"Rainn Wilson once gave this interview where he said, 'The universe will tell you what it wants from you.' That really haunted me. I really wanted to act at that time, but I was clearly better as a writer. I thought, What part of me is chasing the fun and thrill of this job and how much of me should actually be doing this? I felt kind of ashamed and inquisitive. It really challenged me, even if for all I know [Wilson] got it from Chicken Soup for the Soul."
- B.J. Novak tells Vulture about his days as a frustrated actor on The Office while promoting the audiobook [...]
After Arcade Fire appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, NBC gave the band a half hour to debut some new material on the network. What aired was this surreal Roman Coppola special with the songs "Here Comes the Night Time," "We Exist," and "Normal Person." The video also includes giant masks and cameos from Rainn Wilson, Ben Stiller, James Franco, Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, Bill Hader, Zach Galifianakis, and a Spanish-speaking Michael Cera.
Rainn Wilson was planning on starring in a spin-off based around his character Dwight Schrute once The Office ended its nine-season run this May, but since NBC opted not to pick up the show, he's taking things in an unexpected direction. THR reports that Wilson booked the lead role in the CBS pilot Backstrom, a crime drama based on Leif G.W. Persson's Swedish book series of the same name. He'll be starring alongside 24's Dennis Haysbert as Everett Backstrom, an offensive, self-destructive detective who's part of a team of eccentric criminologists. Bones creator Hart Hanson is writing and producing the pilot. While this is an hour-long [...]
Two and a Half Men's half man Angus T. Jones made headlines this week when he encouraged fans to stop watching Two and a Half Men and called the show "filth" in a testimonial for some weird religious cult. You'd think the Angus T. Jones controversy would be a cautionary tale for the stars of other network sitcoms and would make them be more careful about what they say, but that's apparently not the case. The Office's Rainn Wilson released this video via his Facebook yesterday afternoon, in which he also calls his show filth and tells people not to watch it, Thursday nights at 9 on NBC. [...]
The Office's Rainn Wilson logged onto Reddit for an AMA question-and-answer session with fans yesterday. In it, he reflected honestly on The Office's post-Steve Carell era, shared some details about the upcoming spin-off The Farm, and revealed that he was the first person to ever audition for the US Office. Here are the highlights from the AMA:
On The Office, post-Steve Carell:
I think some mistakes were made in the Office last season creatively. That being said I think some of the best, most interesting and funniest stuff we've ever done was last season. The Talahassee stuff was pretty sublime I thought. The Episode when I had an appendectamy [...]
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rainn Wilson is set to star in Backstrom, an upcoming Fox drama series written and executive produced by Bones creator Hart Hanson. Based on a series of books by Swedish criminologist Leif G.W. Persson, the 13-episode crime drama follows Wilson as Everett Backstrom, "an overweight, offensive, irascible detective as he tries and fails to change his self-destructive behavior." A premiere date has not yet been announced, but the series is set to go into production early this year. This makes Fox's second series order for a pilot developed for another network after they saved the failed NBC pilot Mulaney back in October. [...]
YouTube is holding its first-ever comedy week from May 19 to 25th, and they got Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Jake & Amir, the Gregory Brothers, and a bunch of people I'm not familiar with together to film this promo. They're not in this promo, but Vince Vaughn, Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, Ed Helms, Garfunkel & Oates, and Norm Macdonald will also be participating in the event, a week of stand-up, sketches, music, and live performances, to finally bring some comedy to the serious, serious video site.
If you've ever wondered what a show centered on The Office's Dwight Schrute would look like, you'll get your chance to find out this Thursday. Last year, NBC ordered an episode of The Office that would double as the a pilot for a Dwight spin-off called The Farm, but then decided not to make the show. The episode will air this Thursday and will introduce you to Schrute relatives living on the family beet farm like Dwight's stoner brother Jeb (Thomas Middleditch, The Campaign), cousin Zeke (Matt Jones, Breaking Bad), Nazi grandfather Henrich Manheim (Tom Bower, Die Hard 2), and lefty sister Fannie (Majandra Delfino, Roswell). Rainn Wilson wrote the [...]
Rainn Wilson announced yesterday via Twitter that NBC has opted not to pick-up The Farm, the spin-off of The Office based around his character Dwight Schrute. A pilot episode was filmed, as a standalone episode of The Office that introduces Dwight's family, and the episode will still air sometime in early 2013, giving us a glimpse of what the Dwight spin-off would have looked like. This means that Rainn Wilson will be sticking around for the rest of The Office's final season, instead of leaving for his own show, which'll make for a more fulfilling finale for fans in May.
The Farm was created by Paul Lieberstein (the [...]
As we speak, Breaking Bad'sBryan Cranston is directing one of the last episodes of The Office. Cranston has some experience directing sitcoms, working on an episode of Modern Family last season and seven episodes of Malcolm in the Middle when he was on it. Still, one could imagine Ellie Kemper being really scared of him. This picture was Instagrammed by Rainn Wilson with the caption: "Free meth for The Office!" Which is funny enough; however, there will be no free meth. He is in the empire business. Don't eff with Heisenberg, Dwight, unless you want to end up like a certain dirt bike.
IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! returns with new episodes this Friday at 10. Here's an exclusive clip from the first episode back, in which Reggie Watts plays The Office's theme song while Rainn Wilson sings the never-before-heard lyrics.
Rainn Wilson posted this sign-in sheet for auditions for The Office on Facebook today featuring a bunch of people who tried out for the roles of Michael, Dwight, Jim, and Pam. These are the first 14 actors to audition for the show in the fall of 2003, including UCB founder Matt Besser for Dwight, Melissa McCarthy's husband and writing partner Ben Falcone for Michael, and Mr. Show and 24 star Mary Lynn Rajskub for Pam. Rainn Wilson and Jenna Fischer are the only ones on here who booked the job, but plenty of talented people still populate this list. It's hard to imagine anyone else in these [...]
A couple months ago, Rainn Wilson announced that NBC wasn't moving ahead with The Farm, the spin-off of The Office based around his character Dwight Schrute and his wacky family's wacky beet farm. The pilot for The Farm was film as a regular episode of The Office, and we reported that the episode would be still be airing later this season, despite NBC's decision not to pick up the show. Now, Office head honcho Greg Daniels officially confirms this info to TV Line, referring to the nixed spin-off as "a very good episode" and saying, "We're not going to air exactly what it was, because it has certain aspects that were [...]
The Office's Rainn Wilson paid a visit to Conan's couch last night, and the duo had a nice chat about fans getting tattoos of their faces. Apparently, Dwight Schrute and Conan O'Brien's faces are popular options when bros get out to get inked, and the two share some pictures of the most frightening fan body art involving their own heads. Now that we've seen what's safe to say is the most frightening tattoo of Conan O'Brien's face, it's up to one of us to top it.
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