Will Ferrell Gets Hired By Dunder-Mifflin's Office

By Tim Surette

Jan 27, 2011

... One way to have a kick-ass going away party is to have perennial goof-off Will Ferrell show up. That'll be the case for Steve Carell's goodbye to The Office, as the Anchorman has agreed to appear in four episodes of NBC's hit to help Carell's character Michael Scott move on. He'll play a corporate branch manager who is about as socially inappropriate as Michael. Ferrell will appear in at least one episode after Michael's exit, so expect his debut on the show to start sometime in mid- or early-April. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kate Walsh is returning to Grey's Anatomy later this season. Walsh, whose character Addison was spun off into Private Practice, will appear in the musical-themed Grey's episode airing on March 31. Wait a second, a musical episode? Oh boy. [TV Line]

... The Battlestar Galactica prequel Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome has found its young William Adama. Syfy has cast Luke Pasqualino, who was previously on the raunchy U.K. teen drama Skins, as the young version of the character played by Edward James Olmos in the original. [EW]

... CBS has renewed daytime chatter The Talk for a second season. The female-centric talk show features Julie Chen, who happens to be CBS CEO Leslie Moonves' wife. I'm just sayin'. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Sean P. Diddy Puff Dad Didster Combs will play a cop on CBS's Hawaii Five-0. Diddy is apparently so into the role that he's taking weapons training. Couldn't CBS have saved some cash on and just hired any other rapper? [TV Guide]

... More CBS news: The network has moved up the premiere of rom-com Mad Love to Valentine's Day. It looks like my V-Day dream date with Judy Greer WILL happen, restraining order be damned! [Hitfix]

... NBC has picked up a bunch more projects to pilot. The first is a semi-autobiographical show produced by Chelsea Handler that will focus on some twentysomethings who live and work with an outspoken woman. The second, an untitled comedy project from Whitney Cummings, will tackle the ups and downs of being in a relationship. The third, called Brave New World, is a workplace comedy set in a park that specializes in 1600s New England. Finally, Jack Black's My Life as an Experiment will follow a man who subjects himself to unusual experiments. [EW]

... Another NBC pickup called S.I.L.A. actually sounds like something I'd watch. It's from Stephen Gaghan, the Oscar-nominated writer of Traffic and Syriana, and is a drama following the world of crime, politics, and law enforcement in Los Angeles. Sounds like a West Coast version of The Wire from the guy who wrote one of my favorite movies. I'm in. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox has picked up two more pilots as well. They're the comedies The Council of Dads, about a dying father who gets help raising his kids from his friends, and Family Album, about a dad who embarks on extended family vacations. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Tony and Ridley Scott are producing a period drama based on the drivers of the infamous 24 Hours of Le Mans race during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Yes, period pieces will be really big next year. Thanks a lot, Mad Men. [The Live Feed]

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  • BloodMist Feb 10, 2011

    Sitcoms and cop shows, boy oh boy, the same old copy and paste crap, I'm so excited!!

  • Jamescush Feb 03, 2011

    Will Ferrell. So unfunny it hurts.

  • trevorsnapp Feb 01, 2011

    This honestly does suprise me. I feel like Will is a one man show kinda guy. Fans are to hooked on the origianl characters, and i dont want Will stealing the light! :)

  • BarryDalton Feb 01, 2011

    I, like, just pray that "BSG: Blood & Chrome" has more teenage girls with daddy issues trapped in Cylon bodies! OMG, Caprica was so awesome!

  • teambff Jan 30, 2011

    will ferrell haters always make me laugh.. they act like it's so hip to hate him and always jump forward to hate on him and let others know... people get it you are cooler than the rest of us and don't think he's funny.... please forgive me if i don't worship and applaud you, i am too busy laughing at a will ferrell movie.

  • ziproy Jan 29, 2011

    Nothing can even come close to The Wire. Hands down the best cop show since Dragnet, you'll be lucky if this yet another LA cop drama lasts a year

  • staind47 Jan 28, 2011

    @hakone1, seriously? You ever seen Scrubs? Sometimes it feels they copied it verbatim. Sure they added some drama, but they copied a comedy/drama and made a drama/comedy. Scrubs even made a joke about it in one or two episodes.

  • hakone1 Jan 28, 2011

    I liked the documentary style episode of Grey's so I hope that this musical episode will be good too. But I'm not sure if I want Addison back. Why people are comparing GA to Scrubs???

  • Starprincess13 Jan 28, 2011

    Hopefully this Luke guy will do a good job playing Adama.

  • staind47 Jan 27, 2011

    So Grey's Anatomy is doing a musical episode.....why not just cut the bs and re-name it Scrubs? They ripped it off all these years at least they could acknowledge it.

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