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    I read that Steve Carrell will be playing Maxwell Smart in an upcoming Get Smart movie. I'm sure he'll be hilarious in the role but it's going to be hard to fill Don Adams' shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchieComic Fan View Post
    That was one of my favorite lines from last night too! That and "The Others" reference. It's refreshing when a network is confident enough to reference a show on another network.
    "The Others" line was very funny. Now that I've read their blogs (someone here provided a link) and know they let in some ad-libs*, I wonder if that line was ad-libbed or scripted.

    *The actress who plays the blond accountant said that she ad-libbed the line where she was asked her favorite colors during the purse-selling episode and said, "Gray, dark gray, and charcoal." That was funny

    You could really feel the "Americanization" of the show last night. Instead of people's lives going nowhere with the crushing sense of hopelessness that you feel in the British version, there was a lot of "It's my choice" talk as the characters defended their self-defeating attitudes and behaviors. They retain a sense of control. There's the tenet that people could really improve their situations if only they didn't make bad choices, vs. the more socialist (perhaps existentialist -- definitely European) portrayal of people stuck in situations beyond their control.

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    Some possible spoilers from Ask Ausiello at tvguide.com

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    Question: Any hints or guesses about when Jim and Pam may finally get together on The Office? Will they make us wait until next season? Sam

    Ausiello: I'm guessing the producers are gonna drag this out for as long as they can. They've got a good thing going with this whole unrequited love thing and they know it. Speaking of Jam, I hear they're going to take a fun-filled field trip to their local CVS pharmacy in one of the last episodes of the season. Also, someone in the office is going to get cancer but, naturally, it's Michael who plays the victim. This person's grim diagnosis falls on Michael's birthday, casting a pall over the festivities.



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    I was very excited to hear the news that Ricky Gervais (and I think Stephen Merchant, also) will write an episode for the US version of The Office. (source)

    Apparently, that will be for the third season (22 more episodes?? sheesh, our seasons are long). Can't wait to see what he can do with our cast/environment, though!

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    ^^ That'll be cool!
    I have to say, the uncomfortable pauses in the American show seem shorter than in the British show. Which I prefer because sometimes the British moments of silence went on a bit too long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCL View Post
    ^^ That'll be cool!
    I have to say, the uncomfortable pauses in the American show seem shorter than in the British show. Which I prefer because sometimes the British moments of silence went on a bit too long.
    I can understand that, CCL - however, I have to admit, I kinda liked how much more awkward everything felt with the longer UK version pauses - it felt more like a mockumentary to me. I am afraid the US version will soon start to blend itself into the usual US sitcom variety. It's like any moment now they are going to start adding a laugh track or something. I say keep the noticeable pauses in there, it helps create a feeling of being filmed in real-time, all the quick cuts to the next scene loses the unscripted vibe appeal for me.

    Okay, I'll admit, I'm still a bit biased towards the original version of the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mozzz View Post
    I am afraid the US version will soon start to blend itself into the usual US sitcom variety. It's like any moment now they are going to start adding a laugh track or something.
    This better not happen! I know what you guys are saying about the different vibe compared with the Brit original. Even this season compared to last, IMO. But so far it is staying smart and believable, and most of all, funny as hell.

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    Although there were some funny moments in tonight's Valentine's show, overall, I didn't find it as good as some of the previous shows.

    It was funny how Michael said he loved going to a local NYC pizza joint & then he walks into Sbarro, lol.

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    I think this show has some good qualities... and sometimes it misses the shot too.

    But tonights was great. Sbarro's lol. I really connect to Michael and I just want to grab him and shake some sense into him. He is reasonable, but then he goes over the edge and you just want to yell at him and say SHUT UP, that girlfriend line, i was so mad at him. But I love Phylis she is so adorable with her "garden"

    And I finally could applaud Micahel at the end, then Jan goes and does what!

    Well this episode reaffirmed my faith in the show. My DVR just makes it toooo short. like 18 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynne View Post
    Although there were some funny moments in tonight's Valentine's show, overall, I didn't find it as good as some of the previous shows.

    It was funny how Michael said he loved going to a local NYC pizza joint & then he walks into Sbarro, lol.
    I found the show a bit hit and miss last night. It was not bad, just not great. The Sbarro part was funny & I did quite enjoy the musical montage of life at the Scranton office though. And, hey, we did see a boss who is more of an idiot than Michael (the guy who didn't even do a report; at least Michael had a report in addition to his video). Poor Pam not getting anything for Valentine's Day.
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