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Someone thinks BJ Novak From ‘The Office’ Has A Million Bucks’ Worth of Shit To Say

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If you read the name and thought, “Huh? BJ who?”, well look no further. It’s that guy, up there, from The Office. Awwww, yeah – who doesn’t love Ryan the Intern? (I didn’t, really.) In any case, he must have a whole lot to say as he’s just inked a two book deal worth a cool seven figures. WHAT? It must be vampire porn, because publishers don’t hand that type of money out anymore otherwise, right? How is this even a thing?

From The New York Times:

The comedian, actor and writer B.J. Novak has sold two books to Knopf in a seven-figure deal. The first book, a work of fiction, is expected to be published in 2014, Nicholas Latimer, a spokesman for Knopf, said Thursday.

Richard Abate, Mr. Novak’s literary agent, said Mr. Novak, a writer for “The Office” and one of the show’s stars, wrote the book in the last year.

“The closest analogy for me is Woody Allen,” said Mr. Abate, who described the book as a collection of stories. “Underneath these stories is a real intellectual curiosity. I think their appeal is that they’re incredibly accessible and comic, but at the same time they’re exploring the modern condition.”

Oooookay, listen. One Woody Allen is more than enough, fine sir. We don’t need another one – though I doubt his work is anything like Woody Allen’s (unless it’s purposely trying to be, which would just be bad anyway). I used to get excited for all these comedy writers to release books and then I’ve found them all to be a massive disappointment. Tina Fey‘s was boring and underwhelming (sorry, but it’s true), Mindy Kaling‘s I couldn’t even get through. Looks like this will be another I pass on.

What’s Happening to The Office?

I absolutely love The Office. It will always be very close to my heart. That being said, I did stop watching after Michael left. Well, to be fair, I think I did watch an episode or two after that, and a couple of months ago, I did watch half of the last season finale, but that’s about it. I jsut couldn’t do it. The Office without Steve Carell is like … well, I don’t know what it’s like, because I didn’t really watch it. Is it all right?

But listen. As much as the show changed when Michael left, it looks like it’s about to undergo a pretty massive overhaul. Like, a huge, huge change. They’re actually calling it The Office 2.0.

From Deadline:

NBC’s The Office went through a major transformation at the beginning of this season, following the departure of original star Steve Carell. But I hear the show, which has not been officially renewed, may undergo an even more dramatic change going into next fall. Word is thatThe Office executive producer Greg Daniels, who originally developed the American version of the cult British comedy, is mulling a reboot of the series, now in its eighth season. Daniels is expected to meet with NBC brass to lay out his idea for The Office 2.0, which I hear would feature existing characters as well as new ones.

As for The Office key original cast members John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and B.J. Novak, whose contracts are up at the end of this season, as well as that of Ed Helms, there hasn’t been a lot of movement in the negotiations over the past few weeks, following an early overture by the network around the time The Office spinoff starring Rainn Wilson came together. There are a number of major outstanding questions, including the number of episodes the stars would sign for. Helms has The Hangover threequel and Krasinski is eying a possible January movie shoot, so potential new deals for them will likely accommodate that the way House accommodated Olivia Wilde when her feature career took off.

Also unclear is how long The Office would keep going. I hear the main cast may want next season to be last while NBC is leaning towards not closing the door to one additional season. I hear no major decisions will be made until NBC brass review their crop of pilots for next season.

Basically, no. This sounds like a horrible plan. I love this show, but I think it’s time to let it go.

What do you guys think? Does The Office still have a few good seasons left in it, or is it over? Are you going to watch Rainn Wilson’s spin-off? Hey, remember that time that Michael was using the GPS and drove into a lake?

The Office: Afghanistan Style!

Good morning, friends! While you’re sipping on that coffee and eating your bagels and listening to birds or whatever it is you people who normally function at this hour do, I’ll just be watching this little trailer for The Ministry, Afghanistan’s answer to the magic of The Office. I’ll just be cooing over Afghanistan Steve Carell and hoping he doesn’t break Afghanistan hearts by leaving them. Yeah, that’s where I’ll be.

‘The Office’ Turns 10; Meanwhile, Ricky Gervais Is Writing “Atheist” Sitcom

Ricky Gervais in... Ray-Bans? on January 16, 2011When you consider that his television career is only 12 years old, Ricky Gervais is incredibly prolific. Now the comedian is set to begin work on a spanking new television series. And the premise? Atheism!! No surprise there—if there’s one thing Ricky Gervais can’t get enough of, it’s telling people he’s an atheist.

Titled Afterlife, the new series will follow an atheist who dies and goes to heaven. Maybe it’ll be kind of like a bleak Touched by an Angel for the Richard Dawkins set, with Stephen Merchant playing Roma Downey (I wish!). But here’s the really exciting part: Gervais is collaborating on the show with writer and former executive producer of Dexter, Clyde Phillips. They’re writing the pilot right now. Like, they might literally be sitting at a desk together right now.

Ricky Gervais can be insufferable—in fact, I’d call his schtick “affably irritating”—but it helps that he’s witty. And if there’s one thing Gervais likes to talk about besides atheism, it’s his old TV show The Office (UK).

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James Spader Could Be Dunder Mifflin’s Next CEO

James Spader, Broadway actor

Here is a real, actual phone conversation I had last night with my best friend, who recently moved to Los Angeles:

Me: Auuuugh! Did you read that Marie Osmond is joining Bold and the Beautiful?

BFF: I… just don’t think that’s true. I think she was kidding.

Me: OK, whatever. Forget it. How about this? James Spader might join the cast of The Office. They’re in negotiations now.

BFF: Oooooh, James Spader. I love him.

Me: Sure you do. Because you’re a big creep-o.

BFF: I know! But his cameo on the show was so good. Did you see it?

Me: Mhm, but only just now. Man, this is such inspired casting. You should always bring in James Spader to salvage a television show in its death throes. Remember when Dylan McDermott left The Practice? And they brought James Spader in? I remember watching him and thinking, ‘Oh, boy, they should just kill this whole dumb charade and give James Spader his own spin-off.’ And they did. Boston Legal?

BFF: Oh, my God, I loved Boston Legal.

Me: Really? I didn’t. But I was proud of my prescience. Oh, speaking of David E. Kelley shows, listen to this. From Entertainment Weekly: “But producers have a different role in mind for Spader: CEO of Dunder Mifflin, replacing Kathy Bates, who sources say will exit the show to focus on season 2 of Harry’s Law.”

BFF: Oh, nooooooo.

Me: Right? Kathy Bates, don’t do it! I love her, but Harry’s Law is the worst.

BFF: I want to like it, but it’s so boring.

Me: Oh. There’s more from Entertainment Weekly. “‘In the finale, he kicked ass,’ says a source close to the show. ‘He was so funny and had this weird energy. We didn’t want to pass it up.’”

BFF: Of course he has weird energy. He’s James Spader!

Me: He is such a freak, I love him.

BFF: Me, too!

Me: You’re so creepy.

Michael Scott Is Leaving The Office Next Week

A photo of Steve Carell

After seven beautiful seasons of magic and wonderment, Steve Carell‘s very last episode is next Thursday.  And I’m not ready. I could go on and on about all the special moments that The Office has brought to this world, but I already did that this week (in a conversation that started with me telling a friend that she was going to “cut off her nose to spiderface” and ended with the two dudes we were with getting too annoyed after we started punctuating every sentence we said with “BOOM! ROASTED!”) and it’s just too painful.

To ease our broken hearts, NBC is totally bringing it with the season finale on May 19.  It’s going to be an hour-long extravaganza featuring the talents of Ricky Gervais, Will Arnett, Jim Carrey, Ray Romano, James Spader, Catherine Tate and, of course, Will Ferrell.  It’s not going to make up for the hurt in my heart, but at least I’ll probably laugh through the tears. Especially with Will Arnett.  Arrested Development, right?

So where do you guys stand on this?  Do you still think that The Office is going to fail after Steve leaves, or are you willing to give it a chance for season eight?

Guess Who’s Coming to The Office?

A photo of Will Farrell

That’s right, Will Ferrell is coming to The Office. In these, Steve Carell’s last hours as Michael Scott, Will Ferrell will swoop in like a similarly styled comedian from heaven to ease everyone’s worried hearts as Michael heads on out to greener pastures in the form of eloping with Holly (right? That’s what’s going to happen, isn’t it?).

Here’s how it’s going down:

Ferrell, 43, will join the NBC sitcom for a guest role in which he plays a branch manager who arrives from the home office and proves just as inept as Carell’s Michael Scott, reports.

“We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star, and we turned him into a television star,” executive producer Paul Lieberstein says. “We are proud to continue The Office‘s tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they’ll see what we see: tremendous raw sexuality.”

After seven seasons as the show’s dunderheaded boss, Carell, 48, is leaving four episodes before this season’s finale. Ferrell’s guest role will include Carell’s last three episodes, plus one more after his departure.

Ferrell reportedly called the producers and offered his services because he’s a fan and wanted to give Carell a proper farewell.

This seems about right to me.  I do have some severe sad feelings about Michael leaving (did you guys see last week’s episode?  Who else is going to force Kevin to eat his broccoli, you guys?), but this is a proper send-off.  Or at least as proper as it can get  - I’m not sure how realistic it would be if we found out that Michael and Holly had been married for years and had several children together.