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An Office Spinoff: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

Posted By Entertainment on Oct 30, 2007 at 10:33AM

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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Get Your Own Office-esque DVD Box Screen Saver!

Posted By Entertainment on Oct 17, 2007 at 3:36PM


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.

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The Office Convention Just Keeps Getting Cooler

Posted By Entertainment on Oct 15, 2007 at 10:30AM

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?

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Go Behind The Scenes with "The Office" Blooper Reel

Posted By Entertainment on Sep 5, 2007 at 2:25PM

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

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What "The Office" Crew Did on Their Summer Vacations

Posted By Entertainment on Aug 30, 2007 at 7:15AM

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

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John Krasinski Talks JAM, Pranks, and Leatherheads

Posted By Entertainment on Aug 6, 2007 at 5:30AM

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

On the rabid fan reaction to Jim and Pam: "There's a real reality thing there. I think you're not dealing with two characters, you're dealing with two people who have insecurities, and they have fears. I know from my point of view, playing this character, it's not easy to tell some girl that you love her after she's been almost married. ... I think we're dealing in some pretty wild, complicated stuff, and so it's not just your regular love story."

On whether he'd leave "The Office" for film: "Oh my god, no. I'll be there every single day until Greg thinks he doesn't want to do it. And when Greg doesn't want to do it, maybe then I won't do it. But no, I'll be there till the end, for sure."

On his favorite prank Jim's played on Dwight: "I think there are two that stand out. The vending machine, I thought was genius. And then, I think this was a really small one because it was within a bunch of other pranks, but filling the phone with nickels. I wish I could ever claim that I was smart enough to do something like that."

On his famous reaction shot: "It's pretty easy when you're dealing with Steve [Carell] and Rainn [Wilson] because their characters are so off the wall that it's very easy to make those looks, because I think that if that person actually existed in my world I'd be hoping that all my friends saw that. ... I think Jim's like, 'Please, America, tell me you saw that.'"

On his role in Leatherheads: "I am the jock, the best player in the country ... I played [football] all my life, never organized. [Doing the movie] was kind of a training exercise. The fact that you're doing it on film means that you can't screw up and then do another play, you've got to do that play over and over. So when the play was that I had to run a hundred yards down the whole field, I think George [Clooney] started doing a couple of extra takes just to get some amusement."

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The "Office" Convention is On!

Posted By Entertainment on May 21, 2007 at 8:00AM

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.

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"Office" Fans: Should Karen Stay or Go?

Posted By Entertainment on May 10, 2007 at 7:01AM

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?

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"The Office" Recap, Episode 21: "Women's Appreciation"

Posted By Entertainment on May 4, 2007 at 1:10PM

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,

  • "The guy was just hanging brain. What's wrong with that? If that’s flashing, then lock me up." — Creed
  • Toby: "I was at a parent teacher conference."
    Michael: "Oh yeah, prove it! Let's see your penis. ... Ok, as that was coming out of my mouth, I knew it was wrong."
  • "Jan and I have a safe word in case things go too far: foliage." — Michael
  • "I wish someone had flashed me when i was with Roy, because that would have been the ass kicking of the year." — Pam
  • "Attention: I am removing all bananas from the kitchen." — Dwight
  • "If Pam wants to show more cleavage, she should be able to. I encourage that." — Michael

  • Michael: "When Meredith flashed me at that Christmas party, I nearly vomited."
    Meredith: "I don’t remember doing that."
    Angela: "What a surprise."
  • Michael says that celebrities create unrealistic expectations about how real women should look. Gesturing towards Pam, he says: "Even the hot ones aren’t really that skinny."
  • Andy: "If it were up to me, you ladies would be the fashion models."
    Kevin: "Yes, and then the fashion models could come here and work with me."
  • "If I could menstruate, I wouldn’t have to deal with idiotic calendars anymore." — Dwight
  • Karen, when Michael announces he's taking the women to the mall: "Frankly, it’s pretty insulting. But I have a lot of stuff I need to return in my car."
  • "I’m forced to go to the American Girl store and order clothes for large colonial dolls." — Angela, on shopping in kids' stores
  • "I’m happy sometimes. When we scrap book. Or right towards the end of having sex." — Michael, on his relationship with Jan
  • Michael: "Wow, I cannot believe this yogurt has no calories!"
    Pam: "No one said it has no calories."
  • "I’m kind of between boyfriends right now, so I don’t really need anything sexy. But I do need some new hand towels, so I figure I can cut up this robe." — Pam, when Michael takes the women shopping at Victoria’s Secret
  • Andy: "I really appreciate you letting me shadow you today. I really learned a lot."
    Dwight: "Natch."
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Could "The Office" Work as a One-Hour Show?

Posted By Entertainment on May 1, 2007 at 10:18AM

"The Office" is one of the best half-hour comedies on TV — but what if it were an hour-long show instead? That's a move NBC is apparently considering, according to a profile of network CEO Jeff Zucker in Fortune Magazine. (I don't usually read Fortune for my TV news, so thanks to GMMR for the tip.) Buried deep in the story is this little gem:

At NBC's "upfront" presentation to advertisers on May 14, Zucker says he expects NBC to unveil five new programs — three dramas, one comedy, and one reality show — for its fall schedule. Zucker and [NBC entertainment president Kevin] Reilly are considering stretching "The Office" to an hour and canceling the original "Law & Order."

Could it work? The one-hour Christmas episode was among this season's strongest, and the occasional "supersized" episodes and multitude of deleted scenes each week on the show's NBC site prove that there's more in every episode than the roughly 22 minutes that make it to air.

On the other hand, a one-hour show might feel too long, so

I worry that making the show an hour every week could prompt the writers to pad the funny bits with more traditional dramatic storylines that don't deserve the time. Already, the Jim/Pam drama is wearing thin for me, and I imagine we'd only get more of it in a one-hour show. I can't think of any comedies that have worked well in an hour-long format — unless David E. Kelley-style "dramedies" count — and I imagine it would be hard to write a full hour's worth of the snappy dialogue and ridiculous situations that are the strongest parts of "The Office" right now.

Still, I'm not sure more Dwight Schrute is ever a bad thing. What do you think? Could "The Office" work as a one-hour show?

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