Normally, I am not a big guess who is going to guest star on a television show kind of guy. For the most part I am just kind of blase about it, and I am actually pretty blase about this one too. The only reason I am bringing it up is that one of the biggest Office fans I know said they were officially done watching the show now because of the casting announcement that Jessica Alba and Jack Black would be appearing on The Office episode scheduled to air after the Super Bowl.
Most of the time I would agree that this is just a grab for some cheap ratings and publicity. In this one case though I don't think it is. Any show that airs after the Super Bowl is going to be the number one show for that week. It is going to have double or triple its regular audience even if you just have Ryan Seacrest looking into a mirror and telling people how he gets his hair so shiny. You don't have to do anything. People will watch.
Normally I am not a big fan of these kinds of things because the writers have to figure out a way to get the guest stars in without being really obvious about it or destroying the plot threads they have going for the season. Again though, I think an episode after the Super Bowl is just a one off thing anyway. It doesn't have to advance any plot lines and can just be about having fun and trying something new. Because I like The Office, I'm actually ok with them trying to pull in as many new viewers as they can and being able to announce during the game 300 different times that Jessica Alba and Jack Black are going to be on the show. This will probably get more people to stick around. The fact that Jack Black is going to dress up as a woman and play Jessica Alba's lesbian lover is just icing on the cake. OK, so I made up that last part, but if you are going to go for it, you should really go for it.