Countdown to the Emmys!

The Emmys air this Sunday, August 27th, on NBC. Conan O’Brien hosts.

To recap, our beloved Office has garnered five nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series (Steve Carell), and Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series (Michael Schur, Christmas Party).

Here’s a list of recent Office Emmy tidbits, and I will update it throughout the week (newest stuff listed first):

Aug. 27, “NBC’s ‘The Office,’ which enjoyed a fabulous second season, was shown a lot of love — including nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series and a nod for star Steve Carell. Newton native John Krasinski, who plays lovable Jim on the series, was thrilled. ‘Having Steve nominated is, of course, just the best because he deserves it. He really is such an amazing guy to be around and he deserves everything. Then the show getting nominated, I’m so proud of the whole production,’ Krasinski said. ‘Now we get to thank the writers and the producer and all these people who, to be honest, really make the show what it is. They put in more hours than we do, more blood, sweat and tears. And I really hope that they get rewarded for it.'” Read the full article here.

Aug. 25, NBC Studio Pass Newsletter: “Watch the LIVE webcast only at! Plus, check out the live blog from backstage during the event, exclusive video featuring Angela Kinsey from “The Office” and the chance to win during the red carpet special and the awards show!”

Aug. 24, Ausiello Report, TV Guide: “Who should win: Carell. I’d pay money to see Sheen dis Denise at the dais, but even a fair-weather Office fan like myself can’t deny that Carell has done Ricky Gervais proud. Who will win: Carell.” Read Michael Ausiello’s full Emmys prediction list here.

Aug. 24, New York Daily News: “HBO’s ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and NBC’s ‘Scrubs’ did the season’s best work, and one of them should win. But NBC’s improved ‘The Office’ has momentum, and probably will … Steve Carell will win for ‘The Office’.”

Aug. 23, WireImage and Getty Images: Here are some photos of John Krasinski and Michael Schur at the Emmy Award Nominees for Outstanding Writing Reception. See WireImage photos here and GettyImages photos here. Thanks to Laura and Jill for the tips!

Aug. 23, MSNBC: “Workers are excited, says executive producer Greg Daniels, but the schedule is so unforgiving that the women on the staff are shopping for dresses online … ‘It’s likely that we will show up without any good speeches written because we were working,’ he says … ‘I’m personally trying to look at it as just the employee motivational awards…’ Read more at Scrubs cast doesn’t expect to win Emmy.

Aug. 22, PRWeb: Get a load of this extravagant party being thrown for Emmy nominees, with a $73,000 gift bag of goodies! What’s the Office connection? — Kate Flannery is scheduled to attend. (Wonder if she’ll give away stuff she doesn’t keep, like Jenna did awhile back?) Read the full press release here.

Aug. 21, Angela’s MySpace blog: “I will be doing a little thing for Getting ready for the Emmy’s type of deal with some of the other cast members. I think it will air on Saturday but will get the details.”

Aug. 21, Oddsmaker “The Office has come up big as the 1-1 front runner to win the Outstanding Comedy Series category … Steve Carell from The Office is on top at 1-2 for the Leading Actor in a Comedy Series.” Read the full press release here.

Aug. 21-27 TV Guide printed edition, pg. 26: TVG Critic Matt Roush picks both The Office and Steve Carell to win: “The Office was the most improved comedy. It’s this year’s slam dunk … make that two, with The Office’s Steve Carell a shoo-in.”

Aug. 19, Creative Arts Emmys: The Office was defeated in the “Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series” category (for which it garnered two nominations) by “My Name is Earl.” Download the complete list of Creative Arts Emmy winners here.

Aug. 18 L.A. Times: Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil states: “… Emmy voters are snobs who want their winners to have esoteric appeal. Thus ‘The Office’ will win, which is good news because it also happens to be the best comedy on TV.” Read the full article “Grey and The Office will win the top Emmys” here.