From the Department of Internet Rumors comes this tidbit, courtesy of TV Guide: The Office is reportedly looking to expand into a spinoff series, a la Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. The show would air a special episode introducing a number of new characters, and then those characters would become the focus of a new series. Unlike the Grey's/Private plan, none of the original cast members would end up in the new series, and producers are apparently searching for "a name" to headline the potential new show.
A year ago, I might have said something like "there's never too much Office!" But after watching those hourlong episodes this year, I think there is, actually, such a thing as too much Office. I'd rather see them focus on keeping one show strong rather than setting up a potential second series. Then again, maybe NBC could harness the power of the show and end up with two hilarious comedies. Anything's possible, right? What do you think?
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If you were as captivated as The Office crew was by the bouncing DVD screen saver in the opening scene of last week's episode, then I have a treat for you. If you use a PC, just click here to download a very similar screen saver for your very own computer.
This screen saver is ever so slightly different from the one in the episode, but it's still got the part that makes it so mesmerizing: It never quite seems to hit just perfectly into the corner of the screen. Or does it? I guess you'll just have to watch and find out.
Have you booked your tickets to Scranton yet? The Office Convention is now less than two weeks away, and the lineup of visiting guests is making this event a must-attend for serious Dunder Mifflin-heads.
As of today, almost the entire supporting cast of is scheduled to attend the Oct. 26-28 events, from Creed Bratton to Angela Kinsey to Mindy Kaling (Kelly). Executive producer Greg Daniels will also be in attendance, bringing with him writers Paul Lieberstein (Toby) and Craig Robinson (Darryl). So far, it's not looking like any of the big four (Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski) will make the trip — but who needs them when you've got Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration?
The organizers have put together a truly inspired schedule of events, including a live Today Show broadcast with Al Roker, a character look-alike contest, the Office Olympics, and, yes, a Casino Night. Tickets range from $25 ("the intern") to $250 ("corporate"), with varying numbers of events, cast appearances and VIP parties included in each.
So, who's going to be Buzz's Electric City correspondent for the weekend?
In case you've ever suspected the set of "The Office" might be the most fun place to work, here's some more fuel for the fire: the bloopers from the show's third season. Most, unsurprisingly, feature Steve Carell in character as Michael Scott, but there are some great Rainn Wilson moments, too. Among the other revelations: Jenna Fischer sneezes a lot, Ed Helms couldn't remember that Andy was his character's name, and Mindy Kaling may or may not know which celebrity baby is Suri and which is Shiloh. These come from the new DVD set courtesy of some enterprising YouTuber, so I'd hurry and watch before they're taken down. Just read more
Welcome back, Dunder Mifflin! The first new clip since that crazy season finale finds "The Office" gang talking about how they spent their summer vacations, from tubing (Andy) to getting a new nickname (Jim) to moving to New York (Ryan). There are lots of other good tidbits, but they're a little spoiler-y when it comes to relationships, so if you really think you can hold out, you'd better not click. Otherwise, just read more
The cast of "The Office" will start production on the show's fourth season today in Los Angeles, which means it's only a few short weeks now till we find out what will become of our beloved Pam and Jim after the third-season finale. After the hilarious NBC comedy panel at the TCA press tour, I joined a group of reporters chatting with John Krasinski about the Jim and Pam dynamic, as well as his upcoming role in Leatherheads and his favorite Dwight prank. For highlights of what he had to say, read on ...
On where he'd like Jim and Pam to go: "I think that it would be interesting to see — after all that pressure — to see what a relationship would be like. I feel like there would be some sort of awkwardness. ... There's a lot of fun stuff you could do with it — and then there's a lot of fun stuff you could with making people wait a little longer."
On what's up with Karen: "Rashida [Jones] is back, as far as I know. I think she's back for a couple episodes. ... She didn't get to say her piece. I think she'll come and slap everybody in the face and then just walk out. It'll be glorious."
On creating the Jim/Pam dynamic with Jenna Fischer: "I constantly am thinking about Martin Freeman and Lucy Davis [Tim and Dawn from the BBC version of "The Office"] and what they gave to us. It's really a gift; they're so perfect in what they did. So us playing the relationship had to be between Jenna and I, and sort of finding little things that we do. We hang out a lot together on set and we talk a lot about it, and Greg [Daniels, the executive producer] is so nice to let us have a say in it. Working with her has been a real treat. We both sort of understand the awkwardness and where it's going, and we love putting the brakes on."
More JAM from John, so read more
Hey, "Office" fans, it's time to book your flights to Scranton. Over the weekend, as cast members Angela Kinsey and Brian Baumgartner visited the home of Dunder Mifflin, the organizers of the inaugural "Office" Convention announced that the event would be a go.
The convention is set for Oct. 26-28, 2007, and there's more information on this official site. Details on ticket prices and events will be coming later, but it sounds like landmark sites from the show will be involved. (For a primer, check out this quiz on "Office" geography — I had no idea there wasn't actually a Chili's in Scranton!) Here's what the organizers have to say about it:
"The Electric City" is celebrating the best comedy on TV by inviting Dunder-heads to converge on Northeast Pa. for a full weekend of pretending to hang out with other peoples' co-workers. Think of it like a Star Trek convention but with nerds wearing Dwight Schrute glasses instead of Spock ears.
Ain't no party like a Scranton party, indeed.
On the one hand, I've enjoyed the addition of Karen as Jim's girlfriend on "The Office" this season; on the other hand, I'd like for her to get out of the way so Jim and Pam can get together already. So what's going to happen in the season finale? Well, that's still an open question. Rashida Jones, who plays Karen, shot a comedy pilot for Fox — but we won't know till next week whether it will get picked up, in which case Karen would be gone for sure. In the meantime, Kristin Veitch at E! is reporting that two different endings are being shot for the May 17 finale, one where Karen stays and one where she leaves. Which would you prefer?
One of my all-time favorite episodes of "The Office" is "Diversity Day," so I couldn't help but revel in "Women's Appreciation," which was like a diversity day for gender issues. It all starts when Phyllis is accosted by a flasher in the parking lot. As Dwight sets out to catch the culprit, Michael aims to make the office a more welcoming environment for women.
After offering some requisite offensive comments, Michael decides to take the women to a more female-friendly environment: the mall. The gals help him with his own female problems, and he takes them shopping at Victoria's Secret.
Tell me your favorite quotes from the episode, and to see some of mine, read more