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Will Ferrell Gets Hired By Dunder-Mifflin's Office

... 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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Sitcoms and cop shows, boy oh boy, the same old copy and paste crap, I'm so excited!!
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Will Ferrell. So unfunny it hurts.
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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! :)
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I, like, just pray that "BSG: Blood & Chrome" has more teenage girls with daddy issues trapped in Cylon bodies! OMG, Caprica was so awesome!
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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.
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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
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@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.
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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???
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Hopefully this Luke guy will do a good job playing Adama.
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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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I have a feeling that BG:B&S is going to go the way of Caprica. They milked the original series so much that it used up any interest anyone had in the whole franchise. And watching a prequel is like reading a story after you've already read the ending. And in this case, they pretty much all die. Finding Earth in BG was like finding the one armed man in the Fugitive. Once it was over, it was over.
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The Office just instantly became unwatchable.
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On paper, Will Ferrell on "The Office" doesn't seem plausible. It's not a show that's known for big-name guest stars. Either way, I'll wait and see if it works.
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Yay Will Ferrell will be great on the Office so excited!
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awee..for a second i thought Brave New World would be a Heroes spin-off=/
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noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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The Council of Dads? It might become another Full House.
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The Office will still be a fun show to watch without Carell. I'm not just saying that as someone who doesn't like him, but who like the rest of the cast a lot. Havn't found Farrell funny for a while, but I think he's more of a tv guy anyways. Where he's not constantly in your for for 90 mins.
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And the freefall of The Office begins... Will Ferrell is Just Not Funny, I dont understand how he still gets any movie or tv roles at all.. At least we all saw this coming, The Office without Carell will be unwatchable (especially if Ferrell signs on for more than 4 episodes) and the show will end next year.
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Ferrell great, but only four episodes... maybe the end of the show?
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not a big fan of Will Ferrell to begin with, i just hope he doesn't come on for more.. as for Luke Pasqualino, good for him and all but i didn't like him on Skins, i'm not going to like him in the new BSG prequel, if i even watch it. i couldn't watch that crappy Caprica so who knows. musical themed episode of Grey's Anatomy could mean many things, but if it's an actual musical it's going to suuuuuck. it'll clearly be somebody high on laughing gas or something. I love Judy Greer, i'll watch almost anything she's in
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happy for BSGm and not looking forward to a musical Greys, but hey, whatever
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Y'all may want to sit down for this: Will Ferrell is not as funny as everyone thinks he is. And he is not /nearly/ as funny as /he/ thinks he is. Sorry.
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An Anchorman Reunion? Nice.
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I like some of Will Ferrell's movies but I don't think he would be a good replacement for Steve Carell. Hopefully he is only in a few episodes this season and they hire someone else to replace Carell.
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Sigh...a musical schtick. The only show that ever really did that exceptionally well was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It had a point, moved the plot forward, and had huge character development. Just a bad idea for the overrated Grey's Anatomy.
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Ferrell better not be the replacement for Michael.
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