The producers of The Office are really pulling out all the stops to try and fill the vacuum left by Steve Carell. Guest stars are like CPR for elderly sitcoms, and the end of last season was loaded to the brim with big names, including Will Ferrell, Kathy Bates, Ricky Gervais, Will Arnet, Ray Romano, and more. Plus James Spader has been tapped for a recurring role on the show, but as Dunder Mifflin’s new CEO and not Carrel’s replacement, as previously assumed. And it looks like the parade of guest stars is about to continue with Josh Groban.
The pop-opera crossover heartthrob (and mom favorite) will appear as the brother of Ed Helm‘s character, Andy Bernard. Andy is a passionate a capella singer, so we have our fingers crossed for a hilarious in-office duet! Groban has been flexing his comedy muscles lately, playing a small but memorable role as Emma Stone’s douchey boyfriend in this summer’s Crazy Stupid Love. The flick starred none other than Steve Carell, so who knows..maybe that’s how Josh got the Office job in the first place. We’re excited by all of these famous faces showing up around Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch, but we just hope the show go the Love Boat route and drive the guest stars into the ground.
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Time to shout “Oh. Wow.” from the rooftops, fans of UK Skins! Hannah Murray, whose understated and touching portrayal of the oh-so messed up Cassie still gives us goosebumps, has been cast on the next season of Game of Thrones. TV Guide reports that Hannah “will play Gilly, one of the many women living with Old Craster who wants to escape his oppression.” We’re thrilled for Hannah, who has slowly been building her resume with various film roles since her stint on Skins ended. What say you, Game of Thrones fans?
Jennifer Aniston on Days Of Our Lives? Apparently, it’s going to happen! Jen’s dad, John Aniston has been on the show for an astounding 24 years, playing Greek mobman Victor Kiriakis. The problem is that NBC plans to shelve the soap because ratings are really low. Everyone’s leaping to the show’s defense with viewers and the stars both petitioning. Enter, Jennifer. Producers believe that an appearance by her will help draw people in, which gives the show a chance for survival.
She’s supposedly going to play a “frazzled”Ã‚Â wedding planner who helps her fatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s character marry Maggie Norton, played by Suzanne Rogers. A source reveals, “WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re hoping Jen will join us in November, when all the networks are at their most competitive.Ã‚Â She has said she wants to help but her schedule is so tight we may have to cram a lot of shooting into just a few days.” So this is really going to happen. Well, it seems quite full circle-ish anyway. She started and got her biggest break with television so there’s no harm in going back.
Papa’s pretty happy his daughter’s chipping in, too. The source added, “John is thrilled at the prospect of working alongside his daughter for the first time. He didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t approach her, though. The showÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s executive producers did because John didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to put Jen under pressure.” Ã‚Â Another source corroborated the deal with, “She wants to do it and sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s happy to take the bare minimum Screen ActorsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Guild day rate.The idea of a semi-comedic role opposite her dad is hugely appealing to Jennifer.” Would you tune in to watch?
That wasn’t meant to be a cryptic headline, funnily enough. TMZ has given us some deets about how Charlie Sheen‘s Two and a Half Men character, Charlie Harper finally dies on the show. Making way for Ashton Kutcher, of course. Let’s just put it this way — Chuck Lorre took out all his frustration-hatred-angst out in the death scene!
Sources told the site about what went down on the show, which taped on Friday night. According to them, Charlie married Rose (his crazy stalker) who found him doing the nasty with another woman in the shower in Paris. The next thing you know is that Rose is detailing Charlie’s end at the funeral — but was she responsible for it ,folks? — which was straight-up grisly. She recounts how she and Charlie were at a Parisian subway when he ended up slipping onto the tracks. The train went straight at him and rammed him apart in a “meat explosion”. So basically, Chuck Lorre made mincemeat of Charlie in the end, one way or another.
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So far, we’ve always seen Dianna Agron as this classically beautiful, vintage, girly starlet. And them bam! She turns 25 and we start seeing a whole new side of her. Not like a Britney-Lindsay side, thank God, but a sexier, more bad-ass look. It’s all very, to borrow a phrase — va-va-voom! Girl’s working it too, as we saw in that feral, vixenish spread in Flaunt magazine.
Dianna’s far too pretty to ever look cheap so she can really do what she wants. Check out these two looks she wore over the last two days The picture on the right is when Dianna visited Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in New York City. The picture on the left was taken earlier at The Late Show with David Letterman. We love the ’70’s sexy, tanned with slicked back hair and smoky eyes vibe she’s giving in the first photo. The second is her in a high-fashion Stella McCartney little black dress and dramatic waves. Both very glam and sophisticated. We love the new Dianna! Do you?
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Get ready, because Two And A Half Men is about to get even less funny. The sitcom’s long awaited return to the airwaves in September will feature a funeral for Charlie Sheen’s character. Considering the acrimonious split between Sheen and the production, we bet that the scenes will probably serve as a giant middle finger pointed defiantly at the one with tiger blood coursing through his veins. Revenge is best served cold as a corpse, and at prime time.
We’re also getting an insight as to how Ashton Kutcher arrives at Casa Del Charlie. After the funeral, Jon Cryer puts the Malibu mansion up for sale, and various celebrity guest stars show up for a viewing. Ashton is apparently the lucky buyer, ushering in a whole new era of hijinks. We have no idea why Ashton agrees to take the place with one and a half men still living inside (to act as servants?), but this show could go on forever with this technique. Or at least until Cryer and half-man Angus T. Jones put a stop to it. Come on guys, you’re our only hope.
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Oh, that hindsight! It sure is 20/20, as former Hills stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are finding out. After all the drama, posed paparazzi pics, fake appendages and Hermes bags, the batty blonds are now broke, unemployed and living with Spencer’s parents in Santa Barbara. They are also surprisingly candid and frank about the mess their antics have landed them in, antics that at one time made them some of the most famous — and loathed — people in America.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Speidi (ugh, remember how we all bought into that?) spoke words of caution for Snooki and the Snookis of tomorrow. Says Pratt, “What we learned is: You can be too famous.” Other fascinating revelations from the pair:
- Their divorce was completely fake (duh.) “We’ve never even been apart,” says Heidi.
- They blew all their money on keeping up appearances. Heidi’s music, uh, career, cost them $2 million when all was said and done. “Everything we were doing, we were buying props,” says Spencer. “I bought a big blue monster truck just to drive it on The Hills for an episode. Never drove it again.”
- Heidi admits she foolishly thought she could build the same personal brand as Kim Kardashian. She says, “I thought I had that potential. My ego got too big. To think I could be someone like that when I was the most hated girl ever.”
- They claim they were mistreated by The Hills production team. Heidi: “I would film with Spencer and then I would film with Audrina. She would get treated like Meryl Streep and we would get treated like the trash.”
- Heidi regrets all her plastic surgery (Gurl, you were so pretty before!) and has completely cut herself off from her family.
- When you don’t have to listening to his gravely dude-brah voice, Spencer comes across as particularly astute. For example, this quote: “This isn’t a business. That was the big thing I didn’t get: Reality TV is not a career. Anyone who says, ‘Oh, you can have a career in reality’—that is a lie.”
Heidi is currently on VH1’s Famous Foods (apparently she is still attempting the whole ‘career in reality’ thing) while Spencer sits at home with his crystal collection. The entire interview is worth a read — especially if you aspire to be the next big star of Pawn Shoppin’ For Love: All-Stars.
It looks like we’re about to get a double dose of man-god Jon Hamm this January. Not only is it the much anticipated return of Mad Men, but the chiseled actor has a little something extra up his sleeve. Apparently his turns on SNL and in Bridesmaids have whetted his appetite for comedy, and he is joining the cast of David Cross’ The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, set to air its second season on the IFC. The series centers around Cross as a mailroom clerk who talks his way into running an English energy drink cooperation.
No word on the role he’s going to play, but considering the show is also written by Cross, and co-stars his Arrested Development pal Will Arnet, we have extremely high hopes for the show. It’s a shame it’s only six episodes a season! But still there’s more coming up for the Mad Man. He’s reportedly attached to an upcoming Judd Apatow comedy co-starring Melissa McCarthy. What a Hamm! (*zing* See, Jon isn’t the only comedian around these parts)
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While it seems like most of your Glee favorites are safe from the axe, there’s one singing stud that won’t be roaming the halls of McKinley High for much longer. After much speculation, fan uproar, and back and forth negotiations, it looks like Chord Overstreet has declined a chance at a recurring role as Sam Evans on the hit series. It’s rumored that the 22 year old star is unhappy that newcomer Darren Criss is getting promoted to series regular this fall, while his option was not picked. He would have to wait until the middle of the season for his chance to get the bump. Apparently this wasn’t a firm enough offer and he has decided to walk.
“We wanted him back because we like Chord personally and had some good stories planned for him and with Mercedes [Amber Riley],” series producer and co-creator Brad Falchuk told a crowd at Comic-Con. “He decided he would have opportunities elsewhere that he would like to pursue, and we can’t force him to work. We told him to go with God.” It looks like things are up in the air for his onscreen flame as well. Amber Riley recently told E! Online that she might be leaving the series as well. “I may not be coming back for a fourth season. Who knows? Whatever happens this third season is what happens, and I think everybody’s OK with it…I love my job to pieces, but when it’s time to go, it’s time to go and, hopefully, there are greater things on the horizon.”
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Remember when we were all so excited to watch Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki run around in a stars n’ stripes colored body suit as Wonder Woman, only to have the show not go to series? Well now we know why our dreams were left unfulfilled. Footage from the NBC pilot has leaked and oof, is it rough. We’re about as lowbrow as it gets, but even the clip above is too cheesy for us — overacted and melodramatic with way too much intense eye work from the actors. You can also feel how excited the writers were when they discovered they could use the word “tits” on television. “OMG, we can have them say ‘tits?’ We gotta use it as much as possible, you guys! It’s so edgyyy!” Except that it’s not. It’s just awkward.
More clips from Wonder Woman are up on ONTD.