Joss Whedon to direct Office episode

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, is directing an episode of The Office, according to Televisionary:

Rumor has it that Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and TV ubergod Joss Whedon will return to television to direct an upcoming episode of NBC’s hit sitcom (and Televisionary obsession) The Office … Look for Whedon’s take on Michael Scott and the gang at Dunder-Mifflin to air sometime in the spring.

Whedon responds to the rumor in his Whedoneque blog.

Links: Televisionary original story and EW confirmation | Whedonesque

Tipster: Owen

16 comments

  1. well technically (he was being coy), he responded “Yes, people, it’s true. I am the ideal mate.”, referring to a post a couple days ago on that blog titled “Joss gets picked as an ideal mate in poll.” http://whedonesque.com/comments/12200

    But TVSquad is also reporting it, based on the Televionary and FilmIck reports

  2. I think this is great news, given Joss Whedon’s pedigree in TV. I also loved the “Gifted” arc of Astonishing X-Men, which was penned by Whedon. Looking forward to the episode!

  3. Don’t mean to sound like a crank, but I guess I’m the only one in the known universe who doesn’t understand the buzz about this. Of course, that may have to do with the fact that I’ve never seen a single frame of anything Joss Whedon has done, so mabye that’s why I just can’t get excited.

    I mean, I’m sure he’ll be fine, but I find myself asking ‘why this guy?’ Were any of his other shows comedies? I can understand Harold Ramis as a director, that makes perfect sense to me.

    I realize I’m totally in the minority on this one. I’m sure everyone who reads this is just shaking their head at what a lugnut I am, but I don’t mind. Help me understand how he’ll be good for this show.

  4. Well, cousin mose, for starters Joss Whedon’s stories did have a lot of comic undertones. However, I bet someone else can describe it a little better than I can. I’ve only really seen “Firefly” and “Serenity”, so I can’t comment on “Buffy” or “Angel”.

  5. I’m not really concerned with who directs an episode. I care more about what is written then how it is shot.

  6. Not to sound like a total geek (but I am), Joss is a really good storyteller, period. Buffy, Angel, and Firefly mostly used metaphors to get the points of human life across. All three shows had a great sense of humor, but at times could convey sadness.
    I guess its a big deal because Joss is known for the shows that he created, so the fact that he is coming back to tv for a show like The Office (which he didn’t have a part in), is big.
    p.s.
    Don’t allow the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie (starring Kristie Swanson) influence your view of him. The show and movie are two separate entities.

  7. Keep in mind he’ll just be directing it, not writing it, so you probably won’t notice anything different.

  8. actually, directing does have a big part in episodes. styles, emotions, and even camera work can play a pivotal role, comically and dramatically.

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