Will Ferrell Gets Hired By Dunder-Mifflin's Office

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... 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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