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My Favorite Scene: The Office Season One (2005 – NBC) “The Alliance”

The Office was a phenomenon, first in the UK, and then again in the US, because it tapped into the modern workplace’s almost Orwellian kindergarten atmosphere and just blew it up into an absurdity to which everyone could relate.  The first season of the show was a six-episode experiment, and it wasn’t really until season two that it firmly found its legs and took off as one of the decade’s best sitcoms.  One of the elements that was established right from the pilot, and remained my favorite part of The Office, was Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) torturing Dwight (Rainn Wilson).

Encasing Dwight’s office supplies in Jell-O in the pilot was good, but the brilliance of the prank war Jim and Pam would wage on Dwight’s paranoia first took off in the series fourth episode: “The Alliance”.  When rumors of downsizing hit the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Dwight approaches Jim to form “an alliance”.  Jim has no idea what this means, but immediately seizes on it as possibly the greatest gift anyone could have ever given him.  It’s not as good as when Jim arranges for Dwight to receive daily cryptic faxes from his future self, but without the alliance, there could be no “Future Dwight”.Rainn Wilson and John Krasinski in The Office Season 1

Martin Freeman’s 10 Best Movies

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Martin Freeman looks like an accountant more than he does a major star, but Freeman’s star has catapulted from the early days of the BBC’s version of The Office to roles in the biggest films Hollywood has to offer.  Freeman has always bounced back and forth between television and films.  He redefined Dr. Watson for a new generation in Sherlock, starred in a better Fargo than the film, and began The Office revolution.  He’s also traversed Middle-Earth, traveled the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and starred in a trilogy of Edgar Wright’s most bizarre comedies.  He has astounding range for someone who looks like a midwestern insurance salesman (he just changed careers from accountancy), and while is terrifically funny, can be menacing, charming, or heart-breaking in turns.  Anything that has Martin Freeman in it is instantly worth watching, because if it’s good, he’s going to make it great, and even if it’s bad; he’ll make it tolerable. Continue reading Martin Freeman’s 10 Best Movies

Site Note: Back on Track Thursday

This is not a political blog nor will it ever be, but I think readers around the world are going to be understanding if I take a day to soak my head after what happened tonight .  That is all.  I may change my mind and write, but this is more of a “Dave didn’t jump of KT HQ’s roof” check-in. Essentially, this is what it sounds like in my house right now:

2013 – 2014 TV Season Renewals and Cancellations So Far

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It’s time to play every couch potato’s favorite annual game, “Are those idiots going to cancel my show?”  While we don’t have all the answers yet, we’ll get them next week when all four major networks (and the CW) announce their fall schedules.  As of now, though, here is what is renewed, what pilots are approved, and what shows are definitely not returning.  If your show is not on any of the lists, you’re going to have to ride the bubble another week.

ABC

ABC has announced nearly no news on its upcoming schedule.  Here’s what we do know: 666 Park Avenue, Don’t Trust the B—h in Apartment 23, Last Resort, Private Practice and Zero Hour will all NOT be returning and Saturday Night Football will.  That doesn’t mean that if you’re a Grey’s fan that you should be wigging out, it just means ABC doesn’t announce a lot of stuff ahead of time.

CBS

CBS announced 19 returning series have been renewed for the 2013-2014 broadcast season: NCIS, The Big Bang Theory, Elementary, 60 Minutes, How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, CSI, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-O, The Mentalist, The Amazing Race, Survivor, Undercover Boss, 48 Hours, and Two and a Half Men (minus the kid who went rogue so shouldn’t it just be Two Dudes now?).  Not returning will be Partners, The Job and Made in Jersey.

The CW

 

The CW (still here) has announced that Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, Hart of Dixie, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries will be returning.  The pilot for The Originals has already been approved for the fall schedule (I will take bets now on it being derivative….anyone….c’mon).  Not returning are 90210, Cult, Emily Owens M.D. and Gossip Girl.

FOX

FOX returns American Dad, Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Family Guy, The Following, Glee, The Mindy Project, New Girl, Raising Hope, The Simpsons and The X-Factor.  The pilots Dads and Murder Police (I would watch that if it was one show: Murder Police Dads) have been approved for the fall schedule.  Not returning are Ben and Kate, Fringe, The Mob Doctor and COPS (DO NOT FREAK OUT….it just moved to Spike TV where they can show it right after America’s Most Amazing Compound Fracture Videos).

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NBC will return Chicago Fire, Football Night in America, Grimm, Law & Order: SVU, NBC Sunday Night Football, Parenthood, Revolution, The Sing-Off, and The Voice.  Four pilots are approved for the fall schedule: An Untitled Michael J. Fox Comedy, Dracula, Crossbones and The Million Second Quiz.  Not returning are 30 Rock, The Office, Animal Practice, Do No Harm and Ready for Love.  What HAPPENED to this network?  I know more of The CW’s shows and that just makes me feel unclean.

When the full slates are announced next week, we will roll them out for you so that you may plan carefully your campaign of time murder for the next year.  Bet Reuters won’t put it that way in their article…

Top 5: Steve Carrell Movies

Top 5: TV Episodes of All-Time (Comedy Edition)

Steve Carrell (and Jim Carrey….what HAPPENED to Jim Carrey?) returns to theatres this Friday with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone so we take this week’s top five to look at his best efforts on film.  Of course, it’s impossible to celebrate him without acknowledging him as one of the most talented comedic presences on TV over the last ten years.  From a correspondent on The Daily Show to Michael Scott in The Office (which should have ended with his departure), he’s shown on the small screen an amazing range for broad comedy to subtle, serious drama that he’s brought to his films.  So here’s my top 5 Carrell movies (based on his performance in them):
1. Little Miss Sunshine
2. Anchorman The Legend of Ron Burgundy
3.The 40-Year Old Virgin
4. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
5. Crazy. Stupid. Love. (Despicable Me honorable mention for minions alone)

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