TVLine Items: NBC Denies Secret Steve Carell Office Visit, GH Gets Primetime Buzz and More!

Did Steve Carell return to The Office right under our Dunder Mifflin-lovin’ noses?

Last week’s episode of the NBC comedy found the office staffers participating in a trivia-a-thon at a gay bar, and if you look closely at the photo to the right (which was shared by the New York Post), that bearded member of the brilliantly named Queerenstein Bears looks an awful lot like a disguised Carell.

Alas… NBC burst everyone’s bubble Wednesday morning when they told The Washington Post that the trivia whiz was not an incognito Carell. (For now though, we’re choosing to believe Michael Scott was reunited, albeit briefly, with his Scranton pals.)

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Here’s some potentially good news for anyone worried that General Hospital, ABC’s sole surviving daytime soap, may be axed once Katie Couric’s talk show debuts this fall: The series might move to primetime. According to TV Guide Magazine, one scenario currently being discussed has GH, if displaced by Couric, continuing on as a short-run summer series on ABC, similar to Spanish television’s telenovelas.

• The Twilight Saga‘s Christopher Heyerdahl will recur in the upcoming fifth season of True Blood as Dieter Braun, an ancient vampire with major ties the Authority, per Deadline.

• Party Down alum Martin Starr has booked a guest spot on Fox’s New Girl, E! Online reports, playing one of Nick’s old law school buddies who resurfaces after a rough breakup.

• NCIS: LA‘s LL Cool J has been named host of the 2012 Grammy Awards, to air Feb. 12 on CBS.

• Ken Howard (30 Rock) has signed on to The Young and the Restless for four episodes as Phyllis and Avery’s oft-mentioned estranged father, TV Guide Magazine reports. He’ll first appear on the CBS soap on Feb. 23.

• NBC will air the 43rd annual NAACP Image Awards live on Friday, Feb. 17 at 8/7c.

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  1. vik says:

    ABC does realize that no one is watching the current talk shows it airs right? We have turned to cable tv. No more CBS, NBC or ABC, we watch lifetime, where we can watch dramas which the “Big Three” used to show during the day.

    • Eli says:

      I am a huge soap fan but I’m not a delusional one. Look at the ratings vik, who are these “no ones” who are “not” watching The View, Kelly or The Chew? We, the soap fans, can only blame ourselves, most of us watch our shows later and not as they air. These are expensive shows to make and if we elect not to subject ourselves to the advertisements that pay for them, then losing these shows is on our head.

    • CJ says:

      I watch The Chew almost every day….well, actually I watch the second half of it. The first half is on while I’m watching Jeopardy. But it’s a nice, light entertaining show. The Revolution sounds much less entertaining.

  2. Jon says:

    I think this might be a good idea for GH. Although it dumbfounds me by how they want to replace it with talkshows, even though they know that talkshows are bringing in less ratings than soaps, I think limiting themselves to 12 or 13 or possibly 16 to 18 episode a year will allow them to shift through useless fodder and deal with really cool stuff.

    • Travis says:

      If I am understanding this correctly, it sounds as if ABC would air it every weeknight over a summer run (My guess would be a couple months) would mean atleast 40 episodes each year, which is still better than the ZERO episodes we would get if they just outright canceled it.

    • CJ says:

      There’s also a good chance they’re saying this now as a first tiny prick of the cancellation balloon. Instead of just dumping it outright, they want to do it in steps to let the fans down easy. Instead of “the show is cancelled,” we get “it might be cancelled, and if it is, we might try another programming model.”

  3. JJ says:

    Not quite ideal, but whatever it takes to keep GH on the air!

  4. MissMel says:

    I actually really like that idea for GH. They could run it like a regular drama series each season like Dallas or Dynasty. It would allow the actors to take on other projects during the rest of the year because they wouldn’t have to make such a major commitment time-wise so you might be able to get some bigger names on there. Also, I think prime time would give them a little more flexibility in terms of what they could get away with. Maybe they could amp up the sex appeal a little and bring back some of the romantic foundation soaps were built on.

  5. chris says:

    ABC tried the late night soap and it bombed. Does anyone remember Port Charles? It failed at primetime and moved to daytime. I think they would only do this to say ‘see we do care’. Then when the ratings fall and they cancel, they can say they at least tried.

  6. Danielle says:

    GH has sucked for years. They killed the show by killing off 90%-95% of the Super Q’s, Spencer’s, Hardy’s, Webber’s and etc. I say call it a day, you ruined the best soap ever almost a decade ago, if not longer.

  7. Michael Sacal says:

    “The Twilight Saga‘s Christopher Heyerdahl will recur in the upcoming fifth season of True Blood as Dieter Braun, an ancient vampire with major ties the Authority, per Deadline.”

    What about Sanctuary?

    • tbrownlie says:

      THANK GOD some one else said that. not all of us watch twilight.

      • Julie says:

        And he played the coolest baddie on Supernatural ever! He did an amazing job as Alastair! Creepy guy but in an awesome way of course! Can’t wait to see what he’ll bring on True Blood though! :D Love him!

  8. Lisa says:

    YES, PLEASE!!!! I really hope this happens! Bring back the prime-time soaps like the old Dallas, Knots Landing, Dynasty…with the new head writers, this would probably work!

  9. Abe Froman says:

    Who is NBC kidding? That is SO Steve Carell.

    • Michael Sacal says:

      That much is clear, but how much cooler would it be if it was Michael Scott, who came back to Scranton after he failed at whatever it is that he left to do and doesn’t have the courage to face his friends, so he spies on them in disguise?

    • Kathy says:

      My thought exactly! There is no way that is not Steve Carell. I miss the character of Michael Scott. The show is not the same without him.

  10. mike says:

    ABC should bring back it’s soap with the highest ratings, One Life to Live as a summer series

  11. Jessica says:

    SO excited whenever I see Martin Starr is getting guest-starring spots! New Girl’s already had Lizzy Caplan, maybe they should make the rounds through all the Party Down alums?

  12. QLAD says:

    I admit the guy in the picture does resemble Steve Carell but the ears are too small, the hair on the top is too thin and the eyes aren’t right