April 15, 2005, 4:41 a.m. CST
by Bernie Bernbaum
Carell...genius. Always has been, always will be. As much as it makes me cringe seeing him on "The Office" remake, a remake of a show that is easily one of the greatest shows ever, his Daily Show years and film work speak for themselves. Simple as that.
April 15, 2005, 5:59 a.m. CST
by Uncle Stan
April 15, 2005, 7:07 a.m. CST
Christ it's getting old. It's a decent show in it's own right, with the promise to develop into something more. If you've got venom to spare, please direct it at All ABC Sitcoms (George Lopez, According to Jim, etc ... though leave 8 Simple Rules out of it since I like to picture those two sisters getting it on). In any event, we all get it - the UK version was classic. Stop wasting time typing it.
April 15, 2005, 8:21 a.m. CST
M, got to see Watchmen. He must have. Anyway, it's moot, especially if it gets kicked to death by tight producers.
April 15, 2005, 11:19 a.m. CST
April 15, 2005, 12:28 p.m. CST
The whole "The US Office sucks" thing is really ridiculous. I adore the British version. It is hands-down my favorite sitcom of the past decade. And because it was ended after two series probably the funniest sitcom start to end of all time. But the US version is actually one of the funnier sitcoms on TV right now. I admire that after the pilot they have really made an effort to not rely solely on the stories of the original for material. This week's episode was actually very funny with a lot of new creative moments. Anyone who complains about them referencing american culture like Survivor is an ass. It is now an American sitcom - hence the jokes related to American culture. I would have been more offended if they had tried to make the same references to British culture that the original did. Yes it's not the Gervais version - we know. It seems that the reason people actually hate it is because it gives them a shot at acting culturally superior and letting everyone know that they have actually seen the British version. Get over it. People who haven't seen it don't really care.
April 15, 2005, 1:24 p.m. CST
He almost looks gaunt in comparison to himself 18 months ago.
April 15, 2005, 1:26 p.m. CST
April 15, 2005, 5:05 p.m. CST
by Cash Bailey
Couldn't help thinking about that when I read that tagline.
April 15, 2005, 7:35 p.m. CST
I agree completely with the points that Sidius brought up. I am enjoying the US Office substantially. At the moment, Arrested Development and The Office are the only comediesI am watching, and once Curb returns, I'll watch that. I really don't see all the animosity, this show has had some wonderful moments already, such as Carell's Chris Rock impression, "I didn't want to throw Iraqi's in the mix, thought it might get a bit explosive...no pun intended", "What's that disease when your teeth melt and drip down the back of your throat", and "Elizabeth Taylor called, she wants her age and divorces back". Let this show grow, and you'll all be pleasantly surprised. If there was no UK Office, there would be no complaining.
April 16, 2005, 4:24 a.m. CST
I'd laugh at that.
April 16, 2005, 5:12 a.m. CST
I'm in the UK loved The Office from the first time the first episode was shown (most people here only saw it when it was later repeated... and these same people then sneer at 'yanks' not recognising the original), and I have to say that the US Office is not bad at all. It's good. Not sublime. The original is sublime. But the US Office is better than most sitcoms. I think the best way to enjoy it without comparing it too much (and getting all anxious about the comparison) is to see it as a different cast performing a play. If you see the greatest cast in the world perform Hamlet at the theatre, it shouldn't prevent you from appreciating another group of actors, or even a student theatre group, performing the same play. You don't have to compare - you can enjoy both for what they bring to it.
April 16, 2005, 10:59 a.m. CST
Because the trend is for studios to chop out the funny stuff to get a PG-13. Then they'll release an "unrated" dvd 6 months later, which Blockbuster won't carry.
April 16, 2005, 3:33 p.m. CST
This was filming a week ago and it's theater-bound by the end of the summer? I don't know the ins and outs of Hollywood or small shoots (natch), but am I the only one who that seems awfully soon to? It does sound like a movie with potential though.
April 17, 2005, 1:54 p.m. CST
I have to disagree about the U.S. Office BASHING. I haven't seen it, I live far far away and they're not airing it here yet. But I don't despise the U.S. show. I despise the fact that someone felt the NEED to remake the original series, which were absolutely PERFECT and already in what it is its FINAL DEFINITIVE form. This isn't theatre, which was MADE to survive multiple interpretations by different actors, directors, etc. The original series is not a concept, nor a script floating around for people to grab it and give it a try. It was a SHOW, already completed with acting, directing, editing and whatever. Although comparing it to Shakespeare is something I can understand, compare it to THEATRE as a permanent work in progress doesn't make any sense to me. Bottom line: STOP REMAKING STUFF. Just because you didn't think of a great show like The Office before does not give you the right to make it your own...
April 17, 2005, 3:28 p.m. CST
Yeah, sadly it's a habit in America. I don't know whether or not it's an ego thing or simply because the easiest way to think of a good new show is to remake an old one, but they're almost never as good as the original. Same holds true with the US "Office," although it's okay. The actors are all great at least.
April 20, 2005, 6:40 p.m. CST
and that includes Arrested Development. "Basketball" will become a classic