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Rainn Wilson

Rain Wilson stars as "Dwight Schrute ", an eccentric paper salesman whose ego knows no limits, on NBC's new comedy series "The Office", which premires in late March 2005. Wilson recently wrapped production on the feature film “Sahara,” starring opposite Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn and Penelope Cruz. He also starred as the hippie producer, Bill, in the highly acclaimed film, “Baadasssss” and has been seen in other features such as Cameron Crowe's “Almost Famous,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Full Frontal,” “America's Sweethearts,” “House of 1000 Corpses” and “Galaxy Quest.” In addition, Wilson is well known for his recurring role on the television series “Six Feet Under” as Arthur Martin, the odd mortician intern. He has also guest starred on “CSI,” NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Monk,” and several other shows. Wilson’s theater career includes performances in two Broadway plays, “London Assurance” and “The Tempest.” He has also performed off-Broadway in “The New Bozena,” “Plunge,” “Venus,” “Titus Andronicus” and “Twelfth Night,” and regionally at the Guthrie Theatre, the Arena Stage and Dallas Theatre Center. He attended the graduate acting program at New York University. Wilson currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, fiction writer Holiday Reinhorn, and their newborn son Walter. He has two loving pit bulls, Oona and Harper Lee. Rainn enjoys tennis, chess -- and “loud” rock-‘n- roll music. Wilson was born on January 20, 1968, in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Call in Sick If You Have To, but Watch the New Office

I'm all jazzed up about saving the innocents this week, including, for starters, saving a series that hasn't even aired yet. Office-al Obsession: I think I'm in love. And I'm not talking about John Stamos.

I'll admit, when I heard NBC was doing a new version of The Office, I suffered visions of a second Coupling, and subsequently, hives. But I have seen the first three episodes of this series and can tell you: It will kill you. And believe it or not, I mean that in a good way.

The Office: An American Workplace doesn't bow on the Peacock net until Mar. 24, admittedly an eternity to short attention-span, small-screen types such as ourselves. So, why am I revving you up so early, teasing you like a plaid-wearing Catholic schoolgirl? Simple. I cannot stand the thought of this show not surviving. That said, I am begging, no, actually, demanding that you mark your calendars, tell all your friends and promise to join me in this Office-al obsession. As with all good cults, you will, of course, need persuading (and possibly separation from any skeptical friends and family), so here are a few reasons to bow down.

Steve Carell 1. Steve Carell Might Be the Funniest Man Alive: I say this not just because he tried to open-mouth kiss me at a recent NBC party (affection can't buy me!). As the manager of a small paper company in Pennsylvania who deems himself "a friend first, boss second and entertainer third," the bulked-up Daily Show alum is something of a Larry David/Ben Stiller/Tobias Bluth train wreck who is so outrageously cringe-worthy, you have to watch...with one eye open. But you can watch an The Office: An American Workplace video clip (with Steve Carell's sloppy smooch) right here.

2. Fans of the Original Won't Be Disappointed: With a few scripts borrowed from the UK version and updated with Yank references and the other five entirely new, Workplace is a perfect blend of familiarity and freshness. "They did a really unbelievable thing by creating that show," Carell says of the original Office, "and they gave us an awesome toy to play with...we've kinda just taken it on by ourselves and played with it in our own way."

Rainn Wilson 3. The Supporting Cast Is Out of Control: With the exception of Rainn Wilson, whom Six Feet Under's fans know as Mama Fisher's boy toy Arthur, you might not recognize a one of 'em, but trust me, you will instantly adore this cast. They are more or less the second coming of the Arrested Development gang--both on and offscreen--which means that given the gropey, smoochy, outrageous behavior exhibited during our first meeting, I'm demanding body armor for subsequent interviews.

4. Dumb People Won't Get It: Like Arrested, Workplace's humor is probably too quirky, too witty and too smart for the majority of viewers, who like their comedy laugh-tracked and spoon-fed. But don't let that deter you. As my grandma always said, it's better to have watched and lost than never to have watched at all.

5. NBC Relies on Word of Mouth: Hence, the reason I'm breaking out my pom-poms to rah-rah this show. Peacock insiders tell me Jeff Zucker has learned his lesson from the Coupling hype and is gambling on buzz from critics and fans to carry this show. No pressure, but I've done my part, so, if the children of these actors and writers end up starving, I'm coming after you.

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