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The Office’s Stanley is Black Hugh Hefner

What? Wait, what? Leslie David Baker - Stanley on The Office - stars in this music video with N.U.M. for his new pop song "2 Be Simple." Also, he's credited as "Black Hugh Hefner." So this is what Stanley does every night after work. I mean, we [...]

By Hallie Cantor

Watch Robert California Cower in Fear of His Wife Two Days Early

"Clear the gangplank! WIFE! Pink alert! All hands on deck! Wife! Aaaahhhh! Hoist the mainsails! WIIIIFE!" - Robert California, if The Office were a giant ship. If the whole of Thursday's episode features the frantic energy of James Spader in [...]

By Hallie Cantor

Dunder Mifflin Has Become An Actual Real-Life Paper Brand

Welcome back! In a strange crossover episode between The Office and Reality, Dunder Mifflin is now a real brand of paper from Staples-owned Quill.com. If you aren't lucky enough to be a Wall Street Journal subscriber (pardon me as I dust off my [...]

By Hallie Cantor

When Did Great Sitcoms Have Their First Great Episode?

Yesterday, not long after Splitsider published an article by Samer Kalaf about the long-term health of network sitcoms with long-term arcs, Hallie Cantor followed up with a post, via The Hollywood Reporter, on how viewers and networks are [...]

By Joshua Kurp

Is Our Patience Really Dead When It Comes to Trying New Shows?

Here's something to add to today's conversation about how hard viewers can be expected to work when watching comedies. The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman argues that in a world with nearly 500 channels of options, "patience is dead." If a [...]

By Hallie Cantor

Mindy Kaling on Inappropriate Humor and Guilty Pleasures

Stop your orders for Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, pervs, 'cause it probably doesn't include any stories about Mindy Kaling's sexual humiliations. "I think a great rule of thumb is, 'What would bring shame to my family and horrify my [...]

By Hallie Cantor

Ricky Gervais Explains The Roots of British Sarcasm And Teasing

To me at least, it can feel a little self-important when Ricky Gervais makes one of his descents from the mountain of wisdom and explains what comedy is to the rest of us proles. But his latest essay, on the difference between American and [...]

By Hallie Cantor

Is The Office Floundering Without Steve Carell?

The very smart Alan Sepinwall has made a strong case that The Office's loss of Steve Carell has left a void that looks un-fillable by Ed Helms' Andy or James Spaders' Robert California, and continues to pulse with a ferocious power that [...]

By Hallie Cantor

This Week On Parks & Rec, Burt Macklin Returns!

Burt Macklin returns! Everyone's favorite FBI agent gets involved in what looks to be a real harebrained moviemaking scheme with April this week on Parks & Rec. The best kind of scheme is the harebrained kind, as I always (never) say. And this [...]

By Hallie Cantor

Is the 2011-2012 Sitcom Schedule the Worst in a Decade?

Every year in the fall, and then again in the middle of winter, we get our hopes up for some of the new network sitcoms that are set to premiere on the Big Four (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC), and The CW, kind of, and we immediately write off others. [...]

By Joshua Kurp