B.J. Novak, the actor, comedian and writer who became known for playing Ryan Howard on The Office, has signed a seven-figure, two book deal with Knopf, The New York Times reports. The first of the two books, which is fiction, is slated for a 2014 pub date.
“The closest analogy for me is Woody Allen,” Mr. Novak’s agent, Richard Abate, described the story collection. “Underneath these stories is a real intellectual curiosity. I think their appeal is that they’re incredibly accessible and comic, but at the same time they’re exploring the modern condition.”
The biggest news tonight on NBC is, naturally, the end of 30 Rock’s seven-year run. “Will Liz Lemon finally realize her mistake and run back into the arms of Dennis Duffy?” That’s the biggest question. That and “How many articles about Tina Fey’s ‘contribution’ to comedy will run before it starts sounding like an obituary?” But there are other interesting turns for the Peacock’s Thursday-night lineup that we should be paying attention to. For instance, why has former NBC exec wunderkind Ben Silverman started popping up in episodes of The Office?
Fifty Shades of Grey famously began its life, before publication and millions of copies sold, as online “fan-fiction” about the book and movie series Twilight, placing its characters in new–and racy!–situations.
And it’s not alone.
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In the second major piece of NBC news today, America’s version of Ricky Gervais’s mockumentary The Office is ending after a final, ninth season.
This is where the expression “to put something out of its misery” comes from, right?
Yesterday, NBC announced that 30 Rock will air its final, shortened season this Fall, along with some big news about the other comedies on the network. (No, that’s not the lie. We aren’t playing yet!) Can you guess which one of these items was not on the agenda?
Sure, it’s been announced that Dwight, the Pictionary, Jr. illustration of the word “geek” that has darkened The Office‘s doorways lo these eight seasons past, is getting a spinoff sitcom developed around his unique take on life. And we’ll hate-DVR the first three episodes of Dwight! to see if they decide to commit to “Trekkie,” “Star Wars nut” or “dangerously unstable menace,” we’re more excited by the possibility that spinoffs will have a renaissance. Here are eight sitcom spinoffs we’d greenlight tomorrow.
NBC has released next season’s schedule, one featuring six new series to debut in the fall (and six more for midseason). New shows are to include the Mad Men-alike The Playboy Club, a drama about Bunnies in the 1960s; Up All Night, a comedy about parenthood that is to feature the return of both Christina Read More
When the good folks at Dunder Miflin start pitching web startups, you know the world’s got a tech bubble on the brain.
“The first lesson of Silicon Valley actually,” says Ryan, “Is that you only think about the user, the experience, you actually don’t think about the money, ever.”
There is an amazing Read More
The red carpet premiere of Despicable Me was probably not where NBC wanted Steve Carell to confirm that he was leaving The Office following this season—but alas, such is life for the perpetually lagging behind network. Still, even without the “face of the franchise,” NBC is planning on continuing ahead with The Office to Read More
Watchmen Wednesday, March 3
Last year—possibly at this very moment—you were pre-ordering IMAX tickets for Watchmen and waiting with bated breath to see the adaptation of the beloved graphic novel. What a difference a year makes! We all know how Watchmen turned out: Critics and general audiences alike Read More