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Phyllis Smith on The End of ‘The Office’ (and Falling Refrigerators)

Posted on 05/7/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentFor the past nine years, Phyllis Smith has played Phyllis (Lapin) Vance, the sneakily snarky den mother on NBC’s The Office. The Lemay, Mo. native was a dancer during her youth—she was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals cheerleading squad and was once part of a burlesque troupe in her home city—but her role on The Office was her very first acting gig. When the series finale airs May 16 at 9 p.m., she will have appeared in all …

Get Ready For Cliffhangers as TV Season Ends

Posted on 05/5/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentThe broadcast networks’ season is coming to an end, and series showrunners are hell-bent to leave us wanting more.  The next two weeks we will see stunt casting, cliff-hangers and plot twists enough to lure even the most casual viewer to the tube.  Here are seven we want to see: 1.  Laura San Giacomo guests on tonight’s (5/5) The Mentalist season finale, which returns to Patrick Jane’s (Simon Baker) quest to find Red John, the serial killer who murdered his family.  He …