The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom

The Office: The Untold Story

If you’re a super fan of the show, then The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History (Amazon.com, hardcover $16.80, Kindle $13.99) is the perfect book to shelter in place with.

Do you guys remember that awesome, in-depth article about the classic Office episode, Dinner Party? It was published a few years ago in Rolling Stone.

Well, author Andy Greene is now back with an in-depth accounting of the entire show’s history, complete with never-before seen photos and never-before known details, straight from The Office cast, staff, and crew.

The fascinating book includes:

  • characters planned for the show but eventually eliminated
  • the deliberate positioning of Pam and Jim’s desks
  • the impact of our fan term squee (lol, remember that, Tallyheads?)
  • new insights into Steve Carell’s departure in Season 7
  • a cute photo of John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and Rashida Jones
  • the heated debate over one detail in the Jim/Pam proposal scene
  • the crazy complexities of shooting “Save Bandit!”
  • the most disliked character of the show (I know I hated them)
  • Greg Daniels’ original vision of Jim and Pam’s wedding (spoiler alert: it involved a horse)

And much, much more. It’s like a book you never want to end. Like Harry Potter.

For me, one of the most gratifying parts of the book is the acknowledgement that we fans really mattered.

Remember all those Thursday nights when y’all would come to OfficeTally to rate and comment on episodes? When you would voice your opinions on plotlines, character development, and what you wished for in future episodes?

Well, The Office writers and staff took those comments to heart. You’ll know what I mean when you get to that part in the book. I was stunned.

It’s an incredible validation of the fanbase, and really speaks to the strong bond between the show’s creators and the fans who cherish it.

And in the current time we live in, any joyful nostalgia (and squee) is much appreciated. 💖

The Office: The Untold Story Andy Greene Jennie Tan
Me and author Andy Greene (before social distancing was a thing)

Go get the book and come back here to share your thoughts!

Link: The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History

Happy 15th anniversary, The Office!

It is ridiculously impossible to believe that exactly 15 years ago, The Office debuted on NBC with its first episode, Pilot.

The show remains, in my heart and the hearts of still-obsessed fans everywhere, one of the most beloved and cherished shows on TV.

It was pure magic and lightning in a bottle. It had a cast of exquisite chemistry. It had a brilliant team of writers and producers. It had a committed and caring crew.

Most importantly, it gave us love and laughter.

Happy anniversary to The Office. Miss you still. Terribly. 

Steve Carell’s SNL monologue includes ‘The Office’ mini-reunion

During his Saturday Night Live monologue last night, guest host Steve Carell was interrupted by his ‘The Office’ castmates Ellie Kemper, Jenna Fischer, and Ed Helms, asking for a re-boot of the show!

Ellie: People would really love to see an Office reboot. Especially me. ‘Cause I need that money. Let’s get that money, Steve!

Ed: I just don’t think you understand how much money we’re talking about. Like you wouldn’t have to do all those sad movies anymore.

Jenna: Do you remember the last words that Pam secretly whispered to Michael as she left for Denver? She said, “Steve, don’t be a dick. Do the reboot.”

Even Steve’s real-life wife, Nancy, got in on the act, gently prodding Steve with, “we don’t really need to you to hang around any more.”

Steve then asked the crowd, “Do you guys want to see an Office reboot? Is that what’s going on here?” to predictably thunderous applause.

He ended the monologue with, “I’m proud to announce officially that… we have a great show tonight! Ella May is here, so stick around, and we’ll be right back.”

Listening to the SNL band play out the segment with ‘The Office’ theme song seriously brought a tear to my eye.

Were any of you there? Was it like total pandemonium?

Watch The Office on Comedy Central starting January 15

The Office on Comedy Central

Remember when you could catch episodes of The Office on regular ol’ broadcast TV?

Me either. That’s because it’s been years since it was possible. (I think the last time was 2010 on TBS? Correct me, Tallyheads, if I’m wrong.)

But now, thanks to Comedy Central, you can watch original episodes of The Office, starting January 15.

Five-time Emmy® Award-winning sitcom The Office clocks in for work at Comedy Central starting on January 15, 2018 with an all-day Office marathon. The #1 brand in comedy has acquired all nine seasons of the instant-classic comedy series that ran for nine seasons on NBC from 2005 to 2013. Select episodes will be available to stream on cc.com and the CC App.

Yes, yes, yes, yes, YES. (That’s what she said.)

Link: The Office on Comedy Central

The Office revival coming to NBC in 2018?

According to TVLine, a revival of our beloved show The Office is in the works for NBC’s 2018-2019 season:

The revival would once again be set at Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton, PA., branch, and feature a mix of new and old cast members. Steve Carell, who starred as the branch’s regional manager, Michael Scott, for seven of the comedy’s nine seasons, will not be involved in the new series. The search for a new RM/boss is said to be already underway.

What do you guys think of this news? Are you excited because it’s like a long book that you never want to end, like Harry Potter? Or are you dismayed because it’s your worst fear, multiplied by infinity?

Sound off in the comments below.

Netflix streams The Office Season 9

From Variety:

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 1, Netflix will stream the final seasons of two of the Peacock’s past comedy hits: “The Office” season 9, featuring the last shenanigans of the Dunder Mifflin gang; and “30 Rock” season 7, starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

All told, Netflix will offer via instant streaming 192 eps of “The Office” and 135 eps of “30 Rock,” representing the entire runs of both skeins.

Link: Netflix Adds ‘The Office’ and ’30 Rock’ Final Seasons on Oct. 1