As you may have heard, NBC is giving its coveted post-Super Bowl broadcast slot to a super-sized edition of The Office.
Entertainment Weekly reports Jack Black and Jessica Alba will guest-star on the hourlong episode, which features the staffs of Dunder Mifflin trying to watch a bootleg video during the workday. Alba and Black will play the stars.
Any chance they'll show up to promote the episode in Tampa? Who knows. A better bet might be the series regulars. Jon Krasinski was on hand at last year's Super Bowl in Arizona, and Rainn Wilson rarely misses an opportunity for Dwight-centric publicity.
NBC and the NFL have discussed bringing back a televised feature that debuted in Arizona: a celebrity red carpet. In the hours leading up to the Fox-broadcast game, Ryan Seacrest stood outside University of Phoenix stadium and watched stars like Krasinski, Lawrence Fishburne and Hugh Laurie come through. Jordin Sparks also performed there.
Who might show up on a RayJay red carpet? Advertising Age reported last week that NBC plans to heavily promote its midseason lineup during the Super Bowl, including a 3-D episode of Chuck, a new storyline for Heroes, the new Ian McShane drama Kings and possibly NBC's upcoming three-headed late-night monster of Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon.
If the red carpet happens this year (and we suspect it will), it'll take place near the south end of the NFL Experience, at the VIPs-only NFL Tailgate Party. You might be able to catch a glimpse of the proceedings from Himes Avenue, if you're lucky.
Concert lineup announced
Rihanna, Fall Out Boy and Lifehouse will headline the first night of the NFL Pepsi Super Bowl Bash on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Ford Amphitheatre, the NFL announced.
Jerry O'Connell is set to host day one of the concert, which will air live on VH1. On Friday, Enrique Iglesias and Belanova will headline the second night of the Bash. That show will be taped and air Saturday, Jan. 31 on Telemundo.
Tickets are already on sale at Ticketmaster.com and are priced at $20, $35 and $45. For more information, visit the Super Bowl Bash's website.
Williams, Starks team up
Here's a party that can be enjoyed by Bucs fans and Steelers fans alike.
Former Bucs QB Doug Williams and current Steelers lineman Max Starks will co-host two events, the Doug Williams Celebrity Experience and the Max Starks Celebrity VIP Party, from Jan. 28-30 at the Bayou Club and Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club. Ker's WingHouse is your lead sponsor.
Events include a sponsor's reception on Jan. 28; a celebrity VIP party featuring a Texas hold'em tournament and WingHouse Girls fashion show on Jan. 29, and a celebrity golf tournament on Jan. 30. Invited guests include Tony Dorsett, Hines Ward, Ben Roethlisberger, Mark Clayton, Mike Alstott, IndyCar driver Dan Weldon and many more.
Prices range from $195 for single tickets to $5,000 for sponsor packages. The event will benefit All Children's Hospital, the Max Starks Foundation and the Ron Springs and Everson Walls Gift For Life Foundation.
For more info, visit winghouse.com or professionalgolfevents.net.
Win Leather and Laces tix
Some details are coming out about Leather and Laces, the celebrity bash with Carmen Electra, Jenny McCarthy and Kim Kardashian Jan. 30 at Jackson's Bistro in Tampa.
The event will feature a performance by celeb DJ Tendaji Lathan and Cirque USA, a Cirque du Soleil-style troupe of jugglers, contortionists, and performers. Tickets are $275 in advance for an open liquor, beer and wine bar, and $650 for an all-access VIP pass that also includes hors d'oeuvres and a sushi bar.
You can also enter the Leather and Laces "Hottie of the Year" competition, where the prizes include luxe hotel accommodations, Hollywood-quality hair and makeup, a professional photo shoot and a $5,000 swag bag — not to mention, of course, total VIP treatment at the party itself.
Get more details at leatherandlaces.com.
Snoop changes mind, venue
The Doggfather, it seems, has had a change of heart.
The Snoop Bowl, Snoop Dogg's annual youth charity football game, has moved from Jesuit High School to Gaither High School, organizers said this week. And tickets go on sale today.
"It was just an opportunity for us to have a little bit bigger venue," event organizer Thaddeus Bullard said, citing Jesuit's proximity to Raymond James Stadium and the NFL Experience as a possible distraction.
"Jesuit's a great venue, but we want to be able to have the focus solely on the kids. ... I'm very grateful that Jesuit accepted our offer; I'm just as ecstatic about doing it at Gaither as well."
The event will take place at 1 p.m. Jan. 31. It'll be the highlight of a four-day Super Bowl extravaganza for the rapper's Snoop Dogg All-Stars pee-wee team. Get tickets at capture-events.com for $15. VIP is $40.
What's more, Mike Alstott has also signed on as a celebrity coach in the game. Other players scheduled to attend include Raheem Brock, Bryant McKinnie, Jared Allen, Andre Johnson and the Bucs' Michael Clayton, Kevin Carter and Stylez G. "Don't call me Greg" White.
The Bucs' Earnest Graham had previously been lined up as a coach, but is now eyeing other charitable opportunities for Super Bowl week, said Steve Brickner, president of Graham's charity, Earnest Giving.
Bullard said there will be a tryout for local youth football players who want to play in the game. It will take place early in the morning on Jan. 10 at Gather. No other details are available yet.
More party tidbits
• Didn't get enough of AC/DC earlier last weekend at the St. Pete Times Forum? Check out ball-busting AC/DC cover band Highway to Hell, which will play a free show Jan. 30 at Wild Wing Cafe, 9210 Anderson Road, Tampa. highwaytohellrocks.com.
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