The Office’s Greg Daniels: Grilled

Greg Daniels is one of the most powerful figures in the TV comedy business. The former “Saturday Night Live” and “The Simpsons” writer is behind one of NBC’s most important comedy hopes (Amy Poehler’s “Parks and Recreation”) and its biggest scripted hit (“The Office,” which just launched in five-days-a-week syndication to local stations covering 98 percent of the country).

Daniels talked with TheWrap’s Josef Adalian about how “The Office” went from struggling to smash hit, why he doesn’t like product placement and whether he thinks his show could live on with a totally new cast.

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5 comments

  1. Wow, I never thought of The Office continuing after the original cast. But I like it, I would love to see The Office go on for a very long time, and Andy & Erin have been a great addition, so I know The Office would be in good hands for years to come.

  2. @ FEAR- Hmm, I disagree. I was a big fan of ER early-on, and the original/early cast and characters were a major part of that. For me, it was more about being invested in the characters’ lives, rather than in the day-to-day medical stuff. So after about season 5,, I stopped watching all together. I didn’t like the idea of having to get to know a whole new set of characters.

    I think it’s the same with The Office- I mean the office-based humor is great, but I think we (and they) have put too much energy into this group of people. That, and also I just hate change. :-)

  3. #4, nv – I was going to say that exact same thing. I’m dying to know his idea. Though it pains me beyond belief to think about, I guess someday we’ll most likely find out.

    And to me, it’s very sad to think about the idea of The Office with a different cast. But I was so sure that the show couldn’t get more perfect after Season 2 … then along came Ed Helms, and now Andrew Bernard is my favorite character. So it’s hard to tell!

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