It’s been some time since we’ve checked in on The Office’s Jim and Pam, let alone those sweet early days of getting drunk at Chili’s. Thankfully, one national nightmare has finally come to a close, as a bit of fun from star Jenna Fischer finally got the chain restaurant to drop its longtime ban against Pam. Sleep easy, America!
The American version of The Office lasted for nine seasons and 200 episodes, but it never really topped the original U.K. show, co-created by and starring Ricky Gervais as David Brent, the weaselly middle manager of the Slough branch of the Wernham Hogg Paper Company. Though Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s Office only stuck around for two seasons and a two-part finale on the BBC, its impact was enormous. Beyond inspiring the American show (and many other international adaptations) it helped popularize the mockumentary style of TV comedy.
The American port of The Office may have long-since passed us by (man, remember when Steve Carell did comedy?), but the UK version lives on in its leading man David Brent, once again brought to life by Ricky Gervais. See for yourself in the first Life on the Road trailer, returning the ex-Wernham-Hogg manager for a music career.
NBC’s The Office borrowed plenty from its British predecessor did you know the writers revamped the series in Season 2 to make it more optimistic? Or that everyone from Paul Giamatti to Patton Oswalt had a shot at Dunder Mifflin? Grab a beet and stock up on paper, as the 35th episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?’ mugs for the camera with some collated facts from The Office.
Well hello there, TV super-fan! Did you know that Breaking Bad breakout Jesse Pinkman was almost killed off in Season 1? How about that Joss Whedon hated the original Buffy theme song, or Curb Your Enthusiasm served as a murder alibi? Can you imagine LOST starring Michael Keaton? Why yes, we do have more where that came from!
Since few guest hosts do ‘SNL’ unless they have something new and/or exciting to promote, it was inevitable that the show would do something tied into ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ when Martin Freeman joined the cast for a week. However, the end result was unexpected, endearing, and probably only meant to be fully appreciated by a small portion of the viewing audience: they sent ‘The Office’ to Middle-Earth.
Last year, the Ohio State University Band gave football fans one hell of a movie tribute, marching along to formations of everything from 'Superman' to 'Jurassic Park,' so what was the one way to top it? TV! See what "the best damn band in the land" came up with for everything from 'Game of Thrones' to 'Dragnet,' with the full TVLand TV tribute!
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.