The Office made cringeworthy cool

The New York Times has an amazing article detailing The Office’s early days when it was still trying to find an audience, Executive Producer’s Greg Daniels original idea for the finale (back in Season 3!), and how the show paved the way for cringeworthiness.

As the anchor of NBC’s once-heralded Thursday-night lineup, it played a role in pioneering alternative entertainment forms like TV offerings on iTunes and Webisodes on the Internet. It helped executives recognize the value of delayed viewing. Equally important, it opened broadcast television to a new concept in humor: the sitcom that makes you uncomfortable.

(A warning that there are spoilerish details at the beginning of the article.)

Link: One Last Cringe for ‘The Office’ Finale

Jenna Fischer to star in ‘Reasons To Be Happy’

April 19, 2013

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March 13, 2013: Deadline

Jenna Fischer is making her stage debut with a starring role in the off-Broadway production of Neil LaBute‘s new play ‘Reasons To Be Happy’ at the MCC Theater in New York.

A follow-up to LaBute’s Tony-nominated Reasons To Be Pretty, Reasons To Be Happy features the same characters three years later. After a contentious break-up, Steph (Fischer) and Greg are wondering if they can make a fresh go of it. Trouble is, she’s married to someone else and he’s just embarked on a relationship with Steph’s best friend.

Previews for Reasons To Be Happy begin on May 16, the same night The Office finale airs on NBC. The play opens June 11.

Congratulations, Jenna!

Craig Robinson and Greg Daniels’ new comedy

April 10 update: Craig says the show is titled ‘Mr. Robinson.’

From Deadline:

In his first major sale this season, The Office developer/executive producer Greg Daniels has set up a comedy at NBC starring The Office regular Craig Robinson and written by the show’s supervising producer Owen Ellickson. The untitled project centers on a talented musician (Robinson) with rough edges who adjusts to his new life as a music teacher in a big-city middle school, where he encounters teacher politics and the temptations of single moms.

Congratulations, Craig, Greg, and Owen!

Link: Craig Robinson to Star in NBC Comedy Pilot from The Office’s Greg Daniels

Rainn Wilson lands CBS detective pilot

From Deadline.com:

The Office‘s Rainn Wilson has been tapped for the title role in the CBS/20th TV drama pilot Backstrom. Also cast in the project, based on the Swedish book series, is Page Kennedy. Written by Bones creator Hart Hanson, Backstrom centers on Everett Backstrom (Wilson), an overweight, offensive, irascible detective as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior. In addition to starring, Wilson will serve as a producer. He joins co-stars Kristoffer Polaha and Dennis Haysbert.

Congratulations, Rainn!

Angela Kinsey joins ‘The Gabriels’ pilot

May 9 update: FOX has passed on ‘The Gabriels.’

From Deadline:

Angela Kinsey is set as the female lead opposite Rob Riggle in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot The Gabriels… The Gabriels centers on a gleefully antisocial family learning to act normal and make friends for the sake of their kids. Kinsey… will play the mom, Gail Gabriel. A therapist by profession, Gail is the slightly more mature member of her marriage than her husband Ken (Riggles). Co-starring in the pilot is Tim Meadows as the local school principal. Earlier this season, Kinsey, along with Rachael Harris, were attached to star in another comedy project for Fox, which had a put pilot commitment. Kinsey’s deal for The Gabriels closed after the dates for the pilot could be worked around her filming The Office series finale.

Congratulations, Angela!

Ellie Kemper gets her own NBC pilot

May 9 update: NBC has passed on ‘Brenda Forever.’

From Entertainment Weekly:

Ellie Kemper has signed for the lead role in the NBC comedy pilot Brenda Forever. The flashback-filled pitch: “Stories from Brenda Miller’s past and present are interwoven to give a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward, but incredibly confident 13-year-old grew up to be a 31-year-old woman who still marches to the beat of her own drum.”

Congratulations, Ellie!

Tomorrow’s episode of The Office is must-see TV

I just received an email from The Office producers that reads:

Hi Jennie

I know the episode summary says “we start to see behind the scenes” but I wanted to let you know how really good tomorrow’s episode is!

You have been great about letting the OfficeTally fans know what’s going on at The Office, but they really should watch tomorrow night! I think they will be sorry if they don’t.

So, watch tomorrow night!

I have never received an email about an episode before, so I think this is a big deal. So excited!

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