Best (and Worst) Season Finales of 2011-2012 – Estrella Picks

It’s that time of year… network shows are going off the air (some for good) and the cable summer season is about to premiere. We decided to take a look at all of the season finales that have aired thus far and here are more of our staff picks for the best and the worst for the 2011-2012 season. Here are picks made by BuzzFocus Associate Editor-Community Manager Ernie Estrella:

(Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn’t seen these season finales!)

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Best: Don’t Trust The B—- in Apartment 23
Wanna know why this show worked and 2 Broke Girls didn’t? We had rudeness from Chloe (Krystin Ritter) and the corruption and naïveté of June (Dreama Walker) is plenty fun, but the supporting characters prove to be something more than what they are on the surface. James Van Der Beek destroys playing a caricature of himself and as Chloe’s catty BFF, but her stalker (Liza Lapira) and peeping neighbor (Michael Blaiklock) were pleasant surprises.

The finale was a pop culture mish mash where the Beek and Dean Cain battle over Dancing With the Stars dressing room, meanwhile June reached Chloe on a personal level after appealing to her geeky side when she found out that Chloe’s the subject of an underground comic book. The Beek stole every episode and this last one was no different. His character on Don’t Trust the B—-, is everything we could ever hope for in a friendship with a celebrity. Not only am I encouraged by this show’s future, ABC comedy lineup got a lot tougher to beat as far as the networks go.

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Best: Revenge
Guilty or not, Revenge was pure pleasure and it had it all–even a rough patch. But Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) finally returned to early season form and was proactive, aggressive, and resourceful. I tuned in to see her dish out revenge, not plan a wedding and get lectured by her Japanese sensei. She rescued Nolan (Gabriel Mann), kicked White Haired Man’s (James Morrison) ass and got him to work for her, and Conrad (Henry Czerny) killed both of his mistress (Amber Valletta) and his ex-wife (Madeleine Stowe) in a plane bombing. Killing off Stowe’s character is an immense risk given how good she was being evil on TV. But that was the point, she saw the light and was about to clear David Clarke’s name and become one of the good guys.

But wait, there was more sugar in the gas tank! Just as Emily was going to come clean to Jack (Nick Wechsler), Amanda (Margarita Levieva) intercepted him with an unsurprising reveal of a baby bump. Oh and Emily’s mother is still alive too? Can’t wait to see what they do to try and top Season 1.  Now they could undermine this greatness and fall into outrageous soap box affair by revealing that both Victoria and Lydia survived the bombing; let’s hope not. Also, ABC, is it too late to drop the whole Declan Porter (Connor Paolo) character, pretty please?

EDITOR’S PICK: See What The SUMMER’S 20 MUST-SEE TV SHOWS Are In 2012

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Best: Fringe
Unclear whether they would be given the hook or a lifeline made of Red Vines licorice sticks, the last six or seven episodes of Fringe were crafted like each was their last. There were some serious “oh s—” moments in the two-part “Brave New World,” but it’s hard to think of greater moments this season than Rebecca Mader getting resurrected with a giant syringe needle stuck into her temple, or Walter shooting Olivia in the middle of her forehead to prevent the universe from imploding, fulfilling the The Observer’s (Michael Cerveris) prophecy, then using medieval methods to get the bullet out. That was intense TV! And there was lots of Leonard Nimoy acting eeeevil too. Obviously, Olivia would have remained dead had Fringe not been renewed for a final season, but the glimpse into the future episode, “Letters of Transit” gave us a point to build to in Season 5. Fight the future, indeed!

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Best: Community
It was tough to determine what exactly was the season finale of Community since NBC packaged three new episodes on the final night of Season 3. Since NBC and Sony are in the business of booting off creators, then I’m taking the 3-pack as a whole, purely out of spite. Now the actual last episode, “Introduction to Finality” pitted Jeff (Joel McHale) went against an old co-worker at the law firm representing Pierce (Chevy Chase) to make sure that Shirley (Yvette Brown) gets her equal share of the sandwich shop in a deal with the school. Had that been the actual last episode of the series, it would have been anticlimactic.

But before that, aired the amusing “The First Chang Dynasty” caper, which also ended the war Troy (Donald Glover) had with the Air Conditioning Vocational School and the well-conceived/executed 8-bit battle for Pierce’s inheritance with guest-star Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), another one of the season’s high notes. Unlike other shows that front or back-load their seasons, Community’s best efforts are sprinkled all through the season. “Digital Estate Planning” is right there with the Ken Burns War spoof, “Pillows and Blankets,” Shirley and Jeff’s redemptive “Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism,” and the Butterfly Effect spoof, “Remedial Chaos Theory.” Enjoy all of season three folks, next season will likely be very different.

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Best: Modern Family
So who expected that ending? In one of the most gut-wrenching episodes, Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) did not get the baby they had been trying to get all season long. While sad, the adoption process is full of highs and lows and MF reminded us this painfully well. Whoever didn’t get caught up in their whirlwind season has no beating heart inside of them. To have it play out like a Mexican soap opera though, well, that’s just the absurdity of life imitating art. Gloria’s (Sofia Vergara) pregnancy adds another crazy dynamic to the show–a great reveal! Jay (Ed O’Neil) hasn’t had a newborn of his own in over 30 years so he can’t possibly take the news well. As for Gloria, just think of her six months pregnant, still trying to fit into mini-dresses and having mood swings. The one thing I didn’t care for Haley (Sarah Hyland) and brain dead Dylan (Reid Ewing) part deux; I’m hoping we’ve seen the last of him. Claire (Julie Bowen) would probably agree.

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Best and Worst: Happy Endings
The actual finale entitled, “Kickball 2: The Kickening” did air in the UK. I’m so glad to see it air here in the states, OH WAIT, IT DIDN’T! When I say, worst, it means, WHERE THE HELL IS IT ABC? I adored Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (see above) as much as the next person, but did it have to come at the expense of the Season 2 finale of Happy Endings? Who lops off finales of good TV shows? This just belongs in the bone head department of network decisions this year. As a lone straggler, how do they think they can air this after May sweeps and get ratings for it? Why hold it out in the first place? Was it just so that Apt. 23 ended before Memorial Day Weekend? That’s boooolsheet if it’s true. Why didn’t they plan out the airdates so that they could squeeze in another episode in December?

The Season 2 finale we settled for is “Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral),” a fantastic episode that included Max (Adam Pally) reluctantly reuniting with his old band, a Madonna cover band to perform at Derrick and Eric’s big day, and Jane (Eliza Coupe) desperately trying to get into the wedding party, if just to have a better gift bag. If ABC wanted to end on a wedding, well then I guess they got their wish, and the Skype table is one of the funniest bits I’ve seen in a wedding show. I think it will start a real trend for people who cannot make the trip to a wedding. Even funnier was Penny (Casey Wilson) being stuck at it and meeting a potential keeper in Chris, played by Brian Austin Green. Despite the finale gaffe, Happy Endings was renewed for 22 episodes (23 if they want to save Kickball 2 for Season 3), so hopefully we’ll be able to see if Penny did find true love at the Skype Table.

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Worst: New Girl
I don’t have any problem admitting that I liked New Girl from the start and as time went on, more would jump on the wagon. Making the show bigger than Zooey Deschanel (that’s Jess!) was a big part of that. Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece’s (Hannah Simone) slow growing relationship solidified that. That’s what made this finale even more disappointing. Everyone wants to look back at those last episodes and see their lasting effect on seasons that follow. So careful watchers had to roll their eyes at the first mention of Nick (Jake M. Johnson) moving out of the apartment. As if the show’s second biggest character was really going to leave. It belonged in the history of bad TV bluffs. Schmidt’s you-deserve-better-than-me act to Cece induced shouts of “LAME!” And Winston (Lamorne Morris) has a fear of the dark? C’mon! It was cute though seeing Jess say, “Beep-Beep” at the coyote but this was a subpar effort. Now, if I were giving grades out for seasons, New Girl would get a solid B– but that finale was an epic fail.

EDITOR’S PICK: Read Alan Danzis’ Best and Worst Season Finales of 2011-2012

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Worst: 2 Broke Girls
After having a blast with the first half, 2 Broke Girls got old, real fast. Maybe it was the undeveloped clichés used on as supporting characters, or Jennifer Coolidge’s “horrible-horrible” Russian accent as a mid-season casting power up. The finale’s big moment was a recycled situation where the girls are pimping their homemade cupcakes out of a bathroom. This time it was to Martha Stewart.  Both times it was pretty disgusting if you think about it. Then again, so did having a horse eating and crapping less than 10 feet away from where Max cooked her cupcakes was repulsive too. And does anyone else find it ironic that hipsters were made fun of all the time, but is there anything more hipster than the deluxe cupcake rage?

The luster wore off on this CBS comedy at the midpoint and the girls have yet to save up $1000 for their business. A meeting with Stewart would have been more significant if they were in position to actually do something as a result of her approval but this show looks like it was spinning its wheels. Seeing Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) try to raise money in a variety of ways was the only interesting part of the show, well that and Caroline trying to reconnect with her incarcerated father. Unless you like shallow stereotypes in the diner or are engulfed by the floundering cupcake business–I’ve grown tired of both–there’s simply not much else to entice me back for another season.

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The Worst: The Office
The Office is like the alley dog that can’t walk, can’t see and everyone is too kind to just put it out of its misery; actually, if you ask me it should’ve been taken out to the shed and shot three years ago. I didn’t cry at Steve Carrell’s departure last season; I would’ve liked to congratulate him for getting off this sinking ship, but wow, did I really missed him after a full season with James Spader’s Robert California. The finale saw Cali mercifully ousted as CEO, oh and Angela’s baby is probably Dwight’s and they’re sneaking around the office again to make out and have sex? It was a bad case of déjà vu.

NBC continues to drag this rotting corpse on TV year after year (The Office UK left on top at two seasons) but it’s proof that they are desperate for anything that gets ratings. A ninth season is in the works despite Paul Lieberstein (who also plays Toby) is leaving as showrunner, B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling are leaving for Fox, and Rainn Wilson (with Lieberstein) is likely to be gone to launch a Dwight Schrute “down on the farm” spinoff! 164 episodes and counting, folks. Lawd, when will it ever end?

Agree or disagree with these picks? Share your thoughts below as well as some of your best and worst season finales.

NBC Unveils 2012 Fall Schedule and What That Means for ‘Community’

NBC had plenty to share with its Upfronts presentation today, sharing trailers for their new shows and lineup, which has been shifted considerably. Let’s take a look at NBC’s official fall schedule and how it affects returning shows:

NBC FALL 2012-13 SCHEDULE
*New programs in UPPER CASE; all times are eastern standard time

MONDAY
8-10 p.m. – “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. – “REVOLUTION”

TUESDAY
8-9 p.m. -“The Voice”
9-9:30 p.m. – “GO ON”
9:30-10 p.m. – “THE NEW NORMAL”
10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood”

WEDNESDAY
8-8:30 p.m. – “ANIMAL PRACTICE”
8:30-9 p.m. – “GUYS WITH KIDS”
9-10 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
10-11 p.m. – “CHICAGO FIRE”

THURSDAY
8-8:30 p.m. – “30 Rock”
8:30-9 p.m. – “Up All Night”
9-9:30 p.m. – “The Office”
9:30-10 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation”
10-11 p.m. – “Rock Center with Brian Williams”

FRIDAY
8-8:30 p.m. – “Whitney”
8:30-9 p.m. – “Community”
9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”
10-11 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”

SATURDAY
Encore programming

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Monday remains the talent portion of the lineup where The Voice will open each week accompanied with a Tuesday night results show. Joining The Voice on Monday nights is J.J. Abram’s new sci-fi series, Revolution taking the 10pm time slot. Will this be THE ONE sci-fi show NBC to succeed where so many (The Event, V, Heroes) have failed?

Wednesday looks like it’s the big day for new series for NBC with Law & Order: SVU being the only returning show. New drama series Chicago Fire seems like a logical partner for SVU.

As for Thursday, NBC’s most successful night of programming, after much tinkering with the formula the network has decided to scrap the third hour of comedy and in fact take out any original scripted show and putting Rock Center with Brian Williams in the 10PM time slot.

Up All Night makes it into the Thursday night block too displacing Community to Friday nights. To me, this is a vote of confidence for the Christina Applegate-Will Arnett comedy to be sandwiched in between 30 Rock and The Office. That move is going to be a controversial one as Friday night is a typical seal of death for a television show but I can understand the thinking behind it. Community has never been able to beat CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, so move it out of there. It’s never really benefitted from 30 Rock or The Office either so if it’s going to have a loyal audience then it will move to Friday nights where all the cult shows seem to survive.

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Photo taken by Lucky Bronson.

If Grimm survived, launching on Friday night, then Community has a chance to stand out too, on a night where it will go up against Fox’s Touch, which has also moved from Thursdays to Fridays, and likely the CW’s Nikita. ABC and CBS have not cemented their fall lineups yet. If Friday is the day of the week where the most devoted TV viewers stay in (like fans of Fox’s Fringe) then perhaps Community can grow its numbers to the size of what Grimm was able to pull (4.5-6 million) in its first season. If not, well, it’s on Friday, right?

Having Whitney as a lead-in is not helping Community’s cause, but maybe they can share some of Grimm’s friday night action, which held its own against CW’s Supernatural and Fox’s Fringe – two semi-popular genre shows with strong and loyal viewers. The final hurdle team Community needs to leap over is finding out if showrunner Dan Harmon will return for Season 4. Much has been made about his clash with cast member Chevy Chase but the question on whether he returns or not, may be related to matters that have not been made public. The show has survived many things, but I would find it hard to believe it could thrive if the show’s creator left.

So Community fans, do you fear Friday nights or the threat of creator Dan Harmon (or Chevy Chase) leaving?

DVD Review: ‘The Office: Special Edition’ (10th Anniversary)

the office ricky gervaisFor most American viewers, The Office is all about Michael Scott (Steve Carell), the manager of the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of Dunder Mifflin, a paper company. However, purists know that David Brent (Ricky Gervais) is the one and only king of paper. The BBC series also starred Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Mackenzie Crook (The Adventures of Tintin) and Lucy Davis (Nitrate, The Mentalist, Married Single Other).

FACEOFF: MICHAEL SCOTT VS DAVID BRENT

The Office: Special Edition celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the original BBC series that spiraled into a successful comedy series on NBC. If you’ve never watched the original series, you will be surprised to learn that this groundbreaking show only had 12 episodes and a 2-part Christmas Special. Yet, its legacy cannot be denied.

It’s a little startling to watch the first few episodes of the BBC series if you’ve watched the NBC series. The first episodes are almost word-for-word translations. However, you will slowly come to see why Gervais received so much acclaim for the role. You also get a feel for how different his character David Brent is from Michael Scott. While Scott slowly becomes more of an empathetic character, Brent rarely if ever comes off as a successful “friend”.

The Special Edition gives viewers an abundance of special features. In addition to videos with Gervais and Merchant, other celebrities (both in comedy and drama) discuss the impact of this series. Matthew Perry, Ben Stiller, Richard Curtis and Hugh Jackman all appear on the first DVD to discuss how they felt when they first watched the series. It’s intriguing to learn how much these celebs looked to Gervais for inspiration as well as entertainment.

Each episode on the first disc (Series One) is introduced by Gervais, Merchant and one or more of the celebrity guests. It’s a great way to frame the first series and get viewers into the show. The creators discuss some of their favorite moments and share a few “new retrospective” laughs as well. Previously released extras are also available on this release, including the Documentary “How I Made the Office”.

This DVD set is a great way to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of this legendary comedic show.

Brand New Extras:
– Episode Introductions to Series One and Extended Interviews with Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Special Guests Matthew Perry, Ben Stiller, Richard Curtis, Hugh Jackman
– “Comedy Connections”
– Original Pilot

Original Extras:
– Exclusive Documentary: How I Made the Office
– Deleted Scenes
– Video Diary
– Outtakes
– Director’s Commentary
– Golden Globes Featurette
– Music Video
– Making of “Freelove Freeway”

BBC’s The Office: The Complete Collection on Digital Download through iTunes:
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The Office: Special Edition [DVD]
 The Office: Special Edition

Starring: Martin Freeman, Ricky Gervais, Mackenzie Crook, Ewen MacIntosh, Ben Bradshaw
Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Studio: BBC
Release Date: November 22, 2011

Rating:
9 / 10

Blast Off #4: Television Remakes, The End of Broadcast & Black Friday Picks

The fourth Team Focus Blast Off is here, featuring Ernie Estrella.

This week, we discuss the rise of remakes on TV, including the upcoming Incredible Hulk TV series from Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy Director Guillermo del Toro and The Munsters. We also discuss the future of Broadcast TV in a field dominated by edgy cable dramas. Outside of The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural, what are the more gritty shows on broadcast that have the edge of gory shows like True Blood, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad? Also, is NBC the only home for the classic sitcom? Could Community and The Office have a life outside of NBC’s always changing lineup? How do shows like Louis, Wilfred and some of the Adult Swim cartoons compare to the traditional sitcom? Tune in and find out.

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‘Doctor Who’ Companion Catherine Tate Returns To Television

Catherine Tate, who is best known to nerds across our vast and different universes as Donna Noble, The Tenth Doctor’s companion in the fourth season of Doctor Who, will finally make her triumphant return to series television — just not in the show that you and I and everyone else with tickets to Comic-Con been hoping it would be. Tate has been tapped for a major recurring role in the second half of the American version of The Office‘s current season. (Where are we at, like the twentieth season?)

The character she will portray, Nellie Bertram, was actually introduced in last season’s finale as Michael Scott’s (Steve Carell) overeager potential replacement. As we know now, the job of Dunder Mifflin Sabre’s Regional Manager in Scranton went to Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) after Robert California (James Spader) passed on it and instead became the CEO of the company. Bertram’s return will be justified by the fact that still-Chairman of the Board Jo Bennett (Kathy Bates) has hired her as a special projects manager who has good yet still misguided intentions (mirroring Andy and Michael, of course). And not only does she enjoy the favoritism she receives from Bennett, according to executive producer Paul Lieberstein, “her relationship with Robert California will be far from professional.”

Of course, Tate is no stranger to comedy. She starred in her own sketch show — appropriately titled The Catherine Tate Show – back in her homeland of Great Britain.

Plus she’s fought off countless alien invasions. That’s a skill that will most definitely come in handy at the Scranton branch. At least I hope.

Is James Spader the New ‘Office’ Boss?

The seventh season of The Office is long over but position that Michael Scott (Steve Carell) left vacant is still up for grabs. EW.com reports that Emmy winning Boston Legal star James Spader is in talks to join the cast as the manager of the Scranton branch, but his ambitious character “Robert California” may not stop there.

He may be a corporate climber and take over as the head of Dunder Mifflin. This can only mean that Kathy Bates is on her way out. Is she jumping a sinking ship? Not really. Bates is focusing all of her attention her Harry’s Law series.

With Mr. California at the helm, the show may find that renewed energy necessary to drive season 8. There is still time before next season goes into production, but this news has to relieve the doubt that fans may have had after the exit of Carell. Although Michael’s position would technically still be open, maybe they can simply post an ad on Craigslist.

‘The Office’ Season 7 Finale Review : Search Committee

In last night’s season finale of The Office, the tedious search for the new manager of the Scranton branch intensified. The hour-long episode was peppered with celebrity cameos, with mixed results of who brought the laughs and who didn’t. While the search was great, we were ultimately left wondering just who Michael Scott’s replacement would be come Season 8.

Will Arnett’s character was first to interview for the position. He claimed to have a mysterious “three step plan” to double the branch’s income, but didn’t want to share it with the search committee (Jim, Toby and Gabe) for fear that they’d steal his idea. Of course, they were skeptical he truly had an idea in the first place. Arnett looks like he could easily gel well with the characters given his deadpan style of comedy, but him serving as Steve Carell’s replacement would be a little bit too much of “been there, done that.” And besides, Arnett’s already locked down on new show “Up All Night” with Christina Applegate starting this fall.
Next, famous businessman and philanthropist Warren Buffet also took time out his busy schedule to interview for the position. His cameo was quick but he was still able to show off his bargaining skills. Though his name wasn’t mentioned, he was apparently in character and very hung up on expensing gas mileage back to the company. Who knew that Buffet had such great comedic chops?

Comedian Catherine Tate also played a character taking a stab at the job. She proposed they take down the cubicles, and then put them back up. Everyone would be someone’s boss then they would split the difference to create a Zen office. It was all very confusing and looked like it may have been completely improvised, which is pretty impressive.
Ray Romano, Jim Carrey and Ricky Gervais also stepped up to the plate, though their performances were all let downs. Romano played a bumbling, depressed loser; it was cute but a bit on the unfunny side. Jim Carrey’s cameo was super-brief and practically during the closing credits as the crazy “Finger Lake” man. Ricky Gervais literally phoned it in, he was on for five seconds, interviewing by computer.

The best candidate, by far, was James Spader. He claimed: “There is no such thing as a product, there is only sex.” He steamrolled the interview and produced some of he best lines of the show: “Do I look like someone who is going to waste my own time?” His character was a creepy genius. Spader would be a good addition to the cast since there is no one else like him on the show right now. I’m sure the writers would have a good time thinking up completely new story lines for him. I would like to see more.
While all these external candidates were a mixed bag, some Dunder-Mifflin employees also threw their hat in the ring for the job. Andy (Ed Helms), Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Darryl (Craig Robinson) all submitted their candidacy. Darryl would be probably be the best choice, but choked in the interview. Andy wasn’t able to get a full interview in since Gabe (Zach Woods) couldn’t put his jealousy and feelings for aside for Erin, who’s infatuated with Andy once again. And Dwight impressed Jo (Kathy Bates) with his relentless quest for manager but Jim (John Krasinski) still wasn’t convinced.

With Season 7 over, we still have no idea who will be manager, which begs the question of if the show can successfully carry on post-Carell. After last week’s great episode, we know the original cast should be given the chance to run things without new blood. It’s risky; if they fall short, no star may be able to bring the show back. But with last night’s guest star let downs, it may be hard to re-create the buzz for the show. James Spader would be a good choice but who knows what deals will go down in the off-season. I hope they get it together for Season 8.

‘The Office’ 7.23 Review: ‘Dwight K. Schrute, (Acting) Manager’

Last night’s episode of The Office was the second one without Michael Scott (Steve Carell) leading the bumbling troops at Dunder Mifflin. With such a huge void to fill, the cast stepped up to the challenge and held their own. With some laugh out loud moments, they proved that they might be OK without Carell.

With Deangelo Vickers (Will Ferrell) still in a coma, the Scranton branch was without a supervisor. Unfortunately, Jim (John Krasinski) passed on the opportunity reasoning that “Unless you are a young child or prison inmate you don’t need a supervisor.” Of course, Dwight, who’s been waiting his whole life to be the one calling the shots, was more than happy to take it from him.

Too bad for the rest of the office that life sucks with Dwight as lead. His dictatorship regime starts with the introduction of time cards, staggered lunches and The Pledge of Allegiance with morning announcements. He even tried to “pre-fire” Jim. Dwight then began walking around the office with a 6 shooter like he was in some sort of Clint Eastwood movie. Unfortunately, he ended up firing it into the ground. He barely missed Andy and left him deaf in one ear. The whole scene was hilarious, perhaps the funniest we’ve seen in a while that didn’t involve Michael.

Dwight was ultimately demoted for the incident, but it didn’t stop the “junior employees” from trying to blackmail. Most of the staff wanted sensible demands like, no more guns in the workplace and to return the snacks to the vending machine. Jim took it to the next level by requesting that anytime Jim coughs, Dwight is to respond with “Jazz Hands”.

Best Quotes:

“Dwight doesn’t trust robots to give us our messages.” – Erin (Ellie Kemper)

“I don’t like being alone with me either.” – Gabe (Zach Woods)

“Stop asking yourself easy questions so that you look like a genius” – Jo (Kathy Bates)

The hilarious episode restored my confidence in the sustainability of the show, which is “Shagadellic baby”. Believe it or not, the show may just be able to urvive without Michael Scott. The only reservation I have is that the story line, Dwight as manager, has been in the writer’s back pocket since day one; but this was the perfect moment to whip it out. If the writers can keep this momentum going, they may not need gimmicks like the growing list of guest stars for next weeks finale.

Warren Buffett Makes a Cameo on ‘The Office’ Season Finale

Producers of The Office will stop at nothing to make you forget about Steve Carell leaving the show.

Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and the third wealthiest person in the world, is set to appear in the Season 7 finale, applying to the job that Michael Scott has left open.

There’s no word yet on if he will be playing himself though it’s a [large] stretch of the imagination that a businessman of Buffett’s clout would be interested in running a regional branch of Dunder-Mifflin Sabre, a mediocre paper business. Of course, this is not the first time that Buffett has demonstrated his acting chops. The 80-year old philanthropist also appeared as himself in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Other celebs have lined up to make an appearance in the finale, including Jim Carrey, Will Arnett, Ricky Gervais, James Spader, Ray Romano and Kathy Bates.

‘The Office’ Episode 7.22 Review: Life Without Michael Scott Sucks

“Big changes are a comin’ and they’re comin’ fast”. Maybe not fast enough. Last night’s episode was the first glimpse of life without Michael Scott (Steve Carell) and its lack of forward motion made us miss him even more.

It seemed like Will Ferrell was merely a stand in for Carell, sure he left us giggling, but the episode was static. It was going to take a lot of energy to make the audience forget Michael and Ferrell brought it, but it wouldn’t be enough for the long term. Ferrell’s character, DeAngelo, was all over the place, which was his “master plan”. His juggling routine was silly, but over the top. He was just dancing around for awhile, it’s cute, but The Office is better than that.

The episode had some funny moments:

All of Gabe’s (Zach Woods) miss-quotes: “Brain Burp” instead of Brain Fart,” Magic Jordan” instead of Michael Jordan, and “Free Ballin’ It” instead of guesstimate. He’s awkward demeanor is endearing and funny

The ending scene on the basketball court was the best. Ferrell’s fake slam dunk that led to him taking the hoop down was a great way to end his story-line.

Best quotes:

* “NBA, WNBA: one is a sport one is a joke, I love sports, I love jokes” -Dwight (Rainn Wilson)

* “I wrote a companion piece to the Vagina Monologues called The Penis Apologies” -Andy (Ed Helms)

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All in all, it seems the characters are just as eager as we are to see who will be taking Michael Scott’s place. It’s an understatement to say that the replacement has big shoes to fill. That begs the question: Do we want to see the same type of bumbling character as Michael or someone completely fresh? The easy route is supplanting the show with a Michael-type and just have him alienating the office (as Ferrell did). It’s a proven formula so why not just use it? Because it would be boring, and said person will inevitably fail to live up to the standard. Here’s to hoping that they place a completely different type of character for the sake of reinvigorating the show. I’ll keep watching to see what happens, but if the finale doesn’t give us some answers, things are not looking good for Season 8.