sitcom

July 12th, 2011 8:26am EDT
Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais has defended his new sitcom centered around Warwick Davis, insisting he doesn't rely on the dwarf actor's short stature for the show's jokes.

Gervais and his writing partner Stephen Merchant recruited the Harry Potter star, who was born with dwarfism, for upcoming TV comedy Life's Too Short, about a dwarf actor running a struggling showbiz agency.

However, The Office funnyman is adamant he doesn't poke fun at Davis' disability in the series.

He tells Britain's Absolute Radio Breakfast Show, "This is nothing to do with his height. We're not getting jokes out of him being ...
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James Spader Joins Cast Of 'The Office'

July 6th, 2011 9:53pm EDT
James Spader
James Spader is heading back to TV as an executive in The Office.

The Boston Legal star had a cameo as creepy Robert California in one of the show's episodes following Steve Carell's departure from the version of the show earlier this year, and now he has a landed a regular spot on the comedy, replacing Kathy Bates.

He'll play the CEO of the parent company, which oversees the office formerly run by Carell.

Executive producer Paul Lieberstein tells TV Guide magazine, "James will reprise his role as Robert California, this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a h...
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Ricky Gervais Gets 'Spinal Tap' Guitar For His 50th Birthday

June 29th, 2011 12:29pm EDT
Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais received an extra-special gift to mark his 50th birthday - a guitar used in classic comedy This Is Spinal Tap.

The British funnyman is close pals with Christopher Guest, who played musician Nigel Tufnel in the 1984 mockumentary about a rock band, and they headed out for a meal to celebrate Gervais reaching the milestone on Saturday.

And when Guest and his wife Jamie Lee Curtis handed over a pile of gifts for The Office creator, he was stunned to unwrap a Fender guitar used by Guest in the spoof movie.

In a blog post detailing how he spent his big day, Gervais writes, "Wo...
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Jenna Fischer Was A Telephone Psychic

June 16th, 2011 11:22pm EDT
Jenna Fischer
Actress Jenna Fischer worked as a telephone psychic while she waiting for her big break in Hollywood.

The Hall Pass star was desperate for work when she first arrived in Hollywood and answered an ad in a newspaper to provide callers with psychic advice - even though she had no skills.

She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I had a couple of girls call, and they were like, 'What color shirt am I wearing right now?' And I said, 'I don't know.' And they're like, 'You're not a psychic.'

"I said, 'I have a feeling you're calling me for another reason; that one of you has a boy that you like, and ...
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Alec Baldwin & John Krasinski Fuel Yankees/Red Sox Rivalry

June 7th, 2011 10:40pm EDT
Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski. New Era Cap Company Inc.
30 Rock's Alec Baldwin and The Office star John Krasinski have teamed up for a new series of ads for New Era baseball caps, the official caps of Major League Baseball.

Baldwin, a huge Yankees fan, and Krasinski, a die-hard Red Sox fan, have brought some humor to the infamous New York/Boston rivalry in three ads, the latest featuring Krasinski spray painting the Red Sox' logo on Baldwin's dog.

The two go at it with each other in the ads, the first of which featured some serious trash-talking; and in the second things get pretty physical.

All three are hilarious, check 'em out below!

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Who Aced The 2010-11 TV Season? (Hint: It's Not NBC)

June 4th, 2011 3:30pm EDT
The Voice
The 2010-2011 TV season is officially over. The ratings are in. If there is one surprise, it’s that last year’s top five shows were all up in viewers this year. With hefty viewer erosion in recent years, that’s nothing short of a miracle.

Most other veteran shows, however, saw a drop-off in viewers. There are some exceptions, however, such as ‘Modern Family,’ which saw very healthy ratings in its second year, particularly in the 18-49 demo.

The stats didn’t change much from last year. CBS won the season in total viewers with 11.6 million. It’s the eighth time in nine years the netwo...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Search Committee'

May 21st, 2011 6:32pm EDT
Darryl
Well, there you have it. The new boss on ‘The Office’ is…. Just kidding. No idea.

I didn’t expect we’d find out, and I guess I was right. Still, it can be a little maddening to have such a hyped finale with no payoff. Although, the guest stars sure were interesting.

After Dwight’s disastrous stint as acting manager, and Creed’s delusional antics, it’s clear to Jo a search committee must be formed to find the right boss. More on that in a minute.

But first, Creed. Oh man, does he live up to his title of Creepy Old Man. He has an imaginary valet, calls meetings to an empty room with ...
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Top Ten TV Goodbyes: Who Makes The List?

May 20th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
The Office Goodbye Michael
With Steve Carell leaving ‘The Office’ last month, it’s time to reflect on big goodbye episodes. I thought ‘The Office’ pulled off his departure well, although I’m not sure how I feel about the future of the show.

Here’s my top ten list of other shows that have successfully sent a character off in style. The rules: it is a true “goodbye” episode with a major character or star departing. If it happens off-screen, it doesn’t count. So that’s why I’m not including some obvious departures, such as Rhoda Morgenstern, Frank Burns, Coach Pantusso, etc.

Here they are. Do you agree?

10. T.R....
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NBC Announces New Fall TV Shows, 2011-12 Schedule

May 16th, 2011 11:30am EDT
The PlayBoy Club
NBC just introduced its 2011-12 primetime schedule, showcasing six new dramas and six new comedies from a roster of renowned hitmakers that includes Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, Tom Werner, John Grisham and Peter Berg, among many others.

The season's new dramas are "Smash," "Prime Suspect," "The Playboy Club," "Awake," "Grimm" and "The Firm"; and the new comedies are "Up All Night," "Whitney," "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," "Free Agents," "Best Friends Forever" and "Bent."

Returning shows include "Parenthood," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Harry's La...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Dwight K. Schrute, Acting Manager'

May 15th, 2011 12:09pm EDT
The Office
We’re one step closer to finding out who the real manager is going to be on ‘The Office.’ But we’ve still got no clue who that’s going to be. After this episode, we know it’s not Dwight. And we can reasonably assume it’s not Creed.

With Deangelo in a coma, Jo is in a bind. She needs to find an acting manager for the office, even though, as Jim puts it, no one seems to really need a supervisor. He doesn’t want to mess with that, so he turns down her offer. Seconds later, Dwight’s phone rings, and he’s got the job. In a moment of horror, Pam asks her husband, “What have you done?”

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What To Watch: Viewers Finally Learn Which ‘Glee’ Cast Member They Will Say Goodbye To Forever (May 15-21, 2011)

May 15th, 2011 11:15am EDT
The number one thing you need to watch this week is “Glee” because after months of speculation, viewers will finally find out which cast member they will say goodbye to forever. That’s right; in case you haven’t heard, one of McKinley High’s own will face an unexpected loss. Cast and crew have been tight-lipped about who is dying, but viewer guesses include Sue’s sister, Puck and Quinn’s daughter, or Kurt’s dad. Of course, this doesn’t mean it couldn’t be one of the regular cast members; ugh, I cringed at the thought!

‘Amazing Race; Unfinished Business’ wraps up with $1 million winner, ent...
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'Office' Star Jenna Fischer Is Pregnant

May 14th, 2011 7:10am EDT
Jenna Fischer
Jenna Fischer already has practice playing pregnant -- now she's ready for the real thing!

A rep for the "Office" star, whose character Pam gave birth last year, tells Us Weekly she and her screenwriter hubby of nearly a year Lee Kirk are expecting their first child together.

The actress bared her bump during a trip to L.A.'s Red O Restaurant Wednesday.

Fischer admitted to Redbook earlier this year that becoming an aunt increased her desire to start a family.

"I already wanted kids, but even more so now," she told the mag. "When Cecelia was 3 weeks old, [my Office character] Pam was ...
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