The Office renewed for Season 7!

From today’s NBC press release:

NBC has renewed three more of its Thursday-night comedies – “30 Rock” (9:30-10 p.m. ET), “The Office” (9-9:30 p.m. ET) and the freshman series “Community” (8-8:30 p.m. ET) for the 2010-11 season. The returning programs join the previously announced “Parks and Recreation” (Thursdays, 8:30-9 p.m. ET) that also will return for next season.

Currently in its sixth season, “The Office” is network television’s #1 primetime scripted series among adults 18-34 and is NBC’s #1 scripted series in the key demographic of adults 18-49. “The Office” regularly finishes #2 in its highly competitive time period in adults 18-49 ahead of CBS’s “CSI.” The most recent “Office” telecast on March 4 outscored ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” marking the first time “The Office” has topped “Grey’s” head-to-head in adults 18-49. For the season through 23 weeks, “The Office” is averaging a 4.9 rating, 12 share in adults 18-49 and 9.4 million viewers overall, representing gains versus last season of 4 percent in 18-49 and 3 percent in total viewers.

Congratulations! :)

Tipsters: Andrew, ChristmasGoose

Related link: The Office Season 7 spoilers and news

How Cecelia Cece Halpert got her name

From PEOPLE magazine:

Jenna Fischer became a mom and an aunt the very same week.

“The same week that we were shooting the episode where Pam’s baby is born, I was becoming the aunt for the very first time,” says Fischer, who spoke with PEOPLE about Thursday’s hour-long episode of The Office, in which her character Pam gave birth to a girl, named Cecelia Marie Halpert.

“Literally the day we shot Pam’s going to the hospital, my sister was going to the hospital, and the same day we shot me coming home from the hospital, my sister came home from the hospital. It was crazy! And so my dad Jim had one daughter going through it for real and another faking it.”

And thanks to Fischer, both babies have the same name.

“I got to name my baby!” says Fischer, who successfully lobbied The Office writers to use the name Cecelia. “I said I would really love to name the baby after my niece, so I did.”

For Fischer, the hardest part of shooting the birth scenes didn’t involve acting at all, but keeping her family in the dark about Cecelia’s TV namesake. “I am going to wait and let her watch the episode and it’s been so hard!” she says. “I spent a whole week with her and I didn’t tell her and it was one of the hardest things. I haven’t told my parents and will let them watch the episode. I’m just going to sit by the phone and they are going to be watching it in Missouri, so they see it two hours ahead, and I’m just going to time it out and sit by the phone when the part comes on because I know I’m going to get a screaming phone call!”

While the Halperts adjust to parenthood on TV, Fischer will get a chance to see her new niece again this spring. “I get to see my sister about four times a year, probably,” she says. “I bet those trips will be more frequent because the baby is just so cute. She’s the cutest, sweetest little girl. I make my sister send pictures and videos every day. Maybe I’ll have to post a photo on my MySpace page so that everyone can know where the name came from!”

Tipster: Ginger

Got ‘Delivery’ questions for Danny and Charlie?

I love doing these Q&As so much. I’m a complete geek for behind-the-scenes details.

‘The Delivery’ writers Danny Chun and Charlie Grandy have graciously agreed to feed the addiction this time around.

Because for such a big milestone episode like this one, I figured y’all might have a few things you want to ask about. :)

Post your questions here about ‘The Delivery’ by 11pm PT today, March 5th. Thanks!

OfficeTally’s Baby Contest

To celebrate the upcoming birth of Jim and Pam’s little one (and due to your many requests for a baby pool), I’m happy to announce OfficeTally’s Baby Contest!

UPDATE: congratulations to abby (403), Tina (488), and Krystina (212) — you’ve each won a prize package that includes a Dunder Mifflin Creeper, a Dundie Award, and a Support the Rabid Water Bottle! Please watch your inbox for an email from me …

Original contest information on the next page.

The Office: The Delivery, 6.17-6.18

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Part 1: Writer: Danny Chun, Director: Seth Gordon
Part 2: Writer: Charlie Grandy, Director: Harold Ramis

Summary (NBC): Pam’s contractions begin but she and Jim are determined to wait it out as long as possible so they can have more time at the hospital. Meanwhile the rest of the office tries to distract Pam from the pain with food and entertainment. Michael anxiously waits for Pam and Jim’s baby to be born. Back at the office, Erin makes Andy jealous when she has lunch with Kevin. Guest star: Linda Purl.

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