When The Office producers Greg Daniels and Mike Schur were putting together Parks and Recreation in 2007, it was originally supposed to be a spin-off of The Office. They instead opted to abandon that plan and make the show its own thing, but the duo revealed some of the options they considered for an Office spin-off to TV Guide this week, and some of them are pretty crazy. Here are six ideas they thought about and then discarded:
A comedy inspired by the 1970s PBS documentary An American Family, which followed the upper-middle class Loud family of California. Daniels recalls, "We were going to do a [...]
Steve Carell has been saying for over a year now that he doesn't want to come back for The Office's May 16th finale and showrunner Greg Daniels denied Carell's involvement in the final episode as recently as last week, but despite all that, TV Line reports today that Carell will be back to say goodbye one last time. TV Line's source says that Carell's appearance in the last episode is closer to a cameo than a full-on guest appearance, but he will allegedly be in the episode somewhere – unless this is just another lie in this constantly flip-flopping story.
The Office only has four episodes left, with the last two set to air as a special one-hour finale on May 16th, and NBC just released a long list of guest stars for the finale plus a vague spoiler about the plot. Guest star-wise, Mindy Kaling, BJ Novak, Matt Jones, Andy Buckley, Mike Schur, and Bobby Ray Shafer are set to return with Office newcomers Rachael Harris, Dakota Johnson, Joan Cusack, Ed Begley Jr., and Malcolm Barrett set to appear in the episode. Hit the jump to read the light spoiler-y episode summary courtesy of NBC:
Here's the first episode of a new web series from The Office, tied to the show's series finale next month. Directed by John Krasinski, each episode features guest stars and regular actors from the show looking back at The Office and its legacy. Hopefully, everyone refuses to stop eating lunch the whole time like Will Ferrell did.
When Ricky Gervais announced last month that he was reviving his Office character David Brent for a new short film, it seemed like an iffy proposition that could tarnish the legacy of the classic show. But it turns out the 10-minute short, entitled "The Return of Brent," is actually pretty good. It picks up with Brent 10 years after The Office's Christmas special finale to find him working in a new career as a rap producer. The short aired on the BBC during Comic Relief's Red Nose Day Friday and is the first piece of original content to debut on Gervais's YouTube channel. Although Gervais reprised his [...]
NBC announced today that The Office's finale, airing a week from Thursday on May 16th, will be extended from 60 to 75 minutes. An hour-long Office retrospective will air from 8 to 9pm and the final episode will air from 9 to 10:15pm. Greg Daniels told TV Line in March, "I was very excited with the footage we got. It’s very big. I’m going to beg NBC to super-size it or extend it." This quote prompted Office fans to make a petition to get NBC to extend the episode, racking up over 20,000 signatures and causing NBC to acquiesce to fans' and Daniels's request.
While Steve Carell has said he has no interest in returning for The Office's series finale, TV Line reports today that "producers mounted an 11th hour effort last month to coax Carell into making a cameo" in the finale. TV Line's source refused to confirm or deny whether the effort was successful, but Carell was on set for the shooting of the final episode. Greg Daniels and the network declined to comment, while one of Carell's representatives said that, although he was on set, he didn't film anything. Despite that, a source on the show cryptically told TV Line, "Don't rule anything out." The finale airs May [...]
Rainn Wilson posted this sign-in sheet for auditions for The Office on Facebook today featuring a bunch of people who tried out for the roles of Michael, Dwight, Jim, and Pam. These are the first 14 actors to audition for the show in the fall of 2003, including UCB founder Matt Besser for Dwight, Melissa McCarthy's husband and writing partner Ben Falcone for Michael, and Mr. Show and 24 star Mary Lynn Rajskub for Pam. Rainn Wilson and Jenna Fischer are the only ones on here who booked the job, but plenty of talented people still populate this list. It's hard to imagine anyone else in these [...]
Rainn Wilson was planning on starring in a spin-off based around his character Dwight Schrute once The Office ended its nine-season run this May, but since NBC opted not to pick up the show, he's taking things in an unexpected direction. THR reports that Wilson booked the lead role in the CBS pilot Backstrom, a crime drama based on Leif G.W. Persson's Swedish book series of the same name. He'll be starring alongside 24's Dennis Haysbert as Everett Backstrom, an offensive, self-destructive detective who's part of a team of eccentric criminologists. Bones creator Hart Hanson is writing and producing the pilot. While this is an hour-long [...]
The Office's series wrap party went down in Scranton, PA on Saturday, and in case you missed the news, it included ten thousand fans and a glorious surprise attendance by Steve Carell. As Splitsider’s resident Pennsylvanian, I had some dippy eggs and scrapple then immediately made the trek to the Electric City to check out the home of Dunder Mifflin and pay homage to one of my favorite shows of all time. Here’s a recap of the day complete with cast member photos and video clips:
While Steve Carell has said he won't be returning as Michael Scott for The Office's finale May 16th, word came in a couple weeks ago that "producers mounted an 11th hour effort last month to coax Carell into making a cameo." Last night, David Letterman took the opportunity to grill Mindy Kaling on the matter, but didn't really get anything out of her. Any guesses on whether Michael Scott makes one last appearance or not?
Following in his Office cohort Mindy Kaling's footsteps, B.J. Novak is about to become an author. The publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced yesterday that Novak has signed a two-book deal with them. The first book will be a collection of short stories that Novak's agent compared to Woody Allen's early books when talking to The New York Times. Novak's fictional stories are adapted from his live show at Los Angeles's UCB Theatre, B.J. Novak: Uncollected Stories. After departing the office alongside Kaling last May, Novak is serving as as a writer and consulting producer on The Mindy Project this season. There's no word on what the second [...]
Sometimes TV shows drag their unfunny feet across our living rooms for years. “Who let this happen?” we cry in vain. Other times, the powers that be get things right. That’s where “Brilliantly Canceled” comes in and looks at the shows that didn’t make it past their first episode and saved us all a ton of grief.
After nine seasons of The Office, a spinoff seemed inevitable. The show’s overwhelming success and incredibly popular characters were too good to lose, especially for the flailing peacock. Of the show’s original cast, few characters rose higher than Rainn Wilson’s Dwight Schrute. As Michael Scott’s loyal assistant to the regional manager, Dwight [...]
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