“The Office,” has been the flagship Thursday night comedy staple for NBC since 2005. An adaptation of the heralded British Show from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the Greg Daniels led “American” office started as a mirror of its counterpart. It wasn’t until the show started to deviate from the source material that it really found its legs. The incredible chemistry of its talented cast paved way for successful careers for all of its stars, especially for Steve Carrell, who starred as Michael Scott, the awkward leader of the office.
The first picture from Steve Carrell and Tina Fey’s new movie, “Date Night,” has been released. The story is about a long-married couple who try to revive their relationship by going out on dates together as different people. Sounds like a good idea, well, that is, until they run into a case of mobsters and there’s a some mistaken identity hi-jinks. The movie is directed by Shawn Levy, who directed the first Steve Martin “Pink Panther” movie as well as both “Night at the Museums.” Hopefully this will be funnier than those movies. The movie will be released next April.
Details are slowly emerging of a new “Office” spinoff on NBC. Aziz Ansari of MTV’s sketch comedy ‘Human Giant’ has been cast in a currently unknown role.
Producers aren’t saying much other then Ansari will be part of a larger ensemble cast. Apparently the show is going to be a “planted spinoff,” in which characters are introduced on “The Office” before moving on to the new series.
Though there are a lot of folks who hate the American Office, this news may not be received too happily. But, its been a long time since a decent half-hour comedy has had my attention as much as the Office, so I’ll be happy to give anything these guys do a close look.
Some naysayers on our site may disagree with me (thats why you come here, our varying opinions), but I love the American Office. I love the cast, I love the characters, I love the writing. The writers strike was a difficult time for me. I spent the entire summer waiting for the Office to come back. Excited at the thought of longer episodes, and a longer episode order from NBC, only to have the rug pulled out from under me. Well, ‘The Office,’ is back, and was the wait worth it?
I say yes.
Tonights episode opened in the Office, the teaser had the gang doing a last minute overtime job from corporate, only to find out it was Michael’s ploy to get Jim and Pam over for a dinner party hosted by Jan and himself. Hilarity and awkwardness ensued, clearly, Jan isn’t the best mate for Michael. Did I want more Creed and Stanley? Of course I did. Did this episode leave me satisfied? Yes.
‘The Office’ returned with a bang, but the reminder that there are only three more episodes left in Season 4, leaves me with a tinge of sadness.
Catch the remaining three episodes of the office on NBC, Thursday nights (check your local listings).