Global Showbiz Briefs: Czech Republic Contracts ‘The Office’; ‘Ugly Betty’ In The Middle East; ‘Grace Of Monaco’ French Release Shifted

officeThe Czech Republic is about to go inside The Office. BBC Worldwide has signed a local production deal with broadcaster Czech Television for a local version of the show that will be produced in-house for channel CT1. … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: PBS Giving U.S. Peek At ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4; Last Of ‘The Office’ Coming To Comedy Central UK; More

By | Friday October 11, 2013 @ 10:00pm PDT

PBS To Air ‘Downton Abbey’ Recap/Preview Special Ahead Of Season 4
In an effort to appease anxious U.S. viewers, PBS is planning a behind-the-scenes special sneak peek at Downton Abbey‘s upcoming Season 4. The period drama is pulling record ratings on the UK’s ITV but doesn’t bow Stateside until January 5. So, on December 1, PBS will air Return To Downton Abbey, a recap of previous seasons and a look at the upcoming trials and tribulations of the Crawley clan. Susan Sarandon will host the special that’s set around three themes: The Changing World of Downton Abbey, The Women of Downton Abbey and Love and Other Relationships at Downton Abbey. Cast members interviewed include Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Shirley MacLaine, Sophie McShera and Laura Carmichael. Creator Julian Fellowes and exec producers Gareth Neame and Rebecca Eaton also take part.

Final Seasons Of U.S. ‘The Office’ Coming To Comedy Central UK
Comedy Central UK is bringing the final two seasons of the U.S. version of The Office to Britain. Under a deal with NBCU International TV Distribution, Seasons 8 and 9 will air on Comedy Central starting this month. The series, based on Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s original UK version, has been a staple of Comedy Central UK’s schedule and a strong performer. Read More »

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Ricky Gervais’ David Brent Teaches You How To Play Guitar — And Live For The Weekend

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 9:58pm PDT

With the U.S. version of The Office just wrapped, fans of the original Brit hit can reminisce about their lovable-loser boss courtesy of Ricky Gervais. The man who co-created the series is perpetuating the goofball inspiration for Steve Carell’s Michael Scott in a series of videos called “Learn … Read More »

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TCA: ‘The Blacklist’ Star James Spader Says He Took ‘The Office’ Gig To Finance ‘Lincoln’ Role

By | Saturday July 27, 2013 @ 4:08pm PDT

The Blacklist is NBC’s best hope for the coming TV season. It’s a procedural crime drama; it stars James Spader. Heck, it’s a total CBS show. And it has been … Read More »

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EMMYS: Departed Series ‘30 Rock,’ ‘The Office,’ ‘Enlightened’ & ‘Political Animals’ Get One Last Shot At Emmy Glory

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 12:11pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It is always a bittersweet moment for cancelled series that get a final round of Emmy nominations after their final episode has aired. It was a good morning today for two long-running, award-winning NBC series, 30 Read More »

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EMMYS: Comedy Farewells

By | Monday June 17, 2013 @ 9:59pm PDT

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor.

A pair of long-running NBC comedies — 30 Rock and The Office — will be attempting a rare feat this year: They’ll be trying to win … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘American Idol’ Hits All-Time Finale Low, ‘The Office’ Series Finale Up, ‘Scandal’ Finale Surges

By | Friday May 17, 2013 @ 9:34am PDT

UPDATE, 9:34 AM: Final American Idol finale numbers are in from Nielsen. While the show remains at an all-time low, it did see an expected adjustment upward. The 8-10:07 PM Idol garnered a 3.6 rating with 14.3 million viewers, which is down 44% in ratings from Season 11′s finale and down 33% in viewership. The show was up 24% from its May 8 episode.

PREVIOUSLY, 8:19 AM: Thursday saw a flurry of finales including American Idol (3.4/11) ending its 12th season with an all-time finale low and The Office closing its doors for good. Declaring a winner from the final two female contestants, the more than two-hour live Idol was down 47% in preliminary ratings from the 6.4/18 final numbers of Season 11’s finale on May 23, 2012. It’s the first Idol finale to have less than 20 million viewers. The show, which went nearly eight minutes over the hour and will likely be adjusted up in the final numbers, pulled in 13.61 million viewers from 8-10:07 PM last night. That’s nearly 8 million viewers less than the 21.5 million who watched last year’s season finale. For the first time ever, the Idol finale wasn’t even the highest-rated show of the night — the Season 6 finale of The Big Bang Theory (4.4/16) topped Thursday. Facing off in the 8-8:30 slot, Idol garnered a 2.8 in adults 18-49 against the CBS geek sitcom. Idol was also way down from the 6.0/16 rating and 17.93 million viewers of the Season 12 premiere on January 16. Thursday’s finale was up 28% in adults 18-49 over last week’s show and saw a bounce from the 11.6 million viewers who watched May 9. With 13.608 millon watching, Fox won Thursday in total viewers and adults 18-49. (See complete list of American Idol finale viewership and ratings numbers below)

Related: Anyone Care Who Won ‘American Idol’? Read More »

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SPOILER ALERT! NBC’s ‘The Office’ Finale

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 9:48pm PDT

Diane Haithman is a contributor to Deadline.

The Office FinaleSPOILER ALERT! UPDATE: Steve Carell reprised his role as former Dunder Mifflin manager Michael Scott after all — appearing about 45 minutes into The Office finale to be Dwight’s “bestest mensch” (read: best man) at his wedding to Angela. After Michael unexpectedly appears, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) says: “Michael, I can’t believe you came.” His former boss replies: “That’s what she said.” Later in the episode, he tells the documentary crew: “I feel like my kids all grew up and married each other — it’s every parent’s dream.” Carell earned six Emmy noms for the role but never won. He left the series after its seventh season.

PREVIOUSLY: No, Michael Scott is not going to turn up at Dunder Mifflin on Thursday. Really. Ken Kwapis swears to Deadline [and lied to us, the asswipe - NF] that longtime star Steve Carell does not appear in this week’s series finale of The Office. “I sure wish Steve had done a cameo. It would’ve been a wonderful touch,” said Kwapis, who also directed the pilot episode of the midseason-replacement comedy that aired in March 2005. “Sadly, he didn’t.” So why did NBC choose to sneak a peek of Carell into its finale promo after last week’s episode? A spokeswoman said the network would maintain its “no comment” stance but noted the footage of the erstwhile Office manager could be a clip from an old episode. Read More »

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NBC Extends ‘The Office’ Series Finale

By | Tuesday May 7, 2013 @ 11:38am PDT

Fans of The Office will have a bit longer to say goodbye. NBC is extending the length of the final episode by 15 minutes. It will air from 9-10:15 PM on Thursday, May 16. Drama Hannibal will … Read More »

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‘The Office’ Confirms Finale Guest Stars

By | Thursday April 25, 2013 @ 12:22pm PDT

Steve Carell said he wouldn’t return to The Office for the series finale, and now we know for sure he won’t. NBC today revealed the guest stars and a bit about the storyline for May 16′s one-hour series ender. … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hannibal’ Premieres OK, ‘Idol’ Even, ‘Wife Swap’ Down, ‘Elementary’, ‘The Office’, ‘Community’ & ‘Person Of Interest’ Hit Lows

By | Friday April 5, 2013 @ 9:08am PDT

It was another night of all originals for the Big Four on Thursday — and no NCAA Tournament on CBS for the first time in two weeks. It was also the debut of NBC’s new Hannibal (1.6/4) at 10 PM. A prequel of sorts to Silence Of The Lambs, showrunner Bryan Fuller’s scrumptious-looking drama featuring serial killer-to-be Dr. Hannibal Lecter had some bite. Up seven tenths from the dismal debut ratings of NBC’s quickly cancelled Do No Harm in the slot back in February, the show scored the network’s top entertainment programming rating in the 10 PM slot since March 15, 2012. However, Hannibal was down 20% from the midseason debut of Awake in the same time period on March 1, 2012. Overall, Hannibal was up 60% in the slot versus NBC’s season average, excluding news and sports. And the show built on its weak Go On lead-in by 45%. Read More »

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R.I.P. TV Writer Lester Lewis

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 5:06pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Comedy TV writer Lester Lewis, who worked on The Office, died last night. He was 46. Lester most recently wrote and executive produced a “shortcom” project for Fox starring Michael Kosta, which the two co-created. … Read More »

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‘The Bizzaro Office’: The Actors Who Almost Made It To ‘The Office’ Cast

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 8:07am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Probably feeling nostalgic with The Office wrapping production on its final season over the weekend, star Rainn Wilson yesterday posted a copy of the sign-in log for his Office audition almost 10 years ago, which provided a glimpse into who else tested for lead roles on the Emmy-winning … Read More »

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Ricky Gervais To Revive ‘The Office’s David Brent For Charity Telethon

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 2:20am PST

Ricky Gervais is dusting off his David Brent persona in support of Comic Relief. The character, created by Gervais and Stephen Merchant for their original UK version of The Office, hasn’t been seen in ten years … Read More »

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‘The Office’ Series Finale Set For May 16

By | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 9:28am PST
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has set a date for the series finale of The Office. The 200th and final episode of the Emmy-winning comedy will air May 16. It will be an hourlong closing episode from 9-10 PM that … Read More »

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Super Bowl Sneak (Sort Of): Dunder Mifflin Paper From ‘The Office’ Gets Ad Campaign

By | Friday February 1, 2013 @ 11:35am PST

Quill.com is a real-life office-products provider that partnered with NBCUniversal‘s consumer products unit in 2011 to offer paper branded Dunder Mifflin — the fictional Scranton, PA-based paper-supply company at the center of NBC’s The Office. It turns out the initiative has been a major success, and now … Read More »

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Steve Carell Explains Why He’s Not Returning To ‘The Office’

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 10:45am PST

The Office exec producer Greg Daniels announced at TCA last week that Steve Carell would not make a re-appearance in the show’s last season or the final episode and Carell explained why in a recent interview … Read More »

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‘The Office’ Staff On How The NBC Series Will End: TCA

By | Wednesday January 16, 2013 @ 4:54pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

It’s official. Greg Daniels, executive producer and showrunner of The Office, said at today’s TCA that Steve Carell would not make a re-appearance in the last season or the final episode of the show’s nine-season run. Daniels said that Carell “was very much of the opinion that the ‘Goodbye Michael’ episode and story arc leading up to it was the goodbye to the fans and the show”. This final season, the producer said, “is the goodbye that the rest of the show gets to have.”

Daniels said viewers should not expect every detail of 9 seasons to be wrapped up in the final episode, which does not yet have a completed script and is still at the table-read stage. He said next week’s episode is “the beginning of the end” of the 24-episode season. Daniels would not reveal any plot spoilers but said that one character is fired in Episode 15.

He added that the finale will be one hour and some series regulars and guest stars may return, including Mindy Kaling. Read More »

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Steve Carell Unlikely To Return For ‘The Office’ Finale: TCA

By | Sunday January 6, 2013 @ 12:12pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

When he announced in August that the current ninth season of The Office will be the series’ last, developer/executive producer Greg Daniels was hopeful that the final season and especially the series finale would feature original … Read More »

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