Saturday, June 25, 2011

"The Office" gets its new boss

First things first, the rather intense photo above is of John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe in James McTeigue's (let's go with "V for Vendetta" rather than "Ninja Assassin") thriller "The Raven," set to come out March 9. In the flick, Poe joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis for a string of brutal murders. Should be pretty darn fun, and it seems like forever since I've seen Cusack in anything.

It would certainly be better if that were actually filmed in the great city of Baltimore rather than in Serbia, but oh well. Moving on, there certainly are more important and sometimes indeed more disappointing things in life than TV, but there really wasn't anything more disappointing in last season's finales than the dud that was delivered by "The Office."

With each potentially very funny guest star getting at most two minutes to work with almost universally blah material, it was much more like a pilot looking for its funny rather than a well-established show making an essential transition. Now, however, it seems they've at least picked the guest who made the most of his time, James Spader's Robert California, to be the new boss.

The thrall he has over Jim, Dwight and others should make for a big dose of fun on a show that's sorely in need of it, but Spader's character apparently has bigger plans than taking over Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch. According to Entertainment Weekly, he'll soon move on up to replace Kathy Bates as CEO of parent company Sabre, leaving another void to fill.

And, according to EW, the favorite to replace him then would be my favorite candidate going into the finale, "Doctor Who" vet Catherine Tate (who also appeared in the charming little British romantic comedy "Starter for 10" - rent that one if you can find it.) Combined, these two developments should bring some new life back into a show which, in my opinion, has fallen to the bottom of NBC's Thursday night comedy lineup, with them being, in my order, "Parks and Recreation," "Community," "30 Rock" and then "The Office."

For a taste of what Spader could bring to "The Office," here, courtesy of Hulu, is the first half of last season's finale with, unfortunately, way too many commercials. Enjoy, and then stick around for word about a fun new project for "Office" funnyman Ed Helms.

"The Office" star Ed Helms has the distinction of starring in one of my favorite comedies of the year in "Cedar Rapids," but also easily the worst I've seen, "The Hangover Part II." and now comes word of a new pitch that could be a lot of fun.

The project pitched by writer-director Rob Pearlstein will be titled "True North," and it's set to star Helms as a high-powered, workaholic talk show host and father who slips into a two-year coma after suffering through a horrific plane crash. Upon emerging from the coma, the once-debonair man finds that he has undergone reconstructive facial surgery and looks nothing like his former self. He then must track down his family and reconnect with his former life.

Sounds like pretty deep stuff for a comedy, so stay tuned for more on this whenever I can find it.

And to close, bringing things back to TV, "True Blood" returns to HBO this Sunday, and for the premiere episode it will be bringing along a fairly groovy new tune by Neko Case and Nick Cave. Actually, it's just a cover of the Zombies' "She's Not There," but it still sounds great. Enjoy this audio-only clip, and if you like to laugh, go see Jake Kasdan's "Bad Teacher," which for raunchy fun is a whole lot better than most critics make it out to be. Peace out.


jeremy said...

Remember in "Party Down" when they're bagging the Edgar Allen Poe script? That's the one they're bagging.

Reel Fanatic said...

Ha ... I would miss that show so much if it weren't streaming on Netflix .. Since it is, I watch both season about twice a year now, and still laugh out loud each time

5plitreel said...

Everything mentioned in this post might be the best thing ever. When you write about Cusack, Cave and Spader in the same post you know it's all good.

Anonymous said...

I know this web page gives quality dependent articles and additional information,
is there any other web page which gives these kinds of stuff in quality?

My web page ...

Anonymous said...

Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
The words in your content seem to be running off the screen in Internet
explorer. I'm not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I figured I'd post to let you know.
The layout look great though! Hope you get the problem solved soon.


Also visit my web blog ... what to pack for vacation checklist

Anonymous said...

For newest information you have to go to see internet and on world-wide-web I found this web page as a most excellent site for most up-to-date

My blog post: workouts to improve vertical jump

Anonymous said...

Hi, i think that i saw you visited my blog thus i
came to “return the favor”.I'm attempting to find things to enhance my website!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

My weblog; exercises for vertical

Anonymous said...

Unquestionably believe that which you stated. Your favorite reason
appeared to be on the net the simplest thing to be aware
of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while people think about worries that they just
do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without
having side effect , people could take a signal. Will likely be
back to get more. Thanks

Feel free to surf to my weblog ... exercises to improve vertical leap

Anonymous said...

These are truly fantastic ideas in on the topic of blogging.
You have touched some pleasant things here. Any way keep up wrinting.

My weblog vertical leap workouts

Anonymous said...

Excellent article. Keep writing such kind of info on your blog.
Im really impressed by your site.
Hi there, You have done an incredible job. I'll definitely digg it and in my opinion recommend to my friends. I'm
confident they will be benefited from this web site.

Feel free to visit my web-site: exercises to improve vertical

Anonymous said...

I'm impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I encounter a blog that's
equally educative and interesting, and without a doubt,
you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is
something that too few people are speaking intelligently about.

I am very happy that I came across this during my search for something
regarding this.

my blog; exercises to improve vertical leap

Anonymous said...

I truly love your site.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you make this site yourself?
Please reply back as I'm hoping to create my own website and want to find out where you got this from or just what the theme is named. Appreciate it!

my webpage ... exercises to jump higher exercises to improve vertical exercises to improve vertical jump exercises to improve vertical leap exercises to increase vertical exercises to increase vertical jump exercises to increase vertical leap exercises for vertical exercises for vertical jump exercises for vertical leap workouts to jump higher workouts to improve vertical workouts to improve vertical jump workouts to improve vertical leap workouts to increase vertical workouts to increase vertical jump workouts to increase vertical leap workouts for vertical workouts for vertical jump workouts for vertical leap vertical jump exercises vertical leap exercises vertical jump workouts vertical leap workouts

Anonymous said...

Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this
article and the rest of the site is very good.

My blog post: exercises to jump higher

Anonymous said...

Hi there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and
found that it's truly informative. I am going to watch out for brussels. I'll
appreciate if you continue this in future. Numerous people will be benefited from
your writing. Cheers!

Feel free to surf to my webpage - european vacation audrey actress

Anonymous said...

It's enormous that you are getting ideas from this paragraph as well as from our dialogue made at this place.

Also visit my website ::

Anonymous said...

I am not sure where you are getting your info, but great topic.
I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.
Thanks for great information I was looking
for this information for my mission.

Also visit my web-site ::

Anonymous said...

Hi to all, it's truly a nice for me to pay a quick visit this web site, it contains valuable Information.

Also visit my page: Exercises for Vertical leap

Anonymous said...

Great info. Lucky me I recently found your site by chance
(stumbleupon). I've bookmarked it for later!

My blog - how to jump higher