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9:12am

Fri May 10, 2013
Interviews

The 'Real Life' Of Actor Steve Carell

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 11:37 am

Steve Carell spent six years as Dunder Mifflin boss Michael Scott on NBC's The Office before departing the show in 2011.
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This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 24, 2007.

By the end of The-40-Year-Old Virgin, the title character had lost his virginity — and actor Steve Carell had become a star.

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9:12am

Fri May 10, 2013
Interviews

Rainn Wilson: 'The Office' Drone Outside Of Work

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 11:37 am

This interview was originally broadcast on July 30, 2008.

While his Office character always took himself seriously, actor Rainn Wilson seems to be all about the laughs. For the entirety of the series, Wilson has played beet-farming, archery-loving middle-management kook Dwight Schrute on the NBC hit television series.

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9:12am

Fri May 10, 2013
Interviews

Jenna Fischer: Keeping It Real At 'The Office'

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 11:37 am

This interview was originally broadcast on June 3, 2008.

For nearly a decade, Jenna Fischer has played Pam, one of The Office's most recognizably real characters.

If you've ever worked in a clerical position in an alienating office, you'll relate to what Pam goes through. In this interview, Fischer tells Terry Gross about creating all those pained looks and knowing smiles — and about how her five years as an office temp helped to prepare her for the role.

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10:51am

Thu May 9, 2013
Author Interviews

'The Woman Upstairs': A Saga Of Anger And Thwarted Ambition

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 11:59 am

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"How angry am I? You don't want to know. Nobody wants to know." Those are the opening lines of Claire Messud's new novel, The Woman Upstairs. The novel is about a single woman, Nora, who hasn't fulfilled her dreams of being an artist and having children. Nora's plight is complicated when she befriends a woman who has done both.

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10:29am

Thu May 9, 2013
Television

In A Cluster Of New Sitcoms, 'Family Tree' Stands Tall

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 11:29 am

In the new HBO series Family Tree, Chris O'Dowd (above left, with the series' writer-director-producer Christopher Guest) stars as a guy who has just lost his job and girlfriend and fills the void by looking into his family genealogy.
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Christopher Guest, co-creator with Jim Piddock of the new HBO comedy series Family Tree, obviously is having a good time making this show — and it's contagious. It's several shows in one, and every element is a self-assured little delight.

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