Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep is just like millions of Americans: She watches "The Office."
Streep, who co-stars with former "Office" star Steve Carell in "Hope Springs," told The Hollywood Reporter she was captivated by Carell's performance as Michael Scott in the NBC comedy.
"The first time I saw 'The Office,' I thought: 'Who is this? He's absolutely wonderful," Streep said. "His character has a quality of distraction and narcissism that is completely out of his control, but there is a pathos that's very authentic so you believe in this person and feel for him."
For his work on "The Office," Carell was nominated for six Emmys and six Golden Globes, one of which he won. The actor left "The Office" after Season 7. "I was always assuming I'd leave after that season was done," Carell said. "Everyone was well aware of that. I owed the show a lot and I loved doing it, but you have to take risks."
Following Carell's departure, "The Office" brought in James Spader, Catherine Tate and promoted Ed Helms' character to branch manager. Season 9 of "The Office," which kicks off on Thurs., Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. ET, will serve as a reboot of sorts. New characters are being added to the cast as many stars -- including Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak -- have left the show.
January Jones, "Mad Men"
"God, I watch a lot of crap ... Beverly Hills 'Housewives.' I really love 'New Girl' and 'Modern Family.' I try to watch a lot of comedy -- I can't watch anything that's over half an hour lately because the baby always wants something. 'Jersey Shore' just started up again, too ... my taste is very, uh, <i>unrefined.</i>"
James Van Der Beek, "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23"
"These days I'm watching a lot of 'Pippa Pig' and I'm watching a lot of 'Yo Gabba Gabba.' I can sing any 'Yo Gabba Gabba' song if you're up for it. [Laughs]"
Megan Hilty, "Smash"
"I watch 'Real Housewives' of any city. 'Atlanta' might be my favorite just 'cause Kandi's my favorite housewife of all of them. What else do I watch? 'New Girl,' 'Up All Night' and I'm loving 'SNL' lately. I've gotten back into 'SNL' ... I would <i>love</i> to [host 'SNL']. Are you kidding me? I think that's everybody's dream, but I don't know if anybody would let me. [Laughs] A girl can dream."
Emmy Rossum, "Shameless"
"'Top Chef'! I don't like this current season as much because they're moving around a lot. I'm also really liking Don Cheadle's new show, 'House of Lies.' And I love 'Homeland.' I love that show!"
Christopher Gorham, "Covert Affairs"
"I've become obsessed with 'American Horror Story.' People are kind of scared of it, and I get it because it's scary. But I'm totally into it. My wife got me into 'Dancing With the Stars.' It's a slippery slope."
Alton Brown, "The Next Iron Chef"
"All of my favorite shows are scripted, except for 'MythBusters,' which is not scripted, but continues to be just about the best show on television. My daughter, who's 11, contends that I'm not cool because I've never been on 'MythBusters.' She doesn't care what else I do because I have failed to appear on that show, so I'm not cool. It burns. It stings a little bit, but what can I say? I'm a huge BBC fan -- I just love British scripted television programs. Every once in a while, something will happen to make me fall in love with television, and it's usually English. I love 'Doctor Who.' In fact, at my daughter's school, there's been a huge resurgence in that show. There's a 'Doctor Who' Club, and it's just become a huge phenomenon all of the sudden."
Tim Gunn, "The Revoltion" & "Project Runway"
"I'm a huge HGTV addict. I really am. I like those transformations."
Dylan Walsh, "Unforgettable"
"I love what's going on with cable. I think that they've really pushed the envelope with story telling, but to be honest, I've been pretty busy lately, and I don't have a lot of time. I do want to check out 'American Horror Story' though. I hear it's great. 'Nip/Tuck' really travelled from genre-to-genre within a single episode, so I've always known that [Ryan Murphy] could do anything ... He loves people to doubt him so that he can prove them wrong. I doubted him, too! And he proved me wrong."
Khloe Kardashian, "Khloe & Lamar"
"I film all the time, 12-18 hours a day, so I don't really have much time to watch TV. If I do, I like to watch reruns of 'Friends' or 'Seinfeld,' shows that are kind of easy-peasy to watch. One reality show I love to watch is 'Toddlers & Tiaras.' There's another show called 'Little Miss Perfect' and I made Lamar watch it and he was like, 'What is wrong with these people!?' It's just so sad to see how much makeup and spray tans and eyebrow waxing that these four-year-olds get! It's crazy, but that's my guilty pleasure that I watch."
Rich Sommer, "Mad Men"
"I watch a lot. I just started watching 'Downton Abbey,' and it's great. I think I want to be Carson [in the "Which 'Downton Abbey' Character Are You?" quiz] -- he's so good! So sad! We watch a lot of comedies, too -- 'Modern Family' is the best, and I'm still watching 'The Office.'"
Kristen Bell, "House of Lies"
"I loved ['Homeland']. I loved it. Actually, at our Showtime party, I superfanned a couple of the cast members. I had to tone it down a bit ... but I really wanted [Brody] to blow up [in the Season 1 finale]. [Laughs] Sorry, I really did. I know he pressed the button ... but I would rather suspend my belief in reality and say like, 'Oh, the plate got stuck and he didn't die because his head wasn't blown off, but he did blow up the rest of the room.' You know what I mean?"
Iwan Rheon, "Misfits"
"I just finished watching 'Boardwalk Empire,' which I thought was brilliant. I'm a big fan of 'The Wire' and 'The Sopranos.' We get such amazing TV from America."
Grant Gustin, "Glee"
"Did 'Alcatraz' start already? Because I want to jump on that. 'Lost' blew my mind, and I was late to that party! I didn't watch it originally, but then when I was on tour [with the national touring production of 'West Side Story'], I had all of this free time during the day and after shows. I watched all six seasons on Netflix in about two weeks. The people in my cast did not see me for two weeks. That's all I was doing. I was obsessed with 'Lost,' so I can only imagine that I'll be obsessed with 'Alcatraz.'"
Krysten Ritter, "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23"
"'Modern Family'! Our lead-in show, by the way ... [Laughs] I love 'Modern Family.' You know what else is really good? 'Tabatha's Salon Takeover.' Dude, that shit is dope."
John Corbett, "A Smile as Big as the Moon"
"I like 'Sons of Anarchy,' I like 'Dexter' ... I was watching 'Californication' and my buddy Evan Handler from the 'Sex and the City' days, he's on that show. I watch 'Jeopardy' every night with dinner. I have a little contest while having dinner -- there will be 'Jeopardy' playing and my lady friend and I will be having a contest to see who's smarter. And I always lose. [Laughs]"
Bruce Campbell, "Burn Notice"
"[Coby Bell and I] watch Lawrence Welk when we have time off together. I'm not even kidding. I mean, Coby is supposed to be a hipster, so what's he doing watching Lawrence Welk?" <em>[Editor's note: Bell will not confirm or deny his Lawrence Welk obsession.]</em>
Lauren Socha, "Misfits"
"'Jersey Shore'! I absolutely love it. I love Snooki. I just watched the Italy season. Listening to Snooki is incredible. She's brilliant. I like 'Teen Mom' as well."
Dreama Walker, "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23"
"I'm a really big 'Real Housewives' fan. Love 'Beverly Hills,' love 'Atlanta' ... I watch all of that. And 'Toddlers & Tiaras.' My boyfriend and I were 'Toddlers & Tiaras' last year for Halloween. He was a pageant mom and I was a toddler."