“You know what, it’s not like I go back and watch episodes, but I was flipping through and there was an episode called “Office Olympics.” And there was a scene where I come back in and they’ve been playing games all day. My character comes back in and I’ve had all this trouble purchasing a condo — and it’s been a big problematic experience. And Jim awards me one of these medals — and my character is taking it very literally and very earnestly. and it’s really done more as a joke, but it evolves into something else. And I watched it because there was very little dialogue during this scene and I really enjoyed the moments on the show that were not scripted. It was just a shot of John [Krasinski] and a shot of him connecting with Jenna [Fisher’s] character, Pam, and a shot of me being just full of pride — like sort of misplaced. But very earnest and he’s very touched. And I just — I loved little moments of connection like that. And it was very subtle and I love that aspect of the show — that weren’t even scripted but just sort of elegant. You know, elegant relationship.”—Steve Carell on his favorite moment from “The Office.” Read the rest of the interview here.
Get excited, people! Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the other Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nominees are planning something for the Emmys.
The Best Actress in a Comedy category is always a lot of fun. The nominees really enjoy it and often like to do a little something for the audience. Have you guys already caught up with each other to start planning something? We have, yes. I’ve been in touch with a couple of people … we’re talking. It’s such a particularly nice time to be in this category because this group of women is such an outstanding group … I mean, I really have enormous respect and really admire the women in this category tremendously. It’s a great snapshot of what’s happening in television right now for women. These women know how to get to the funny and do it powerfully and capably. I’m tickled pink to be in this group.
“The first time I saw ‘The Office,’ I thought: ‘Who is this? He’s absolutely wonderful. His character has a quality of distraction and narcissism that is completely out of his control, but there is a pathos that’s very authentic so you believe in this person and feel for him.”—Meryl Streep, No. 1 Michael Scott from “The Office” fan.
The Television Critics Association summer press tour has been going on for the last two weeks. It’s where the networks roll out their stars for new and returning shows and TV critics get to ask them questions and stuff. It’s fun.