The Office Retrospective

From NBC:


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — April 26, 2013 — NBC has announced an hour-long primetime special dedicated to the seminal comedy “The Office.” It will air Thursday, May 16 (8-9 p.m. ET) as a prelude to the one-hour series finale of “The Office,” which will immediately follow.

Produced by NBC News, this special offers an emotional farewell to the characters of “The Office,” and includes exclusive and original interviews with writers, producers and actors from the award-winning series. Among those who talk about their experience of being involved with “The Office” for all or part of its nine seasons on the air include executive producers Greg Daniels, Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman, as well as actors John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Mindy Kaling, Ed Helms, Angela Kinsey, Craig Robinson, Oscar Nunez and BJ Novak.

Novak, Kaling and Lieberstein take viewers inside the writers’ room and reveal the creative process of “The Office,” which aired for nine seasons on NBC.

In addition to interviews, other features include a look at actor auditions back when the show was first being cast, favorite moments and a behind-the-scenes sneak peak of the finale. There will also be a segment on the May 4th fan event being held in the city of Scranton, Penn., which served as the home for “The Office” for its entire run.

Since its premiere on NBC in March 2005, “The Office” has established itself as a genuine hit, earning prestigious television honors such as the 2006 Emmy Award for comedy series, 2006 Peabody Award, 2006 and 2008 AFI Honors, Producers Guild Award, Writers Guild Award, SAG Award for performance by an ensemble in a comedy, Ace Eddie Award for editing and a Television Critics Award for achievement in comedy.

“The Office” presents a hilarious documentary-style look at the humorous, and sometimes poignant, foolishness that plagues the 9-to-5 world. Based on the award-winning BBC hit, “The Office” is a fly-on-the-wall “docu-reality” parody of modern American office life that delves into the lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin, a paper supply company.

“The Office” is executive-produced by Silverman and Daniels, who developed the series for American audiences, as well Lieberstein, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Howard Klein, Brent Forrester and Dan Sterling.


  1. I said this months ago I was hoping they would do this just like Friends did! Now they are! SO happy!!!!

  2. Well unless they would be okay with extending the finale from 10 PM to 11… this is disappointing.

  3. I literally got goosebumps when I read this!! So awesome.

    I can’t wait, but, at the same time I am dreading it. It’s a weird mix.

  4. I’d much rather prefer a longer finale than a retrospective.

    A retrospective is what DVD special features are for

  5. I think it is great that this show is getting a retrospective special, it is like The Office is in the same league as shows like Friends, Cheers & Seinfeld. The league being ‘Greatest sitcoms of all time.” But, on the other hand, I would have preferred an extended finale.

  6. This sounds awesome and I can’t wait to watch it. Unfortunately I think this squashes any chance of NBC extending the finale to two hours. The reality is The Office doesn’t get the ratings it used to, and NBC giving them three total hours on their most popular night seems unlikely. I hope I’m wrong.

  7. I’m still betting that the Finale is Supersized and longer than an hour. A retrospective can be cut to accommodate any length. If The Office “owns” 8-10 that night, they could start the actual finale at any time. 8:30, 8:45 etc. The Seinfeld Finale ran from 8:45 to 10 following their 45 minute clip show.

    [ from tanster: raybans, your comment made my day. gotta believe! :) ]

  8. Didn’t we basically already get this with “The Banker”?? I’m greatly disappointed with this news.. I want a 2 hour finale! Not a retrospective.

  9. The Banker was just a clip show. This will have behind the scenes stuff, interviews, etc. and they can be really cool to watch.

    Cheer up people, it’s more office.

  10. @6 tanster…..i’m with you!! and if that extra half hour is just a talking head of jim (swoon) or jim/pam (hopeless romantic), i’d be a happy camper….. while at the same time bawling my eyes out because it’s the last episode.

  11. In the press release it says “aired for 9 seasons” – past tense – that just made me really sad.

  12. @Zarion, I believe Lee was the Asian guy who worked in the warehouse and said he was a surgeon before going to work for Michael. I might be wrong, but I believe that’s what happened.

  13. I talked to Greg Daniels about the retrospective this past weekend. He’s already seen it and says it’s really good! If you’re thinking clip show (like “The Banker”), I hear it won’t be like that at all. Really looking forward to seeing this!

  14. To those that fret, check the summary of the “Finale,” listed as 1 hr. 15 min. :-)

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