The Office goes green Nov. 8

From an NBC press release:

NBC Entertainment programming, both scripted and unscripted, will adopt green-friendly and environmentally-oriented messages – across all dayparts – to promote the crucial issue of ecological awareness. Among NBC’s many programs to feature this content will be the entire Thursday night line-up, including the Emmy Award-winning comedy “The Office,” “My Name is Earl” and “30 Rock,” the hit drama “Heroes” and “Deal or No Deal.”

Shoot. That was a spoiler, wasn’t it?


Tipster: Sara


  1. well you kind of got to ask about ulterior motives since Universal is owned by General Electric

  2. I’m pretty sure that someone will probably be driving a hybrid this coming season. Green is great! Especially Northern Lights Cannibus Indica. :)

  3. Since they live two blocks from each other, maybe Jim and Karen will start carpooling…with sexy results!

  4. I’m all for improving the environment and stopping global warming and all that, but I like my fictional television to be free of “very special messages.” I’m sure they’ll be clever about it and all, but really, come on.

  5. Great point smartone. I was thinking about that when they aired Live Earth on all of the NBC-owned stations. Maybe Michael will think being environmentally conscious is “cool” and make everyone be environmentally friendly. Kind of making fun of it but then it will actually work. It will be interesting since Scranton is also the “Electric City” and is basically surrounded by coal. I’m trying not to be cynical about it, but we’ll see!

  6. NBC should stay out of the show. Hopefully 30 Rock will make fun of meddling like this.

  7. Hopefully, NBC doesn’t push their agenda so far that it has a noticeable effect on the episode. I don’t mind green thinking, I just don’t like it when NBC dictates what the writers should write. I like Joseph’s thinking- maybe if they mention recycled paper, it will be enough.

  8. Cool! I know it’s only a little bit, but it’s really about getting the word out. I’ve actually emailed people at NBC about using instead compostable take out food containers instead of polystyrene that clogs up oceans and doesn’t biodegrade. I’m glad The Office is going to do something, too and I can’t wait to see what it is.

  9. Anytime this kinda thing worries me I think of AD’s handling of Burger King adverts in “Motherboy XXX” and I feel comforted.

  10. True Question (#7) – you took the words right out of my mouth. I’m not anti-environment or anything, but i agree completely.

  11. argh this kind of pointless gesture is irritating- who honestly thinks that ppl are going to watch an nbc comedy and think ‘wow, maybe it IS cool to recycle.’ i’m sorry, but if anyone is taking their lifestyle cues from michael scott, they have bigger problems than climate change.

  12. I don’t think it a bad thing at all. I seriously doubt its going to affect the content of the show in any way. At the very least, it’ll be fun to see how they approach the subject.

  13. Does this mean that Dwight will be getting a hybrid Trans-Am? Maybe one that runs on some sort of beet-derived ethanol? I would love to see Michael make some desperate, ridiculous attempt to turn Dunder Mifflin into a paperless office because he saw Cameron Diaz say paper was bad in a press junket for “Charlie’s Angels 3”.

  14. i bet michael will have a “green day” or something and make everyone be all organic or something, and somehow have it ruined in the end.

  15. hmmm..I don’t know how I feel about this. I hope they don’t make it obvious that they are taking a stand. It is a good thing to support, but I want mockery. A lot of it. Especially from Michael Scott, he probably doesn’t even know what the o-zone layer is. hehe.

  16. Ugh. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks this is pretty ridiculous. Personally, I’ve had about enough of the preaching from corporate entertainment. I don’t want a lesson, I want to laugh.

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