Multitalented actor Jack Black (“Kung Fu Panda,” “Tropic Thunder,”) is set to guest-star in the upcoming post Super Bowl episode of “The Office.” The announcement was made by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.
In one plot of the special post Super Bowl episode of “The Office,” some of the office workers try to secretly watch a bootlegged Hollywood movie during the workday. The movie stars Jack Black and other notable Hollywood actors.
The special hour-long episode titled “Stress Relief” will premiere immediately following “Super Bowl XLIII,” Sunday, February 1 (10:30-11:30 p.m. ET; simultaneously to all time zones) on NBC. Season five of the Emmy-Award winning series will continue airing in its regular time slot; Thursdays (9-9:30 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC.
“The Office” is executive-produced by Ben Silverman, Greg Daniels, who developed the series for American audiences, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Howard Klein and Paul Lieberstein and Jennifer Celotta and produced by Reveille LLC, Deedle Dee Productions and Universal Media Studios.
This year has been very busy for Jack Black, starting with lending his voice to the lead animated character of “Po” in Paramount Pictures’ Kung Fu Panda. The film has earned more than $626 million worldwide, making it DreamWorks Animation’s most successful non-sequel film to date. So it comes as no surprise that DreamWorks has signed Black for the sequel scheduled to release in summer of 2011.
Black was back on top of the box office charts in August for the Paramount release of “Tropic Thunder.” Directed and written by Ben Stiller, who also starred in the film, Black was joined by the star-studded cast of Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey. The film was #1 in the box office for two straight weeks and has earned over $100 million domestically.
Black recently wrapped filming his next feature film, “The Year One,” starring opposite of Michael Cera (“Juno”). Produced by Judd Apatow (“Pineapple Express”) and directed by Harold Ramis (“Knocked Up”), Black plays “Zed” a lazy hunter-gatherer who is banished from his primitive village and set off on an epic journey through the ancient world. This adventure comedy is set to release in June of 2009.