Why, oh why did "The Office" have to end? The series premiered 10 years ago, and as I saw former cast members tweet about it, it reminded me just how much fun I had watching the series on a weekly basis for nine seasons. Before I start binging, however, there's plenty of news to share, like the return of "The X-Files," the return of "Silicon Valley" and several Ryan Murphy-related reunions.
1. "The Office" turning 10 reminds me how much I miss the show
There's a few shows that I genuinely miss, and one of them is "The Office," which ran from 2005 to 2013. The mockumentary-style comedy series just celebrated it's 10th anniversary yesterday as the series debuted on March 24, 2005 on NBC.
I admit that I didn't immediately catch onto it right away. It was until I came home from school one day when my uncle told me to watch the episode "Basketball" from the first season, one of his personal favorites and for good reason.
My first introduction to the now iconic Michael Scott (Steve Carell) was seeing him continuously and hilariously embarrass himself on the warehouse floor-turned-basketball court in Dunder Mifflin for a game between the office and the warehouse staff.
From his airball free throw to his tactics that would be considered blatant fouls in an actual game, I knew that the character of Michael Scott would be one of the few characters that could manage to be endearingly unlikeable. This only became more increasingly obvious in the subsequent episodes and seasons that followed.
Although I'd go as far to say that he's undoubtedly one of the best TV characters, the show wouldn't have worked nearly as well if it wasn't for the supporting cast of white-collared misfits. Many of the show's best moments derived from their interactions, like Jim and Pam's cute-as-a-puppy romance, Ryan and Kelly's bizarre romance, Dwight Schrute's oddball behavior, the pranks, the knowing glares into the camera, Creed's mysteriousness, Angela's cat obsession, Kevin's airhead quips, Stanley's not-giving-a-sh*t attitude, Phyllis' mother-like charm and Erin's quirkiness – just to name a few.
Although the entire series is ready to stream on Netflix, it's 10th anniversary reminded me yesterday on just how much I miss watching these characters and Dunder Mifflin. There's no doubt that a binge session is on order.
Oh, and here are a few of yesterday's tweets by a few cast members:
Happy Ten Years Office! Best years. Best Friends. Miss freezing our butts off in the conference room at 7:15am. Always the best laughs. — Jenna Fischer (@jennafischer) March 24, 2015
10 years ago The Office debuted on NBC. Wow. What a ride. — RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) March 24, 2015
2. It's official: Fox is bringing back "The X-Files" for six more episodes
Now I'm fully aware that if you ask for it over and over, you'll get what you ask for ... years later. In news that is both intriguing and random, "The X-Files" is officially returning to Fox as a limited series after 13 years being off the air. And yes, stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are back on board, along with creator Chris Carter.
"I think of it as a 13-year commercial break," Carter said in a statement. "The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories."
The sci-fi series first premiered in 1993, quickly becoming a pop culture sensation that went on to last nine seasons and two feature films. If I were to take a guess, the shortened mini-series will once again follow FBI special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases or there'll be some weird alien abduction or something.
"The X-Files" will supposedly start production this summer. There's no premiere date set yet, and at this point, it hasn't been confirmed if any of the other original cast members will return. For fans of the show, this is undoubtedly exciting news. For those who haven't watched an episode, this just means that now you have a valid reason to binge watch every episode this summer in preparation.
3. Second trailer for HBO's "Silicon Valley" promises a war between Pied Piper and Nucleus
HBO has revealed the trailer for the sophomore season of Mike Judge's "Silicon Valley," and war is on the horizon.
The trailer sets up what appears to be a full-fledged battle between Pied Piper – a data compression program developed by Richard (Thomas Middleditch) and his team of hilarious techies Erlich (T.J. Miller), Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) and Jared (Zach Woods) – and Nucleus, a tech company that's developing a similar project.
The pressure's on for Richard and the rest of the team to deliver a finished version of Pied Piper. With the help of a new backer, however, the team tries to get themselves out there. "Synergy, b*tches. Do you know what that means?" to which Gilfoyle dryly asks, "Does that mean taking a stack of cash and lighting it on fire?"
Chaos will ensue either with fingertips on the keyboard or elsewhere as car windows are smashed, shots are taken, walls are sledgehammered and a politely-mannered "bros before hoes" joke that's, according to Jared, "sexist, but it's about friendship."
"Silicon Valley" returns for a 10-episode second season premiering Sunday, Apr. 12.
4. Casting news: Connie Britton joins "American Crime Story," Chloë Sevigny checks into "American Horror Story: Hotel"
Not to be confused with John Ridley's series "American Crime," the upcoming "American Crime Story" is a new anthology series from Ryan Murphy, the creator of "Glee" (which, thankfully, just had its series finale last week) and "American Horror Story."
Yesterday, it was reported that "Nashville" star Connie Britton will be taking a break from country singing and soapy drama to reunite with Murphy.
If you recall, she appeared in the crazy brilliant first season of "American Horror Story" and has expressed not too long ago that she'd like to work with Murphy again for another season of the horror anthology series. Apparently Murphy had another idea in mind in which she'll be portraying Faye Resnick, a friend of Nicole Brown Simpson.
The 10-episode first season of "American Crime Story" is based on the Jeffery Toobin book "The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson," which, of course, is about the infamous O.J. Simpson trial. So far, the cast includes Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran and Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark.
In other Murphy-related casting news, Chloë Sevigny has checked into "American Horror Story: Hotel." She joins a cast that already includes Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer and Wes Bentley. Of course, details are kept under wraps, so it's unclear who or possibly what Sevigny will be playing, but let's just hope that whoever or whatever it is, it'll be as nightmare-inducing as her role as Shelley in "American Horror Story: Asylum."
Both "American Crime Story" and "American Horror Story: Hotel" will be premiering later this year. In the mean time, Murphy will probably be developing more series with "American" and "Story" in the title.
Colton Dunham's passion for movies began back as far as he can remember. Before he reached double digits in age, he stayed up on Saturday nights and watched numerous classic horror movies with his grandfather. Eventually, he branched out to other genres and the passion grew to what it is today.
Only this time, he's writing about his response to each movie he sees, whether it's a review for a website, or a short, 140-character review on Twitter. When he's not inside of a movie theater, at home binge watching a television show, or bragging that he's a published author, he's pursuing to keep movies a huge part of his life, whether it's as a journalist/critic or, ahem, a screenwriter.