Category Archives: The Office Trivia

10 things you didn’t know about The Office

TV Guide has a really interesting list of things you may not know about The Office:

  • The Office was originally developed with FX or HBO in mind.
  • Steve Carell almost missed out on becoming Michael Scott.
  • Jim and Pam might have been an interracial love story.
  • Dunder Mifflin branches exist all over the Northeast.
  • The original Office spinoff idea: A parody of PBS’ An American Family.
  • Parks and Recreation could have been an Office spinoff.
  • Oscar (Oscar Nunez) wasn’t supposed to be gay.
  • Dwight’s backstory was inspired by Wilson’s family, Daniels’ grandparents and UPN’s Amish in the City.
  • Fischer regularly hears from viewers who don’t like stronger-willed Pam.
  • Had NBC ordered The Farm to series, Dwight would have left The Office in midseason.

Read more: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About NBC’s The Office

The two Brians

The Office: The Two Brians

It’s been awesome seeing some of the long-time Office staff in front of the camera recently, including the inspiration behind “Brian.” Here’s a little bit of trivia:

“Brian”: the character of Brian the boom operator, introduced in the episode Customer Loyalty, is played by Chris Diamantopoulos. The character also appeared in Junior Salesman (cold open), Vandalism (the fight), and Couples Discount (lunch with Jim and Pam).

Brian: “Brian” the character is named after real-life and longtime Office sound man Brian Wittle. In Customer Loyalty, he steps in front of the camera as the annoyed parent sitting next to Pam during Cece’s dance recital.

Superfan trivia: this isn’t Brian Wittle’s first time in front of The Office camera; he actually appears on one of the DVDs! See the next page.