TVLine Items: Office Boss Wants Arnett, CBS Eyes J.J., and Other TV News to Know

Imagine Gob Bluth running around Dunder Mifflin, carrying a mug that reads “World’s Best Boss” — perfection, right?

Well, if Ricky Gervais has his way, Will Arnett may be on Office duty soon enough.

In another fabulously funny installment of his personal blog, the British Office boss revealed that he’s been having “a few days of meetings and admin,” and has officially used his executive producing status on The Office to plant another Steve Carell replacement seed — maybe the best we’ve heard.

“Had a little meeting with NBC about various things,” he wrote, “and recommended Will Arnett for a regular in The Office. Thoughts? I think he’s amazing.” Agreed, he is amazing.

Curious to find out what else is going on in TV today? Well…

Undercovers, who? J.J. Abrams now has two new pilots under his belt, as CBS has picked up Person of Interest, per Deadline. Fox had previously picked up the Abrams-produced Alcatraz.

• Jack Black is returning as host of Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards, says This marks Black’s third time leading the tween-based ceremony.

• CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman delivered its highest ratings of the season last week, which included guest appearances by Justin Bieber, Pauley Perrette, Matthew Perry, Kate Walsh and Howard Stern — not too shabby!

Greek‘s series finale is right around the corner (March 7 — sob!), and has your first look at the last picture of the cast. Awww.

Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Gabrielle Carteris is an alien — on a few upcoming episodes of The Event, TV Guide Magazine reports. The series returns to NBC with a two-hour episode on Monday, March 7 at 8/7c.

Which TVLine Items do you want to talk about?

Comments (20)

  • Actually The Event returns to NBC Monday, March 07 at 8/7c (episodes 11-12 from 8-10pm, then back to the original 9pm timeslot the following week).

    Comment by Thomas – February 10, 2011 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Will Arnett so I am very excited about him possibly finding a home on tv. Maybe Fahad could visit? Even though Running Wilde didn’t work, I think Will and Peter Serafinowicz definitely had a good chemistry. Dwight having a run in with either of them would be hilarious!

    Comment by Kate – February 10, 2011 01:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree about those too! The show should’ve been focused on just them. That was the best part.

      Comment by EM – February 10, 2011 02:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Totally agree! They were hysterical together. I really think “Running Wilde” just didn’t have enough time to develop and catch on. But hey, if it frees him up for “The Office” then I am okay with it.

        Comment by Allison – February 10, 2011 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Fahad should bisit bery often. :)

      Comment by TimeShiftingMom – February 10, 2011 10:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Say what you want, but The Office has already lost its zing and will truly be over once Michael Scott is out of the picture. They should end it this season.

    Comment by Maria – February 10, 2011 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would still like to see a really funny comediene fill in for Steve once he leaves. I had heard rumblings about Arnett’s Arrested Development co-star Portia De Rossi or even Lisa Kudrow being in consideration, either of which I think would bring a great new energy to the show that they could build on. But you could still do a LOT worse than Will Arnett taking over instead.

    Comment by Michael – February 10, 2011 02:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • When you think about it really, pretty much any former principle adult from Arrested Development would be great on that show…heck, Alia Shawkat too!

      Comment by John – February 10, 2011 02:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Ha! I kind of love your Alia idea.

        Comment by Megan Masters – February 10, 2011 02:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It would really only work if she played Maeby running the branch.

          Comment by John – February 10, 2011 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • And every once in awhile she could pop in as her alter-ego, Surely Funke.

            Comment by Megan Masters – February 10, 2011 03:15 PM PDT  
          • Think the show could afford Jeff Garland as her lackey/potential adversary for Dwight?

            Comment by John – February 10, 2011 04:43 PM PDT  
      • You’re right, anyone from Arrested Development, even Jason Bateman. Saw him recently in a movie and he plays a funny straight guy really well!! Just the right sarcasm too!

        Comment by Linda – February 11, 2011 07:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So sad to see Greek end, but it’s nice to see a show end while it’s still enjoyable and not after it’s terrible.

    And Will Arnett could be the only thing that would make a post-Steve Carell Office enjoyable. Yikes.

    Comment by Jamie – February 10, 2011 02:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will Arnett would be perfect!

    Comment by Lorie – February 10, 2011 02:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will Arnett is the absolutely perfect choice to headline “The Office.” Sign him now and this viewer will NOT defect.

    Comment by Rob R – February 10, 2011 03:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They should really cancel The Office. The romance and absurdity are gone. Now it’s just…sad. But desperate NBC would never cancel it.

    Comment by Luke – February 10, 2011 07:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Office, meet shark. Get ready to jump.

    Steve Carell has that rare ability to play a jackass with a heart of gold — under the layers of self delusion in his Michael Scott you could always see, at his core, a real if flawed human being. At the core of Arnett’s characters there’s always an empty space; he creates characters with no detectable humanity, heart or soul at all. There’s a reason Will Arnett’s last show tanked, and it wasn’t that it didn’t get a chance, and it wasn’t Will’s co-stars.

    The Office has always at its best delt in subtle truths and a certain sweetness within a wry tone. When it got silly or absurd it was by reducing familiar situations to their inherent absurdity, not by creating wackyness for its own sake. All Arnett has is bombast and exaggeration — if he became boss the show would degenerate into a battle of cartoons between him and the ever increasingly ridiculous Dwight.

    No, Arnett is a horrible choice for The Office; the tone that show needs to work is simply not within him. He would come off as a much inferior immitation of Michael Scott and the show would not survive it.

    Comment by ThatBob – February 10, 2011 10:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • An interesting take, yes I agree with your assessment, I am sure Will Arnett is shooting you insane exaggerated eye daggers right now LOL.

      Comment by Cat – February 11, 2011 08:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I liked the original idea of bringing someone like Harvey Keitel into The Office because it would bring a different type of energy to the show. So if Keitel is not available then bring Dennis Franz out of retirement and let him face off with Dwight!

    Comment by Benjamin – February 11, 2011 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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