A letter from The Office writing staff

Dear Fans of The Office,

It looks like, after many long months, the writers’ strike will be ending very shortly. The vote to temporarily lift the strike while we vote on the contract passed with an overwhelming majority on Tuesday, and while we still technically have to ratify the contract (in a separate vote that takes place over the next two weeks or so), that vote was a very strong signal that we’re almost back to normal.

It was a difficult struggle, and we don’t take lightly the problems it caused for our crew, our actors, and the viewers of the show. In the end, though, we believe it was worth it, because writers have managed to win a share of the future of the industry.

We just want to thank you for the incredible display of support you have given us over the last four months. We never forget how lucky we are to have a fan base that cares so much about what we do, and we are excited to be going back to work, which is the only way we can try to pay you back.

It seems like we will be making six more episodes this year, the first of which is scheduled to air April 10. Right now, that episode will be “Dinner Party,” written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, which we had just begun to film when the strike hit. Also, although we aren’t 100% sure yet, it looks like we may have an hour-long season finale. All of this is subject to change, but seems likely. (Just stay tuned to OfficeTally — tanster will probably somehow find out all the developments before we do.)

In the meantime, we’re back at work, and would like to thank you, again, for everything.

Sincerely,

The Office Writers

66 comments

  1. It’s so great to hear the news, and we just can’t wait until April!! Totally gives us something great to look forward to for the rest of the deep, dark, winter! :)

    I just wonder how they are going to work in Angela’s cute little baby bump!

  2. You guys are incredibly talented – I’m so glad that things are working out in the WGA’s favor!

    Thank YOU for being so down to earth! It’s great to hear from you guys!

  3. I can’t wait — six episodes or just one, I miss the Office sooo much! Welcome back everyone!!!

  4. It’s no wonder we support them when they are so sweet to us! What other writers would write letters to their fans? We are so lucky to have you back :-)

  5. It’s so good to have our writers back! I’m so glad they got what they rightfully deserve.

    April 10 can NOT come soon enough… I’m already planning my Office return party!!!

  6. So happy to hear you are all back. We missed you all and can not wait to see our fave show back. I think it fantastic that you all stuck together through this. We know it wasn’t easy and you really did have all our support.

    Welcome back you guys!! yay!

    Claudia

  7. I feel so lucky that Office writers (not to mention the rest of the cast and crew) are so considerate of us fans. Thanks to all of them (and to Tanster for connecting them, of course)! Can’t wait for the fruits of their labor!

  8. Very very nice article. Cannot WAIT til 4-10. Thanks writers and congrats. We love all that you do and are soooo glad you are back. Right now I’m actually watching my DVR’ed version of the one where Karen is trying to Woo Stanley. OMG–so glad you writers are back!! We’ve missed you!

  9. I love those guys (and gals!). How thoughtful of them to take the time to acknowledge us fans and touch base with us. Wishing them well as they get back to work and looking forward VERY MUCH to our return to The Office!

  10. We are so happy to have you back doing what you (and we) love! You never let us down, and we wish you the very best as you figure out the best way to handle the remainder of the season.

    Thank you for thinking of your fans through all of this. You truly are the best!

  11. That’s awesome! I’m bummed that they couldn’t get out their Christmas episode, but I can’t wait to see the dinner party one. Yay for the writer-people. I’m glad they were able to get what they deserved. Although I wasn’t really minding the absence as much as everyone else because I’ve been crazy busy w/nursing school anyways! ;)

  12. Eisenberg/Stupinsky have a reputation for consistently writing some of the best episodes in the series. After such a long drought, I’m glad we’re getting one from them.

  13. We’re proud of the solidarity you displayed. We’ve missed you terribly (especially those of us who went to the convention and had our Dunder Mifflin highs deflated too soon) but agree whole heartedly with the principles you were defending. This ripples across all creative genres. Thanks for taking the stand. Let the merriment commence!

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