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See Who Almost Got Cast in The Office

Including Seth Rogen, who tried out for role of Dwight

(Newser) - It's hard to imagine anyone but Steve Carell running The Office as Michael Scott, but the show's producers have released a teaser video of some of the big names that auditioned for that and other roles in 2003. Maybe the biggest surprise is none other than Seth Rogen—... More »

We'll Miss You, Dunder Mifflin

'The Office' closes tonight after 9 seasons

(Newser) - The Office signs off tonight after nine seasons and 201 episodes. A sample of the farewell tributes in advance (no spoilers in the mix):
  • "It is not quite the same show as the one that debuted in March 2005, but it has continued to be a show I watch,
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Beyond the Small Screen, Dunder Mifflin a Big Hit

TV show-inspired paper actually selling

(Newser) - Super-salesman Dwight Schrute can only claim partial credit for this sale: A year after Quill.com started hawking Dunder Mifflin-branded copy paper, the stuff is really selling. In fact, the paper, named for the fictional company that Dwight, Jim, Pam, and the gang all work for in Scranton, is now... More »

Upcoming Season Is Finale for The Office

NBC closing up show after nine seasons

(Newser) - It's almost time to say goodbye to the gang at Dunder Mifflin. The ninth season of The Office, which gets under way next month, will be the last, reports Entertainment Weekly . "All questions will be answered this year," says Greg Daniels, who served as the show's... More »

Coming Soon: Real Dunder Mifflin Paper

The Office firm to put 'quabity first' in Staples deal

(Newser) - Fans of the Office will soon be able to buy paper made by their favorite company—though instead of purchasing it from Dwight Schrute, they’ll have to get their reams through Staples. The office-supply giant’s Quill.com has reached a licensing deal with NBCUniversal to sell Dunder Mifflin... More »

Spader Debuts as Office CEO

Critics, viewers react to season premiere

(Newser) - James Spader was back in The Office’s season premiere last night, as Dunder Mifflin’s new—and slightly creepy—CEO, Robert California. So how did he—and the show—do?
  • “That was encouraging,” declares James Poniewozik in Time . “I am not nearly ready, after one episode,
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The Office Is Funny Because It's Real

Ricky Gervais reflects 10 years after show's debut

(Newser) - It's been 10 years since his signature show debuted in Britain, and Ricky Gervais takes a moment to reflect on what made The Office, well, The Office. It was all about real people and the “dysfunctional” families we all have, Gervais writes in the Wall Street Journal . “... More »

Spader Hired at The Office

But he'll replace Kathy Bates, not Steve Carell

(Newser) - As rumored , James Spader has joined the Office cast as a replacement for Kathy Bates' character, the CEO of Dunder Mifflin's parent company. Spader, who first appeared in the season finale as an applicant for Michael Scott's manager position, "will reprise his role as Robert California,... More »

James Spader in Talks to Join The Office

...but not for the position you think

(Newser) - He may not end up with the job he interviewed for, but that doesn't mean he won't be working at Dunder-Mifflin. James Spader—whose character, Robert California, appeared in the season finale of The Office as a potential replacement for Steve Carell's Michael Scott—is in talks... More »

Warren Buffett Heading to The Office

Billionaire joins a number of other season finale guest stars

(Newser) - Another high-profile guest star for The Office season finale: Warren Buffett. The billionaire will play someone interviewing for the job formerly held by Steve Carell's character, Michael Scott, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Click for a sampling of the other VIPs who will make an appearance on the episode... More »

Scientists Create 'That's What She Said' Algorithm

Millions of sentences analyzed for 'sexiness' potential

(Newser) - For fans of The Office, Michael Scott's leaving was a hard but enjoyable climax—and that's what she said, of course. And for fans of the "that's what she said" joke, two scientists at the University of Washington have created a computer program for identifying the... More »

Steve Carell Says Goodbye to The Office

Michael Scott clocks out of Dunder Mifflin

(Newser) - "The world's best boss" has walked out of Dunder Mifflin for the last time. Steve Carell's inept Office character Michael Scott said farewell in a sentimental, hour-long episode of the sitcom, reports Reuters . Carell, who played Scott for seven seasons, is leaving the show to focus on... More »

Without Steve Carell, There Is No Office

Why NBC should pull the plug

(Newser) - Sure, sure, The Office is still funny, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious that it’s running out of steam, and should just close up shop when Steve Carell departs. “You can sense a weariness and desperation setting in,” writes Matt Zoller Seitz on Salon . “Are we... More »

Will Ferrell Heads to The Office

Guest arc to smooth over post-Carell period

(Newser) - It's hard to imagine The Office without Steve Carell , but the show is hiring a major talent (at least temporarily) to distract viewers from the departure of its iconic boss: Will Ferrell. Ferrell is to play another Dunder Mifflin/Sabre manager who gets involved with the office after Carell's character leaves—... More »

I Quit: Five Great Job-Ending TV Moments

(Newser) - Most people love a good job-departure story, and while the news provided at least two of those this week ( here and here , even if the eraser board girl was a hoax), TV has a history of great quitting/firing moments. Cinemablend pulls together five favorites; click here to see all... More »

5 Picks to Be New Boss at The Office

How about Ricky Gervais to replace Steve Carell?

(Newser) - The Office without Steve Carell as boss might be unthinkable, but think we must. Who could possibly replace him? The Week rounds up five possibilities:
  • Ricky Gervais: He's the boss from the original British version, and he's "inherently meaner" as an actor, which could be fun, writes Christopher Rosen
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Amy Ryan Returning to The Office

Could this mean a love reunion for Michael Scott, aka Steve Carell?

(Newser) - Could this mean happily-ever-after for Michael Scott? With Steve Carell leaving The Office after next season, his character's soulmate—Holly, played by Amy Ryan—is returning to the show and "will be playing a sizable role" throughout the season, reports Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly . “We set her... More »

Steve Carell Is an Idiot

Is it possible he's really this clueless?

(Newser) - For some reason, despite the fact that he’s the lead character and best-known actor on the show, Steve Carell is just shocked that anyone would be upset that he's leaving The Office . “I'm surprised by it, frankly,” he tells the Los Angeles Times of the uproar surrounding... More »

Steve Carell: Yes, I'm Leaving The Office

Sitcom star will depart after upcoming season

(Newser) - Ending weeks of speculation , Steve Carell has confirmed that he'll leave The Office when his contract expires at the end of the 2010-2011 season. "I just think it's time," the sitcom star tells E! "When I first signed on I had a contract for seven seasons, and... More »

Carell 'Probably' Leaving Office

Contract is up—is he bluffing or for real?

(Newser) - Who would run The Office without Michael Scott around? We may find out after next season: Steve Carell recently told BBC Radio that his contract expires at that point, and “that will probably be my last year.” Darren Franich points out this could just be the starting point... More »

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