The Office Starts to SAG
Sorry for that horrible title.  I didn't catch the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards last night, mostly because I got burned watching the Golden Globes and saw all of my beloved The Office cast members come up with bupkis.

While the SAG awards looked a helluva lot like the GG awards, there were a few notable differences:  for one, THE OFFICE took the award for best Ensemble in a Comedy Series! Nice job, folks.  Steve Carell also got another statue when "Little Miss Sunshine" took the award for best Cast of a Motion Picture

Steve gave the acceptance speech for THE OFFICE:

STEVE CARELL: This is quite the honor having these people present this to us.[applause] I was craning my neck, Oh my God! There she is! They're there! Oh my God! Let's get serious for just one second. Webster's defines the word 'ensemble' as follows: a complete costume of complementary clothing and accessories.[laughter] And even though this is not the right definition, I think it applies to our cast.[laughter]

I'd like to... we'd like to thank Greg Daniels, our executive producer, [applause] for being the person who assembled the ensemble, and choosing people who get along, who work well together, who enjoy each other's company, who are friends. Also Allison Jones who took part in that trip.[applause] It's really a great honor and we will treasure this. Thank you.[applause]

The "people" he's referring to above (who presented the award) were the reunited cast of the classic MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW.

None too shabby.

edit:

TVGuide.com also had some THE OFFICE related information:

9:00 Male cast members of The Office (sans Steve Carell, who was readying to present) enter the pressroom after the show wins for best comedy series ensemble. "We're the men of Ugly Betty," quips Rainn Wilson, who reveals that his likeness was used in conceiving SAG's Actor statue: "I actually posed for this several years ago. I was the model for the buttocks."

9:01 Paul Lieberstein (Toby), who's also one of the Office scribes, was asked to offer up a juicy February sweeps preview. "Someone will get married," he shares, "[and] someone will die." Really?! "I'm kidding about someone dying," he adds, "but an animal will attack. Nobody is safe."

9:03
Did actors from The Office get to talk to The Mary Tyler Moore Show cast? "I told [Mary] that I sold her some flatware at Bloomingdale's 15 years ago in New York City," says Oscar Nunez (Oscar). "And now here I am. That's pretty cool."
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The TWSS Podcast "Frappr" Map
This is pretty old technology, which has been done by thousands of blogs and podcasts, but what the hell? As I was driving around tonight, I started to wonder about where everyone was located and thought it might be cool to get a graphical representation.

For those of you who don't know, FRAPPR is basically a mapping service.  You can sign in and leave your details, upload a picture, etc., and you'll then show up on the map of the world along with all the other TWSS listeners who have done the same.

Hope to see you there!
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Strap 'Em On!
For those of you paying attention, you know that our dear Jenna Fischer is set to co-star in the film BLADES OF GLORY with Will Ferrell and Jon Heder.  The plot of the movie?  Well, Wikipedia says:

At the 2002 World Figure Skating Championships, rival world-class men's singles skaters Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder) disgraced their sport with an all-out brawl. Consequently, they were both banned from the men's singles competition for the rest of their lives. After three long, arduous years away from the sport they love, they attempt to put aside their differences and team-up in an effort to exploit a loophole in their suspension. It turns out that there is one category in which they can both still compete: pairs figure skating. Of course, that event is usually reserved for opposite-sex couples and the duo is sure to find fierce competition from rivals far more experienced at the art. Stranz (Will Arnett) and Fairchild (Amy Poehler), the uncompromisingly competitive reigning pairs champions, comprise one such team.

I mention this because the trailer recently hit Apple.com (today, in fact).  Check it out if you're so inclined.  Jenna plays someone called "Katie," who unfortunately doesn't appear in the trailer.  Pity.

Mr. Crossman, you looking forward to this one?

edit:

BTW, while you're there, check out HOT FUZZ, the latest from Simon Pegg & Nick Frost (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead)... it looks totally dawesome.

edit 2:

Kevin sent me a link to a shaky trailer on youtube for SMILEY FACE, a stoner comedy starring Anna Faris.  Why should anyone but Creed care?  Because a nearly unrecognizable John Krasinski also stars as Faris' "nerdy best friend."  Lord, what will the "Jammers" think?

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Not that I'm above dropping any hints (although both Ian and I would LOVE to receive one of these babies), but I just thought these were cool and needed to be brought to your collective attentions if you didn't know of them already:

You get 8 cards for $9.99, apparently... looks like 2 copies each of four different designs.

Card #1 reads:
Jim & Pam - Outside verse: Secret admirer? Inside Verse: What "secret admirer?"

Card #2 reads:
Dwight peeking - Outside Verse: So this guy I work with asked me to hook him up with one of my hot friends. Inside Verse: Kidding! Put down the stapler.

Card #3 reads:
Michael holding red candy heart with all the ladies - Outside Verse: Happy Valentine's Day. Inside Verse: ...or as some say, "the annual review."

Card #4 reads:
Michael & Dwight fighting - Outside Verse: On this Valentine's Day... Inside Verse: good luck with "conflict resolution."

Looks like these can be found at your local TARGET store.
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Episode # 14 -- "The Return" (01/18/07) Episode # 14 of THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID find both Matt and Ian reaching for the bleep button as Matt goes off the deep end... With Dwight gone, who will fill that oddly shaped hole in our hearts?  Why Oscar of course... and not just because he's gay. We also appreciate his mexicanity! Lemonyaday all around! Andy's gotten his wish for more face-time with michael, but is that a GOOD thing? Will Halpert finally step up to the plate and come clean to Karen? There's one thing Ms. Fillipelli forgot about the Scranton branch-- nothing brings two star-crossed lovers together like a mind-destroying prank. Incidental music provided by the Podshow Podsafe Music Network. Email us at TWSSpodcast @ gmail.com, or leave a comment on our blog page at thatswhatshesaid. libsyn. com. iTunes reviews are always appreciated! Help spread the word!
Direct download: TWSS14.mp3
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Todd Packer Gets "Naked" In other "sort of related to THE OFFICE" news, David Koechner (known as Todd Packer to you and me) is currently starring in a new show on Comedy Central entitled "THE NAKED TRUCKER & T-BONES SHOW."

Comedy Central describes the show thus-wise:

Comedy vets David Koechner (T-Bones) and David (Gruber) Allen (The Naked Trucker) bring their off-beat characters to television in a free-wheeling, weekly roundup of their cross-country adventures. Before a live audience, they show and tell twisted tales from the road while mixing social commentary, original tunes (from funk to folk-fried rock) and a lot of jackassery in a one-of-a-kind comedy show that is as diverse as America itself.

When The Naked Trucker, a free-spirited everyman, met T-Bones, a lovably cracked transient of dubious moral fiber, in a desert flare gun "accident," a legendary American friendship was born. Now this liberty-loving duo rides an eighteen-wheeler across the country in search of good times, friendly faces and questionable cargo.

Each week The Naked Trucker and T-Bones hit the stage to share assorted and sordid stories from the road, a censor-defying tune or two and everything from hobo tips to accidental up-skirt video. Occasionally, viewers will get to see familiar faces from television and film in some unfamiliar places from truck cabs or bathtubs.

The first episode aired this past Wednesday (January 17th), but knowing CC it'll be replayed more times than you can stand.

EDIT:

Also, Koechner was on the 1/12/07 episode of THE SOUND OF YOUNG AMERICA podcast, if you want to check it out.
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Feeling Hot Hot Hot! We've seen a pretty big upswing in downloads over the last few days, and I'm not exactly sure WHERE those are coming from.

BUT, browsing iTunes today, I was pleasantly surprised to see THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID listed on the "What's Hot" listing on the main podcasting page!  Ian? Grab your steel drum... we've got some partying to do!

I'll just take this time to thank everyone for supporting our little show here, and for sticking around while the two of us over-analyze a 21 minute comedy program!  And for everyone who has given us a shot recently and are new to the show, I want to welcome you and ask "what took you so long to get here?"

:)

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Maybe it's just me, but the bump at the end of the episode tonight was the first I've heard of a "producer's cut" for this "The Return."

According to the NBC.com site, it should be going up sometime after the show airs on the west coast. 

For those who buy the show on iTunes, you should get the new "producer's cut" automatically.


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One...More...Year! (at least) I'm sure everyone has heard this already, but just in case you've been living under a rock:

NBC made an announcement this week at the TV Critics Association press tour that THE OFFICE has been officially picked up for a FOURTH season with a full compliment of 22 episodes.

Also renewed are HEROES, MY NAME IS EARL, and LAW & ORDER: SVU. 

The mind boggles at what plot developments await us in 2007-2008!



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The Office -- Episode # 3.14 "The Return" Tonight's the night-- Oscar finally returns... Jim, Pam & Karen will hopefully get revenge on Andy for last week... Dwight will (hopefully again) make his triumphant return to the office, thus restoring balance to the universe.

Post your comments below.



I promise not to delete the thread this time...


EDIT:

Seriously, WTF is going on with Andy?  Has he gone off his lithium?

Angela... damn, made me teary eyed again. 

Oscar... um... not an auspicious return.  Same old stuff. 

"not right now, but ask me again 10 years ago" -- Brilliant.

"I have a big personality" -- oh Phyllis!  El oh el!

I think it's strange/odd that Jim and Pam are sort of coming back together by default... no one else is as childish! Not that manic-Andy doesn't deserve it.  But remember what happened when Jim put his calculator in jello?  I think a return of psychotic-Andy might be around the corner.

Kinda weird feeling so far... nowhere near as good as last week... very strange vibe.  Liking some of it, not liking other bits.

Love that Mexican lemonade (with the "enye," natch).

EDIT 2:

"We broke his brain..." DUH.

Daaaaaaaaaamn Halpert... "yes"?  "YES"? Just like that?

WHAT THE FLIPPING HELL??

THERE'S A PRODUCER'S CUT?  ANOTHER ONE!??!

ARRRRRRRGGG!  THANKS FOR THE WARNING!

EDIT 3:

Am I imagining things, or did they play "Up Where We Belong" during the scene where Michael comes to get Dwight?  Vaguely creepy, to equate that scene with "An Officer and a Gentleman"...




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I Totally Schruted It... Somehow I managed to deleted the entire thread for episode 12 and 13.  It's since been reposted, but I've lost all of the awesome comments.  ARG!

From now on, maybe I should let Ian take care of running the blog page.

My apologies.

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Episodes # 12 & 13 -- "Back From Vacation" and "Traveling Salesmen" Episodes # 12 and 13 of THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID find both Matt and Ian drowning in a chocolate river... Double your pleasure, double your fun... we're off on a mad marathon covering two, two, two episodes in one. Michael's back from Jamaica, but is Scranton ready to take a chill pill and embrace the island lifestyle? Is Jim ready to allow Karen to live on his street? Will Pam ever find her Midol? Then we're on the road again, as our crack sales staff pairs off to doubleteam the crap out of area businesses... Will Phyllis let the cat out of the bag? Will team Jwight rekindle the old magic? Will old Jim teach young Jim new tricks? And Remember friends-- while today it is us, we all shall fall! Incidental music provided by the Podshow Podsafe Music Network. Email us at TWSSpodcast @ gmail.com, or leave a comment on our blog page at thatswhatshesaid. libsyn. com. iTunes reviews are always appreciated! Help spread the word!

Direct download: TWSS12.mp3
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No Soup For You! Well, despite the nominations, the Hollywood Foreign Press has shown no love for THE OFFICE tonight.

Alec Baldwin (from NBC's 30 ROCK) beat out Steve Carell for the BEST MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY award, and FUGLY BETTY took the BEST COMEDY category.  Ah well.  Can't win 'em all.

WE know it's the best show on TV, anyway.


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The Office -- Episode # 3.13 "Traveling Salesmen" From NBC.com:


It's time for Michael (Steve Carell) to revisit his roots with the company as he hits the road for sales call duty. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) attempts to cover up a crucial deadline missed by Angela (Angela Kinsey) while Karen (Rashida Jones) is in for some surprising news. David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Jenna Fischer, Kate Flannery, Melora Hardin, Mindy Kaling, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith and Paul Lieberstein also star.


Post your thoughts and comments here!

EDIT:

Is this the first time in the history of the show that they've used an abbreviated opening theme song?

Holy crap, 7 minutes in, and this episode is pure comedy gold... GOLD, I tells ya!

The beauty parlor, the "young Jim" photo... Dwight in the car "psyching" up... "Hawkman"... Sigh!  I love you, Cousin Mose!  You write a mean episode.

EDIT 2:

Go team Jwight!

Phyllis?? Oh no you dih-ent!

EDIT 3:

I literally had tears in my eyes during Dwight's farewell speech... Sniff!

Yikes, cliffhanger! BASTARDS!

Oompa-loompa, oompity dawesome... this episode was totally awesome!

EDIT 4:

Oh, Snap! Hell hath no fury like a pissed off Angela.


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iTunes Offers A Little Something "Extra" I still haven't caught up with the first series yet, but HBO has just offered the first episode of series two of Ricky Gervais' EXTRAS as a free download through the iTunes Store.

Not really sure why, but HBO has this technically marked as a PODCAST, and NOT a TV show (perhaps it's to keep the filesizes small, since Apple seems to demand a much higher resolution for their TV episodes than the iPod can display).  Long story short, it will show up in your VIDEO PODCAST menu (oh, and you can still download and watch the episode even if you DON'T own an iPod-- iTunes works just fine).

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Beesley: The Vampire Slayer?
So we've already had a special Ivan Reitman directed episode, a Ricky Gervais written episode, and we're still awaiting the J. J. Abrams directed episode to hit sometime soon.

News hit the blogs this week that none other than "Mr. Firefly/ Buffy/ Astonishing X-Men" himself, JOSS WHEDON, is now onboard to direct an episode of The Office as well.

According to Televisionary:

Rumor has it that Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and TV ubergod Joss Whedon will return to television to direct an upcoming episode of NBC's hit sitcom (and Televisionary obsession) The Office.

The move marks Whedon's first return to the small screen since the release of Firefly feature film spinoff Serenity. Before that, the prolific creator wrote and directed a number of episodes on Buffy, Angel, and Firely (and wrote his fair share of Roseanne scripts as well).

Entertainment Weekly verified the rumor yesterday, so it seems a lock.

What, if anything, will Whedon bring to our favorite work-space?  Only time will tell. 
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Double The Laughs!
After looking over our options for how to get episode #12 "Back From Vacation" out the door, Ian and I were faced with several key issues:

  1. We normally prep/record the show on Sunday.  Because of unforseen circumstances, I was out of town for both Sunday AND Monday.  So far, no prep-work has been accomplished.
  2. Another new episode is set to air this week Thursday.  So what to do?  Rush out episode #12 on Thursday, then do episode #13 a mere three days later?  Doesn't seem too smart.
  3. I am tired. So very, very tired.
So... here's what we've decided-- our next episode is going to be a double episode, dealing with both "Back From Vacation" AND "Traveling Salesmen."  We'll prep it over the weekend, and it will be up at the usual time on Sunday night.  We'll try to keep things under 90 minutes, and cover both episodes as best we can.

I know lots of people look forward to TWSS to help them through a boring commute or an otherwise tedious workday, but I hope you can forgive us just this once.


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The Office -- Episode # 3.12 "Back From Vacation"
Enjoy the episode tonight everyone... I'll be traveling and won't be able to see it myself until perhaps Friday at the earliest.  Not sure when the new episode of TWSS will be up, but I will let you know as soon as I can.

Right now, I'm wondering if I should make a detour through Scranton on my way home?

Hmm...

Edit:

Hey, I *did* visit the "Electric City," if only for about 25 minutes.  Good times!


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Episode # 11.5 -- Retro TWSS "The Christmas Party" Episode # 11.5 of THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID finds both Matt and Ian revving up the flux capacitor for a trip back in time. What's up, mah-nerds? It's Christmas time in Scranton, Pee Ay... and Michael's cookin' up anger, resentment, heartbreak, and betrayal. How could one little ipod cause so much trouble? Yankee Swap? I agree with Jim-- I think that's called nasty Christmas my friend! Everything turns around, though, with a little visit from the christmas spirits (all 15 bottles of them). And maybe...just maybe... this is the episode where Jim and Pam will finally get together! Incidental music provided by the Podshow Podsafe Music Network. Email us at TWSSpodcast @ gmail.com, or leave a comment on our blog page at thatswhatshesaid. libsyn. com. iTunes reviews are always appreciated! Help spread the word! Oh... and if you're a user at Digg.com, give us a digg on their new podcast page! Thanks as always!
Direct download: TWSS11.mp3
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