News Briefs: NBC Might Reboot The Office

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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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