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Mindy Kaling embodies the trifecta of being brilliant, wonderful and hilarious. Because that is statistically impossible, it can mean only one thing: she was created by an evil scientist to lull us into a giddy stupor in order to control our minds. How else can you explain someone who simultaneously commands respect and affection? Someone so acutely adept at creating her own opportunities? Moreover, Mindy has a bright and generous laugh that’s good for the soul, and yet she doesn’t suffer fools. No matter the issue, she can be relied on to weigh in with conviction and good humor. To be made fun of by Mindy is to feel special. I’ve learned so much from working alongside her, and I’m proud to call her a friend. I just wish she hadn’t been created by an evil scientist.
In preparation for South by Southwest, which begins next week, we had a chance to speak with the writers of the opening night film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone today. Actor John Francis Daley and his partner Jonathan Goldstein scripted the dueling magician comedy, and are making their directorial debut with the National Lampoon’s Vacation reboot, which they also wrote.
We’ll have the full interview with Daley and Goldstein for you later but here is the latest news on the new Vacation first. Ed Helms is cast as Rusty Griswold, who was played by a different actor in each of the four Chevy Chase movies. So which Rusty is Helms playing?
“I guess the first Rusty,” Daley said. “Or his own Rusty. That’s the good answer for that.”
The original National Lampoon’s Vacation featured Clark Griswold (Chase) driving his family across the country to the fictional amusement park Wally World. So much hilarity ensued that the Griswolds ultimately went to Europe, Vegas and stayed home for Christmas. Daley and Goldstein confirmed they are taking the new Griswolds back to Wally World.
Ed Helms will be playing at Bonnaroo this year which takes place June 13 – 14 in Manchester, TN.
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Knox College announced today that actor and comedian Ed Helms will be the speaker at the 2013 Commencement exercises to be held in June. Helms is best known for scene-stealing roles on both the big and small screen, including his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, his character Andy Bernard in the U.S. version of the hit television sitcom The Office, and his role as Dr. Stu Price in The Hangover films. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, a liberal arts college founded, like Knox, by missionaries and social reformers.
“With his work on The Daily Show and his roles in two of the most popular sitcoms and films in recent memory, Ed Helms is an iconic figure for this generation of students,” says Knox College President Teresa Amott. “I thank the senior class for choosing a speaker who has made such a distinctive contribution to our popular culture.”
Helms is the second veteran of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show to deliver Knox’s Commencement address. Stephen Colbert, who was also a regular on the Comedy Central hit show before starring in his own award-winning Comedy Central series, The Colbert Report, delivered the 2006 Commencement address.
Question: If you’re looking for any belated holiday gifts for me I’m curious in which episode Ed Helms will return to The Office, and what’s to come soon in regards to Erin and Pete, whom I’m already finding infinitely more compatible with Erin than Andy (with all due respect to the ‘Nard dog). —Todd Ausiello: Helms returned to work on the show right before the Christmas break, so, by my calculations, that puts Andy’s first episode back at around February or March. And as exec producer Greg Daniels points out, “It was very easy for Erin and Pete to be the romantic focus when he wasn’t around,” adding that Andy’s reappearance makes the situation “more of a horserace.” (He also notes that the triangle has stirred up a number of debates in the writers room, which tells me even they don’t know at this point which guy Erin will choose.)
Ed Helms will be making another appearance on The Mindy Project in the show’s Thanksgiving episode on Tuesday, November 20th. Here is a summary:
#2.06 – “Thanksgiving” – Mindy decides to cook Thanksgiving dinner at Gwen’s house, but she is completely caught off guard when her former blind date, Dennis (returning guest star Ed Helms), arrives with his new girlfriend. Meanwhile, a lonely Danny mans the empty office while Betsy and Jeremy visit Betsy’s eccentric family for the holiday.
The host of The Colbert Report is reporting for comedic duty on The Office! Stephen Colbert will guest-star this season as Broccoli Rob, a former member of Here Comes Treble, Andy’s a cappella group, EW has learned. In the Halloween-themed episode, Andy (Ed Helms) discovers that the smarmy, competitive Broccoli Rob is singing a different tune about the history of the group and stirring up drama, which only intensifies the rivalry between these two frenemies.
Colbert — who worked with Helms and former Office star Steve Carell at The Daily Show —will pop up on the Oct. 25 episode. The ninth and final season of The Office begins tonight on NBC at 9 p.m.
NBC is closing The Office after nine seasons. In a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, exec producer Greg Daniels announced that the long-running comedy will conclude in May. “All questions will be answered this year,” he said. “We’re going to seewho is behind the documentary. We’re going to meet some of them… and we’re going to explore [why they were filming for so long].”
Daniels said “a lot of familiar faces” will return as the show approaches its series finale, but it remains to be seen if Steve Carell’s Michael Scott will be one of them. “It would be fantastic if [Steve] would return,” he said. “He loved how [Michael] exited, and is probably anxious about not messing up such a stylish exit. That’s a perfectly legitimate point. We’ll see.
“There’s so much to pay off after nine seasons of so many great characters,” Daniels added. “My biggest concern is just packing in these great ideas the writing staff has and making sure we can squeeze as many as we can into the ending.”
Daniels said to expect some “explosive” twists. “Now that we know we have an end date we can kind of blow up things,” he shared, “and take some chances. [It's] very freeing creatively.”
Daniels also revealed that…
* The Scranton Strangler will be unmasked.
* The final season will be a “big” one for Jim and Pam. “There’s a lot of drama [for them],” he teased. “The story is definitely not over for them.”
* “Daryl will learn PowerPoint,” he shared.
* John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson and Ed Helms will enter the final season as producers.
* The news has no impact on the possible Dwight-centric spin-off The Farm, which will be introduced in an episode of The Office to air this fall.