Wed, 30 May 2007
For those of you wondering how Jenna Fischer and her broken back were doing, USA Today published are article yesterday checking in with her and recapping the disasterous events of two weeks ago:
Fischer feeling better after big fall
By William Keck, USA TODAY
Jenna Fischer, who plays lovable receptionist Pam on NBC's The Office, is in pain. A lot of pain. But she wants her fans to know that she is on the mend after breaking four bones in her back in a nasty fall May 14 at an NBC party.
"I had a rough night last night," Fischer says from the Central Park-area hotel where she has been recuperating. "I'm mostly off the meds, but I did take some last night because sleeping is probably the most uncomfortable thing right now. I just can't get comfortable."
Two weeks ago, Fischer, 33, came to New York to speak with advertisers about NBC's fall lineup. She was looking forward to letting loose with her co-stars. "It's one of my favorite parts of the year. My (summer) vacation starts then. I was ready for a lovely break -- no pun intended."
Head over to USAToday for the rest of the article.
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57pm EDT
Wed, 30 May 2007
For those following the news, Rainn Wilson has been talking a lot this past season about his religious beliefs as a member of the 'still mostly unknown in this country' BAHA'I faith.
Recently, the official Baha'i news sources ran an interview they did with Wilson, asking about his beliefs, where they came from, what they mean to him, how he sees Hollywood, etc. Here's a sample:
"LOS ANGELES, United States, 24 May 2007 (BWNS) -- Actor Rainn Wilson is used to talking to the media - he is part of the award-winning cast of the U.S. television series "The Office," and his recent role in the movie "The Last Mimzy" brought a flurry of new interviews. Time magazine, TV talk-show hosts and others came calling.
A member of the Baha'i Faith, he seems just as comfortable discussing his spiritual beliefs as he does shooting the breeze about Dwight Schrute, the pompous assistant manager he plays on "The Office," the American version of a popular British TV show of the same name.
His show, seen weekly by 8 million people in the U.S. alone, also airs in Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, parts of continental Europe, Australia, Saudi Arabia, parts of Latin America, Singapore, and several other countries.
His other acting credits include the character of Arthur Martin in the series "Six Feet Under" and a one-episode stint in "Entourage," both on the U.S. cable network HBO; guest hosting "Saturday Night Live" on U.S. television; and movie roles in "Almost Famous," "America's Sweethearts," "Galaxy Quest," "House of 1000 Corpses," "Sahara," and "My Super Ex-Girlfriend."
In a recent interview with U.S. Baha'i News, he talked about Hollywood, his family, his life and his beliefs. Here is that interview, reprinted with permission:
Q: Rainn, what was it like to grow up in the Baha'i Faith?
A: When you grow up with a spiritual foundation that asks you to be conscious of the fact that all races are created equal, that men and women are equal and that all religions worship the same (God), it helps you see the world as one family and not get lost in the traps of political, social, and economic belief systems that can lead you astray. I always think of myself as a world citizen. It's a powerful thing."
You can read the whole interview HERE.
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14am EDT
Tue, 29 May 2007
So how does the cast keep busy over the summer? By presenting at awards shows, of course.
John Krasinski has been tapped to present at the 2007 MTV MOVIE AWARDS, set to air June 3rd at 8:00 pm eastern. Other presenters include Cameron Diaz, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Beil, John Krasinski, Mandy Moore, Robin Williams, Justin Long, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Josh Duhamel, Samuel L. Jackson, Amanda Bynes, Chris Tucker, Katherine Heigl, Seth Rogen, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Chiklis, John Travolta, Zac Efron, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Evans and Ioan Gruffudd.
For those who prefer life on the "Great White Way," Rainn Wilson will be one of the presenters at the 2007 TONY AWARDS, set to air June 10th at 8:00 pm. Joining Wilson at the podium will be Harry Connick Jr., Felicity Huffman, Jane Krakowski, Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, William Petersen, David Hyde Pierce, Liev Schreiber, Kevin Spacey, John Turturro, and Patrick Wilson.
On a somewhat related note, Steve Carell will be in Boston on June 21st to host a fund-raiser/premier night for his new film EVAN ALMIGHTY. Money raised will go to the Zachary Carson Brain Tumor Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Carson, now 21, was diagnosed with a malignant tumor two years ago. His mother organized the event after meeting Carell on the set of THE OFFICE.
Category:general -- posted at: 11:53pm EDT
Tue, 29 May 2007
A few OFFICE related news items this week:
First, NBC has apparently fired entertainment cheif KEVIN REILLY. For those of you who wonder why this news belongs here, Reilly has been a big champion of THE OFFICE (and MY NAME IS EARL) the past few seasons and was also responsible for the Thursday night comedy block this past season. Oh, and he made a cameo during THE RETURN as one of the guys interviewing Dwight.
From what I can tell, NBC execs decided that Reilly had to go after the network came in 4th (!) place this season, and the recent upfront presentation didn't seem like enough of a change to pull the peacock network out of the basement. Even though NBC just renewed his contract for another three years, they're apparently ready to cut their losses and just get rid of him.
So is this BAD news for THE OFFICE? Not really. Even though new execs love to change up the schedule when they take over, the #1 name being thrown around to replace Reilly is BEN SILVERMAN-- head of Reveille Entertainment and finder/adapter/producer of THE OFFICE, UGLY BETTY, THE BIGGEST LOSER and THE TUDORS (among others).
In other news, NBC is also putting the kibosh on "Super Sized" episodes next year. While once a promising and original strategy, NBC execs have come to the conclusion that starting a show at 8:23pm isn't necessarily the smartest move in the book. For now, the five full hour long episodes of THE OFFICE next season are still a go, but we won't be seeing any more of the 35-40 minute extended shows.
Category:general -- posted at: 11:31pm EDT
Thu, 24 May 2007
Episode # 24 of THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID finds both Matt and Ian bawling like little schoolgirls. It's DEFCON 20 when Jan wants Michael back, but is he strong enough to withstand the new dynamic duo? Tell her I said I want to squeeze them... it's code. She'll understand. With Michael, Jim, and Karen in NYC for the big interview, there's a new sheriff in town... and his name is ME (erm, Dwight, actually). Will a load of Schrutebucks win his co-workers' love? And remember -- when looking long term, sometimes all you need is a yogurt lid to remind you where your heart lies. 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!
Tue, 22 May 2007
Yes, the rumors in the other post are true-- today, May 22, is my 36th birthday. Man, where did the time go? I really don't feel that "old" at this point, but now I'm looking at the backside of my 30s, with "40" at the bottom of the hill. THAT'S a scary thought.
And how will I be celebrating my birthday? By recording the "season finale" episode of TWSS! Are you people happy now!? Seriously, it's been a labor of love for both Ian and me, and we both really appreciate the support that you've shown us over these last 8-9 months.
(And if this week's episode is a little late, cut us some slack! ;))
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47am EDT
Mon, 21 May 2007
Angela Kinsey & Brian Baumgartner's visit to Scranton this past weekend was the perfect excuse for organizers to release the first batch of information regarding the first convention dedicated solely to our favorite sitcom.
Scheduled for the weekend of October 26-28th, 2007, in lovely Scranton, Pennsylvania, THE OFFICE CONVENTION should be quite the interesting time (on the site, it is joking described as being like a Star Trek convention where the geeks wear Dwight Schrute glasses instead of Spock ears).
No details have emerged at this time as far as who might be attending, or what events are planned to fill those three days, but keep checking the official website for more information.
I've offered TWSS's services to help promote the convention, but I haven't heard anything yet. Regardless, we'll keep you updated on all the latest news as it becomes available.
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44am EDT
Sun, 20 May 2007
It might be a bit early, and you might have to take it with a grain of salt, but TVShowsOnDVD.com is reporting that the Season Three DVD set will be released on September 11, 2007.
According to the live blog that followed the season finale, the S3 DVD will feature all of the deleted scenes shown on NBC.com over the past year, as well as "a lot of other stuff" that we haven't seen yet.
Category:general -- posted at: 7:11pm EDT
Sat, 19 May 2007
I mentioned this in the chatroom after the show on Thursday, but Ian is going to be out of town on both Sunday (our usual recording time) and Monday this week. Because of that, we had a choice -- either rush and record it today, or wait until Tuesday.
Unfortunately, after working all week, I just wasn't up to putting the show together today. Hopefully, because this was the finale, people can excuse us a little bit and enjoy the podcast a little later in the week.
As for what we plan to do over the summer... well, we haven't nailed down the specifics yet, but the plan tentatively is calling for a new "Retro" episode of TWSS every two or three weeks. I'd like to cover season one, doing episodes #1-6 in order.
Once again, thanks for your support. Ian and I have had a blast doing the show this season, and hope to be back in full force for season four.
Category:general -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT
Sat, 19 May 2007
To celebrate the season three finale, the NBC/Universal store is offering 20% off all "The Office" merchandise this weekend. Now's your chance to get that Dwight bobblehead you've always wanted, the plush bath robe, the "world's best boss" mug, or so much more, all at a decent discount.
Sale ends Monday, May 21st. Great timing, too, since my birthday is the 22nd... (XXL, please).
Category:general -- posted at: 2:27pm EDT