‘Watch with Kristin’ video clip

E!’s Kristin Veitch interviews Office cast members at NBC’s Television Critics Association (TCA) shindig.

Check out the cross-show idea that Rainn Wilson (“Dwight”) and Ethan Suplee (“Randy” of ‘My Name is Earl’) concoct!

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Steve Carell on Conan

Steve on Conan is always a treat.

Watch Steve do some variations of “The German Who Says Nice Things,” and discuss a possible sequel to his hit film, “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” tentatively titled, “The 41 Year Old Whore.”

And Conan makes Steve cry. Sort of.

View the video clip here.

See a complete list of events in the calendar.

Video courtesy of Prince at LiveJournal.

Jenna Fischer TV Guide blog: The Carpet

From Jenna Fischer’s TV Guide blog, dated January 26, 2006:

The Office Presents: “The Carpet”
by Jenna Fischer, aka “Pam”

I have more good news to report this week: The Office [Thursdays at 9:30 pm/ET on NBC] has been picked up for a third season! It is rare in this business to hear news of a pickup so early. Most shows have to wait until May to find out if they will return in the fall. (May is when networks traditionally make their decisions and announce their fall schedules to the press.) It is a huge vote of confidence from NBC to make a decision about our show so early. It is very exciting.

Some people were confused by reports this season of The Office “is ending in March.” No worries. We will complete our 21-episode order for this year, and all of our current episodes will finish airing at the end of March. Steve [Carell] starts filming Evan Almighty (which, from what he told us, sounds very funny), and then the whole cast will be back in the fall, ready to make 22 new episodes. A big thank-you to all of our fans — you helped make this possible by watching, downloading [at Apple’s iTunes store] and sharing our show. We’ll keep working hard to make great episodes.
Now, in even bigger news, I’d like to announce that Brian Baumgartner (Kevin) won two games of PlayStation 2 football against John Krasinski (Jim) this week! This is seriously a big deal! I am Brian’s official cheerleader because John always wins; he’s really good. But today Brian won! I can only report on the game I witnessed, but it was beautiful! It was the Seahawks (Brian) vs the Cardinals (John). The score was tied. Two minutes left. Brian scores a touchdown — but misses his extra point. We didn’t know what would happen. Would John have time to run the ball back and score a touchdown and an extra point for the win? It was so close. But Brian was a master of defense. He won 27-21. Hats off to Brian!

Now what will happen when we all meet for a poker showdown? Myself, Rainn [Wilson], John, Brian, Oscar [Nunez] and some guys from the crew plan to play before the show tonight. As the only girl in the game, I’m hoping to use some feminine magic and go home a winner myself. I’ll let you know the results next week.

This week we bring you “The Carpet,” written by the brilliant Paul Lieberstein (who also plays Toby). In this episode, someone leaves a “gift” on the carpet in Michael’s office.

It’s soft.

It’s smelly.

It’s brown.

It is the exact same gift you wish you could leave in your boss’ office.

The question is: Whodunit? Everyone is a suspect. Michael is determined to find out. To keep a close eye on the office, he takes over Jim’s desk, forcing Jim to work at an empty desk near Kelly. Jim quickly learns why Kelly works in the back by herself.

But the biggest surprise of this episode might be that you finally see Pam and Roy getting along. They’ve just returned from a romantic vacation in the Poconos. Roy spends the day replacing Michael’s carpet, and I’m happy that the audience will witness some sweet moments between them. He’s not such a bad guy! And, Craig Robinson is back as Darryl. He’s a favorite of mine and I love it whenever he is on the set. I hope you enjoy the episode.

Until next week…

Jenna Fischer TV Guide blog: The Secret

From Jenna Fischer’s TV Guide blog, dated January 19, 2006:

The Office Cheers on Its Golden Boy
by Jenna Fischer, aka “Pam”

In case you didn’t know — Steve Carell won the Golden Globe for best actor in a television comedy for The Office [airing 9:30 pm/ET on NBC]!

The entire cast dressed in our fanciest duds and headed to the NBC Universal Golden Globes viewing party on Monday night. The party was on the rooftop of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The awards themselves were being presented in a ballroom downstairs. We watched the affair on various big-screen televisions positioned around the room. When it was time for Steve’s category, we gathered with our fingers crossed. As they read the nominees, we readied ourselves for polite applause in case they read a name other than “Steve Carell.” But they didn’t.

When they said “Steve Carell,” we exploded! We screamed. We charged at one another. We hugged. We jumped up and down. It was like midfield at the end of the World Series. I was so excited, I took a picture of Steve on the TV. I’m sure that to the other 400 people at the party, we were a little obnoxious, but you have to understand that we couldn’t have been more proud. Not only is Steve our coworker and tireless leader, he is also a true friend. He’s a testament to the fact that, sometimes, good guys do get ahead. We managed to settle down and listen to Steve’s acceptance speech. In case you missed it, it was the funniest and warmest of the night.

Steve joined us at the party later in the evening. We tackled him, perhaps giving him some minor injuries. There was more hugging and screaming. Steve told us that he was really touched that we were all there. He couldn’t wait to come upstairs and share the win with everyone. That is when we crammed the entire cast into the TV Guide photo booth for a picture [seen above] with Steve and his Golden Globe. It was a high point of my year and our whole Office journey so far.

The characters of The Office make another step in their journey in this week’s episode, “The Secret.”

Fun Fact: It was during the filming of this episode that Steve found out he had been nominated for a Golden Globe — how fun that it’s the episode that airs after his win.

In “The Secret,” Jim becomes terrified that Michael is going to slip up and tell people he likes Pam. To keep Michael quiet, Jim becomes his new “best friend” at the office. This episode was written by the amazing Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (who also wrote “The Fight”). In reading B.J. Novak’s blog, I learned that Gene thought I looked cute dressed up as a cat in the Halloween episode. Was it the tight turtleneck? Because in his new episode tonight, there are not one but two references to Pam’s boobs. It might be that Gene and Lee like boobs in general. One of the scenes in this episode takes place at Hooters. It’s hilarious! Michael at Hooters. Need I say more?

And Jim isn’t the only one with a secret around the office. A lot of big things are revealed in this episode — it’s a good one. Enjoy!

Until next week…