Rainn Wilson, who we all remember as Dwight Schrute from The Office, is going to be on his own show, Backstrom. He'll be playing a detective who has trouble relating with anyone and speaks his mind all the time. Basically it's House as a police detective. Oh wait. That would be Sherlock Holmes, another character known for his sharp tongue and inability to tolerate anyone who he deems an idiot. That's all well and good, but will we be just be seeing Schrute trying to play detective when we watch this show?
This is another case of an actor possibly having a role that might dog him in other shows. Wilson's a good actor, but has Schrute ingrained himself in our minds and we may just have a hard time unseeing that. In other words, he might be pigeon-holed into Schrute-type roles if we can't get past this. Sure, Jeremy Irons said that all actors get stuck in situations like that, but then again, Irons can say that, since he's actually had a very diverse career. Hearing things like that must drive other actors nuts. It's like Bill Gates saying that everyone struggles with money sometimes.
There are actors that only get certain roles. You'll only see them as maybe a mafia tough goon as opposed to an intrepid newspaper reporter. That's OK. You'll know what you're getting when you turn on the TV or attend a movie, but those tend to be the peripheral or background characters. Those people are immediately relegated to the background of your mind as you focus on the main characters. It's more disappointing to see a more mainstream actor get out of that. For example, after the whole Avengers/superhero movie craze completely dies down, will Tom Hiddleston be able to get past the role of Loki? He may be fully embracing it now, but what about five years down the road? Is he still going to want to be remembered as the guy who got beaten down by the Hulk? (I admit I still watch this scene when I'm in a bad mood.)
I know that when I watch Backstrom, there are times that I might expect the camera to cut to a confessional-type interview and watch the detective try to explain what he did. Who knows? Wilson may surprise us all and manage to give us a side of him that we haven't seen in The Office. People may look back at this piece and say, "What was he thinking?"
I'd love to be wrong here. Then again, people couldn't catch me to tell me that, since as Schrute himself said, "I'm faster than 80% of all snakes."
The Office star Rainn Wilson has taken aim at airline chiefs after he and his castmates were left stranded on Friday (03May13) when their plane took off without them. The show's stars were on their way to a wrap party for fans but they missed their connecting flight from Philadelphia to Scranton, Pennsylvania, because the plane left before its scheduled departure time.
Wilson, who plays office worker Dwight Schrute, took to his Twitter.com page to vent his frustration to his millions of followers and blast bosses at US Airways.
In a series of posts, he ranted, "So US Airways just screwed me & half the cast of The Office. Conctng (connecting) flight left BEFORE departure time. Sorry Scranton won't see u til (Saturday). I'm going to REALLY enjoy trying to convince 3.5 million twinions (Twitter fans) not to fly US Airways b/c (because) of their s**tty service. The plane was a 20 seater, missing 7 people who had obviously just landed & it leaves 10 minutes EARLY!"
The castmates then decided to hit the road to make it to Scranton, where their comedy about a fictional paper company is set.
He added, "We're being forced to rent cars and drive to Scranton from Philly. Does the CEO of US Airways want to join us? I will fondle him angrily. Will you pay for our car rental, gas, tolls and Sbarro (pizza), US Airways? I'm going to take a dump on a US Airways plane's windshield. In the shape of the (rival airline) Delta logo."
Wilson also shared text messages between him and a US Airways representative, who told the funnyman, "I do understand your frustration, I'm sorry we weren't able to get you there sooner."
The U.S. sitcom will wrap up on 16 May (13) after nine seasons.
The Good Will Hunting star will go bald to play the 34th leader of the United States, while Melissa Leo is slated to portray his wife Mamie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film is based on the true story of White House domestic worker Eugene Allen, who served under eight First Families.
Williams joins an all-star cast, which features Forest Whitaker in the lead role, Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda portraying Ronald and Nancy Reagan.
The project is set for a 2013 release.
We just reported that The Office's Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) would be starring in a spinoff of the beloved (and somewhat over-the-hill) NBC series, but that notion has many of us screaming, "For the love of beets, NO!" There's a special place in many a TV fan's heart for Dwight, but he's a fairly reactionary character. His greatness comes from his interactions with Jim and, until recently, Michael, as well as the his other Dunder Mifflin Scranton cohorts. Dwight without the office just isn't Dwight and as much as the idea of seeing more Mose Schrute on a regular basis promises a few giggles, there are about a million other TV characters we'd prefer to see lead their own spinoff.* These are just our top 5.
*Our endorsement by no means predicts that these characters would be anymore successful - just more fun. The Frasiers (spinoff of Cheers) of this world are few and far between.
Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)
To be fair, the gruff, anti-goverment government worker Ron is also a fairly reactionary character over on Parks and Recreation, but hold all judgement until you hear my idea, please. Ol' Ron-donald Swanson should host a cooking show, sponsored - of course - by Food and Stuff. Heck, he could even have his new buddy, Chris Traeger, on from time to time to compete for the best way to make tater tots or hot dogs. Chris would attempt to put a healthy, delicious spin on the staples with tofu dogs or dehydrated potato sticks and Ron would throw a cold hot dog on a plate with a dab of ketchup or a pile of Ore-ida tater tots straight from a boiling vat of oil and triumph while his meat and potatoes cuisine proves to be a thousand times more delicious than Chris' Whole Foods delights. Plus, Ron could have a very special episode in which he catalogs the best kinds of foods to wrap in bacon. (Hot dogs would be high up on that list.)
Blaine Anderson (Glee)
Recent episodes of Glee have made me sad for Darren Criss, who only got to join the musical show once it started going down hill. He's infinitely talented, charming and adorable, yet he's relegated to showing off his bowtie once a week until he gets a song in here or there. I, for one, want more Blaine and if he has to go off and host his own variety show, then so be it. Isn't it the trend for what's old to become new? By the property of transference of unsubstantiated claims, a variety show a la Sonny and Cher, starring Criss or his television alter ego with occasional appearances from his Glee cohorts would be pretty great, right?
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Vinny and Pauly D (Jersey Shore)
This one makes me sad because Vinny just said arrivederci to the Jersey Shore and now the episodes are missing that signature brand of Vincenzo snark that made the other idiots' antics bearable. And it seems that Pauly D is feeling our pain if his constant lamenting that he misses his buddy is any indication. So, why don't we ditch the two drunk elves, ego-maniac, psycho couple and J-Woww and send Vinny and Pauly D off to do what they do best: try to get girls while making fun of everyone around them in surprisingly observant ways. You have to admit, it sure would beat the drivel that's attempting to parade around as an MTV show right now.
Troy and Abed (Community)
If we end up having to say farewell to our beloved Community (but let's hope it doesn't come to that), a great consolation prize would be at least keeping the power duo of Troy and Abed together in some capacity. I'd even settle for a web-series in which Troy and Abed host a news show with op-ed segments like "Why Isn't There An Animal Hospital Run By Animals?" or tutorials like "How to Organize Your Schedule So You Can Fit In Enough Time to Watch the 25 Hours of Special Features on Your Extra-Special Edition of The Dark Knight." They're just too good together; we can't let magical, hilarious chemistry like this go to waste.
The Ocelot (Archer)
This option is mainly just proof that a Dwight spinoff would be worse than an entire half-hour sitcom about a tiny wild cat who can't even speak and is constantly trying to escape the well-intentioned, but stupid child-like cuddles from Sterling Archer by clawing the hapless spy mercilessly. (Plus, it's not that far off, since apparently the Honey Badger will soon get its own TV series.)
Who else would be better for a spinoff? Let me know in the comments or get at me on Twitter. @KelseaStahler
Rainn Wilson trades one Office job for another as Robert “Fish” Fishman an over-the-hill 41 year-old insurance company worker who came right to the edge of eternal rock fame as the drummer of a struggling ‘80s band Vesuvius--until the other members kicked him out in order to get a record deal. Twenty years later the band has continued on to great success while Fish only manages to get fired from his latest job forcing him to move in with his sister (Jane Lynch) and family--including his nephew the nerdy Matt (Josh Gad) who happens to be a member of his own band A.D.D. Turns out the group needs a drummer and asks the long-in-the-tooth Uncle Robert to join them which he does reluctantly. Soon he is putting a soulful metal spin on their forgettable sound. The other members--Amelia (Emma Stone) and Curtis (Teddy Geiger)--aren’t too thrilled especially when he eventually makes a play for Curtis’ mom (Christina Applegate). But when he is caught rehearsing with the band in the nude (via a four-way webcam) the video finds itself on You Tube where A.D.D. suddenly becomes an exploitable phenom with the “naked drummer” as a draw. The inevitable tour leads to a climactic concert where revenge could be sweet when they share the bill with none other than--drumroll please--Vesuvius. Since Jack Black was apparently otherwise engaged Wilson gets a lucky break and turns what could be an annoying one-dimensional boob into a guy we can root for. He’s never less than believable as this aging buffoon who gets a second chance at the dream he always knew he deserved but blew 20 years earlier. Wilson playing a role not too dissimilar from his weekly gig as Dwight Schrute on The Office nicely balances the broad comedic requirements of the role with genuine pathos and a pretty good musical talent that makes the second coming of this 40-ish rock star oddly credible. It helps that he’s surrounded by an appealing cast of younger actors who make up the rest of the band. Stone (Superbad The House Bunny) is particularly appealing and completely winning. Geiger is the good-looking tortured lead singer while Gad makes us feel all the growing pains. Applegate is well cast but underused as Curtis’ mom and there are some nice--if too brief--moments from Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Jeff Garlin and the always hilarious Jane Lynch as Matt’s parents. Turning up for an ironic cameo is the original ousted drummer from The Beatles Pete Best (although the filmmakers swear this is not his story). Vesuvius is made up of comedy vets Fred Armisen Bradley Cooper and Will Arnett. but they are no Spinal Tap. Director Peter Cattaneo won universal praise and an Oscar nomination for his sleeper comedy hit The Full Monty and he’s probably got sleeper on his hand as he treads similar ground with the rags to riches scenario. He expertly displays how show business success can still come at a late age but not TOO late. Cattaneo wisely focuses on the humanistic qualities of the story blending some nice character work with the broader aspects of this School of Rock-style outing. It all could have gone south very quickly but the director keeps his cast in check and makes the story one that doesn’t ever run out of gas. This is the rare flick that both teens AND their parents will find riotously entertaining for wildly different reasons.