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cstengel3
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posted June 23, 2003 01:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not sure I understand the huge raves the ads for this BBC series mention having only seen one episode so far, but I got to watch one episode (episode 2) and it was pretty funny. My wife, on the other hand, didn't care much for it at all. She didn't hate it, but she just didn't think it was funny.

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posted June 27, 2003 11:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The creator of "The Office" is the IT Boss in this week's Entertainment Weekly's IT issue. We, here at Newsflash, don't remember his name off-hand. But he did say that his inspiration is The Simpsons which he called "the funniest show in the history of television."

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posted June 27, 2003 11:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Groening gave The Office similar high praise and they keep using the quote to push the show. It's a regular love fest. Watched another episode tonight on BBC America. Enjoyed this one as well AND the wife actually liked it this time. (Although it's a Friday and that always makes her giddy.)

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posted July 04, 2003 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for filmmaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's fun. but I never know when it's on. Everytime I turn on BBC "What Not To Wear" is on. And I could give a shit about that.

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posted October 24, 2003 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The first season is out on DVD - though not a rental yet. When it is - I'll try to catch up. I've only heard good things.

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posted October 24, 2003 11:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm glad they are. I tried catching the first season on BBC America and only managed to catch a handful of episodes.

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posted December 24, 2003 11:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Office creator Ricky Gervais has finally found an actor to take on the lead role of boss David Brent in the American version of the revered comedy. Gervais, whose performance as office pariah David Brent won him critical acclaim in his native Britain, has been searching for months for a suitable replacement - and at one point Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt was linked to the role. But the mystery man - who has yet to be named - is an unknown thespian who happened to catch Gervais' eye. The 42-year-old comedian says, "He's not famous but he excited me."

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posted December 28, 2003 02:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I still haven't found out why they ended the series run after a total of 2 seasons in the UK even though the second season was well recieved.

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posted February 05, 2004 09:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Office creator and star Ricky Gervais is lost for ideas on how to spend his newfound wealth. The Reading, England-born actor, 42, who plays slimy David Brent in the now-defunct hit comedy, has turned down heaps of TV and film offers because he thinks he earns too much money already. Gervais says, "I earn more cash than I've ever dreamt of. I really haven't changed my spending habits too much, but we have a much nicer house. I don't drive so I haven't bought a flash car. I don't smoke, take drugs, gamble or take risks with shares. With this much money it's pretty hard to fritter it away, especially when your habits are the odd pint with your friends and a takeaway pizza." Gervais is set to net millions of dollars after American TV network NBC picked up the rights to the BBC show, following The Office's shock win at last month's Golden Globes. Gervais adds, "I've had millions of adverts offered to me. One was six figures. The money is ridiculous. Who needs three houses?"

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posted May 20, 2004 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
'The Office' Ruled Out of the Emmys

British sitcom The Office will not be eligible for this year's Primetime Emmy Awards - because it falls one short of the mandatory six episode quantification rule. The Ricky Gervais-created show - which won two Golden Globes earlier this year - entered the first episode of it's acclaimed second season for the International Emmy Awards and then Gervais opted to use two specials produced for Christmas in the UK to make a one-off American TV movie special. The move leaves the office with only five eligible episodes - thus ruling it out of the competition. BBC America's acting chief operator Jo Petherbridge says, "We were victims of timing, really, but there was no way around it. But we totally accept the situation, and it's actually been fantastic going back and forth trying to find a solution to this with the TV academy. It's disappointing. But quite frankly, we're all pretty thrilled to have won a Peabody, two Golden Globes and a massive number of Baftas lately."

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posted June 01, 2004 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
FOCUS GROUP GIVES THUMBS DOWN TO THE OFFICE

A test audience for the U.S. version of the hit British sitcom The Office have given it the worst marks for a new sitcom in NBC's history, the London Daily Mirror reported today (Tuesday), citing no sources. The focus group reaction was that the show was "too depressing." As a result, the newspaper said, network programmers have shelved plans to make 22 episodes, standing pat with the six shows that they have ordered, which will likely be introduced if a currently scheduled series on the network's fall schedule flops. The Mirror quoted one unnamed British insider as saying, "Americans are used to sitcoms where good-looking people sit on a sofa and crack a joke every 15 seconds. The Office isn't like that."

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posted December 21, 2004 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gervais: "I've Turned Down Fame and Fortune"

Ricky Gervais has turned down $18 million in earnings from a host of Hollywood roles, because he isn't motivated by money. The British comedian, who shot to fame after writing and starring in TV hit The Office, insists he is embarrassed by the amount of cash offered to him - and even rejected "so much money it was shocking" from the BBC to make another series of the spoof documentary. Among the roles Gervais has turned down are English butler Higgins in George Clooney's remake of 80s TV program Magnum PI, a part alongside Al Pacino in The Merchant Of Venice, a role in the upcoming Pirates Of The Caribbean sequel, and a cameo in TV drama 24. Gervais, 43, says, "The money being offered was criminal. But I am not interested in money. I'm interested in doing something I am proud of. Money gives me the creeps. I hate it when people print how much I'm getting paid. It's not guilt. It's embarrassing enough being an actor for a living - it's a worthless, pointless job. But when people know you earn a thousand times what a nurse earns it's f**king embarrassing. I am not proud of my earnings. I'm proud of my work. I've probably turned down £10 million."

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posted December 24, 2004 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gervais Delighted To Be Writing 'The Simpsons'


Golden Globe-winning comic Ricky Gervais has fulfilled his lifetime's ambition - he is writing an episode of The Simpsons. The British Office star will also voice a character in the popular animation show, which will be made next year, although he is keeping the episode's plot a secret. Gervais says, "I've got the rough idea. This is the most intimidating project of my career. The Simpsons is the greatest TV show of all time. I can only make it slightly worse. When I got into comedy my greatest ambition was to get one joke on The Simpsons. I may as well retire now."

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'Office' Fan Foiled Gervais Fraudsters

Ricky Gervais' fortune was rescued by a fan of his TV hit The Office - who called police when he suspected five people planned to buy gold bars with $372,000 stolen from British funnyman's bank account. Wood Green Crown Court, London, heard how bullion dealer Anthony Baird called police after someone claiming to be the Golden Globe-winner placed a large order with his company. Prosecutor John Dodd says bank clerk Sharonjeet Snober transferred Gervais money to bullion firm Baird And Company - but the company's owner, Baird ensured officers were waiting when two couriers attempted to collect the gold. But the five defendants - Kenneth Speight, Sharonjeet Snobber, Mushtaq Javed, Craig Reeves and Harry Peach - deny three counts of conspiracy to defraud between February and April 2004.

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posted March 20, 2005 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The office is a funny place, isn't it? Hanging around the water cooler, talking about the hot water cooler TV show. Well, here's a twist: A show about people hanging around the water cooler that hopes to become the hot water cooler show. If you think this is the latest dopey idea dreamed up by American television, you’re off by one continent. "The Office," the hit BBC comedy starring Ricky Gervais, is now "The Office," a new sitcom set in the U.S. But this version is based on the same premise: The mundane drudgery of office work is actually a wellspring of gut-busting laughter. Who knew? This show is best enjoyed with a paper cup of water and a stale donut. (NBC, Thursday, 9:30 p.m.)

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