Happy 10 years to The Office!

“The Office” premiered 10 years ago (March 24, 2005) on NBC and Uproxx.com looks back at “Diversity Day,” the episode that defined the show.

Of his iconic TV character from the American version of The Office, Steve Carell once said, “If you don’t know a Michael Scott, then you are Michael Scott.” Actually, it was Ricky Gervais who said that to Scott in regard to his character, David Brent, from the U.K. version of the series, but the basic idea behind it remains terrifying to devoted fans of the hit NBC series. Nobody ever wants to be as awkward and prone to humiliating mistakes both in and out of work like Michael Scott was, but he was certainly a character who was far more realistic than a lot of people realized.

Adapted and developed by Greg Daniels for NBC, the American version of The Office debuted on March 24, 2005, and viewers and critics were intrigued from the start. More than 11 million people tuned in to watch the remake of the British series’ pilot, and it was met with negative reviews from critics who were disappointed that it seemed like a cheap carbon copy. The following week, though, Daniels’ series proved that it could and ultimately would shine on its own, as the episode “Diversity Day” introduced us to the real Michael Scott, and how this horribly awkward goon of a Dunder Mifflin boss would affect the lives of his poor office drones. (In the event you’ve never seen it, the full episode is available on YouTube for $1.99.)

“Diversity Day” has long been praised and remembered by critics as one of the best episodes of the entire nine-season run (IGN, TV.com and Entertainment Weekly each ranked it No. 3 all-time, for example). Some might argue that other favorites like “Fun Run,” “Gay Witch Hunt” and “The Dundies” were more enjoyable, but no episode defined the entire series quite like “Diversity Day.” For the 10th anniversary of the debut of the American version of The Office, we spoke with some of the cast and crew to find out how this episode was made, and how much it means to them a decade later.

Click here to read the full article which includes interviews with several cast members, the director, and writers of “Diversity Day.”

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Also, Angela has been posting behind-the-scenes photos from the show’s 10 years over on YahooTV’s instagram!

SoulPancake’s “Impress Me” picked up by Pop

SoulPancake’s web series “The Impression Guys”, which Angela guest starred in, was recently picked up to air on Pop, the cable network previously known as TV Guide Network:

Pop is adding to its scripted comedy menu by ordering new episodes of the YouTube series “Impress Me,” from Rainn Wilson’s SoulPancake banner.

Series created by Ben Shelton stars celebrity impressionists Ross Marquand and Jim Meskimen, who are struggling to transform themselves into dramatic actors. Guest shots in the episodes include Angela Kinsey, Erika Christiansen, Josh Groban, Matt Jones and Weird Al Yankovic.

Pop has picked up six episodes that already aired on Wilson’s SoulPancake YouTube channel, and it has ordered seven more installments. “Impress Me” will bow March 18 in the 10:30 p.m. slot behind Pop’s other new comedy, “Schitt’s Creek.”

Pop prexy Brad Schwartz said “Impress Me” was a good fit with the cable network’s new spin on pop culture-centric programming as it “captures the spirit of celebrity fandom with a ton of heart.”

“This show is about more than two talented celebrity impressionists. It’s about how hard (and hilarious) it can be to follow your heart, even when the cards are stacked against you,” Wilson said. “SoulPancake birthed this baby online, and Pop’s savvy creative team is bold enough to bring it to TV.”

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You can catch “Impress Me” on Pop starting March 18 at 10:30pm. Find out more about the series here.

Zombie Basement

Angela did a web series called Zombie Basement and episode one is now available on YouTube.

About the web series:

Joel and Guffy, two college-aged best friends, try to stave off the boredom and insanity of the Zombie Apocalypse by hosting their own online show from their basement.

Boasting one of the last resources of entertainment left on the planet, they provide content to a handful of world-wide survivors by posting an odd array of interviews, social commentary and “sports” (air hockey) all while their personal lives, loves, fears and foibles are captured on camera for everyone to see.

For more information about Zombie Basement: Official Website | YouTube | Facebook | Twitter

Angela To Star In ABC Comedy Pilot ‘The 46 Percenters’

From Deadline.com:

‘The Office’ alumna Angela Kinsey is set as a lead in ABC’s multi-camera comedy pilot ‘The 46 Percenters’. The casting stems from Kinsey’s collaboration with ABC earlier this development season on a buddy comedy project, which she co-wrote and was attached to star in. ‘The 46 Percenters’ is described as an unromantic romantic comedy about the 46% of the population who choose to stay married as told through the POV of three couples. Kinsey will play half of one of the couples, Marni, a wife and mother. Kinsey, repped by UTA, Link and Felker Toczek, will recur on TBS’ new comedy series ‘Your Family Or Mine’.

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Congratulations, Angela!

The 14th Annual SF Sketchfest

 

Angela will be attending the SF Sketchfest, with the cast of “The Hotwives of Orlando”, on February 7 during their 14th annual comedy festival.

Meet the cast of “The Hotwives of Orlando” as they talk about the most important show that has ever been on the internet. In an “Inside the Actors Studio” forum, you’ll get the inside scoop of the making of this masterpiece. Tears will be shed, lessons will be learned and the actors will be insider-y.

Please note this a 21+ event. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

About the festival:

SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney as a way to showcase the talents of six Bay Area sketch comedy groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre. The festival debuted in January of 2002 at the Shelton Theatre in downtown San Francisco and has grown rapidly into a nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy. A favorite with audiences, critics, and performers alike, the festival has grown substantially to become a highly anticipated artistic showcase that consistently delivers top quality comedic performances, tributes and panel discussions.

You can get more information about the festival here.

Angela at iO West in Los Angeles

Angela will be performing in ‘Girl Team Balls’ with Kate Walsh during iO West’s Funny Women Festival on Thursday, December 4th.

iO West is proud to present Cake Batter’s Funny Women Festival! For three days on December 4th-6th, the iO West stages will be filled with female-only performances, various competitions, celebrity headliners and judges, and a variety of female focused workshops. Funny Women Festival – Los Angeles (#FWFLA) will be a celebration of creative women in all types of comedy, sure to create an even stronger community by attracting comedians from across the country.

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Angela lands recurring role on ‘Bad Judge’

From Entertainment Weekly:

The Office’s Angela Kinsey is returning to NBC on its new upcoming series Bad Judge.

The comedy stars Kate Walsh as the sexually unapologetic, well-respected judge Rebecca, whose personal life is often messier than the criminals she sentences.

Kinsey will play the recurring role of Michelle Wagoner, Rebecca’s old pal from childhood, who is recently divorced and looks for help to regain some happiness and make up for the lost time she spent with her loser ex. Michelle and Rebecca are the Thelma and Louise of the San Fernando Valley. (As she never saw the ending of the movie, she continues to think it’s a buddy comedy.) Michelle—who works as a dental hygienist but lacks the same career ambition as Rebecca—will be a good sounding board for her friend, as well as a mischievous partner in crime.

Lately, Kinsey has been in high demand. The actress is set to topline and co-create a buddy comedy for ABC, and also recur on TBS comedy Your Family or Mine, in addition to her role on Hulu’s Hotwives of Orlando.

Bad Judge premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Angela to topline and co-create ABC buddy comedy produced by Darlene Hunt and Will Gluck

From Deadline.com:

Female buddy comedies have been hot on the big screen with such recent hits as The Heat and The Other Woman. ABC and Sony Pictures TV are looking to extend the streak to television with a single-camera comedy starring The Office alumna Angela Kinsey and executive produced by Will Gluck.

Co-created by Kinsey, who will co-write the story, and Rachel Specter & Audrey Wauchope (Cougar Town), the untitled comedy (aka I Love Your Ex) centers on a woman and her ex-husband’s new girlfriend who end up becoming BFFs — much to the annoyance of the guy stuck in the middle. The Big C creator/exec proucer Darlene Hunt will serve as showrunner and executive produce with Gluck, Kinsey, Specter and Wauchope. Sony TV, where Hunt and Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment are based, is producing the comedy, which has script commitment plus penalty.

Gluck is repped by UTA and Robert Offer; Hunt by UTA and Joel McKuin; Kinsey by UTA, LINK Entertainment and Fred Toczek; Specter and Wauchope by UTA and Luber/Roklin.

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Catching up With Angela Kinsey of ‘The Real Hotwives of Orlando’

From PasteMagazine.com:

Catfights. Drunken confessions. Air kisses. Denounced friendships. Overturned tables. With all its outrageous drama, the Real Housewives franchise is ripe for spoofing—and someone has finally done it.

Seven episodes of the new series The Hotwives of Orlando , starring Casey Wilson, Angela Kinsey, Kristen Schaal, Tymberlee Hill, Andrea Savage and Danielle Schneider, are currently streaming on Hulu.

Kinsey, best known as the uptight Angela on The Office, plays the deeply religious (although she’s never read the Bible) Crystal on the series. Paste recently had the chance to chat with Kinsey about her new series, when she first realized she was funny and how people still have trouble letting go of her Dunder-Mifflin character.

Paste: How did you get cast on The Hotwives of Orlando?
Angela Kinsey: A lot of us ladies had sort of known each other in different circles just doing improv in LA. Danielle [Schneider], one of the co-creators, she emailed me and said, “We think it would be so much fun if you came on board. Give it a read. See what you think, we’re just kind of doing it on a budget, doing it for fun.” And I read it and I thought it was hilarious, and it would be great to have a chance to play with these amazing women who I already thought were so smart and so funny.

Paste: I read that you had never watched an episode of any of the Housewives before you were cast.
Kinsey: I hadn’t even seen any of the Housewives shows. Jenna [Fischer] had always liked them and would come into hair and makeup talking about them and I was like, “Oh my God. What are you watching, woman?” When I told the producers I had never seen any of them, they sent me a few episodes to watch, and you catch on pretty quick. It almost comes across as bored housewives who get together and drink wine and yell at each other.

Paste: The show is a satire but it’s not that far-fetched from the actual Housewives franchise.
Kinsey: It’s very close, I feel like. We’re only a few hop-skips away. I watched one from Orange County and all of these parties have these themes. And all of the sudden it’s a luau party and there’s guys eating fire and there’s women doing Polynesian dancing but they kind of just look like out-of-work actors that got off from Disney late.

Paste: The series shot seven episodes in seven days. What kind of prep work do you do to prepare for such an intense shoot?
Kinsey I was a little bit luckier that the other girls because I only did four days; I already had a hard-out commitment that I promised to do, but on my four days, I was there until 3 a.m. it was intense those four days. What I wanted to do with Crystal, what was fun for me, is she’s not the bitch, she’s kind of ditzy and clueless, and she can be mean to her sister. But she’s also so in love with Orlando and her life in Orlando and just trying to find that earnestness in her. She’s religious, but I feel like her religion is more like a social club, a country club religion. She’s a weather girl for Orlando, which she loves. I just always try to approach any role and find some kind of honesty so that way when the situations get a little crazy, I’m at least coming from an honest place. When the wacky happens there’s something in it that you still believe.

I do that with everything. My character on The Office, was such a bitch and was miserable all the time and I thought, ‘Well, why are a lot of people miserable? Probably because they’re just unhappy. Why are a lot of people mean? Usually they have a lot of fear.’ So I try to find those things that make a character real to me. Crystal, she’s kind of just like a hummingbird. I feel like that’s her brain capacity. She’s not a horrible person, but she’s definitely a ditz.

Paste: Crystal is based on Alexis Bellino from The Real Housewives of Orange County. Did you watch a lot of her episodes before you began filming?
Kinsey I think that’s who [creators Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider] had in mind. But I didn’t watch very much because I just wanted to sort of have my own stamp on it. I just watched some episodes of Beverly Hills and Orange County just to kind of get an overview of the show and what the tone is and what these women are up to. But I think when they wrote it, they know the shows so well that Alexis is who they had in mind. I didn’t pay too much attention to it because I didn’t want to have anyone in my head while I was doing it.

Paste: How much did the cast improvise?
Kinsey:It really reminded me of The Office a lot in that regard where if there was an opportunity to improvise you could sort of bounce it off the writer and see what they thought, and then sort of have your moment. I definitely found I improvised the most in my little talking head moments, which was very similar on The Office as well. You’re not messing anyone else up. You’re not messing up any story. I felt like we all had moments, especially in the group scenes, where we would get it as written and have a take or two to play around a little bit.

Paste: How was it to work with a predominantly female cast?
Kinsey: It was awesome. We were cracking each other up. There was no diva anything like that happening at all. It was just a group of funny smart women who all are very confident and were just there to have a good time. It felt like a really seasoned team where you were just as happy to take the shot as you were to pass the ball and just so excited to see what your teammates could do. I loved it. I think for a lot of us ladies out in Hollywood in the comedy world it’s usually a room full of men and maybe one or two funny gals, and this time we all got to be there. It was great.

Paste: After The Office ended, was it hard to get people to see you as someone other than Angela?
Kinsey: I definitely get a lot of calls to play like a really abrasive bitch. I’m like, you guys, that was one role. I know it was nine years and I’m very thankful, but we can branch out now? It’s definitely something, getting people to sort of see past that, and then also in my everyday life, I’ll be at the grocery store, and someone will come up to me and be like, ‘How many cats do you really have?’ It so becomes who you are to other people. If I’m ever photographed with anyone other than Rainn Wilson people are like, “Wait, where’s Dwight?”

Paste Any chance we’ll see you back on New Girl as Rose?
Kinsey: They actually just contacted me to see if I was available in August. You never know, scripts change quickly but I would love to go back. It was such a great group of people. I just love that set. Everyone was so much fun. I’m hoping that works out.

Paste: What else is coming up for you?
Kinsey: I did this movie called All Stars. Basically,we’re making fun of parents who are super into Little League. I play one of the crazy moms. That was really fun. I myself am a writer. I sold a show last year but it didn’t go. I have a few ideas. So I’ll be kicking those around.

Paste: When did you first know you were funny?
Kinsey: I feel like my family is a very colorful Southern family. I grew up without television interestingly enough and I was in Indonesia and we just didn’t have television so my family would sit around and tell stories. I felt like if you could really hold everyone’s attention you were really rewarded, and I just think that’s something early on … I was the youngest, it was harder for me to get everyone’s attention, so that was something I just started doing. My dad is very funny; my mom has a great sense of humor. My mom tells me that when I was four I told her I wanted to be Carol Burnett.

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‘Hotwives’ now on Hulu

‘The Hotwives of Orlando’ episodes are now available. You can watch the series in its entirety on Hulu.


A parody of one of the most popular franchises in reality television, “The Hotwives of Orlando,” takes you inside the uber-exclusive and glamorous world of six hot housewives livin’ large in Central Florida’s sexiest city, Orlando. The show follows a cast of ladies as they fight over pretty much everything except for their love of shoes, plastic surgery, and the pursuit of spending all of their husbands’ money.

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Angela Kinsey gets reality TV education on Hulu series ‘Hotwives of Orlando’

From The Fresno Bee:

In a TV era where there are reality shows featuring housewives from New York, New Jersey, Atlanta and assorted other spots on the map, it would almost take a conscious effort not to have stumbled across one of the many reality show franchises.

It wasn’t intentional, but Angela Kinsey — you know her best as Angela Martin from “The Office” — had never seen a single “Housewives” spat, battle, back stab or cat fight. That wasn’t so bad until Kinsey found herself cast in the new Hulu comedy “The Hotwives of Orlando.” The seven episodes in the first season of the reality show spoof will be available on Hulu on Tuesday.

Kinsey joins Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings”), Kristen Schaal (“Flight of the Conchords”), Tymberlee Hill (“Drunk History”), Danielle Schneider (“Upright Citizens Brigade”), Andrea Savage (“Step Brothers”) and Paul Scheer (“The League”) in a parody of the real housewives genre.

Kinsey plays Crystal Simmons, a deeply religious wife to an extremely controlling husband (Seth Morris). She’s done everything in the name of God, including getting breast implants. It’s her “holier-than-thou” attitude that causes problems for the group.

“When I got cast I told the producers that I had never seen any of the shows this series is based on,” Kinsey says. “I’m a single mom so there’s not a lot of free time. That’s why I have to be choosey about the TV that I watch. They sent me a few links to watch some of the shows and it made me so uncomfortable.”

Seeing the shows cleared up one misconception Kinsey got from reading the “Housewives” scripts. Her initial reaction was that the “Hotwives” scripts were too far fetched. After watching a few “Housewives” episodes, Kinsey realized that what happens in the reality shows is so wild that it’s easy to lampoon.

Working on the series gave Kinsey a chance to have fun playing a horrible character. It was also fun because it’s rare when a comedy isn’t dominated by a male cast. Kinsey also likes that the “Hotwives” cast is filled with performers who have long histories doing improvisational comedy. She praised the scripts by series creators Dannah Feinglass Phirman and Schneider, but she likes that the cast members have freedom to expand on their characters.

“We would shoot the script but then we could play around and we all came to play. Those moments meshed with the script so great,” Kinsey says.

It’s a little bit of a marvel that there was time to improvise since the episodes were filmed in a week. Kinsey says some of the days were grueling as cameras rolled until 3 a.m., but it reminded her of the early days of her career where everyone had to be a team player to get low-budget projects done.

The fact the entire cast shared one RV as a dressing room helped them bond quickly. That’s a long way from working on network and cable programs such as “New Girl,” “Hot in Cleveland” and “Wilfred,” or films such as “License to Wed.”

“Hotwives of Orlando” is very different from Kinsey’s past work because it will be broadcast on Hulu, with all of the episodes available immediately instead of fed to the audience a week at a time. Kinsey sees the benefits of both delivery methods.

“I have met two kinds of people. There are those who like appointment TV. They know they need to be at home on Sunday to watch ‘Game of Thrones.’ But, the way people watch TV is changing,” Kinsey says. “There is such an immediate access through other mediums like computers.

“The other night I watched three episodes of ‘The Good Wife.’ As a working mom, I can go a month and then have a night of down time. Having all the shows available suits the way we live. TV is evolving.”

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