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New Boss!! Another WIRE
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Published at: March 19, 2009, 3:27 a.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!!
Writer-producer-actor Paul Lieberstein tells E! that a March 12 report in the U.K.’s Daily Record claiming that Ricky Gervais is “set” to play David Brent on the series finale of the American version of “The Office” is false. “We love Ricky, but have not had any discussions about an appearance on the U.S. show,” Lieberstein tells E! “And we haven’t given any thought to the final show because it is probably a zillion episodes away.” So remember, readers: the U.K.’s Daily Record posts horseshit. This week's episode was written by the guys who authored the screenplay for “Ghostbusters 3”:
“New Boss” Written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. Michael has big plans for his 15th anniversary party at Dunder Mifflin, but is in for a shock when the new, no-nonsense Vice President (guest star Idris Elba) has some ideas of his own. Meanwhile, Jim’s prank on Dwight has some unexpected results.
In one week:
“Two Weeks” Written by Aaron Shure. Michael’s (Steve Carell) relationship with the new vice president (guest star Idris Elba) becomes increasingly tense, as Michael finds an excuse to goof off even more than usual. Meanwhile, Pam (Jenna Fischer) faces the challenge of a new copier and Kelly (Mindy Kaling) develops a crush.
The show returns April 9 with two (two!) new episodes that will bracket the series premiere of the Amy Poehler “Office” not-spinoff “Parks and Recreation.” * Ryan Howard will soon be back from Thailand. * Michael Scott may quit Dunder Mifflin and take another staffer with him. * Holly Flax will be back for the season finale. Scenes deleted from last week’s “Golden Ticket”:

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  • March 19, 2009, 3:19 a.m. CST

    STRINGER'S BACK!

    by BurnHollywood

    Omar and Brother Malzone only winged him...now he's back to take corners in the paper business, hell yeah...<p> I hope Poot and Bodie turn up as sales associates...

  • March 19, 2009, 3:31 a.m. CST

    if it is acknowledged that the actors from the wire

    by bacci40

    are all top notch....HOW THE FUCK DID THEY NOT GET ONE ACTING NOM IN 5 FUCKING YEARS?????<p> fucking hollywood...they all shoulda been promoting the hell out of the wire<P> dont fucking complain when there arent quality shows to work on

  • March 19, 2009, 4:11 a.m. CST

    PASS THE METHOD

    by electricjones

    At long last, this opens the door to get Method Man as Cheese in the warehouse. God bless Craig Robinson, but if the writing staff really wants to sell their blacks-intimidating-whites jokes they could do no better than Meth as Melvin Wagstaff. Then they could get Robinson and Patrice O'Neal together for the next birthday party to perform C.R.E.A.M. with him.

  • March 19, 2009, 4:14 a.m. CST

    In the halls of corporate

    by dougmac

    you could hear him shout to his assistant "where Wallace at?"

  • March 19, 2009, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Re: BurnHollywood, Stringer's back

    by Dan the Geek

    I'd like to see Prop Joe show up and try to buy out Dunder Mifflin. No alliances this time 'round!

  • March 19, 2009, 5:09 a.m. CST

    bacci40

    by Dradis Contact

    The awards committees were all like "so who am I supposed to relate to?" and gave up.

  • March 19, 2009, 5:43 a.m. CST

    There just better be a scene where...

    by Cameron1

    Elba berates the staff for not knowing what an elastic product is, and he better end every meeting with "adjourn yo asses".

  • March 19, 2009, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Season Finale -- McNulty

    by jam924

    A very special "The Office." A disgraced former "murder police" from "Body-more, Murderland" hires on to Dunder-Mifflin, Scranton. The new guy, Jimmy, suffers from a deeply ingrained distrust of authority. Hilarity ensues when Jimmy begins plotting against Michael. Complications arise when Holly returns from the hinterlands and she and Jimmy begin a relationship, causing Michael no shortage of consternation. We learn that Holly has two children, who lovingly refer to Jimmy by his surname. A montage of the turmoil wrought by this newcomer plays in the final minutes of this special 79-minute episode, brought to you without commercial interruption. Spoiler Alert: new ground will be broken in network television as Jimmy's final words in the season cliffhanger, "What the fuck did I do?" air without the censor's bleep. It's not TV, it's NBC!!!

  • March 19, 2009, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Wire easily one of the best TV series ever...

    by quantize

    the lack of noms is an indictment of the low standards of the industry..

  • March 19, 2009, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Dan the Geek

    by BurnHollywood

    Prop Joe works with the Kinko's Co-op.<p> No, the real threat is the Baltimore branch...manager there's a kid named Marlo, and his two best earners are a scary pair named Chris and Snoop.<p> Dwight Schrute needs to keep an eye out for any black SUVs near his beet farm...

  • March 19, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    all i can say is

    by stringerbell

    fuck the emmys

  • March 19, 2009, 7:36 a.m. CST

    I, for one, can't get enough of the Wire references...

    by NeoMyers

    No sarcasm intended. I've been calling Michael's new boss Stringer Bell ever since I heard the actor had hired on.

  • March 19, 2009, 7:45 a.m. CST

    invisotext?

    by itrainmonkeys

    how come every single week....the office TB invisotext says "ryan will be back" or "ryan returns soon"? Each week I expect him because of these "spoilers" but each week he's not there.

  • March 19, 2009, 8:09 a.m. CST

    I Loved Hearing Idris' Natural Accent

    by Aquatarkusman

    In Rocknrolla; it wasn't the most terrific movie in the world, but some of the scenes with him and Gerard Butler were classic.

  • March 19, 2009, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Yes

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Always good to see a talented and underused actor find work, and especially the erstwhile Mr. Bell, whose performance on The Wire was one of the best on a great, great show. The final scene between Stringer and Avon Barksdale, where both struggle with the weight of their shared past as they try to set each other up, was one of the best-played dramatic scenes in recent TV. I think the US "Office" is starting to run out of gas but still has moments for now and I'm glad to see Idris Elba get this role.

  • March 19, 2009, 8:29 a.m. CST

    dougmac

    by c4andmore

    D'angelo said that, not Stringer

  • March 19, 2009, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Well Damages has Rawls and Freamon...

    by DanielKurland

    And has been soooo good this season.

  • March 19, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Is Dunder-Mifflin gettin' in on that Co-Op, yo?

    by Crow3711

    I just picture the corner-kids yellin, "We got them White-Sheets. Got them White-sheets." Stringers gonna move that paper-package all over Scranton's East side...and the West muthafucka.

  • March 19, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    ZZZzzz... too bad they didnt hire THE SHIELD vets.

    by AshokZero

  • March 19, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST

    can't wait for Michael's racism to come back

    by BrowncoatJedi

    Michael's racist slips of the tongue and cluelessness have been gone too long. Hilarious!

  • March 19, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Most of the UK's "news" papers which

    by V'Shael

    report on hollywood gossip, celebrity and/or rumours, are pure horse shit. <p> Take a list. These papers are full of shit. They'll do things like report a Titanic sequel. Or Jaws 6. <p> # Daily Star <br> # The People <br> # The Daily Mirror <br> # The Daily Sport <br> # The Sun<br> # News of the World<br> # The Morning Star

  • March 19, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    I predict: Stringer Bell will send Kevin to the low-rises

    by Dr Lizardo

  • Sheeeeeeeeeeit!

  • March 19, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Kevin needs to be called little Kevin

    by Timahh

    seriouslah

  • March 19, 2009, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Supernatural has vets from Wire, Mad Men, AND 24

    by Qwonk

    All in tonight's episode. So HA! Okay, so maybe they were smaller roles. Whatever. Shut up. Tonight's ep is going to kick ass. It's the truth. <p> Also, they're all playing angels.

  • March 19, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Zillion Episodes Away?

    by TheMarineBiologist

    Yep, all hope of The Office leaving with its dignity intact has now been lost. "Zillion Episodes" roughly translates to "we'll keep churning out episodes regardless of quality until we get canceled."<p> Too bad...

  • March 19, 2009, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Not enough e's, Big Jim

    by I am_NOTREAL

    To me it's more like sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit

  • March 19, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Oscar starts a new relationship...

    by Thrillho77

    with a shotgun-toting motherfucker named Omar. Dunder-Mifflin is shaken to their core when <spoilers> Oscar is found, beaten to a pulp and eyes gouged out, on the hood of Meredith's van.

  • March 19, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST

    TheMarineBiologist

    by Thrillho77

    My thoughts exactly. A zillion more to go is a shame when it was clear that they should have ended it with Season 3.

  • March 19, 2009, 3:33 p.m. CST

    One more wire reference.

    by Timahh

    NEW BOSS:You know, Avon, you gotta think about what we got in this game for, man. Huh? Was it the rep? Was it so our names could ring out on some fucking ghetto streetcorner, man? Naw, man. There's games beyond the fucking game.

  • March 19, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST

    McNulty has a beer and cheets on his wife.

    by Thrillho77

  • March 19, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    It's a 40° day today too

    by Helpful Electronic Lab Partner Robot

    Perfect timing!

  • March 19, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    the finale had better NOT be a zillion episodes away.

    by Dwide Shrewd

    Some would say the show jumped the shark 2 seasons ago, some would say the shark was jumped the day they decided to adapt the original. <p>Personally, I do not believe the shark has been jumped, but they are getting AWFULLY FUCKING CLOSE. If this isn't the final season, then next year should be.<p>...fucking fuckers trying to bleed a good thing dry...

  • March 19, 2009, 5:28 p.m. CST

    i don't get the office hate??

    by slappy jones

    is it a rule that something has to be hated on eventually no matter what?? the office has hardly slipped that far down in quality. its as if there is a honeymoon period and then no matter what a show, director, actor franchise whatever does it must be hated and people must talk about how bad it has gotten. last weeks office was great? has there been patchy episodes - yes of course but i just don't see where the office has gotten to a point that people prey for it to end. if you don't like it DON'T WATCH IT. its as simple as that. Its kinda like people complaining about how bad the simpsons has gotten. look i agree about that one but guess what ... i stopped watching it because i don't like it anymore. and i don't go to simpson related threads to go on about it...who gives a fuck.

  • March 19, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Right on slappy

    by Craftybear

    Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, and haters gotta hate....the Office has slipped somewhat from the awesomeness of the 2nd and 3rd seasons, but it is still one of the best sitcoms on TV with an amazing ensemble cast. I don't think it has a "zillion" more episodes in it, but at least a couple more seasons would be nice. The Simpsons is still pretty funny sometimes (the new HD episodes have been fairly solid so far) but where's the hate for Family Guy, which has been weak at best this season (an OJ Simpson episode? Really?)

  • March 19, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Another?

    by Brian

    Who else from the Wire was on The Office?

  • March 19, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    There have been some good episodes this season...

    by rbatty024

    but you have to admit that compared to seasons past, it is the weakest.

  • March 19, 2009, 7:59 p.m. CST

    fivezero

    by Thrillho77

    Did you miss Amy Ryan's huge role earlier this season?

  • March 19, 2009, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Let's have some internal consistancy in our TBs

    by Larry of Arabia

    I remember how the zitegiest here was that season three was terrible. And the first season was also terrible. Then the second season showed it getting it's legs. Now the 4th season isn't as great as the wonderful third season. I don't understand what I'm supposed to hate.

  • March 19, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST

    awesome

    by raystevensonwarzone

    He is a great new character, greats awkwardness

  • March 19, 2009, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Well, we can guess who Kelly's crush is now

    by terry1978

    She does like the brothas, don't she? Seriously though, Elba's deadpan delivery on this show is classic...I hope he stays on for a while.

  • March 19, 2009, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Jumped? No. Still funny?

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Yes...occasionally even VERY funny. But the characters, with all but zero growth, are starting to wear thin. Shows can only stay interesting / engaging for so long. I've long thought the mark was around 5 years...a little more for some, a little less for others, but around 5. The Office is getting close. An example: the Jim-Pam tension subplot when Pam was in NY earlier this year was as clumsy as it was stupid.

  • March 19, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Next Episode

    by raystevensonwarzone

    Michael calls the new boss a nigger! hilarity ensues!

  • March 19, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST

    goddamnit office!

    by motivotion

    Reclaim your glory! That is all.

  • March 19, 2009, 8:22 p.m. CST

    This is why the Office sucks now...

    by Thrillho77

    It is exponentially worse - the more that Michael Scott acts like a petulant, Peter-Griffin-esque man-child. I'm sorry, but Steve Carrell single-handedly has been derailing the show since the 3rd season's end.

  • March 19, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST

    WHATTT???

    by ObiWanKenobi

    So who is Michael taking with him? Dwight???

  • March 19, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    The Office

    by raystevensonwarzone

    Don't hate on the office, Michael Scott is way better than Jim Krazinskis tired cool guy schtick

  • March 19, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Michael Scott is the best character WHEN...

    by Thrillho77

    he is trying-to-hard to be cool and making social gaffes with absolutely no self-awareness, IMO. NOT when he's a whiny, cry-baby who needs to get his way or he'll act like a 5 year old. Sadly, since season 3, we've been getting far too much of the latter.

  • March 19, 2009, 9:39 p.m. CST

    I assume ...

    by Hercules

    Michael's taking Jim with him. It'll be interesting to see who Charles brings in to run Scranton.

  • March 19, 2009, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Gervais--guest starring role as new regional manager?

    by zacdilone

    That would be a fun arc.

  • March 19, 2009, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Michael's out of the game?

    by mraig

    Dunder Mifflin is fucked. Lesson here, David Wallace and Stringer Bell. You come at the king, you best not miss.

  • March 19, 2009, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Didn't I read somewhere that...

    by beastie

    ... there will still be an Office spin off, just that it won't be Parks and Recreation? I thought that I read that it was still undetermined as to when it would begin. Could this possibly be the beginnings of said spin-off?</P><p>Also, I completely agree with zaxdilone.

  • March 19, 2009, 11:17 p.m. CST

    the first half of this TB was the funniest thread

    by crazybubba

    i've read in a while. I've never watched the office, but maybe i'll start with Elba now on the show, but only if they have a scene with Clay Davis telling everyone how he just finnished reading Prometheus Bound.

  • March 19, 2009, 11:29 p.m. CST

    crazybubba

    by Thrillho77

    So you haven't watched the Office episode yet? <p> You missed Kevin walk in on Stanley getting a blow job!

  • March 20, 2009, 2:38 a.m. CST

    jam924

    by gerberzebe

    I want to see that episode so badly.

  • March 20, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Next episode there's a problem with the year-end

    by jim

    and Oscar & Stanley have to go through all the numbers to find the problem:<p>Stanley: "Aw, fuck"<br>Oscar: "Mother-fucker"<br>Stanley: "fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck"<br>Oscar: "FUCK"<br>Stanley: "Mother-Fuck!"<br>Oscar: "Oh fuck, oh fuck"<br>Stanley: "fuck?"<br>Oscar: "fuck me, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fucker"<br>Stanley: "...the fuck?" <br>Oscar: "Fuckin' A!" <br>Stanley: "Fuck Me!"

  • March 20, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST

    I agree with Thrillho77

    by topfivevideo

    Lately this just hasn't been funny at all. Just Steve walking around acting like a fucking baby. I love the Peter Griffin comparison because thats basically who he's become now. This series needs to get back on track and for the love of God where was Toby during all of this and BRING BACK HOLLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 20, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST

    You have no idea how high I can fly

    by eric haislar

    was the best line of the night, so fucking dumb to say. let so deep as well.

  • March 20, 2009, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Thrillho77

    by Brian

    I don't watch The Office.

  • March 20, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    fivezero

    by Thrillho77

    Then I see why you didn't know! ;)

  • March 20, 2009, 7:13 p.m. CST

    How did Angela get the scarf?

    by BrannigansLaw

  • March 20, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    best episode in awhile

    by Nobody_Touches_Buddy_Revell

    it was good to see Jim get fucked with for a change.

  • March 21, 2009, 5:05 a.m. CST

    by jdhasson

    The office still makes me laugh til it hurts. Piss off, haters.

  • March 22, 2009, 7:25 a.m. CST

    David Simon owns David Chase

    by chaddyd

    The Wire kicked the holy hell out of the Sopranos, when both series are taken in their entirety. You all know it. There is simply no comparison between the two. And Idris Elba is the baddest mofo on the planet. And RockNRolla was also badass. And the Office is still great, though I'm thinking 30 Rock might be edging it out.

  • March 22, 2009, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Jim was a prick in this ep...

    by neal2zod

    Sure, Dwight's an ass, but Jim tried to run him under the bus twice, AND later seemed to be angling for Michael's job with his "hey guess what, I'm the NUMBER TWO MAN around here" ass-kissery, after he saw the tension between Charles and Michael. Did the writers know this is how Jim came off? His 'comeuppance' by getting dissed by Charles was strangely satisfying.