I’M SO GLAD WE HAD THIS TIME TOGETHER: Picking up her Career Achievement Award at the Television Critics Association awards on Sunday, Carol Burnett used the opportunity to fish for a role on The Office, NBC’s hit remake of the British sitcom that won Outstanding Achievement awards for the show and star Steve Carell that night.
Here’s where it gets weird. The indispensable Lisa De Moraes of the Washington Post reported that there was “uncomfortableness all around” The Office table at the awards when Burnett made her pitch, but the New York Daily News reports that Burnett was surrounded by folks from both The Office and Grey’s Anatomy when she left the podium. In his TCA blog, Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle said that critics goaded producers from The Office to talk to Burnett.
But of course Burnett should do guest shots on both The Office and Grey’s Anatomy. Hell, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner and Vicki Lawrence should probably all get roles on both shows, and on anything else they want, besides. Neither Conway or Lawrence can be blamed for the slow-motion failure of Yes, Dear, and frankly they’ve all been typecast in comedy. I want to see Korman on Desperate Housewives, Waggoner on 24, Lawrence in a regular role on House and Conway as the latest passenger they just happen to discover poking around the wreckage on Lost.
TALES OF THE HOFF, MAN: A stunning cameo in the SpongeBob Squarepants movie didn’t do it, but a bit of conspicuous weeping on the finale of American Idol followed by a seat at the judges table on America’s Got Talent have put David Hasselhoff back in the limelight.
According to an upcoming Newsweek profile, however, “the Hoff” isn’t sure if he’s going to be there again when the hit NBC talent contest returns next year.
“This is not my cup of tea,” he told the magazine. “I signed on for one season, and Simon Cowell conned me into it: ‘Here’s a lot of money,’ and it’s like The Gong Show.”
Hasselhoff said he’s trying to get a role on a sitcom, or his own show, but gave no details about offers or negotiations. He also said he’s working on his memoirs, and described them with the sort of phrase that makes you want to pay the Hoff to just wander this world, randomly dropping in on strangers and sleeping on their couches.
“It’s about growing up since I was seven and realizing a dream,” he told Newsweek. “But when I was out trying to save the world, I forgot to save myself.”
It gets better. At the TCA awards dinner on Sunday, he told the New York Daily News that his next project is David Hasselhoff: The Musical. What a time to be alive.