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(Entertainment Weekly)   James Spader announces he's leaving The Office   (insidetv.ew.com) divider line 105
    More: Sad, James Spader, The Office, Dunder Mifflin, Paul Lieberstein, Steve Carell  
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2012-02-27 11:16:23 PM  
Wow. Is The Office still on tv?
 
2012-02-27 11:28:34 PM  
And not a fark was given.
 
2012-02-27 11:30:20 PM  
This would have been sad 15 years ago when James Spader was still incredibly sexy.

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2012-02-27 11:32:55 PM  

bobbette: This would have been sad 15 years ago when James Spader was still incredibly sexy.

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Something about the lips. Or maybe the down syndrome-ish eyes? I don't know. But 100% THIS.
 
2012-02-27 11:57:49 PM  
Aw... I liked Robert California. He's like a character from another planet.
 
2012-02-28 12:50:11 AM  

bobbette: This would have been sad 15 years ago when James Spader was still incredibly sexy.
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Good lord!

I'd still hit it. I've liked him since....well, wasn't he in some of those 80's teenybopper movies?
 
2012-02-28 01:55:02 AM  
Didn't he like his secretary?
 
2012-02-28 05:08:13 AM  

kona: Wow. Is The Office still on tv?


My reaction exactly- who still watches it?
 
2012-02-28 05:42:11 AM  

bobbette: This would have been sad 15 years ago when James Spader was still incredibly sexy.

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Rowr!
 
2012-02-28 06:16:51 AM  
I tuned out after season 4 ended, but I have one question. The premise of the show is a group of people shooting a documentary about the folks at the office. Shouldn't they have finished it by now?
 
2012-02-28 06:27:49 AM  

Shostie: Aw... I liked Robert California. He's like a character from another planet.


Agreed.

Andromeda: kona: Wow. Is The Office still on tv?

My reaction exactly- who still watches it?


Y'know, I gave up on it after Jim and Pam started planning a wedding, and it definitely went off the rails at that point. But being without a DVR these days, I started watching it again this season after Community and P&R, and I gotta say... it's been pretty funny. James Spader's Robert California, in particular, was a standout character.
 
2012-02-28 06:34:08 AM  
This is a show i loved that has turned unwatchable.
 
2012-02-28 06:41:47 AM  
I gave up this season. Very rarely can a show overcome a change in the dynamic. This wasn't one of those times.
 
2012-02-28 06:54:59 AM  
I thought this was always going to be the plan, but when they started shooting with him they expanded the character's role because he had good chemistry with the cast.

I don't really care one way or another. I still like the show, it's good enough when it needs to be, but it's main function now is as an appetizer to the far superior Parks and Recreation. I don't care what order they air on TV, for me The Office is the warm-up act, and Parks and Rec is the highlight of the night, so I watch them in that order.
 
2012-02-28 07:20:30 AM  
Is this where I'm supposed to post about how I stopped watching a popular show before it became popular to stop watching it? I have to maintain my street-cred.
 
2012-02-28 07:32:47 AM  

Passive Aggressive Larry: I thought this was always going to be the plan, but when they started shooting with him they expanded the character's role because he had good chemistry with the cast.

I don't really care one way or another. I still like the show, it's good enough when it needs to be, but it's main function now is as an appetizer to the far superior Parks and Recreation. I don't care what order they air on TV, for me The Office is the warm-up act, and Parks and Rec is the highlight of the night, so I watch them in that order.


Make Office a pre-appetizer and Big Bang Theory the appetizer and I am the same. I prefer the Ron F-ing Swanson show over all
 
2012-02-28 07:34:22 AM  
Spader jumped aboard the Titanic after it hit the iceberg.
 
2012-02-28 07:38:19 AM  
i saw a few episodes. it was pretty funny the first time. i really have no idea how anyone could watch more than two episodes willingly.
 
2012-02-28 07:49:37 AM  
Eh, he wasn't really that central of a character anyway. He just filled Kathy Bates role as the person from corporate who would show up and shake their heads at the wacky going ons of the employees of Dunder-Mifflen. He was kind of boring and underused anyway.

I'm sure they can find someone else to give quizzical looks and make disappointed quips.
 
2012-02-28 07:49:52 AM  

Fubar: Is this where I'm supposed to post about how I stopped watching a popular show before it became popular to stop watching it? I have to maintain my street-cred.


Yes, and don't forget about making fun of people who like things that you don't.
 
2012-02-28 07:52:07 AM  
The British spin-off they did was pretty good.
 
2012-02-28 07:53:41 AM  
I never really watched the office because steve carell is probably the worst actor of all time. However, I have my thursdays back and have been checking it out. It actually has its moments and is funny. I think that the show would haved stayed fresh longer with this dynamic as most of these new episodes are much better than the reruns.

Whenever I end up catching a rerun, I always turn it off about 10 minutes in because steve carell makes me so physically uncomfortable that I can't watch the show. He isn't a lovable fool, he is a selfish jerk who doesn't care for those around him.
 
2012-02-28 07:55:09 AM  
Give them the credit they deserve... The show is trying to stay fresh despite going 3 seasons longer than the show it was based on and losing a major character. Sometimes they hit, sometimes they miss.

Robert California is a great character. Sad to see him go. And I really hope Angela's baby is Dwight's. The idea of Dwight as a father figure can be a great setup for a lot of good jokes.

/Jim's hotel prank on Dwight was the best one yet
 
2012-02-28 08:02:11 AM  

El Morro: Robert California is a great character.


this. i loved the pool party episode, where he's describing his dream mansion as some sort of pre-AIDS palace of hedonism.
 
2012-02-28 08:07:49 AM  

rikkards: Passive Aggressive Larry: I thought this was always going to be the plan, but when they started shooting with him they expanded the character's role because he had good chemistry with the cast.

I don't really care one way or another. I still like the show, it's good enough when it needs to be, but it's main function now is as an appetizer to the far superior Parks and Recreation. I don't care what order they air on TV, for me The Office is the warm-up act, and Parks and Rec is the highlight of the night, so I watch them in that order.

Make Office a pre-appetizer and Big Bang Theory the appetizer and I am the same. I prefer the Ron F-ing Swanson show over all


Please, I stopped watching parks and rec after two shows, it was that good. True I have no idea what's going on now, but I laugh my ass off every time I think about it.
 
2012-02-28 08:09:32 AM  
Huh. Well that sucks.
 
2012-02-28 08:27:04 AM  

Fubar: rikkards: Passive Aggressive Larry: I thought this was always going to be the plan, but when they started shooting with him they expanded the character's role because he had good chemistry with the cast.

I don't really care one way or another. I still like the show, it's good enough when it needs to be, but it's main function now is as an appetizer to the far superior Parks and Recreation. I don't care what order they air on TV, for me The Office is the warm-up act, and Parks and Rec is the highlight of the night, so I watch them in that order.

Make Office a pre-appetizer and Big Bang Theory the appetizer and I am the same. I prefer the Ron F-ing Swanson show over all

Please, I stopped watching parks and rec after two shows, it was that good. True I have no idea what's going on now, but I laugh my ass off every time I think about it.


The first season was the weakest. It wasn't until season two where it hit its stride.
 
2012-02-28 08:38:23 AM  
This whole thing was a giant missed opportunity. They needed a new anchor to replace the Scott character. Either Spader or the directors decided it would be better to do an ensemble feel and just introduce the California character around the margins. He's never been fully fleshed out and has just been another unnecessary straight man. Regardless, at least they got rid of that terrible open from the first half of this season with clips of the whole gang coming together and having a good time. It's as far from the original premise as you can get.

This show should have died after the third season (and I'm from Scranton).
 
2012-02-28 08:40:58 AM  
Thank God! I hate his character. It was funny for an episode or two...but now it is annoying. He does the same shtick, always pontificating, using grandiose words and verbal imagery. Very one denominational/one trick pony.

I was hoping for Jim Carry's character.
 
2012-02-28 08:52:29 AM  
Spader has been playing Steff from "Pretty In Pink" for pretty much his entire career.
 
2012-02-28 09:00:07 AM  

stoli n coke: I tuned out after season 4 ended, but I have one question. The premise of the show is a group of people shooting a documentary about the folks at the office. Shouldn't they have finished it by now?


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SCRANTON, PA-After nearly six years on the air, NBC'shiat show The Office ended abruptly Thursday when documentary filmmaker Ian Sheffield announced that he and his crew had all the footage of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company's Scranton branch required for their project. "In retrospect, we really over-shot this thing by an enormous margin," said Sheffield, adding that he likely had more than enough good material after filming a British workplace from 2001 to 2003. "We would have finished much earlier if one employee or another didn't insist on being interviewed every three minutes. And I have no idea why we were invited to Jim and Pam's wedding. All of that stuff is totally unusable." Sheffield said that the footage will be drastically cut down and used primarily as B-roll for the planned 90-minute educational film about paper manufacture and production.
 
2012-02-28 09:01:53 AM  
Never watched the office
 
2012-02-28 09:03:41 AM  

threadjackistan: NBC'shiat show


Filter win!
 
2012-02-28 09:08:18 AM  
Wait....there are other shows on Thursday nights?

/Archer rules Thursday nights
//Watches Parks and Rec and Community (well, when it is on) before Archer
 
2012-02-28 09:08:57 AM  
He skipped step 9!!!
 
2012-02-28 09:09:50 AM  
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For me, this opening was the one that made me say, "Ok, now it's just getting stupid."
 
2012-02-28 09:12:38 AM  
www.sliceny.com

Who?
 
2012-02-28 09:15:31 AM  
Michael Scott was just a dork with no situational awareness, David Brent was a farking jerk.
 
2012-02-28 09:22:59 AM  
I've always had this theory that Robert California is the real Scranton Strangler. I remeber Toby claiming that they convicted the wrong man. So if that's what ends up happening you heard it here first folks.
 
2012-02-28 09:23:59 AM  
The show is half of what it used to be. Which means it's still better than 75% of the other sitcoms out there.
 
2012-02-28 09:29:13 AM  
Better than "30 Rock"

Ooh look, Liz Lemon is making her pouty face because something isn't working out with her show.
 
2012-02-28 09:29:43 AM  
I'm not sure if some of you guys are serious, but did The Office get funny later on this season?

The first few shows were just repeats of each other.
Robert gives a task to Andy. Andy has a meltdown based on his lack of self-confidence. The rest of the group rallies around, saves and re-affirms Andy.

Repeat next week.
 
2012-02-28 09:30:26 AM  
I remember reading that their first choice for new corporate boss was Catherine Tate, but they had scheduling conflicts. I guess now this means she'll be around for a while longer as the person from corporate.

The show really has just completely abandoned the "documentary" idea at this point. The first few seasons had people acknowledging the cameras directly a few times and even trying to hide from them to have secret conversations. Now we have scenes like Jim and what's-her-name in the hotel room as if the cameras don't exist at all.
 
2012-02-28 09:32:12 AM  

Komplex: I'm not sure if some of you guys are serious, but did The Office get funny later on this season?

The first few shows were just repeats of each other.
Robert gives a task to Andy. Andy has a meltdown based on his lack of self-confidence. The rest of the group rallies around, saves and re-affirms Andy.

Repeat next week.


I think The Office is funnier now than it has been the last few season if only because it's not out-right annoying anymore. It's still not really a great show, and I knew they could probably only keep this up for 1 season post-Michael, but it's at least watchable without making you hate the characters.
 
2012-02-28 09:45:51 AM  
Hate Spader as a film actor, love him as a television actor. Not sure why
 
2012-02-28 09:52:42 AM  
James Spader's Alan Shore is one of my favorite TV characters of all time, and I was very happy to read the announcement that he would join The Office, but I just couldn't get on board with "Robert California". I hope Spader finds a new project that suits him.

As for Rainn Wilson's spinoff, I'm wondering if it will just be some Green Acres ripoff, but maybe they should go for a one hour drama spinoff, like how "Lou Grant" was spunb off from the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

/"Lou Grant" rocks.
//Wish they'd put that on DVD.
 
2012-02-28 09:53:14 AM  

Jake Havechek: Better than "30 Rock"

Ooh look, Liz Lemon is making her pouty face because something isn't working out with her show.


Man, you're wrong about that.
 
2012-02-28 09:59:43 AM  
That didn't take long. The Office will be gone in another season or two.
 
2012-02-28 10:00:54 AM  
The office should have ended with pam and jim getting married. Thats it. There was nothing more to show. stop forcing it.
 
2012-02-28 10:02:59 AM  

bobbette: This would have been sad 15 years ago when James Spader was still incredibly sexy.

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Not that it matters, but that pic is from Jack's Back, which came out in 1988.
 
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