An Office staff member answers questions about the strike
How many finished and unaired episodes are there right now? — Survivor Man, The Deposition, plus how many more?
That’s really it. There are a few other scripts that could theoretically be shot, but my guess is that The Deposition will be the last completed episode we have unless this thing is resolved.
When the strike goes into effect, all production for the show shuts down, is that correct? That includes editing as well?
Well, maybe — it’s very confusing as to what we can and cannot do. You can read about the issues involving producing duties vs. “writing” duties at wga.org. Both sides have different views as to what constitutes “writing.”
Are you at a “clean” stop right now? That is, no partial production of an upcoming episode got started before the strike?
Yes. Totally coincidentally, we had a shooting hiatus week last week, so a new episode is supposed to begin shooting Monday.
I know you guys usually shut down production in March. How would a strike impact that? That is, is the March shutdown a hard date, regardless of the length of the strike? Or is it a possibility that once the strike ends, you’ll extend the March shutdown date and try to make up for lost time?
I honestly have no idea. The strike might last one day, in which case very little would change. If it lasts a long time, then we might have to completely rejigger the schedule, including when the original spring production hiatus was planned. It all depends on how long it lasts.
Do you guys have any say in what NBC runs in your timeslot when new episodes run out? I’ve read that there is a possibility that the BBC version of The Office might be run.
No — we have absolutely no say in any matters of scheduling, even when we’re not on strike.
Anything else you want to add?
Just that no one really relishes the idea of striking, but these issues are so important — not just to us, but to anyone who works on a TV or movie set — that we feel we have no choice.