You might have heard that 'Community' season 5 will take a minor break for the next few weeks to accommodate those increasingly hilarious Sochi Olympics, but the cult NBC comedy has big plans for its return. 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' villain and 'Office' vet B.J. Novak will join the Greendale Gang for the final installments of the season, but what does his mysterious role reveal about the two-part finale?
Unexpected, but okay! We were a bit disappointed to learn that 'The Office' star Rainn Wilson wouldn't return to TV as soon as we'd hoped, given that CBS declined to pick up the comic actor's buzzworthy police procedural 'Backstrom,' but it seems FOX has taken a big shot on Wilson with a full series order for the discarded drama.
Finally! We'd all-but given up hope that 'The Office' vet and 'Hot Tub Time Machine' franchise star Craig Robinson would land back on NBC for his eagerly-anticipated new sitcom, especially after NBC left the series off the most recent development slate, but it seems 'Mr. Robinson' will finally move forward with a series order, and a few new tweaks.
We'd wondered when 'Parks and Recreation' or 'The Office' alum might start showing up on Mike Schur and Dan Goor's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' and it seems we have an answer. Following the shelving of his own NBC vehicle, 'Office' alum and 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' star Craig Robinson has been tapped to appear in FOX's fall success story 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' but who will he play?
We all appreciated, even loved, NBC's version of 'The Office,' the show that launched Steve Carell's career and a million "that's what she said" quips. But for some, there was never any replacing the original 'Office' or Ricky Gervais' David Brent, a character for whom saying the worst thing at the worst time was as natural as breathing. A lot of us miss Brent and would like to see him return ... and we might get a chance to on the big screen!
Recent casting announcements for 'New Girl' season 3 haven't proved as exciting as when former 'Happy Endings' star Damon Wayans Jr. was announced to return to his pilot role as "Coach," but the bevy of new stars joining the quirky FOX comedy merits mention. Not only will 'Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23' star Dreama Walker pop up as a B in her own right, but so too will 'The Office' star Angela Kinsey, and previous guest star Eva Amurri.
NBC's 'The Office' may have closed its doors for good (at least in America), but that hasn't stopped us from envisioning what the beloved NBC comedy might have been like on a different path. Among some of the early auditions from the series we've heard about, new footage of such comedy icons as Seth Rogen, Kathryn Hahn and even 'Breaking Bad' star Bob Odenkirk trying out for the show have emerged, painting a very different portrait of Dunder-Mifflin life.
If 'How I Met Your Mother' plans to follow through on its intent of setting most of the ninth and final season and Barney and Robin's wedding weekend, you'd better believe the guest list will be star-studded. The latest to join the 'HIMYM' gang's final season is none other than former 'The Office' darling Ellie Kemper, but who's head will she be turning?
'The Office' is closed. After the tearful series finale, we no longer have the adventures of Jim, Pam, Dwight and the gang to look forward to every week. And as we watched the 'Office' finale, we couldn't help but remark how different all the characters were after the past nine years.
Normally, when we do a Then & Now feature, we match up the character with the actor but with 'The Office' we have the ability to look at the characters from Season 1 and see them now, at the very end of Season 9. See how far 'The Office' characters came below.
Tonight offered the finale of 'The Office,' and at this moment -- considering most people complained that the show should have ended a couple years ago -- it's worth pointing out that most great network shows overstay their welcome. It's easy to pine over one-season wonders like 'Freaks and Geeks' and 'Firefly,' but part of what makes them great is they never had the chance to get bad. Whereas there are definitely bad episodes (and sometimes seasons) of all-timers like 'Seinfeld' and 'The Simpsons.'
The last couple seasons of 'The Office' may have tarnished its reputation, but it was once one of the best sitcoms on television. The finale reminds us why.