Is Steve Carell Leaving The Office?

... Funny guy Steve Carell may fire himself when his contract with NBC's The Office is up. In an interview with BBC Radio, Carell was asked about his role and how long he would stay on board as bumbling boss Michael Scott; "I think that will probably be my last year," he said of next season. Which means next season will be the last season of The Office I watch. [OfficeTally]

... One of the reasons CBS' NCIS is so successful might have something to do with the network paying its stars dirt. Scuttlebutt among the trades is that actors Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum, and Sean Murray are all in negotiations to renew their deals on the show, but that CBS has only offered "pretty low-ball" figures. The report says "at least two of the quartet are making well under $100,000 per episode." By comparison, Charlie Sheen is rumored to make $1 million per half-hour episode of Two and a Half Men. I say the actors should hold out. That's what I did, and got a raise to $5.75 an hour! Winner: Me! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Here's how to get noticed, the Chelsea Handler way: The comedienne and host of late-night chat show Chelsea Lately apparently sent out a demo reel to producers with bits from her stand-up act. Intercut with those routines was footage of another talent of hers: Having sex. Partway through her reel, the video allegedly cut away to her having sex, then cut back to more comedy. She talked about the video leak on her show last night, saying it was all "a joke." Ha ha, good one. Feel free to send more of your "jokes" this way. [Radar Online (screencap kinda NSFW)]

... NBC wants Jimmy Fallon to host this year's Emmy Awards. Snooze. [Variety]

... TLC has renewed L.A. Ink for a fourth season, so get ready to show off your tramp stamp! You know, the one that reads "desperate" in Chinese characters. And in pretty much every other language, actually. [Variety]

... Max Weinberg and Conan O'Brien may have parted ways. Weinberg, who has been Conan's bandleader (and star of the incredibly disturbing "Max on Max" sketch) since forever, is rumored to be left out Conan's new show on TBS due to conflicts with his other gig as Bruce Springsteen's drummer. Let's see, drummer for the greatest American rock n' roll icon of our time, or "bandleader" for a geeky redheaded dude on basic cable? The interview also mentions a rumor that Weinberg has approached Jay Leno about becoming bandleader on his show, but there's no way that's true. [Some guy on City Pages]

... And finally, for you nerdlings, author Neil Gaiman (Coraline, Sandman) has tweeted that his script for an episode of next season's Doctor Who is complete. [DigitalSpy]


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May 06, 2010
Doctor Who + Neil Gaiman = geekgasm! =D
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May 05, 2010
how are you guys surprised that The Office is still on? is still one of the best comedies around and it made the mockumentary genre pretty popular, so it deserves to be on. i am shocked that 2.5 men is still airing (oh, by the way, 2.5 men has bigger ratings than ncis). i think that NBC will fight to keep steve on the show (The Office being their top-rated show). think of it like this: without steve there's no The Office, without The Office there's no NBC.
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May 05, 2010
The Office used to be a really good show, I know some people hate it in favor of those laugh track induced CBS sitcoms but in it's prime it was pretty funny. That being said, its jumped past the shark. It lost it's spark once the Jim and Pam characters got together, married and had a kid. It's just not the same.
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May 04, 2010
The Suits at CBS need to get on the stick and pay

the actors of NCIS something besides peanuts. They are a fabulous ensemble cast, and deserve much, much

more.
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May 04, 2010
I've never understood how Steve Carell, OR The Office, even managed to get on the air. Terrible!
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May 03, 2010
i Love The Office, but without Steve Carell... I don't think I want to see it
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Apr 30, 2010
the office is not promising something new anymore..
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Apr 30, 2010
@bluejayfusion, to us it's a lot of money, but when you consider how much CBS is making off of them it's not so much.
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Apr 30, 2010
The Office is not that bad compared to other comedies on television it is still one of the best. Im upset Steve wants to leave but thats his call who know maybe he is holding out for more money. If he leaves the show should probably end.
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Apr 30, 2010
Kind of surprise the Office has lasted this long.
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Apr 30, 2010
its probably good for steves career, because nobody can deny that the last 2 seasons havent been very smartly written, and it keeps getting worse, like tonight episode, PUKE
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Apr 30, 2010
Oh no, less than 100,000 per episode. Poor guys! Seriously, am I supposed to feel bad about that?!
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Apr 30, 2010
The cast of NCIS deserve more money, they practically made the show! Why else do you think people watch it? For the cases? Come on!
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Apr 30, 2010
NO. NOOOOO! D: The Office is my favorite show. Although saying this, I do hope it ends when Steve leaves. It wouldn't be the same as before.. My ideal ending is for Michael to end up with Holly again. That would be great. They're perfect for each other.
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Apr 30, 2010
"scuttlebutt" is often erroneous! That said, I don't particularly want NCIS to end, but I do hope it goes out on a high note when it goes.
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Apr 30, 2010
It's sad that steve is leaving but it's expected the show had a good run.
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Apr 29, 2010
jimmy fallon is a funny guy
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Apr 29, 2010
wow ncis should definitly pay more considering its ratings are just as good if not better than two and a half mens and their show is on longer.
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Apr 29, 2010
they better end it after season 7, i hate it when shows keep going after their lead actor has left, its never a good turnout, look at what happened to scrubs.
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Apr 29, 2010
Season 7 should be it. There's only so much more they can do with the concept. Luckily I just got into Parks & Recreation and that'll be sticking around for a while. That show is just too awesome. Season 1 was great but Season 2 has been hilarious, easily my favorite comedy on TV right now. I just hope Mindy Kaling doesn't ever write for that show. Her sense of humor is too often based on lame pop culture references and I'm really not a fan of it.
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Apr 29, 2010
Neil Gaiman's doing Doctor Who, I think my brain just peed itself!
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Apr 29, 2010
NCIS does extremely well in the rating for CBS so they should definitely increase their pay. On another note, Neil Gaiman wrote an episode for Doctor Who??? I don't even watch the show but I might watch that episode just because he wrote it.
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Apr 29, 2010
God, I really hope he does. His character is one of the most idiotic, insensitive, pathetic LOSER ever to cross a TV screen. It was somewhat charming in the beginning, but his character has become completely unlikable; I find myself cursing at the television whenever Michael Scott opens his mouth. There are plenty of other characters to carry the show without this so-called comic genius, or maybe it's time it just faded away. In my opinion, it's 4th on my Thursday comedy line-up priority list... the other 3 are pure gold in their own specific ways. Retire the office and let a new show find its comic voice.
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Apr 29, 2010
Yup..The office has become stale..got to go..good that Steve Carrell realizes it.
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Apr 29, 2010
The Office should be coming to an end anyway. The cast of NCIS should be making way more than Charlie Sheen. And Tim! $5.75 FTW! lol
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