IGN has a fantastically meaty interview with webisode writers Michael Schur and Paul Lieberstein (“Toby”).
Schur says that they shot the webisodes “in two days, and it was basically like we focused on the accountants and whoever else wasn’t shooting in the episode that was being shot at the same time. We would pull them in and we would schedule their scenes around the larger shooting schedule. Basically, the idea was, like Paul said, to do 10 little vignettes and basically [have] one focus on the accountants — and then give one side-character the kind of like starring role for each individual episode, as a way to just sort of involve as many people as we could.”
Besides talking about the webisodes, the article also details The Office’s writing process in general, something I have always found fascinating.
There’s even a little plot point revealed about Season 3!
NBC’s hit comedy “The Office” (Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:00 p.m. ET, moving to 8:30-9:00 p.m. ET in the fall) goes digital when the first two of 10, original stand-alone webisodes premiere on NBC.com on Thursday, July 13.
In the first webisode, each about two-three minutes, the Dunder Mifflin accountants — Angela (Angela Kinsey), Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) and Oscar (Oscar Nuñez) — discover that $3000 is missing from the Scranton office, and no one is above suspicion as the crack team of numbers crunchers tries to solve the mystery — before turning on each other.
Then, in the second webisode, while the accountants suspect that Michael is responsible for the theft, they have to question the other staffers first, beginning with Phyllis (Phyllis Smith). Rainn Wilson, Melora Hardin, Kate Flannery, Leslie David Baker and David Denman also star.
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There are a few interesting snippets relating to the Office webisodes:
[Greg] Daniels [The Office executive producer] considered letting actors swear in the Office webisodes but says he didn’t think “people wanted to hear their favorite characters shouting profanities they wouldn’t hear on the regular show.”
I don’t know; I think a well-placed profane utterance by Angela would be quite hysterical!