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Last week on “Louie,” David Lynch made a surprise appearance as Jack Dahl, a television producer who seemed to have wandered out of a David Lynch movie. Dahl was assigned by CBS to help CK get ready to take over “The Late Show With David Letterman” should Jerry Seinfeld prove too expensive. Then CK violated his confidentiality agreement and suddenly CK’s pal Chris Rock was rumored to be the frontrunner for the job. Tonight, though, the useless preparation continues.

If you’ve not heard, showrunner Greg Daniels has returned for this final season of “The Office” following a 3-year absence. NBC says of “The New Guys,” his first episode back:

Jim and Dwight are thrown off balance by the arrival of two young employees (Clark Duke and Jake Lacy) that the others dub "the new Jim" and "Dwight, Jr." Andy comes back from Outward Bound leadership training with a desire for vengeance on Nellie (Catherine Tate). Will Oscar adopt Angela's cat? Kevin saves a turtle.

9 p.m. Thursday. NBC.


Also premiering tonight:

Bling It On (10pm TLC)

Parks and Recreation (9:30pm NBC)

SNL Primetime (8pm NBC)

Tamar & Vince (10pm WE)

Up All Night (8:30 NBC)


Brian Williams' "Rock Center" last Thursday  hit its best number yet.

"Glee" is doing better now that it follows "X Factor" (it went as low as 2.4 earlier this year) but it was still down from the 4.0 season premiere last autumn.

MSNBC's bounce from the Democratic National Convention seems to be growing.  I don't recall "The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell" even making cable's top 100 before last Thursday

Thursdays, July 26-Sept. 13, 2012
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  • Sept. 20, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Hang on Sloopy, hang on....

    by Michael Lunney

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    I don't really care much for sitcoms but Louie is fucking awesome

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Amazing show.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    L O D muthafuckers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Matthew

    Louie is killer funny show, well done too, great balance of seriousness and humor with a little surreal type stuff

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    So Duke and Lacy are the replacements for Novak and Kaling?

    by DougMcKenzie

    I think this is going to be a looooonnnnnngggg season. I can't believe they punted Community to death slot Friday to keep that abortion called "Up All Night" on. I wonder if Poehler will have Arnett's show shitcanned quick at the network after the messy divorce.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    This is the penultimate episode of Louie, isn't it?

    by Truxton Spangler

    Louie and Parks should make for a good night.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST

    You can't eat a cat, Kevin!!

    by buffywrestling

    Interesting opening to The Office, what with actual interaction with the Docu Team. Wonder if that will continue or if it will be just a Bookend device for the final season.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST

    The Office is dropping anvils ...

    by buffywrestling

    Like you don't have to actually tell us "Yes, this part is symbolic. This part right here." And Oscar you naughty boy! *tsk* Annnnd fucking Creed won the episode. AGAIN. Office Circus.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Best episode of The Office in over a year.

    by Hercules

    Jim and Pam are human beings again. Love the New Andy. The filmmaker speaks. Super fast-paced. Lots of stuff going on. Most encouraging.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Wilfred continues to blow my mind

    by buffywrestling

    I got into it late in the game - sounded like a stoopid premise, so I didn't bother - but it's turned out quite funny & well acted.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:34 p.m. CST

    I've been with you a week and you haven't made me laugh once.

    by buffywrestling

    David Lynch gave me the biggest laugh tonight so far.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Ah! Louie did a sort of tribute to

    by buffywrestling

    Carlin's Seven Words you can't say on Television.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:45 p.m. CST

    And a literal Rocky Hommage

    by buffywrestling

    A nice call back to Chris Rock.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Just to clarify that Chris Rock comment

    by buffywrestling

    excerpt from the avClub review last week: Many years ago, I interviewed Chris Rock, and he said that when he was preparing to tape Bring The Pain, the special that would transform him from that black guy who used to be on Saturday Night Live to America’s greatest satirist, he ran into Andrew “Dice” Clay, and the profane nursery rhyme enthusiast advised him to re-watch Rocky to get into the mindset he needed to be in to triumph in what very well could have been Rock’s final opportunity to really make it big. Rocky, Clay assured him, would get the juices flowing, would reconnect him with the hunger, drive, and focus he’d need to make the most of this crucial shot. In the end, Rock heeded Clay’s wise counsel and delivered a performance that will still be studied and revered by students of comedy fifty years from now.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Oh my god, has Louie ever been on Letterman?

    by buffywrestling

    He must have right? What a great ending though. Fuck you, Letterman!

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Ed Helms killed The Office

    by Ed

    Anytime he's not on screen has the chance/promise of being enjoyable, any time he is on screen is just wasted broadcast. He's like Carrot Top without the props.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    That SNL clip is hilarious

    by MrLongbaugh

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 1:16 a.m. CST

    The Office

    by lynchmob17

    I've watched it from Day One, and this was one of the worst episodes ever. I laughed once, when Dwight was trying to walk the slack line. That's it. This is going to be a long year. And the two new guys suck ass. Bring "Community" back to Thursday and shit can "Up All Night". What a mediocre piece of filler.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 1:20 a.m. CST

    That was an excellent office. Hope we see more of the camera crew

    by Dandelion.

    Feels like the end might actually have some weight!

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Brother Louie

    by Rakesh Patel

    Brilliant stuff the say something funny thing he did that got him a week reprieve had me in tears. some great stuff right there.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Disagree about the Office, not great

    by solvseus

    Other than Creed's comments at the end, I thought it was terrible. It's off somehow. They're trying too hard, it's just winding up all over the place. Use to love the show, hoping the season has some fun parts, but kinda glad it's ending. Parks was fun, after starting slow it got pretty good. Hope it doesn't turn into another office and go for way longer than it should. Louis was, of course, brilliant. Weird they used Letterman that way though, maybe there's some behind the scenes we're missing. You'd think it would have been Leno, given what he's done, but Louis still does the Tonight Show, so it could have just been process of elimination. Hung into Glee for awhile for some reason, but I'm done now.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 11:34 a.m. CST

    The Office

    by Nuck81

    They are definitely shaking it up. You can already see the writing on the wall for Jim and Pam, although I'm sure by the end they will still be together. Disappointed in the F you they gave to the Dwight and Angela baby storyline, but you knew that was coming too with all the Info about Dwights new show. Angela and Oscar look to be a big storyline this year. They also outright mentioned Micheal which they didn't do all last season. Should be a nice send off to a great show

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Has anyone ever beaten the Wipeout course?

    by Smerdyakov

    Like Batman, for instance?

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Funniest bit in the Office

    by Mr. Voodoo Potato Head

    The bit with Kevin and the turtle.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST


    by Glenn

    I'm sorry. The episode was disappointing. It reminded me of Seinfeld's final season where the humor was gone and the cast was angry, rude and bitter all the time.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    seinfelds last season was great

    by jsfithaca

    festivus? the one with puddy selling jerry a car? the merv griffin show? kramer shaving with butter? the whole play now storyline? so many great moments

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Oh, so they sent Andy off again

    by Bass Ackwards

    And then brought him back as a rewritten character. I hope this season focuses more on Jim, Pam, and Darryl, their the only characters worth giving a shit about and it seems like they actually have an idea for Jim and Pam this season. Last season actually made me angry with their attempts to try and make Andy Michael-Scott lite and the humiliating pandering attempt to make Andy-Erin the new Jim-Pam. Keep the idiot characters as the side characters for a few laughs, write some actual stories, and maybe end the series on a decent note.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 10:40 p.m. CST

    And then brought him back as a rewritten character....AGAIN

    by Bass Ackwards

    is what I meant to say...

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Wait. WHY couldn't Jim take that job in Philly?

    by OutsideChance

    He and Pam are in their early thirties. Neither has what could be described as a "career." They're both sales people at a failing paper company in a dying town. Their kids haven't yet started school. That's exactly the time when people are typically able to move and advance themselves.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Overall a return to form for the Office

    by OutsideChance

    The new/old Andy was a welcome return to the character back when he and Jim were CT. Very preferable to the Michael lite that was foisted on us the past few years. Dwight's humiliation at the hands of Dwight Jr pre-bicycle stunt was akin the black comedy of the early seasons. Kevin was hilarious but not as much so as Creed.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    I actually liked the Office premiere quite a bit

    by Itchy

    which shocked me. I haven't laughed at the office since Robert California's mansion tour ... but there was something to the first episode. I loved a glimpse at the old "anger management issues" Andy - he was always a funnier character when he had the chance at going nuts at any minute. I'll keep an open mind - I'd like to see the show go out on a high note.

  • I think it is that things are going well for them, they have a routine that works. Kind of like being in a rut, but for them a good kind of rut, a safe rut. Perhaps too, his focus has been so much on their kids and Pam, Jim has been putting himself second. I think the idea of moving pretty much made their involvement in the new opportunity a non-starter. It is an opportunity, not a certainty. If he didn't need to move to Philly he could probably, at least in the beginning, still work at his old job. And Pam could keep her job. Moving requires both to quit their jobs. It may not be a glorious career, but it is a reliable income.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Again no love for Wilfred, it and Louie were AWESOME.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    One a total mind-fuck, the other a perfect recreation of the Rocky-myth as set to comedians. But has Louie ever really been banned from the Late Show? Is that a real thing?