OfficeTally Hot ‘Gossip’ Contest: Finalists

The task of the Hot ‘Gossip’ Contest was to write a synopsis for The Office Season 6 premiere, entitled ‘Gossip,’ and to write it NBC-style, meaning simultaneously vague and intriguing. I think that any of these 18 finalists could have a career writing copy for NBC. ;)

Please peruse the entries and vote for the synopsis that did the best job of balancing vagueness and intrigue — the top vote getter will receive a Schrute Farms Beet Watch!

P.S. There are only 18 finalists, not 20 as previously specified.

Finalists’ entries

  1. Cori
    OFFICE RUMORMILL – SEASON PREMIERE – It’s summertime in Scranton and rumors are flying in the Dunder Mifflin office, where separating fact from fiction has turned into a competition for some of the co-workers. Meanwhile when Jim (John Krasinski) lets the cat out of the bag about Pam’s (Jenna Fischer) pregnancy, Michael (Steve Carell) attempts to keep the secret to himself, but Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and his detective skills are up for the challenge.

  2. Dwigt
    WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND — SEASON 6 PREMIERE — After learning that Holly (Oscar nominee, Amy Ryan) may have left Dunder Mifflin, Michael (Steve Carell) goes out of his way to get his mind off of the news. Meanwhile, Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (John Krasinski) recount the events of the summer, while Dwight (Rainn Wilson) has his own story to tell.

  3. George Noble
    BIG NEWS IN THE OFFICE — SEASON PREMIERE — Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) are the hot topic in the office as fellow employees hypothesize why Pam has been taking numerous personal days recently. Michael (Steve Carell) is upset that he is not in the loop, while Dwight (Rainn Wilson) protects news of his own from the office gossipers.

  4. Gayle Wildman
    WHAT’S UP, DOG? – THE OFFICE GRAPEVINE IS MORE TANGLED THAN EVER – After the Slumdunder Mifflinaire fiasco, Corporate decides that David Wallace (Andy Buckley) did not handle the Buffalo branch closing very well and changes are needed. Michael (Steve Carell) comes up with an idea with unexpected results while Jim (John Kraskinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) rearrange wedding plans in light of their recent news. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Angela (Angela Kinsey) are thrown together for an office assignment; and Andy (Ed Helms) is spending more time at the receptionist desk.

  5. ItsOnlyMeredith
    A GROSS MISUSE OF COMPANY TIME – SEASON PREMIERE – When evidence of sexual activity is found in an office bathroom, tongues start wagging and the rumor mill kicks into high gear. Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) welcome the distraction, as they deal with their own private issues. Meanwhile, Michael (Steve Carell) receives an unexpected phone call.

  6. Claire
    SECRETS, SECRETS, ARE NO FUN — SEASON SIX PREMIERE — That is, unless you are at Dunder Mifflin. Things heat up at the workplace when multiple rumors start to spread about a certain employee’s personal life. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) hit a small bump in the road while discussing some last minute ideas for their wedding.

  7. Teresa
    WHAT’S THE OFFICE SCUTTLEBUTT? – Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) causes some problems for Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) when he overhears them talking. Meanwhile Kelly (Mindy Kaling) starts a rumor about Michael (Steve Carell) that leads him to make an important announcement.

  8. Cara
    HELL HATH NO FURY – SEASON PREMIERE – After being eviscerated in a co-worker’s blog, Michael (Teen Choice Award Winner Steve Carell) decides to fight back: by taking the whole office down with him. Secrets are exposed, shocking photos are posted, and Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) examine their relationship after an unexpected revelation. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) discovers a long lost relative.

  9. Jen W.
    GOSSIP GUY – Michael (Steve Carell) has the office watching seasons 1 and 2 of ‘Gossip Girl’. His recent obsession with the show inspires him to start his own “anonymous” and mostly fake gossip blog. However, one tweet rings true and only the subject of such post knows this.

  10. Samuel L Chang
    THERE’S A RUMOR GOING AROUND — After news of Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam’s (Jenna Fischer) personal life gets leaked to the office, Michael (Steve Carell) must reluctantly work with Toby (Paul Lieberstein) to readjust the personnel. Meanwhile, Creed (Creed Bratton) has an interesting business meeting with Dwight (Rainn Wilson) at Schrute Farms.

  11. Tyler Wells
    GATHER AT THE WATERCOOLER — PREMIERE — Kelly (Mindy Kaling) starts a weekly gossip e-newsletter in the office. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) make plans for the future due to big changes in their lives. Michael (Steve Carell) and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) start to have rekindled feelings for past girlfriends.

  12. Diapers Schrute
    RUMOR HAS IT — In the season six opener, the office ladies begin to speculate over their coworkers’ love lives as some suspicious behavior between Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) sparks interest. Meanwhile, Michael (Emmy nominee Steve Carell) and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) devise a plan that is sure to get people talking.

  13. Tyler
    DIRTY LAUNDRY BRINGS THE OFFICE TO A STAND-STILL — Dunder Mifflin is abound with rumors from wage increases and promotions to pregnancies and elopement. Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) forces the office to reveal some of their deepest secrets to their unwilling co-workers.

  14. Chevy
    THE OFFICE IS ABUZZ — SAG AWARD NOMINEE IDRIS ELBA (“American Gangster”) GUEST STARS — Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) deal with the arrival of an unexpected visitor. Meanwhile, a suspicious rumor about Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Angela (Angela Kinsey) begins to circulate, and only Michael (Steve Carell) knows the truth.

  15. Roscoet
    WHO SAID WHAT — EMMY NOMINEE JEN CELOTTA (“The Office”) GUEST STARS — Rumors surrounding Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam’s (Jenna Fischer) sudden wedding cause Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) to get carried away and start spreading gossip throughout the office. Meanwhile, Andy (Ed Helms) tries to woo Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) cousin Helga (Jen Celotta) after Michael tells him that she is part of an a capella opera group.

  16. alan
    WHO’S THE BOSS — IDRIS ELBA (“The Wire”) GUEST STARS — The Office is abuzz over an ominous memo from corporate about “restructuring.” Michael (Emmy nominee Steve Carell) prepares for a showdown with Charles (Idris Elba) in New York, while Jim (John Krasinski) ponders his future at Dunder-Mifflin and life with Pam (Jenna Fischer). But David Wallace (Andy Buckley) has news that will shock everyone.

  17. phyllis*farm
    SOMEONE’S EARS ARE BURNING – SEASON SIX PREMIERE – The staff of Dunder Mifflin Scranton can’t keep things to themselves as talk of Pam’s (Jenna Fischer) pregnancy divides the office. Meanwhile, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) starts a rumor to boost public opinion of himself but Jim (John Krasinski) has other plans. The status of Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Angela (Angela Kinsey) is revealed.

  18. Moon
    THE RUMOR MILL IS IN FULL SWING – SEASON PREMIERE – Gossip is running rampant around the office as Dwight (Rainn Wilson) decides to fan the flames of love.  The group places their bets as Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) continue planning for the future.  All the chatter leaves Michael (Steve Carell) in the cold as he contemplates his love lost and desire for eternal happiness.

Vote for your favorite!

Voting ended Wednesday, August 12, 11pm ET.


  1. Kudos to all of these wonderful entries! After great deliberation had to choose Jen’s. I can just picture Michael starting his own blog after watching Gossip Girl. Any of the finalists deserve to win, though, so good luck everyone!

  2. Wow, thank you so much for making me a finalist!! :) You made my day! They’re all so good! The Gossip Girl one sounds like something Michael would do. So funny!

  3. #1 definitely. Most of the other descriptions are great. However, most are story-line related concepts, which isn’t what The Office is all about. #1 reminds me just how some episodes can be funny given the way how characters act (like Michael in Cori’s description) and react (like Dwight in Cori’s descriptions). Great job, Cori. You hit the nail in the coffin :)

  4. Thank you for including my synopsis! However, my vote’s going to #10. It’s the best one in my opinion.

  5. I voted for #16. Perfect. Great title, great continuity re. restructuring and Jim pondering his future. Perfect TV language, pondering, showdown etc.

    Descriptive without giving anything away. Really good job alan.

    Special mention to # 8 Cara with the (Teen Choice Award winner, Steve Carell) – it is criminal that he hasn’t been given an Emmy yet!

  6. #2 GMV. Anyways, did these people make all these stories up, or was information given out?

  7. @ #8: I so agree! It seems like something Michael would so totally do and it would cause some serious problems that he has no idea how to fix!! :) Go Jen! Loved the idea!!

  8. Ahh, thank you SO much for making me a finalist, Tanster! Wow, this is great! Vote #15!

  9. Thanks for making me a finalist Tanster, I really appreciate the shout out! Vote #3 all the way!

  10. Thanks so much for picking me as a finalist Tanster! All of these are so great!!! I wonder who will win.

  11. Yay me! Thank you for including me on the list. I’m honored to be among some serious talent here. Now…beer me a vote!

  12. I agree with all the other finalists — it’s an honor to be considered among so many great entries! Excellent job everyone!

  13. Nice, I’m a finalist! :) I don’t want to vote for myself and there are some really good ones… but that is one cool watch! :)

    I also have to say I really like the Kelly Gossip Newsletter idea and any story that involves Michael being kept away from a secret is good. (AKA The Duel) :-D

  14. 5 and 9 are both so good! love the idea of ‘evidence of sexual activity in a bathroom’, but the ‘gossip girl’ obsession is SO michael. Hard decision, but I went with 5 for the added bit about the ‘unexpected phone call’.

    great job to all!!

  15. I voted for 16 because I think it has a perfect balance of vagueness and intrigue (which was the criteria for voting). It briefly summarizes that there will be a focus on Jim and Pam, while also referring to corporate and David Wallace, which always is entertaining and leaves someone wondering – ‘what’ll happen next?’

    Great job Alan, good luck!

  16. Congrats to Jen W.!! Enjoy your new watch! And thanks to those who voted for me (being a finalist is an honor!). Can’t wait for the REAL Gossip episode September 17. Woot!

  17. Congrats Jen!
    Oh and Gayle W., I voted for you, I loved it. But I think they were all great, good job guys for making the top 18.

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