Day: January 27, 2011

Video: Watch “The Office” crossover everyone had waited for, as David Brent meets Michael Scott

If you were on the Internet at all in the past week, then you already had learned that Ricky Gervais filmed a short cameo as David Brent, the character that catapulted him and The Office to stardom, to appear in the American version alongside Steve Carell's Michael Scott. Gervais confirmed it a week ago to Piers Morgan on CNN, but said he wished it had been a surprise. I do, too. Knowing it's coming builds up your expectations for something special. Not knowing makes the surprise itself special, adding to your enjoyment. But since that was out of the way, what did you think? The scene opened the episode, completely without context. We don't know where they are, or why they're there. Did we need to know that, though? All we see is a hallway and an elevator, as David Brent emerges and meets Michael Scott. Needless to say, they hit it off, as they're two peas in a cluelessly offensive pod. If you haven't seen it yet, or just want to see it again, here it is. Short and sweet. Roll the clip!   Gervais agreed to reprise his role as a gesture to Carell to honor him before he leaves the show later this season. Slightly related: Will Ferrell also has agreed to appear in four episodes this season to help say goodbye to Carell's Michael Scott....

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What would “Archer” listen to? Find out, plus a PSA and more to prepare you for season two on FX

The second season of Archer, the animated spy spoof with an attitude, premieres tonight on FX. The series takes the idea of James Bond and takes it to a darker, bawdier place, with more than a healthy dose of snark. The voice cast is headed up by Jon Benjamin as Archer, and surrounded by talent with Jessica Walter as his boss and mother, plus Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash and George Coe. If you need catching up, as well as an idea of what you're in for, here's a PSA the show put together using clips from the first season.   To prepare for tonight's debut, FX also has a few things to help get you in the mood. For a soundtrack, you can listen to the "Archer Horizontal Mambo Mix" on the show's own Pandora channel. When I looked it up online, these were the first dirty dozen tracks to shuffle onto my laptop… "Boom Boom Pow," Black-Eyed Peas "Black is Black," Rick Springfield "Another One Bites the Dust," Queen "You Make My Dreams," Hall & Oates "Come Together," Aerosmith "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe," Barry White "The Final Countdown," Europe "Ready or Not," The Fugees "Get Down Tonight," K.C. and the Sunshine Band "Neutron Dance," The Pointer Sisters "SexyBack," Justin Timberlake "Addicted To Love," Robert Palmer OK. So now you know that Archer's...

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One hour down, 167 to go: Video with Mike Birbiglia in bed and on display at Macy’s flagship #mikeinwindow

About 24 hours ago, comedian/storyteller Mike Birbiglia walked inside a display window of the Macy's flagship location on 34th Street in Manhattan, wearing a blue robe, pajamas and slippers, and laid down in a bed. Where he would spend the next seven days. It's all a promotion for Downy fabric softener to prove that you'll still have clean sheets after a week. Wait. As bloggers around the world wonder simultaneously: Has that not been the case before? Also: We'd totally do this. We totally already are doing this. Before getting into his bed on display, Birbiglia explained that he does have access to a nearby hotel room to use the facilities and freshen up whenever the need arises. There's also a collection of people in a makeshift control room directly behind the display window, monitoring him as well as operating at least three cameras so you don't need to be on the sidewalk of 34th Street to see what's going on. Although if you're visiting the special #mikeinwindow Facebook page and don't see live streaming video — or more to the point, don't see Birbiglia himself — that's because one of the cameras is above his bed looking out toward the sidewalk. The promotional stunt began at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and for the first hour, Birbiglia spent most of his time posing for photos and giving interviews. Here is...

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Nick Thune performs stand-up and panel on Conan, and issues a post-show warning to a heckler

At least a couple of times already, the new Conan on TBS has brought back a staple of the old Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, allowing some of the stand-up comedians to head over to the panel to chat with Conan O'Brien after performing. We're not seeing O'Brien give the comedians a thumb's up first as Carson used to do on-camera — these post-set panels appear to be pre-arranged. But still. It's nice to see stand-ups get to do both, and not have to settle for either performance or panel (in which the performance is weaved into the dialogue with the host). Last night, Nick Thune started off with a couple of quick, subtle numbers that seemed to sail past the studio audience. They caught onto Thune's act soon thereafter, however, and increasingly approved of his wordplay and one-liners accompanied by what O'Brien called a really nice guitar. During the panel portion, Thune told O'Brien about a very naughty audience member at one of his shows — and I don't naughty in the way you pervs are clearly interpreting it. Rather, naughty as in, someone's going to have to call his mother! Roll the clip....

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CBS love for “Mad Love” = “Rules of Engagement” ends “$#*! My Dad Says” rookie season early

CBS announced a series of schedule changes yesterday for three of its sitcoms: New midseason comedy, Mad Love, starring Jason Biggs, Sarah Chalke, Tyler Labine and Judy Greer, will debut a week earlier than planned to coincide with Valentine's Day on Monday, Feb. 14. It'll take the 8:30 p.m. Monday slot currently occupied by Rules of Engagement, which will pop back up on the schedule Feb. 24. at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. That means your final chance to catch rookie blog-to-book-to-sitcom $#*! My Dad Says will be Thursday, Feb. 17, completing its first 18-episode season. CBS has not yet decided on whether to renew it for the fall. You'll still get plenty of Shat on your TV in 2011 as the third season of William Shatner's Shatner's Raw Nerve returns to the Bio Channel on Jan....

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