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TV Junkie: 'The Office' To Head to China? Buy Dharma Beer; Submit Your Flick to CMJ

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Ricky Gervais practicing Tai Chi as he prepares a Chinese edition of "The Office"
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Weekend EditionWe're already hearing complaints from baseball-loving readers about tomorrow's preseason NFL game intruding upon their viewing schedules. It does seem a little ridiculous to be watching football during the heat of summer but we look at it as though we're getting our money's worth as football players seem to be the highest compensated per game.
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Just as the United States' edition of "The Office" was starting to get long in the tooth, long enough in the tooth for series star Steve Carell to announce his departure, it looks like a couple billion more people will be exposed to the phenomenon of the series. Yup, "The Office" is heading to China - Ricky Gervais has started work on the Chinese edition according to one sentence on his blog.
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A few days ago we mentioned the "Mad Men" auction and we wanted to remind you that you can view items in the "Lost" auction which runs August 21st and 22nd. You can bid on everything Dharma, from the VW van to six packs of beer, or on items as iconographic as Desmond's photo of himself and Penny.
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Attention Filmmakers: The CMJ Film Festival (October 19-22) is accepting submissions until August 31st. You can submit via Withoutabox.
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The TV Junkie Pan: Tonight - "The Soup", Fallon (Bobby Slayton). Saturday - G4's Ninja Warrior extravaganza, "Being Human". Sunday - "True Blood", "Mad Men".