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News Briefs: NBC Might Reboot The Office

THE OFFICE NEWS

... NBC is reenacting Weekend at Bernie's. But instead of a dead guy with a mustache, it's using The Office. Rather than just let the show die like it should, as is the natural course of television, the network is considering a complete reboot of the series as negotiations with returning cast members have stalled again. The new version would feature lots of new characters as well as some existing ones. However, this could all be a tactic to put pressure on John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, and B.J. Novak to sign new contracts. Hey NBC, just let The Office die already. [Deadline Hollywood]

... And why should NBC let it die? Last night's episode of The Office netted a 2.2 rating in the adult demo with just 4.39 million viewers, good for last place among the majors and well behind a repeat of The Big Bang Theory (10.21 million and a 3.1 rating). I watched a few minutes of the episode and couldn't understand why there were no jokes and just a bunch of people making funny faces at each other. Shut Scranton down! [TV By the Numbers]


BUSINESS TIME

... HBO is developing Royal, a comedy about an old-school biker who must return to the working world to care for his nephew and niece. Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan and Gran Torino writer Nick Schenk are behind the project. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Showtime's Californication is planning a potential spin-off. In Californication's sixth season, the series will introduce Faith, a good girl turned rock n' roll groupie. If Faith is a hit, she'll get her own series. [EW]

... A while back I told you about a potential project at the Disney Channel about a dog who blogs. Seriously. Well, the network is moving forward with it and has ordered Dog With a Blog to series. It's a family sitcom told from a dog's point of view, so expect the camera to be in the characters' crotches all the time. Can we get Selena Gomez to star in this? [Deadline Hollywood]


CONTINGENCY PLANS NEWS

... Fox's Fringe has finished shooting its fourth season while it waits to find out whether or not it will get a fifth season. Since its future is in doubt, the show has filmed two different endings, one that will serve as a season finale and one that will serve as a series finale. Please oh please let that series finale ending never be seen. [TV Line]


CASTING NEWS

... Treat Williams will guest-star on TNT's Leverage. He'll play the owner of a hockey team that isn't playing by the rules. [TV Guide]

... Ryan Seacrest will host Fox's 25th Anniversary special on April 22. I'm pretty sure Fox has a cupboard full of Ryan Seacrest clones. [Fox via press release]

... Ellen Burstyn, a real actress, is joining USA Network's Political Animals, a new miniseries about a former First Family that's still doing business in the nation's capital. Oscar-winner Burstyn will play the mother of the former First Lady (Sigourney Weaver). [Deadline Hollywood]


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there is a season finale and a series finale for fringe? Fox better let us see only the season finale! the spare episode could be an extra on the dvd. xD
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If they are rebooting The Office, may I suggest combine characters from the cancelled show Outsourced???
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I really think all you TV.com writers are just hating. I still really like The Office. I think this season has been one of the best since the beginning of the show.
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What's this REboot rhetoric?? Boot it.
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Still think it's a pretty good show...
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A reboot? In who's mind would that work? NBC should just have a Community/30 Rock/Parks block with the fourth slot switching between an extra episode of one of the three weekly.
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I actually enjoy life after Michael Scott. I think The Office is as funny as it it's ever been. You ought to try watching it some time.
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Personally I hope Fringe stays on another year, but I'm glad for the 2 different endings. I think all networks should be forced to allow programs to film endings that leave the show's viewers some sense of closure. I'm tired of investing myself in a network's "next big thing" just to find out they've killed it off and left multiple story lines hanging.
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Reeboot of The Office?

-> Insert any of the "Facepalm" pictures found on-line here.<-



While I don't want to see a series finale of Fringe either, I appreciate that they have taken measures to give it a reasonable ending. The only thing I worry about is that the ending will be rushed, that everything will come to a conclusion in a 42 minute jumble of revelations. However, reading the original article on TV Line gave a good picture of their plans, which do seem to include building up the plot for a few episodes before the ending.
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I'm sorry but since when did the "numbers" have anything to do with the QUALITY (or lack thereof) of a show? The Big Bang Theory!? Oh wow, lookout! That must mean that it's funny and The Office is not! Right? Ha. That show is a sick pathetic joke.. So yeah.. I'm sorry, but if you're gonna compare The (struggling) Office to another show, please chose one that's ACTUALLY funny.
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I truly appreciate your view on TBBT! It made me all warm inside. It's great to see someone here being honest about that show. TBBT appeals to the masses with easy, non-controversial material that isn't challenging and can be understood by everyone. But is it as good as clever comedies that challenge the mind? Simply put: no. Even the nerd factor is dumbed down so much that everyone not familiar with computers, science, comics and such can understand the jokes. That of course results in the show lacking all the edgy material that could be created with really hardcore nerdy references. TBBT is like the The Mentalist or NCIS of dramas. Easy on the eye, doesn't take an effort to follow, but are they as good as Lost, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and the likes? Puh-leeze!
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By the way, this guy's a huge Community advocate and writes weekly articles about the show. Community has horse crap numbers, but it's an excellent show. Hmm..that's strange.



Anyway, NBC seems to get a lot of shows that are great but just never seem to strike an accord with the general population of non-thinkers. Understanding subtle humor is not for everyone I guess.
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:) well put my friend. I had a much longer comment written out but at the end I didn't wanna come off as TOO rude to the writer, so I shortened it up. It's rude enough as is I suppose.. :S But you're absolutely write on all accounts!



Edit on original post: choose*
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I completely agree that TBBT is the worst. I love Community, Parks and Rec and I used to love The Office but this season is seriously not doing it for me.

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Fair enough I can respect that! I keep hearing about Parks & Rec and I was just asking another user here about it.. I thought it seemed slow for the first two episodes (the only two I've seen) so I quickly lost interest. That person stated that the show gets way better.. I'll probably start watching over the summer when nothing else is on. And yeah, Community rules!
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The Selena Gomez comment was a little creepy, Tim.
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I'd be fine with the whole Office reboot thing, but if they're anything like the new episodes, they'll probably suck, so I'm against it.
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oh yeah... F' Yeah, Treat Williams!!!
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Wait wait wait wait wait wait wait. Sigourney Weaver AND Ellen Burstyn are both going to be in a TV Series??! On USA!!? Oh, miniseries. That makes sense now. I was wondering about that dog show, glad to see it is still happening. LOVE the remark about crotches and Selena Gomez! (I agree) I will watch Royal because Peter Tolan is almost genius, and Gran Torino was so so good. As for The Office, please just one last farewell season, of half season. I spent 8 years with these people, I would like to say a proper goodbye. I am going to miss Creed so much...
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The situation with Fringe reminds me of when Babylon 5 had an entire end of series episode filmed at the end of season 4 because they thought they would be cancelled, and they wound up put it in storage to be used at the end of the fifth season, which really was their last. We can always hope Fringe can do the same with their "alternate" ending.
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Of course Seacrest was going to host the 25th anniversary special. He hosts everything.



As for The Office is should have ended after the second or third year like the original series did. The show is well beyond being a believable documentary series.
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I would much rather watch a repeat of a a Michael-less episode of The Office than anything new or old of the comedy abomination known as The Big Bang Theory.
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True
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What a stupid statement.
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So, let me get this straight. Warner Bros. and Fox have to negotiate for Fringe to get a 5th season, and even if it does get that, there's a very strong possibility that it will get a shortened season. NBC put Community on hiatus for a while, and even though I've heard that it's NBC's highest-rated series currently, it still gets pathetically low ratings, and there's a possibility of cancelation. Meanwhile there's The Office, a series which the vast majority of fans that I've seen have said the show went down the crapper when Steve Carell left (I can't really comment on that myself, since I haven't gotten very far into the series, but the huge percentage of people complaining says a lot), and NBC is considering both a reboot for the series, and a spin-off with a character out of his element? What is wrong with this picture?
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just have a Michael Scott Wedding and end the series
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Please oh please let that series finale ending never be seen. I so, so agree on that.
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Don't be silly. It will be an extra on the season 8 DVD box set.
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The Office could have worked with fresh blood if they had always been working that into the material, but they weren't, they stuck with the same characters pretty consistently from season 2 on, even as Jim left and came back with new staffers from another branch, only eventually keeping Andy who seems to now be killing the show through inept writing. But to toss half the characters and bring in new meat isn't going to work because the writers have set a tone that is specific to the show and I don't think will be able to change horses midstream.



That said, the idea that they didn't have jokes and people making faces both in the Office storyline and in the Andy / Erin storyline is ludicrous, both storylines had amusing and even big laugh moments, it's just that the overall storylines to both weren't compelling because A) Catherine Tate's character arc right now is just too silly and outlandish getting to do whatever she wants; and B) Andy is written as too much of a nice guy to make a good hook for this show.



Dog with a Blog sounds exactly like a sketch from SNL from about 8 years ago that would have run itself into the ground in 20 seconds and then been kept around for 3 seasons.



I like Leverage, but if they cast Treat Williams as a bad guy, that's the laziest thing ever! Treat Williams is always the bad guy these days on shows, it's downright annoying to see typecasting like this. I'd love to see one of these types of shows where the big name guest star is merely a red herring character or, better yet, an extra in the background to trick you into thinking they're the murderer and then they never even come back.

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you missed a great parody of Downton Abbey by Jimmy Fallon.



http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jimmy-fallons-elaborate-downton-abbey-parody-is-brilliant/
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i would agree normally but last night's office was really funny. the scene with jim, robert california, and the magician..hilarious.
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I loved that one I couldn't stop laughing it was awesome
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Californication is one of the best shows on TV, in my opinion, at least for Adults. So a spin-off sounds very intriguing.
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Californication has been crap for the last 2 seasons. I'm hoping next season is the last.
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i agree the Office is past its prime, but it's still good comfort TV. I think a reboot is a great idea. The only characters worth keeping are the big creepy guy and maybe the Black dude.
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This is one of the few shows on TV I have to ask - Which Black dude?
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he used to be in charge of the warehouse, but now he's in the main office for some reason (forgot there were two black guys, sorry)...also, two or three big creepy guys--i was referring to the main antagonist.
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No chance Fringe is coming back, it's one of my favourtes but really get serious in 4 weeks we will be watching the last ever episode, the SERIES finale.

The Office is not really worse this season than the last few, the problem is with the lengths of American comedy seasons, it is not possible to mke 24 eps of anything for 8 years and keep the quality high. I watch because I like the characters, it is no where near the programme it was and if they reboot that's the end.

Californication is Hank Moody, any spin off is a whole new programme that just doesn't really appeal.
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People whose job it is to watch/predict these things would disagree with you: http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/04/10/fox-fringes-terrible-ratings-almost-irrelevant-to-renewal-but-warner-brothers-fees-arent/127455/
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Fifth season for fringe!
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I'm so happy that Fringe has made sure its fans will not be left hanging if FOX makes a dumb decision... Still hope they don't, but hey... it's FOX...
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Slam Fox all you want but no other network would have done so much to keep Fringe on the air and it's about time fans start realizing this.
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I agree with Eric. At least in the case of Fringe, the Fox network has stuck with it quite loyally, despite really bad ratings for quite some time now (years). For them to film two endings is really cool. And for them to even potentially enter into negotiations for a final 5th season is more than any of us could hope for, really. Aside from shows like Chuck (as mentioned below), Jericho, etc.,. so so so many shows just get cancelled outright, with so much left unexplained. At least it appears Fox is making a conscious effort to give us fans a satisfactory conclusion.
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Chuck? NBC? Ring a bell?
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The Office is definatly becoming bore British with it's humor. It's less obvious and more dry which is why it's losing it's american following, they can't tell when there was a joke. And the rating would have something to do with the fact alot of people were unaware of it's return, and the big bang theory got such high ratings because people expected a new episode. Honestly this guy Tom is a little stupid, he doesn't consider the reasons for things, he just reports everything as black and white without explanation, most things are grey. I'm sorry to say this but they should fire him, that or get him to review stupid shows lie family guy, or at least something he can do with screwing up.
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Do you mean Tim?
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No, people aren't watching The Office because it's borderline unwatchable at this point. It's not dry or less obvious; it's just bad TV that should've been put down a few seasons ago.
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The Office reboot is a great idea. It worked well for Scrubs.

Wait, is this the Blue Universe? Never mind then, terrible idea.
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What did you think of the Mantis sequel? Personally, Hugh Jackman as The Jester just didn't do it for me.
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I still like The Office...
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the office rating is a little misleading. I did not even know the show was coming back.
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By creating two season endings it looks like Fringe has taken a leaf out of Community's book and created a pseudo-sci-fi-meta alternate universe! Oh the irony! But wait. If it's been proven (I think?) that Peter can only exist in one universe at a time, then doesn't that mean that Peter will have to die in one of the finales?



For some reason I still watch barely tolerable Californication. First off I'm annoyed that they're even having another season, ahh the Showtime never cancel/diminishing returns policy. Season 6 will at best be not terrible and any spin-off would be worthless.
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I love Fringe, I hope the series finale doesn't end up airing. But I have to say, shooting 2 ends is very considerate of it loyal followers. Just based on that Fox should renew it. But I know that's not how it works.... :(
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I hope this will be the last season of The Office...
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I have a contingency plan if Fringe isn't renewed, as well.



- A large bottle of pills.
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FringeFanatic, when it comes to Fringe, you always have to decide which bottle to choose. The red, or the blue?

This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and FOX will show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.
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Um, please don't. If you rewatched Olivia talking down the bomber from Season 4 Episode 10, would it help change your mind?
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Yes. Yes it would.
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"Ellen Burstyn, a real actress..."



Are you implying that Sigourney Weaver isn't (although I think she does refer to herself as an actor)?
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Haven't you seen Alien: Resurrection! She's a CLONE! Obviously that's what Tim meant.
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PLEASE DON'T CANCEL FRINGE PLEASE JUST ONE MORE SEASON IT CAN EVEN BE 10 EPISODES JUST ONE MORE SEASON
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Are you kidding?!?! I need at least 2 more seasons and THEN another 10 episodes just for rehab...
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So let me see if I got this straight. NBC sucks, that is a given. They can't come up with anything original and good since Community, and honestly I think that was a fluke. They then turn to rebranding old shows (the munsters ) are trying to buy up named comedians and actors. And now to further the suckfest they are going to rebrand a show that is currently airing and is dwindling in quality as we speak. That is there genius idea. It is a sad day. I think anyone that posts on here could do an infinitely better job than the people in charge of NBC.



Also Californication only works with Hank Moody. They are not going to be able to make a female version of him. They should be stopped.
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plus Community is a Sony produced show, NBC just airs it.. so even then we can't give Universal/NBC all the Community credit.
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Well said!
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The Office is going to bring in a lot of new people and keep some old people.. so basically it's going to be like the last season of Scrubs? aka just cancel it now.. they already said it'd probably be the last if they did that



AMEN TO NEVER SEEING FRINGE SERIES FINALE! PREACH!
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Hallelujah!
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I'm glad that Fringe could end with a proper finale rather than just being left hanging. I really won't mind it ending. Every time the writers get desperate they create a new universe. I liked it in the first season when it was more about the team and not some convoluted plot that the writers have no conclusion for.
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I don't think an Office reboot would be horrible. But they'd have to change writers or something, cuz this current season stinks.



And uh, I watch Californication and it's okay... but a spinoff? What the hell...
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Oh lord if you're seeing this; Let Fringe run for 10 more seasons.
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Amen.
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The Pam and Jim story line has been terrible or should I say abysmal since they got married. Ryan is a sideline and BJ Novak is some producer on the show I think? haha. I really like Ed Helms so I hope he wouldn't leave. Ultimately, Carrell shouldn't have just left but the series needed to call it quits and everyone leave when he left.
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Yeah Office is just poop now, but lol pulling a spider man and rebooting is even worse than continuing.



The Californication thing made me laugh so hard milk came out my nose, and I wasnt even drinking milk.



And in regards to Fringe, all I can say there is SIXSEASONSANDAMOVIE kk?
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reboot a failing series.......ok im sure that the ratings will obviously go up......that was sarcasm
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...The Office is still on? Huh..
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I know, right?
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