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This week’s Saturday Night Live host was Martin Freeman, star of The Hobbit trilogy, AMC’s Fargo television series and BBC’s Sherlock. One of the best sketches on Saturday night involved Freeman returning to The Office, the 2001 BBC television comedy series which spawned the NBC hit. But Freeman did not reprise his role as Tim Canterbury, instead playing his The Hobbit starring role as Bilbo Baggins in a sketch which imagines what The Office would have been like featuring the characters of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth saga. Watch the SNL Office Hobbit mash-up sketch embedded after the jump.
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Ricky Gervais has revealed some new details on his Office spinoff movie, Life on the Road, and it’ll be music to the ears of fans.

Life on the Road is a mock-documentary that’ll revolve around David Brent, the character Gervais played on The Office. It’ll catch up with the former office manager a few years after the show’s conclusion as Brent continues his quest to become a rock star. That much we already knew.

Last week, the comedian/writer/director was on Sirius XM’s Opie and Jim Norton show and described the film as “almost a musical.” He’s currently writing songs and the script for the film with the hopes to have it in theaters in the next 18 months to two years. Read more about the David Brent movie below.

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David Brent hasn’t made it as a rock star quite yet, but he is about to become a movie star. BBC Films has announced a feature film spin-off of The Office titled Life on the Road, with Ricky Gervais set to reprise his role as the former Wernham Hogg manager.

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There are some major differences between the U.K. and U.S. TV industries. Like the fact that they call seasons “series” across the pond, or that said seasons / series tend to run fewer than ten episodes. But the desire to resurrect dead shows as movie sequels is apparently universal.

Ricky Gervais recently revived his The Office character David Brent for a web series titled Learn Guitar With David Brent. Now he’s revealed that he has still other plans for the character, including, he hopes, a feature film. Hit the jump to find out what Gervais has in store.

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After nine seasons of The Office, it’s all but impossible to picture anyone but John Krasinski affecting Jim Halpert’s smug mug, or anyone other than Brian Baumgartner sounding out Kevin Malone’s slow drawl. But as star Rainn Wilson reminded the world when he posted the audition sign-in sheet last spring, those choices weren’t always totally obvious.

A recently surfaced featurette shows some of the actors who didn’t make the cut during the audition process, specifically Seth Rogen for the part of Dwight, Bob Odenkirk for Michael, Eric Stonestreet for Kevin, Kathryn Hahn for Pam, and John Cho and Adam Scott for Jim. Check it out after the jump.

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Happy Monday! After the jump you’ll find the following TV news:

  • Patrick Duffy would do a Step By Step reunion
  • Boardwalk Empire adds Patricia Arquette
  • Homeland loses Virgil as a series regular
  • The Newsroom gets a return date and a teaser
  • AMC sets a date for Hell on Wheels
  • When are your other faves returning?
  • House of Cards  Season 2 is about to start shooting
  • See Veep‘s Veep meet the real Veep
  • The Office says farewell via a web series
  • See the first footage from Dexter Season 8

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Let’s just dive right in. After the jump:

  • Enlightened gets canned, CSI gets renewed
  • A Once Upon a Time spinoff is in the works
  • Fox is developing an O.J. Simpson series
  • Is Jimmy Fallon replacing Jay Leno?
  • Adam Green‘s Holliston sets a return date
  • American Horror Story gets a subtitle
  • Sam Raimi will direct the Fox pilot Rake
  • Adam Scott could’ve been Jim Halpert
  • David Brent returns in The Office Revisited
  • Game of Thrones gets a new promo and a GRRM cameo
  • Hemlock Grove and Hannibal get twisted new trailers
  • HBO reveals a teaser for Phillip Noyce‘s Mary and Martha

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David Brent is coming back, as is Whose Line It Anyway? Also after the jump:

  • Lee Pace, Angela Kinsey, Michael Ealy and more book pilots
  • Entourage‘s Rhys Chorio will drop by Dexter next season
  • Ron Livingston and Brian Geraghty join Boardwalk Empire
  • FX’s Archer and Syfy’s Lost Girl get renewals
  • Goodwin Games, Louis CK‘s new special get premiere dates
  • The CW cancels 90210 and moves Cult to Fridays
  • AMC confirms Scott Gimple as the new Walking Dead showrunner
  • Dylan McDermott drops a hint about American Horror Story
  • Most PaleyFest 2013 panels will stream live online
  • Netflix announces the Flixies awards

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