Here’s an interesting article in Variety about the producer’s cut of ‘The Return’:
“When I’m locking the (broadcast) cut,” [Greg] Daniels said, “I call up (the network), and I say, ‘Can you give me any extra time?’ And sometimes they can; sometimes they’ve got an extra 15 seconds or an extra 30 seconds.”
For the Jan. 18 episode, entitled “The Return,” no such luck.
“The tag (would have) answered the question of where (Andy) went, but you can still enjoy the show without the tag, and I didn’t know how to take another 36 seconds out of the show.”
Every second counts …