1. Boo Olympics. Ok, go USA, but c’mon! They should do an Olympics episode of the Office where Michael and Dwight drive to Vancouver and try to get in the stadium.

  2. In the words of Michael Gary Scott, I feel “like somebody took my heart and dropped it into a bucket of boiling tears… and at the same time, somebody else is hitting my soul in the crotch with a frozen sledgehammer… and then a third guy walks in and starts punching me in the grief bone… and I’m crying, and nobody can hear me, because I’m terribly, terribly… terribly alone.”

    Whyyyy?! Why? Gosh, what are we going to do?

    Also, what is a “clip show”?

  3. I second the Q “What is a clip show?”

    I’m sad, January and February are going to drag on without The Office T_T

  4. Looks like March to May will be nothing but new episodes.

    So will the clip show have brief new material where they flashback to old episodes or just simple themed flashbacks?

    13 episodes to open the season with only one week off, that’s never happened before. 3 before the Olympics and then after it should air 11 episodes after them.

  5. I’m not sure, but I think a clip show is not over the course of one day, but a long period of time, like Weight Loss. But I’m not really sure

  6. A clip show is where they show clips from past episodes. Seinfeld had a couple of great ones.

  7. Well, I hope at least it’s not like when The Office shortened its fourth season because of the strike last year. This is different. Once those episodes are on the air, then it’s olympic time and then the show returns.

  8. Cool I love the Olympics and the show has been slipping this year anyway. Nothing like watching curling at 3am when you can’t sleep. USA USA USA!

  9. As the South Park guys once said, “a clip show is something you do when you have a show to deliver and are fresh out of ideas”

  10. Stop worrying people. Clip shows are a staple part of any long running show. They’re filler episodes and nothing more. The Simpsons have had a ton of them.

  11. @14

    Haha rocket, you’re right, I’m a huge South Park fan, and I think it’s genius that they did a flashbacks episode in Season 2 of SP. Except the flashbacks were always remembered incorrectly, and they all ended with everyone getting ice cream.

  12. This doesn’t seem like a clip show kind of show. I hope it’s just a series of clips and not a “remembering the time when” setup.

  13. Man, that’s a bummer, Feb is such a dull month as well. All I can hope is that the clip show is a tribute edited by Michael Gary Scott, for some kind of anniversary, otherwise it seems like a very cheesy, non-officey setup.

  14. Clip show means it only contains clips of previous episodes nothing new. I think anyway.

  15. So if the clip show includes new scenes, does that mean new scenes from old eps or new scenes so that the spoiler free will have to skip it?

  16. Clip show has potential to be alright, if they keep it in the documentary format. Like, if for some reason they are looking back on certain things for the documentary, that works, but if it’s just Jim saying, “Hey, remember when I put a stapler in jello?” and then it cuts to the scene, I’ll be quite annoyed.

  17. Darn those Winter Olympics, Michael would probably say, “Why can’t they have the winter Olympics in the summer?” And I will agree.

  18. A clip show could contain a variety of scenes, most likely most will be ones that we’ve already seen in previous episodes, and perhaps some deleted scenes (either ones that have been online or on the DVDs) or there could even be entirely new “cutting room floor” scenes that have never been seen anywhere before, maybe even from this season (fingers crossed.) God knows they’ve cut enough good stuff this season alone to make up an entire clip show. (A certain wedding, for example.)

    Also, long running documentaries/reality shows often do clip shows of unseen footage. I’ve been hoping for some sort of clip show for a long time so I’m looking forward to it.

  19. Wow…we are an anxious bunch! So many questions about the clip show! :)

    The first two things that popped into my head were: will the clip show count as an “episode” in the overall season episode count, and will be be available for download on iTunes like a regular episode?

  20. I don’t think we need to worry about the clip show- it fits really well into a documentary. Even a “hey, remember when…” scenario DOES fit into the format. The show often cuts to “old” footage when the workers mention past events. I think it could be a really original, funny episode.

  21. I’m actually excited for this clip show. I’ve always thought it would be great if they did an episode that took place like around season 1-2 that they just never showed. Maybe that’s what these new clips are…

  22. I’m actually relieved that there won’t be any new Office during the Olympics! I live outside Vancouver and I will be working crazy hours at the Games during Feb and home-staying other volunteers who are working in Whistler too. It would kill me if I missed any of my Office episodes!!

    Looking forward to the clip show though…

  23. I don’t understand all the anxiety about the clip show not sticking to the documentary format of the show. The Office has already evolved so far past its “documentary” roots that a show that frames flashbacks with some original content (not unlike the beginning of Gay Witch Hunt) won’t be the end of the world.

  24. I think/hope that It’ll be about the characters watching clips of the “Documentary” of the office so far.

    I mean supposedly these people have been followed with cameras for 6 years and there’s never been a reference or answer to what they are going to do with the footage.

  25. i agree with 32, my guess is that the crew will be showing stuff to the employees, perhaps we will get to meet some of the crew???

  26. Is the clip show an hour-long? By any chance, does anyone know who wrote and directed it? Thanks!

  27. One wonders how you actually DIRECT a clip show unless it has new footage that was shot in order for the clips to be set up. Now is it gonna be like one of those reunion shows where the actors are recalling their favorite clips, OR is it gonna be strictly deleted scenes from other episodes. OR a Jim/Pam retrospective on their relationship? Until we know the title, we don’t know how it’s gonna play out.

  28. Scottsdale-

    While the focus may have gotten away from the documentary style, the entire show has maintained that format throughout.

    Therefore- I think it’d be neat (and a little less cliche’ for a clip show) to actually meet the camera crew that our office clan has to have gotten to know on some level over 6 years. I agree- in fact, I’m surprised they haven’t thought to more elaborately include the camera crew in the plot of an episode.

  29. @38.

    Clip Show is still airing on January 21, 2010. It’s titled “The Banker.”

    I HOPE it follows the documentary format.

  30. I love the office, and I cannot wait for the clip show, but I wish that they would get back to the way the show was in the first few seasons, as it was so funny back then and maybe they will see that during the clip show.

  31. No new episodes… :(
    I think I just started crying.
    And PS- I doubt anyone will be watching the olympics.

  32. So Manager and Salesman is still airing on its original airdate?
    [from tanster: yes!]

    I was so worried there for awhile.

  33. Whew! That’s much better. Glad we still get the Manager and Salesman episode in Feb.

  34. I think there needs to be more variety in the episode titles – I had “The Meeting” and “Shareholder Meeting” confused for a moment!

  35. LOL @ Hanley…so true!

    I’m really hoping for a newpeat of “The Meeting” and “The Promotion” as one with a bit of new footage much like they did with “Traveling Salesmen” and “The Return” in Season 3. Doing this would give just a slight edge to the show and NBC that night, with both a new episode and a newpeat. We got that Producer’s Cut of “Secret Santa”, which was awesome, btw…

    [from tanster: that would be cool! good idea.]

  36. The 2 re-runs on February 11th will air at 10 PM, replacing what was supposed to be Leno’s last primetime show. Guess NBC is moving him out of primetime early?

  37. Feb. 11 will be an interesting night, as that is also when Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains begins. Ratings will be fun to watch… :)

  38. Considering boycotting the Olympics because they’re trumping my favorite show. But Feb. 11 looks perfect!

  39. Does anyone know how many episodes there will be this season? I’ve heard 25 and 27 episodes. I’m guessing 27 because of the hour-long. I can’t take any more hiatus’.

  40. Please tell me that the “no Office” on April 1st is some kind of sick April Fool’s Day joke. :(

    Tanster, how many episodes will there be this season?

  41. @NotABadDay:

    If I remember correctly, I think I read somewhere that there will be 25 episodes this season.

  42. @NotABadDay

    I was thinking the same thing! Boo! I was so hoping for an April Fool’s ep. I’ve been wanting that and a New Year’s themed ep for awhile now.

  43. I don’t know about anyone else, but I would definitely LOVE to see a special April Fool’s Day episode, with a bunch of pranks like the good ‘ol days of the early Office!

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