Mar. 29: JustJared
Photos from Safety Training (Apr. 12).
Heder’s love interest is played by Jenna Fischer, who was joined by a gaggle of her co-stars from NBC’s The Office. Earlier that day, the cast shot two different endings for their season finale, which Fischer says involves something life changing for Michael (Steve Carell) and Jan (Melora Hardin).
At the time of the Blades of Glory press junket Fischer was getting ready to film the season’s finale. Fischer says fans won’t be disappointed. “You know, we just filmed our 50th episode directed by Harold Ramis and that’s the episode before the finale. There’s a lot that happens in that episode that leads into a big finale. There’s a huge Michael/Jan storyline that is just really awesome in the finale, but there’s a lot of Jim/Pam stuff as well. But I can say that one thing is that their arc for Pam this season is that she’s trying to find her own voice and trying to get what she wants, and that is going to continue. Pam really is going to come out of her shell in the last few remaining episodes of the season and that was really exciting.”
Excerpts from an interview with Jenna Fischer:
Steve is so into the show; he wrote an episode last year and wanted to write one this year but didn’t have the time.
… we have Harold Ramis directing three of our episodes this year.
When are the Ramis episodes airing?
His first one was the Christmas episode and he did two more. One where Michael goes up to the roof and one we just did called Beach Day where Michael takes us all to the beach but makes us participate in Survivor like exercises to see who is the most capable person in the office.
Tipster: Ed Truck
Emma in Dublin, Ireland: Forget Jam (Pam & Jim), I want Man (Michael & Jan)!
And Man you shall have. I spoke to The Office’s own Melora Hardin recently, and she said there’s lots more coming up for Michael and Jan. “Michael comes barreling through all of Jan’s defense mechanisms and crashes in and finds that gooey center and appeals to it,” Melora tells me. “I think he really makes her feel like a woman in a way that not many men can do because she’s got her guard up.” I also hear that Jan has some “news” coming up, so stand by!
Mar. 25: LiveJournal
You can find a super-detailed spoiler post here.
“The Office’s” Melora Hardin shoots down rumors, before they have a chance to gestate, that her character, Jan, might be expecting a baby by Michael (Steve Carell).
“That’s so funny; everybody thought she was pregnant,” says Hardin, referring to the recent episode that had her character becoming ill at the end of an office party. “I would love it if they did that. I think it would be really funny and wonderful.” However, she adds, “I won’t be (pregnant) this season because we’re on our last episode.” And as for Jan and Michael, Hardin says things aren’t looking too good. “Jan and Michael are probably heading for a breakup,” she says. “But I think their whole relationship is going to be them coming together and busting apart over and over again. I think they’re going to have a very volatile love affair for many years to come.”
No baby news may be forthcoming, but Hardin says, “there is a big surprise in the season finale people can look for. I can’t say any more than that, but the word ‘big’ is key, and you’ll know what I mean when you see it.”
The last few seconds of the video has a JAM-related promo for the April 5 episode, The Negotiation.
Synopsis for ‘Safety Training’ (April 12):
SAFETY LESSONS IN THE OFFICE — Andy (Ed Helms) returns to the office after several weeks of anger management training, determined to make a fresh start with all the Dunder-Mifflin employees. Meanwhile, it’s safety training day in the office, and Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) are on a mission to illuminate the true dangers of the workplace. John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Creed Barton, Rashida Jones and Craig Robinson also star.
Around two minutes into the video clip, Jenna briefly talks about the Season 3 finale and a little bit about Season 4!
Photos have been released for ‘The Negotiation’ (April 5). See the full-sized versions of the photos at JustJared.com.
Tipster: Bold Guy
Priscilla in Providence, Rhode Island: Jam! Dwangela! Kryan! Phyllis and Bob Vance! I need Office romance scoop!
I bring thee … Kryan! B.J. Novak (Ryan) tells me Kelly and Ryan are going strong, despite their hilariously dysfunctional relationship. “I think Kelly has a pure heart even if she is crazy, [and] I think Ryan loves being loved even though he won’t admit it. He realized that when he lost Michael’s love. I think Ryan would never ever show what he is feeling or what he likes, but I think it’s there.” Awww … Kryan 4-evah.
Misao7: On The Office, is Jan pregnant? She mentions being sick quite often and also has mood swings and mentions starting a family …
Just for you, my delicious little Misao soup, I took this question straight to Melora Hardin (Jan), who tells me: “I don’t think Jan is pregnant right now. But I think Jan could be pregnant in the future. It would be pretty awesome if Michael got Jan pregnant and they had to deal with that! I don’t that is very far-fetched.” And we all know Mikey wanted to adopt after watching Oprah!
Mar. 16, 2007: NBC Press Release
Synopsis for ‘The Negotiation’ (Apr. 5):
SALARY NEGOTIATIONS DRIVE MICHAEL TO THINK ABOUT HIS OWN PAY — Darryl (Craig Robinson) decides to meet with Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) to negotiate a pay increase. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) deals with the consequences of Pam’s (Jenna Fischer) confession to Roy (David Denman) . Rainn Wilson, B.J.Novak, Melora Hardin, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Minday Kaling, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Barton, and Rashida Jones also star.
Someone posted over at the E! Online forums that The Office one-hour season 3 finale will air on May 17th. I have confirmed with my contacts that this is true, although always remember that schedules are subject to change.
Laura in Ashville, North Carolina: Kristin, any word at all on Jim and Pam?
There are big, big happenings in the last two episodes. That’s what I’ve been told, but apparently Rashida Jones is still in the dark. Here’s what she said when I asked her about the big Jam versus Kim Smackdown:
K.V.: Obviously fans have been waiting for a very long time for Pam and Jim to get together, but then Karen came in, and we like Karen, too. This is hard for us.
R.J.: I know. It’s very hard, but it reflects real life, because if I came in and was just a terrible bitch it would be so boring because you would know exactly what you wanted and a lot of times there are good and bad for both sides. It’s to make you feel a little confused as to what you want.
K.V.: Do you know what’s going to happen with the love triangle?
R.J.: I honestly don’t know. They don’t really tell us … they don’t really trust us.
Penny in Pittsburgh: Can you tell us anything about the episode of The Office that was previewed at Paley?
In “Labor Negotiation,” Michael Scott discovers Wikipedia, Darryl puts his cell-phone camera to hilarious use and Toby finds himself “preparing for the deposition.” Also, road trip!
Spoilers galore, including upcoming episode titles and synopses.
Tipster: Bold Guy
This past week, the women of the Office were on location at a mall.
This is the same episode that I saw being shot during my set visit.
This episode they are calling “Cocktails”. I don’t mind that either as I like cocktails. The Office folks go and get some cocktails. And I don’t want to sound all LOST on you guys, but stay tuned till the end. The bitter end. How is this for a teaser … during the last 5 minutes of footage, I was much more scared than I ever was of that bat from last week. And the bat was scary.
This is a big one (that’s what she said) for us. After this week, we go on a little repeat run during March before we close out the season with all new episodes. So catch us on the mothership tomorrow/ tonight. I do not think you will be disappointed.
Re: Cocktails (Feb. 22):
This episode is so juicy! I was very moved by all the drama in the bar scene. Love is a messed-up thing this week, as Jan and Michael come out of the closet with their relationship, and Jim and Pam answer some more questions. Jenna [Fischer] really blew me away this week. I wasn’t in the Jan and Michael scenes, but Melora [Hardin] really goes for it, again. She does such a great job!
In “Safety Training,” the office and warehouse staff have to attend a safety training seminar. Usually, only the warehouse staff has to attend that yearly seminar but Darryl wanted the office staff attend so maybe they would learn what was going on in the warehouse and would be more respectful of its staff. When training is over, Michael wants the warehouse staff to attend the “office safety training.” Thing is, there isn’t such a seminar but that won’t stop Michael from having the safety instructor create one!
In “The Office,” the U.S. version of the BBC sitcom, there’s lots of discomfort watching Michael Scott (played by Concord homey Steve Carell) melt down every week, Ben said. But there’s also “warmth” and “redeeming bits,” like Michael “finding” Phyllis’ addled Uncle Al at the end of the hilarious wedding episode or the Pam-Jim love dynamic.
“Oh yeah, we’re ramping up Pam and Jim for May sweeps,” said Silverman. “But I’m not going to spoil it for everyone.”
Who knows what that means …
From Michael in San Luis Obispo, California: Kristin, I heard Joss Whedon is directing The Office! Can you tell us anything about his ep?
I can tell you that it airs this Thursday, that it’s about Michael going to business school with Ryan (the temp) and that it’s gonna be freakin’ hilarious! Don’t believe me? Watch this clip. And FYI, JJ Abrams is directing the episode that airs next week! Office cast, please tell me you’re pissing yourself with excitement right now to be working with the two best TV directors alive!
From Lauren: I must have scoop on The Office. It’s killing me! Anything you could tell me would be great!
Okay, then. Straight from the cast and crew, I give you brand-new shiny … foilers! Executive producer Greg Daniels spilled at last night’s WGA Awards that “Toby murders Michael.” B.J. Novak was a little cagier, saying only, “I cannot give you any spoilers about the Jim-Dwight romance.”
From Mandi in Boston: What happened to Andy from The Office? The last thing I remember is him punching a hole in the wall and he’s been MIA ever since. What gives?
Fear not, Ed Helms (Andy) is now a series regular, and I’m that the producers love him (smart souls) and plan to give him even more focus in coming episodes. Yay!
The news broke today that Rashida Jones (The Office’s Karen) has been cast on the new Fox comedy The Rules of Starting Over (alongside Boston Legal’s Craig Bierko), and insiders close to NBC confirm to me that Rashida is not expected to be employed under the roof of The Office after the season finale in May.
The only hitch? Insiders also tell me that Roy is not out of the picture—and will be making another play for Pam.
Feb. 8, 2007: TV Guide
Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon got a lesson in typecasting when he was brought in to direct the Feb. 15 episode of NBC’s The Office. While much of the focus is on a student art show that includes the work of Pam (Jenna Fischer), there’s also a bit about a bat taking up residence at Dunder Mifflin. “I was thinking I was doing something just about people,” he told TV Guide during a break in the shooting. “Then there was a bat-stunt meeting, an animatronic-bat meeting … I thought, ‘This is what I’m running away from!’ There was only one bat in the entire run of Buffy. We couldn’t afford it.”
Tipster: Stephanie C
Feb. 8, 2007: Yahoo Video
The video Office Romances talks about upcoming storylines.
Question: Can you offer any spoilers for The Office? Do Jim and Pam get together eventually? — Antoinette
Ausiello: Eventually? Yes. Soon? No. In fact, there’s a major setback coming for Jam in this week’s episode.
Feb. 6, 2007: Just Jared
Photos from the episode ‘Cocktails.’
Feb. 6, 2007: TWOP Forums
Casting sides for the episode ‘Safety Training.’
Feb. 1, 2007: NBC Press Release
Synopsis for ‘Cocktails’ (Feb. 22):
MAKING IT OFFICIAL — Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) and Jan (Melora Hardin) go public with their relationship during a party at their CFO’s home. At the party, Jim (John Krasinski) meets Karen’s (Rashida Jones) ex. Meanwhile, the rest of the office decides to go to happy hour for drinks. Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star.
As a whole, the next 4 “episodes” of our little show, may be the best 4 episodes as a whole arc that we have ever had. Not a promise (cause I haven’t seen anything) but our little story is really heating up. How is that for a teaser.
Photos from ‘Business School’ (Feb. 15) directed by Joss Whedon.
From Kelly: Is there any hope for us Jam fans out there? We’ve had no good Office scoop in a while. Can you spill anything?
I know Karen is confronting Miss Beesly this week and giving her the third degree on Jim, so we get a little more intel on Pam’s feelings at this point. Unfortunately, I have a little intel of my own, and a very credible source is saying that Roy could quite possibly come back into the Pam picture at Phyllis’ wedding. A rekindling of their relationship is not out of the question. Arghhh!
The Feb. 22 episode is entitled, ‘Cocktails.’ No synopsis yet. JJ Abrams is directing this one, I believe.
Maureen Ryan talks about Melora Hardin and Ed Helms.
… in an unspecified upcoming outing on the show, Jan and Michael will officially come clean about their relationship to avoid running afoul of personnel rules, Hardin said.
Helms, who’s in the process of moving to Los Angeles, said in an interview, “I’m coming back,” but he didn’t give any clues about when.
An NBC rep says Andy’s not in any February episodes …
Jan. 26, 2007: NBC Press Release
Synopsis for ‘Business School’ (Feb. 15):
MICHAEL GOES TO BUSINESS SCHOOL WITH RYAN– Ryan (B.J. Novak) invites Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) to be a guest speaker at his business school. Meanwhile, Dwight battles a bat that gets loose in the office while Pam (Jenna Fischer) invites co-workers to her first art show. Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Melora Hardin, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein, and Mindy Kaling also star.
Jan. 24, 2007: Television without Pity Forums
More from pmonkey re: ‘Business School’.
Jan. 23, 2007: Television Without Pity Forums
More from pmonkey re: the upcoming episode ‘Phyllis’ Wedding’:
From Carly: Oh my goodness! The Office was amazing this week. Does this mean Karen is officially out of the question for Jim? Please say yes.
Not exactly … Karen is sticking around all season long. But you will be happy with coming episodes!
Jan. 21, 2007: NBC press release
Synopsis for “Phyllis’ Wedding” (Feb. 8):
HERE COMES THE BRIDE — Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) regrets giving Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) an important job at her wedding after several embarrassing moments. Pam (Jenna Fischer) has flashbacks of her own wedding planning when she sees Phyllis’s decorations. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) is determined to catch wedding crashers. John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein, and Mindy Kaling also star.
In an interview with Melora Hardin (“Jan”):
In the next few episodes, she said the relationship will become more open even if it’s rather inappropriate since she’s his boss.
Jan. 20, 2007: Television Without Pity Forums
Jan. 19, 2007: NBC press release
The Feb. 8th episode is titled “Phyllis’ Wedding.” No synopsis yet.
Jan. 15: Email from Office fan, Greg
Greg stumbled onto an Office location shooting and shot pictures — woo!
Here is his account:
Yesterday while driving in Studio City, CA, I saw a guy putting up signs saying “The Office.” I see this all the time as it usually is directions for a film crew, but this time it was for the Office!!! I told all my friends and family about the signs in case they drove by that area again.
Well, today my sister was with her friends in the area, they were filming and she had her camera. She saw Phyllis in a wedding dress taking pictures with brides maids in bright satin dresses in front of a church. She didn’t have her camera at that point, so no pictures of that.
She did get a picture of “young Michael Scott.” She thinks this was a flashback or “home video” of young Michael as the ring barrier to (she’s guessing) his mom’s wedding. As he walked down the isle, he stopped half way and screamed “I hate you” threw the rings and ran away. The guests all had long hair or beards and were wearing “hippie” clothes.
I’m going to try and go to the set again tomorrow and will try to take more pictures. Hopefully I can get some with the cast in there.
You can view the pictures here. (Sorry, these photos are no longer available.)
Let the speculation commence! :)
The episodes Abrams and Whedon are respectively attached to are reportedly scheduled to air in late February, just in time for winter sweeps.
Jan. 14, 2007: Email exchange with member of Office staff
Q. Is it true that Joss Whedon will be directing an episode of The Office?
A. Yes, this is true. It is also true that JJ Abrams is directing an episode. They both came by set this past week to observe and prep their episodes.
… we went to the warehouse and watched them rehearse; the episode they were shooting is about Bob Vance’s bachelor party. (Bob and Phyllis will get married during February sweeps.)
This tidbit is nothing new to you spoiler fanatics, but I am posting this now, given Dwight’s recent departure from D-M:
I saw them filming today … They were at a Staples on Empire in Burbank. Rainn Wilson (Dwight) was wearing a Staples uniform. At first I thought he was another employee because they were hanging out outside getting pics with Steve Carell. Then I noticed, it was Dwight! Turns out the scene is Michael coming to talk to Dwight at Staples. Someone said he gets fired. Either way, if he quit or was fired, he was definitely a Staples employee.
Scrantonicity is coming. You should see footage of our performance in an episode soon. Not next week, but soon. I will not say anymore. You can bribe and torture me, but it won’t work. At least, I don’t think it will work.
Jan. 12, 2007: NBC Press Release
Synopsis for ‘Ben Franklin (Feb. 1):
A WEDDING SHOWER FOR PHYLLIS — Acting on bad advice from his friend Todd Packer (David Koechner), Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) brings two “adult” performers into the office — a stripper and Ben Franklin — in honor of Phyllis’s (Phyllis Smith) wedding shower. Meanwhile Karen (Rashida Jones) confronts Pam (Jenna Fischer) about her past with Jim (John Krasinski). Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, and Mindy Kaling also star.
Packer’s back, finally!
Jan. 10, 2007: Writer’s blog
From an Office writer’s blog:
This morning we had the opportunity to visit Le Sex Shoppe, a sex shop in Sherman Oaks, which we renamed “Le French Sex Shoppe” for the purposes of my script.
This is corroborated over at LITO, where a reader sent in a photo of a Dunder Mifflin truck in front of the shop.
From JuliaP: I really need some scoop on the hot Office love trapezoid! What’s going on with Jim, Pam, Karen and Roy?
So, so much that I have been promised I’ll lose my tongue if I so much as say the names Jim, Pam, Ka…Ahhh! Gaaahhh! Leh goh mah thongue! Ahhh!!!
From Nelly: Are any other supporting peeps going to get an episode like Kelly did on The Office? I love them all and want to see more of them.
Yes, indeedy! I actually have a sinking sensation that Phyllis’ wedding to Bob Vance (of Vance Refrigeration) may be upon us! I say this because an inside source tells me Phyllis’ midwestern sisters come to visit and we also meet Bob’s twin boys in that same ep. Smells like a hitchin’ to me!
Jan. 2, 2007: Jenna’s MySpace blog
Pam may also seem a little melancholy this week. She had a hard time over the holidays. It was her first time waking up on Christmas morning alone. This was a sad episode for me to shoot because I just kept imagining Pam all alone on Christmas morning and how painful it must be for her to see Jim and Karen together. I think she thought about Jim a lot over the holidays.
Jan. 2, 2007: NBC Press Release
Synopsis for ‘Oscar’s Return’ (Jan. 18):
THE OFFICE CELEBRATES OSCAR’S RETURN TO DUNDER MIFFLIN — Oscar (Oscar Nunez) returns from his long vacation with mixed emotions on whether or not he still wants to be a part of the office. Meanwhile, Andy (guest star Ed Helms) takes advantage of recent events to get closer to Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell). Jim (John Krasinski) turns to Karen (guest star Rashida Jones) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) for help to stage a prank on a new target. Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, Brian Baumgartner, Angela Kinsey, Kate Flannery, Phyllis Smith, Leslie David Baker, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star.
Jan. 1, 2007: TV Guide
Synopsis for ‘Oscar’s Return’ (Jan. 18):
When Oscar (Oscar Nunez) returns from vacation pondering his future at the office, Michael orders the party-planning committee to organize a bash for him. Meanwhile, power-hungry Andy (Ed Helms) exploits recent events to inch closer to Michael; and Jim colludes with Pam and Karen to trick someone in the office — but the target’s not Dwight.
Dec. 29, 2006: NBC Press Release
The title for the Jan. 18th episode is ‘Oscar’s Return.’ No synopsis yet.
Dec. 21, 2006: NBC Press Release
Synopsis for ‘Traveling Salesmen’ (Jan. 11):
MICHAEL HAS THE SALES STAFF PAIR UP AND VENTURE OUT INTO THE FIELD — DIRECTED BY EXECUTIVE PRODUCER GREG DANIELS — On Andy’s (guest star Ed Helms) suggestion, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) has staffers team up for sales calls, leading to some interesting, insightful moments in the field. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) attempts to cover for Angela (Angela Kinsey) after she misses an important deadline. Karen (guest star Rashida Jones) receives surprising information. John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star.
Synopsis for ‘Traveling Salesmen’ (Jan. 11):
Michael pushes his desk jockeys to pair up and hit the road for sales-call duty. Meanwhile, Angela misses a crucial deadline, so her secret boyfriend, Dwight, tries to cover for her; and surprising news comes Karen’s way. Andy: Ed Helms. Karen: Rashida Jones.
From Officelover: Any Office scoop?
The Dwight/Andy feud comes to a head in January and causes some major turmoil in the office, as I’m hearing Andy really works Michael into thinking Mr. Schrute is a traitor and is not to be trusted. However, while Andy may be winning the small battles, I’m pretty positive Dwight wins the war, and it’s going to be really fun to watch!
From Mike: I loved the Benihana episode of The Office! My favorite part? When Oscar returned from his “sabbatical” and said it’s “too soon!” Will he be back?
Yes. He does have his official Dunder-Mifflin homecoming a few episodes into the new year. I’m hearing they throw him a welcome-back party, although, sadly for Oscar, I’m told his coworkers might actually be more focused on the return of someone else we know and love.
From Cassie: Who is Michael taking to Sandals? In the Christmas episode of The Office, someone was on the phone with him and said yes to his invite. Who?
If you’d been keeping up with the chat for the last couple of months, you should know the answer to that! I don’t wanna beat you over the head with the reveal, but it’s a fantastically good one, and there’s great stuff ahead. Believe it or not, someone we know does have the hots for Michael, and will even have the hots for him after they return from Jamaica. Yep, clearly she was smoking some good ganja.
Wikipedia is listing five new episodes — could this be for real?
Jan. 18, The Competitor
After being angered by Andy’s closeness to Michael, Dwight takes a job at a rival paper distributor. Michael tries to keep his tentative hold on his current paramour. And Karen and Roy both find out the real reason Roy’s and Pam’s engagement was canceled.
Feb. 1, The Test
After he is caught not knowing the capital of Pennsylvania, Michael creates a “citizenship” test that every employee must pass to keep his or her job — and one person fails. Dwight starts up a company newsletter, and suddenly a competing newsletter (anonymously written) appears. Meanwhile, an “Office”-mate learns that she is unexpectedly pregnant.
Feb. 8, Singles Party
For her first Valentine’s Day in years without a boyfriend, Pam — and the unexpectedly single Oscar — decide to throw a party for all their unattached friends at the office. When all of the other guests find dates, Pam is left alone — until an unexpected guest arrives. Meanwhile, Andy and Dwight form an alliance to try to prank Jim, and after some inappropriate office nudity, Michael forces Meredith to enter his personal alcohol counseling program.
Feb. 15, The Policy
After getting fed up with Michael’s advances, Jan institutes a new policy that coworkers at Dunder-Mifflin are not allowed to date. Michael tries to decide whether to keep his job. Angela finds a loophole, but Dwight isn’t sure he wants to go through it. And the camera crew inadvertently finds something very interesting while eating supper in Carbondale.
Feb. 22, Hide and Seek
No synopsis listed.
Tipster: LiveJournal Office community
Dec. 15: NBC Press Release
Synopsis for ‘Back From Vacation’:
MICHAEL RETURNS FROM HIS JAMAICAN VACATION AS THE OFFICE PREPARES FOR A NIGHT OF INVENTORY – Still in “vacation mode” after his trip to Jamaica, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) tries to hang on to his relaxed island vibe despite a wave of office hassles. But it becomes too much when an e-mail containing a racy vacation photo is forwarded around the office. Pam (Jenna Fischer) gets caught in the middle as Jim (John Krasinski) and Karen (guest star Rashida Jones) argue. Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star. Creed Bratton, Ed Helms and Craig Robinson guest star.
An, so this is the inventory episode shown in this Access Hollywood video …
Dec. 14: GMMR
One more ‘Benihana Christmas’ spoiler for ya, courtesy of GMMR:
Remember when Ausiello said that “Jim rejects Pam’s present” (see spoiler posted Dec. 6)? Well, part of that present is the file folder labeled CLASSIFIED shown here! Hmm, what could be inside that folder … and why would Jim reject it?
TVGuide.com: What can you tell us about tonight’s Christmas-party episode?
Denman: Michael gets his heart broken by Carol, and they take him to Benihana to cheer him up. Roy is trying to be funny for Pam a little bit. There’s a scene when I’m trying to talk to her, and she’s not having it. She and Karen end up kind of becoming friends in this episode. And Roy gives Pam a nice present at the end.
More on ‘A Benihana Christmas’:
What’s doing with Dwight?
Jim and Pam’s Christmas torments of Dwight are beyond hilarious. Michael is so distraught over losing Carol he orders Dwight to the Siberia of Benihana: the far end of the counter. Dwight’s insane bids to remain part of the group are wonderful.
“Will they still air ‘Rudolph’?” “$201.” Stanley’s scale-tipping. “No, that’s an invitation.” “I may have seen it somewhere.” Michael’s Marks-A-Lot. The amazing final payoff with Dwight. So much more.
Not really a spoiler, but just a little quote from David Denman:
“I think Roy is going to give Jim a run for his money,” he said. “I think when all is said and done, Pam is going to end up with Roy, as far as I’m concerned. I think it’s like life. There’s the guy that you flirt with that’s a lot of fun. Then there’s sort of the rock-solid man that you end up marrying.”
Another blurb from David Denman:
“I’m under contract with them as long as they want me, and I’m under the impression they want to do all they can to stretch out the Jim-Pam-Roy triangle as much as possible,” he says of the romantic relationships involving John Krasinski’s, Jenna Fischer’s and his characters. Denman says he’s enjoying playing “a different side of Roy this year. He’s not just a jerk who doesn’t pay attention to Pam at all. Once he got dumped, he realized a lot of things. Now he’s really giving it the old college try to win her back.”
About ‘A Benihana Christmas’:
Toady Andy (Ed Helms) tries to get on the better side of Michael with a trip to Benihana’s restaurant that involves picking up waitresses of a dubious age.
Angela (Angela Kinsey), meanwhile, charges ahead with plans for the annual Christmas party as if it were a military campaign – just with a “Nutcracker” theme. When Karen (Rashida Jones) and her unexpected ally Pam (Jenna Fischer) rebel and start a rival party committee, the office staff is divided.
Or, as Ryan (B.J. Novak) says, “I miss the days when there was only one party I didn’t want to go to.”
Synopsis for ‘Back From Vacation’ (Jan. 4):
Michael returns from his Jamaican vacation a relaxed and revitalized man, but that quickly changes when a spicy vacation photograph makes its way around the office. Meanwhile, Jim and Karen have an argument — with Pam caught in the middle of it all.
Question: Do you know if and when Oscar will be coming back to The Office? — Kerry
Ausiello: He returns from his three-month vacation in tomorrow’s supersized holiday episode. He only appears for a second, but it’s a hysterical second.
GMMR’s posted a review of ‘A Benihana Christmas’ along with a list of spoilerish tidbits. Read more.
Maureen Ryan’s written a hilarious review of ‘A Benihana Christmas,’ chockful of quotes from the episode. Go read it yourself, cuz I ain’t yo ho no mo.
In this year’s holiday greeting, the employees of Dunder-Mifflin’s Scranton branch must choose between two rival office parties. The first is thrown by control-freak Angela (Angela Kinsey), who has chosen a staid Nutcracker theme, complete with music and decorations, to which she rigorously adheres. The second, organized in protest by new addition Karen (Rashida Jones) with help from receptionist Pam (Jenna Fischer), features a margarita machine, karaoke spelling and some measure of fun – ingredients sadly lacking at Angela’s party.
Meanwhile, the guys have headed off to Japanese chop shop Benihana to cheer up office boss, Michael. He has been unceremoniously dumped by his girlfriend, Carol, (Nancy Walls, Carell’s real-life wife) after sending out a Christmas card in which his head is Photoshopped into a photo of Carol, her ex-husband and their three kids on a ski trip.
From Katie: Office scoop! Office scoop!
One of our Dunder-Mifflin faves will be quitting the company in January. He or she will have a falling out with Michael and end up accepting a job elsewhere … Also, this next episode is fanfreakingtastic! Michael gets dumped and tailspins into a downward spiral that ends with him marking his new girlfriend — a waitress from Benihana — so he can remember who she is. Also, Pam and Karen team up in a game of party wars with Angela (it’s hilarious), and their new friendship makes Jim jealous.
Any hope for Jim and Pam?
Pay special attention to his rebound speech to Michael this week. It’s good, revealing stuff!
Dec. 10: Nikki and Cindy casting sides
These sides are not new, but I am posting them now since they refer to this week’s episode, ‘A Benihana Christmas.’
Question: Could I have some Office prattle? — Michelle Haroon
Ausiello: Santa just delivered next week’s holiday-themed episode, and I had Intern Scott (whose last day is today!) screen it for scoop. Here’s his report: “I’m sorry to say that Pam spends more time with Karen in the episode than she does with Jim. (Jim even rejects Pam’s Christmas present!) The two women actually decide to work together when icy Angela tries to take over the office Christmas party with her rigid Nutcracker theme. And I hate to be a walking NBC promo, but don’t miss the last two minutes; what little time Pam and Jim do spend together is well worth the wait.”
Question: Anything on The Office? — Chris
Ausiello: OK, I just finished watching the aforementioned Christmas episode, and Intern Scott neglected to mention a major plot point: Someone gets dumped!
From Natalie: I don’t mind Karen on The Office, but how long is this thing with her and Jim going to last? Is Pam going to freak when she finds out?
Unfortunately for JAM lovers, there’s no set exit plan for Karen. She’s going to be around for at least awhile, so you’ll have to get used to her. However, you might be happy to hear that Jim isn’t quite head over heels for K-dog (Karen, not Kristin, to be clear). I’m hearing that when the show comes back in January, she’ll be talking about getting an apartment on his street, which causes him to freak out because he feels they’re moving too fast. The interesting part is that Pam is the one who calms him down and convinces him it’s not such a bad thing. I’m thinking this relationship with Karen may be the thing that actually brings JAM back together! Yay!
From Erica: I love The Office!! Any scoop?
It won’t be on this week—bah humbug!—but they’re making up for it next Thursday with an hour-long Christmas episode—Feliz Offidad, everyone! FYI, Michael will be nursing a broken heart, but he’ll have Jim, Andy and Dwight to lean on. Karen and Pam also will become unexpected allies when they team up against Angela, to organize their own office holiday party. (P.S. I’m hearing Angela’s man, Mr. Dwight Schrute, has some tough times ahead. While he’s tight with Michael right now, Andy has got a few tricks up his sleeve, which will cause major problems in the new year.)
Dec. 1: NBC
Here are some photos from ‘A Benihana Christmas.’
Tipsters: Kai at TWOP via GMMR
Information on ‘The Convict’:
Seems the company got some kind of government tax credit for hiring an ex-con. But who is it?
Wait! Could it be the new black guy? Oh, not!
Why can’t it be a white guy? No one would think they were racist for guessing that the white guy’s the ex-con.
But, yes, the black guy (Wayne Wilderson, who is hilarious in the role) is the con!
Michael reminds everyone that just because he’s black doesn’t mean he has to have a prison record, nor does it mean he had a “bitch” in the slammer.
It’s so bad, so tasteless, so embarrassing, so hysterical that you seriously should consider firing up the TiVo – this is one you’ll want to see several more times.
Sometime in September: casting side for Martin
Here is a transcript of the “Martin” casting side that started circulating several months ago. It looks like it is from ‘The Convict’ episode.
For you diehard spoiler fanatics, you have already seen this, I’m sure.
Nov. 24: Jenna Fischer
Globeandmail.com reported that ‘The Convict’ was not only co-written by Ricky Gervais, but directed by him as well.
I knew it seemed a little suspect, and Jenna confirmed it today, in both her MySpace blog and in an email: “No, the episode was not directed by Ricky or Stephen. I can’t recall off the top of my head who directed it. They were also not on set while we shot their episode.”
Don’t believe everything you read in the press … ;)
Nov. 22: NBC press release
Synopsis for ‘A Benihana Christmas’ (Dec. 14):
In a special one-hour holiday episode directed by Harold Ramis, strife on the party planning committee results in two competing Christmas parties, while Michael is dumped for the holidays. Michael (Golden Globe Winner Steve Carell) sends out an inappropriate photoshopped Christmas card and gets his heart broken for the holidays by girlfriend Carol (guest star Nancy Walls). Andy (guest star Ed Helms) takes Michael out drinking, with Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Jim (John Krasinski), while tensions on the party planning committee between Angela (Angela Kinsey), Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Karen (guest star Rashida Jones) cause rival parties to form. B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star.
Nov. 22: Print edition of TV Guide, Nov. 27-Dec. 3
Matt’s Pick (re: ‘The Convict’): Between Jim’s plot to keep Andy away from Pam and a script cowritten by Ricky Gervais, TV doesn’t get any better.
The Office’s Big Hire: J.J. Abrams will be punching in at The Office. The Alias-Lost multihyphenate confirms that he’ll be directing an episode of NBC’s workplace comedy later this season. Pressed via e-mail for specifics, Abrams wrote back that the episode shoots “in January,” adding, “S’all I got!”
From Heather: Thursday’s episode of The Office had me at first dancing around the living room, then at the end I wanted to throw my TV out of the window. Please, tell me there is hope for Jim and Pam!
I am right there with you, babycakes. And while I have nothing giddily delicious to report on the Jam front … I do have major news in the Office romance department! Carol dumps Michael in the next couple weeks, which leaves him heartbroken at first, until he realizes he can rebound with, who else?! Jan! To my surprise, I’m hearing Ms. Levinson is totally into it, and even goes on a romantic getaway with Michael over the Christmas holidays. “Man” (Michael/Jan) is on!
The Office creator Ricky Gervais has directed an episode of the popular NBC version. Scheduled to air Nov. 30, the episode was co-written by Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who devised the original BBC series. In the setup, dim office manager Michael (Steve Carell) is forced to step lightly after learning one of his employees has a prison record. Gervais has announced he will probably direct another episode before the season’s end.
We already knew that RG co-wrote the upcoming episode ‘The Convict’; this is the first mention that I’ve seen that he also directed it as well. And another possible directing job coming!
From an article about The Office’s executive producer, Greg Daniels:
Jim and Pam’s relationship might be derailed by Jim’s increasing interest in a comely Stamford co-worker who’s also transferring, Karen Filipelli (Rashida Jones).
Where’s this potential love triangle headed? Even Daniels doesn’t know yet.
“I’m about five episodes ahead from where we are now,” he said, referring to the outlining and writing of future episodes. “And it’s certainly not over. And I don’t know the outcome or the end of it. We’re discussing that right now.”
Re: ‘The Merger’:
— Phyllis, sweet ol’ Phyllis, apparently exudes an acquired smell. Who knew?
— Creed is handy with the cell-phone camera.
— Ryan can be rather possessive, if not shrewd.
— Kevin loves shredding. Anything.
— Dwight fancies himself a runner.
— When Jim joined DM, the Michael Scott-produced orientation film was titled “The Scranton Witch Project.” The new video that the Stamforders are forced to watch? Let’s just say that it is very YouTube-friendly.
And so on.
Laughs-wise, my fave moments were Kelly telling Jim what’s been going on in “her world” since he left, and a tremendously enjoyable battle between Dwight and his new perceived enemy. As for the aforementioned reunion between Jim and Pam … Well, you’ll just have to see how that plays out. But I must give props to Jenna Fischer, who so effectively — and oftentimes quietly — delivers truly knockout moments, touching on a range of emotions throughout the episode.
Re: ‘The Merger’:
“The Office” is funnier than it’s been in a while. Two offices merge, so there are more workers to mock.
My favorite is Kelly (Mindy Kaling), the woman who lives vicariously through pop culture; the only things that truly happen in her life are gossip items concerning celebrity babies. The worst is a fat-guy joke. Huge people are still uproarious? Really?
Re: ‘The Merger’:
The setup: Finally, we have the long-awaited merger. The Stamford office has closed (budget issues and so forth) and the refugees from Connecticut must relocate to Scranton, where they are greeted by Michael Scott (Steve Carell) bearing welcome “goodie bags” stuffed with pencils and coupons. Meanwhile, Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) is just a little too strung out. He wants Michael to fire someone, anyone, and he’s worried about this new guy Andy (Ed Helms). Pam’s (Jenna Fischer) looking forward to seeing Jim (John Krasinski) until she learns that Karen (Rashida Jones) is just a little too attentive to him.
Best stuff: Very hard to say, but let’s see … Michael’s sublimely idiotic line to Karen? (“Wow! You’re very exotic looking. Was your dad a GI?”). Or Andy’s ruminations about building his power base (“I’m always thinking one step ahead, like a carpenter who makes stairs.”). Or Michael’s version of “Lazy Sunday” (to boost office morale) entitled “Lazy Scranton”? Or how about the facedown between Dwight and Andy in the elevator before the closing credits? Yes, I think I’ll go with that one.
Grade/overview: A+. One of the best “Offices” ever. Instant classic. Brilliant. Enough said. Now, if only people will just start watching.
Thanks to TWOP for the Newsday tip!
Question: Any Office scoop? — Michael
Ausiello: I watched a screener of tomorrow night’s super-sized “Merger” episode, and, I have to say, it’s the best of the season. Even Dwight — who, IMHO, is the most overrated character in the history of TV comedy — had me spewing Snapple across my living room. [Spoiler alert] When Dwight finds his position as Michael’s No. 2 threatened by Stamford Andy, a new Office rivalry is born. But they’re both in for a surprise when Jan steps in and appoints someone else as the No. 2. Over in Jam-land, Pam’s jubilance over having Jim around again is cut short by a piece of chewing gum — Karen’s chewing gum.
Question: Jim and Pam? Pam and Roy? Jim and Karen? Pam and Michael? Help me out! This Office is a little too crowded for me! — Jordan
Ausiello: Don’t hate me, but I’m all about Jim and Karen. Jam is so 2005. Pam had her chance, and she blew it. BTW, has it ever been established why exactly she rejected him? Perhaps she had a brain hemorrhage earlier that day?
Question: Any truth to the rumors of J.J. Abrams directing an episode of The Office? — Kathleen Hughes
Ausiello: It’s 100 percent true. The episode shoots in February and, well, that’s all I know at this point.
Mindy sings on the Christmas special.
Nov. 14: Chicago Tribune’s ‘The Watcher’
Re: ‘The Merger’:
Michael Scott (Steve Carell) welcomes the new employees with his own parody of “Lazy Sunday”: It’s called, of course, “Lazy Scranton,” and it extols the virtues of the Electric City, including the anthracite museum.
You could call the increasingly vicious verbal battles between Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Stamford-ite Andy (Ed Helms) a battle of wits, but by the end, they’re like two snotty 12-year-olds having it out on the playground.
Read much more, including some JAM-related stuff, here.
From Looloo: Anything on The Office?
It is my favorite episode of the season so far because…drumroll, please…Jim and Pam are back together! Honestly, you’ll realize how terrible it was that they were apart when you see them reunited. Though, of course, I should mention that it’s only a corporate-restructuring reunion at this point, and they’ve got a long way to go (and a certain other love interest to kill) before becoming a couple.
From sillygirlh11: I am loving Ed Helms. Tell me he’s sticking around.
He definitely is. I’m told the writers and producers all love him, and this week, when the two teams merge, you will see a hilarious new dynamic between his character and Dwight. Honestly, by the end of this week’s episode, I’m pretty convinced that Ed Helms is my new favorite on that show. He is fanfreakingtastic. Such a kiss-ass. And such a fitting new nemesis for Dwight.
From Mel: Office scoop!
I hear someone is quitting this week. Someone is also getting fired.
Here are spoilerish excerpts from Greg Daniels’ blog:
Michael and romance: Fans of Michael’s lovelife should especially catch the Christmas special.
Oscar: Oscar will return. I have just finished directing that episode and it will air in January.
Hour long show: We will do a Christmas episode this December 14th and it will be an hour long, and was directed by Harold Ramis. We are usually in the weird position of being between a half hour and an hour. Maybe a half-hour episode without commercials is the answer. NBC?
Ricky Gervais: Ricky and Stephen Merchant wrote an upcoming episode called the Convict that will air November 30. I am editing it today, and it is very long and funny so perhaps we can have an extended version on-line.
Scranton/ webisodes: Rainn is coming. We are trying to build a Saint Patricks day episode and go in March, but the current NBC schedule has in repeats around St. Patricks, so it depends on the storylines. I want to get the whole cast out there soon. We would like to do new webisodes based on following the cast around Scranton and getting real interactions.
Dwangela: Dwangela are going strong, although still trying to hide it. There will be some big drama in that relationship in January.
Synopsis for ‘The Convict’ (Nov. 30):
THE OFFICE LEARNS THAT ONE OF THE FORMER STAMFORD BRANCH EMPLOYEES IS AN EX-CONVICT — WRITTEN BY BRITISH SERIES CREATORS RICKY GERVAIS & STEPHEN MERCHANT — Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) tries to be supportive after learning that one of the new employees is an ex-convict, but gets upset when the staff starts to compare the office to prison. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) “coaches” Andy (guest star Ed Helms) when he decides to make a play for Pam (Jenna Fischer). Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star. Rashida Jones, Wayne Wilderson, and Ursula Burton guest star.
Thanks, GMMR, for the tip!
NBC has confirmed that the creators of the original British version of The Office, Gervais and Stephen Merchant, have written an episode called “The Convict,” which will air Nov. 30 … the episode will revolve around Michael Scott (Steve Carell) discovering that one of his new co-workers has a criminal past. (And psst…If you’re wondering how he has “new co-workers,” the upcoming episode title “Merger” should be your first clue.)
From tvlvr11: Happy Diwali! Any scoop on this week’s Office episode?
Happy Diwali to you, too! I just watched it this morning and nearly fell off the treadmill laughing. This Thursday’s episode is written by Mindy Kaling (Kelly); it centers around the Hindu holiday Diwali (which Michael, in all his cultural sensitivity, describes as the Hindu Halloween), and I think you’ll all be more than a little surprised at what goes down in it. Funny, funny, stuff. Mindy’s real-life parents are hilarious as her TV parents, and most importantly, Pam wears her hair down!
From Terry: More on The Office!
Someone’s going to try to kiss someone this week. And you will squeal! I nearly fell off my couch.
From Jonathan: What the frak?! You’ve been seriously slacking on Battlestar Galactica scoop. Give it up, girlfriend!
Gladly! I actually just caught up with Katee Sackhoff and will give you some scoop in the spoiler section, but here I can tell you that she almost guest starred on The Office?! How fanfreakingtastic would that be? Katee told me that Dwight Schrute’s hilarious BSG-Lost crossover blog led to serious talk of her doing a guest spot over at Dunder Mifflin. And though it didn’t work out at the time, my NBC moles tell me producers are dead set on getting her on at some point.
Oct. 29: Access Hollywood
Oct. 27: TV Squad photos of the Office set
Oct. 27: NBC press release
Synopsis for ‘The Merger’ (Nov. 16):
MERGER — The Scranton branch and the Stamford branch of Dunder-Mifflin are merged, bringing old friends Jim and Pam back together after months apart. Michael and Dwight and the other employees deal with the changes. Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star. Ed Helms (“The Daily Show”), Rashida Jones (“Wanted”), Ursula Burton (“The West Wing”), Mike Bruner (“C.S.I”) and Wayne Wilderson (“The Class”) guest star.
[Mindy] Kaling’s parents even appear in this week’s episode, as her character Kelly Kapoor’s parents.
“My mom and dad were thrilled and adorably nervous to be playing the Kapoors, who are much more traditional Indian parents then they are … They also play a couple that had an arranged marriage, which was not the case for my parents. So that was a little bit of ‘acting’ for them.”
Does this support one “marriage proposal” theory that Kelly’s parents arrange Kelly and Ryan’s marriage?
After revealing some jaw-dropping upcoming storylines in our latest edition of Tease-o-Rama (the spoiler game in which you guess which are true or false), I am ready to reveal to you the correct spoilers in all their glory.
7. The Office: Pam and Karen become friends. True. And ew.
Oct. 25: Nirali Magazine
You must listen to Michael Scott’s rendition of the Diwali Song, from Nov. 9’s episode, “Diwali.”
Thanks to Stacy for the tip!
Oct. 23: Watch With Kristin
The Office is a rerun this week! No Halloween episode?! — Jackie
Sadly, there isn’t. But when the show returns Nov. 2, we get a special treat: Michael decides that Dunder-Mifflin Scranton needs to attend a Diwali celebration! Diwali is a traditional East Indian holiday, so of course they all end up running into Kelly’s parents at the festival. And bonus casting alert! Her parents on that episode are played by the real-life parents of Mindy Kaling, who plays Kelly. I’m hearing her family is under the impression that Kelly’s relationship with Ryan is far more serious than he thinks it is. Also, expect to see more of Michael’s girlfriend, Carol (Nancy Walls), very soon, although I’m told their relationship isn’t long for this world.
Oct. 21: NBC press release
Synopsis for ‘Branch Closing’ (Nov. 9):
NEWS OF THE SCRANTON BRANCH SHUTDOWN LEADS DUNDER MIFFLIN’S STAFF TO DREAM OF WHAT THEIR LIVES MIGHT BE LIKE AWAY FROM THE OFFICE — When Jan tells Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) that the Scranton Branch will be shutting down, Michael strives to keep his staff’s spirits up. Meanwhile, everyone privately begins to envision how their lives will change in the aftermath. Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star, and Ed Helms (“The Daily Show”), Rashida Jones (“Wanted”) and Charles Esten (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) guest star.
What do you mean by Michael on The Office might lose his job? — Bill, Pasadena
Let’s just say that Stamford and Scranton are going to merge within the next few months, and Michael isn’t exactly Jan’s first choice for regional manager. The good news? There’s no way Steve Carell is losing his job, so I wouldn’t worry too much.
Question: Hey, I was just wondering if you had any Office scoop? When are Jim and Pam going to see each other again? — Diana
Ausiello: The title of the Nov. 9 episode is “Branch Closing.” ‘Nuff said. Actually, I’ve got one more thing to say: How twisty would it be if Dunder-Mifflin absorbed Jim and his new office crush? Pretty darn twisty.
Thanks, GMMR and Lori!
Oct. 17: Just Jared
Here are some photos from the upcoming Nov. 2 episode, Diwali.
Make sure to scroll all the way down the page — there are seven photos in all.
Thanks to Jill for the tip!
The recent interaction with Jan and Michael on The Office made me wonder something … How in the world does he keep his job? — krazycat
Funny you should ask because — major spoiler alert! — I hear Jan’s going to get very suspicious of Michael’s ridiculous behavior very soon and will ask Pam to make note of how he spends his average work day. According to my source, not even Pam can save him, and Michael might actually lose his job. Eeek!
Oct. 13: NBC press release
Synopsis for ‘Diwali’ (Nov. 2):
MICHAEL URGES THE ENTIRE OFFICE TO SUPPORT DIVERSITY BY CELEBRATING DIWALI, THE HINDU FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS — SCRIPT WRITTEN BY SERIES STAR MINDY KALING — Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) encourages the entire Scranton branch to support Kelly (Mindy Kaling) and attend a local celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. As Ryan (B.J. Novak) nervously faces Kelly’s family at the event, Michael, new girlfriend Carol (guest star Nancy Walls, “The Daily Show”), and the staff sample a range of Indian culture and cuisine. Meanwhile, Andy (Ed Helms) convinces Jim (John Krasinski) to turn a late night of work into a drinking game. Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith and Paul Lieberstein also star, and Ed Helms (“The Daily Show”), Rashida Jones (“Wanted”) and Charles Esten (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) guest star.
From gollomanwoi: The Office! Any spoilers?
A lot of good stuff coming up for Ryan. He meets Kelly’s parents around Halloween and gets himself into a very uncomfortable situation. Let’s just say there’s wedding talk. And someone else is getting on one knee to propose! Also, Dwight wants to take Ryan under his wing and be his mentor, and believe me when I say hilarity ensues.
From nellylee: More Office!
Some cute stuff with Karen and Jim this week. It becomes clear that he’s starting to care what she thinks of him. Get used to those Stanford office peeps, ’cause some of them may be moving in on Scranton territory…and I’m not just referring to Karen and Jim anymore.
Oct. 7: Sparklies Gallery
Oct. 6: MoreThanThat.net
Here are a couple of photos from ‘Grief Counseling’:
Oct. 2: NBC press release
NBC has updated the synopsis for ‘Grief Counseling’ (now scheduled for Oct. 12), and it’s not looking good for JAM fans:
MICHAEL FREAKS OUT AT THE DEATH OF THE FORMER REGIONAL MANAGER AND FORCES THE STAFF THROUGH GRIEF COUNSELING — After learning that the former regional manager has tragically died, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) attempts to compel an appropriate show of grief from the Dunder Mifflin staff as he searches for the right way to honor a company man. Roy (David Denman) helps Pam (Jenna Fischer) duck out of the session. And in the Stamford office, Jim (John Krasinski) and Karen (guest star Rashida Jones, “Wanted”) go on a hunt for snacks. Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star, and Ed Helms (“The Daily Show”) and Charles Esten (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) guest star.
From Ellie: I love The Office! Tell me if Jim and Pam get together! Also, what’s in store for Dwight & Angela and Michael & Jan!
Well, very soon Jan slips and says something she shouldn’t that gets everyone all upset. And as a result of this news, Angela convinces Dwight to do something that could really hurt his relationship with Michael. I’m also hearing of a special episode coming up that includes a trip to the Schrute beet farm! Cannot wait!
From sparkleelz: What will the JAM reunion be like on The Office?
Like Smuckers–all-natural, no sugar added and … bittersweet.
Oct. 2: NBC press release
Synopsis for ‘Grief Counseling’ (Oct. 19):
WHEN MICHAEL LEARNS THAT HIS PREDECESSOR HAS DIED, HE TRIES TO GUIDE THE DUNDER MIFFLIN STAFF THROUGH THEIR SUPPOSED GRIEF — After learning that his old boss, the former regional manager, has died, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) attempts to guide the Dunder Mifflin staff through their grief as he searches for the right way to honor a company man.
Oct. 2: Entertainment Weekly Oct. 9 print edition, page 61
Note: THIS IS NOT A SEASON 3 SPOILER! The reason I am adding this to the spoiler post is because it was an idea scrapped for Season 2 and so is a possibility for a future season. What do you think about this?
Late last season, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) had an awkward — and profound — encounter with Angela (Angela Kinsey) in the Dunder-Mifflin kitchen. Reveals Office executive producer Greg Daniels about the never-aired scene: “They didn’t look at each other in the eye at all. They had a couple lines, there was a pause, and then Angela said, ‘I’m late,’ turned around, and left. Dwight looked shocked and a very pleased expression broke over his face … It was a pretty cool moment.” So why the decision to shelve the comedic bundle of joy? “It was a big move, but we had it in a show that had a lot of other big moves,” says Daniels. “I don’t know if we’re ever going to end up using it.”
Sept. 28: TVGuide.com
TVGuide.com: Can we talk about the other significant other in Jim’s life — Dwight? What’s going on with their relationship?
Krasinski: What’s amazing is that this season you’ll start to see more and more that the reason we terrorize each other is because, deep down, we’re really good friends. The jokes play a lot more clear and a lot more specific.
TVGuide.com: Will Pam now be Dwight’s primary tormentor?
Fischer: Pam has kind of a different role now — she’s more independent, taking things a bit more seriously, trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. Teasing Dwight was a way to bond with Jim, and certainly she’s going to be tickled to call Jim and tell him stories, but Pam’s going to have more battles with Angela this season. For example, Pam is going to get kicked off the party-planning committee in a future episode.
TVGuide.com: Lord knows those Dunder-Mifflin parties are always so successful.
Fischer: That’s right! Yeah, so she’s going to go to war with Angela a little bit.
TVGuide.com: New topic: What can you tell me about Dwight’s cousin, whom we will meet early this season? Does the beet fall far from the tree … or whatever it is that beets grow on?
Krasinski: Mose is probably one of the more, uh, “interesting” characters we’ve had on the show. Just to let you know, [the idea of the character] has been percolating for a while, and he’s played by the legendary Mike Schur.
Synopsis for ‘Initiation’ (Oct. 12):
10/12/06 (8:30PM-9:00PM): DWIGHT TAKES RYAN OUT FOR HIS FIRST SALES CALL AND PUTS HIM THROUGH AN OUTRAGEOUS SERIES OF TESTS ALONG THE WAY — SCRIPT WRITTEN BY SERIES STAR B.J. NOVAK — New full-time employee Ryan (B.J. Novak) anxiously accompanies Dwight (Rainn Wilson) on his first sales call, but is taken aback by the odd series of challenges Dunder Miffin’s top salesman puts him through along the way, including a sidetrip to the Schrute family beet farm. Back at the office, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) is forced by corporate to keep a log of his day’s activities, and Pam (Jenna Fischer) tries to help him be productive. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) begins to settle into the Stamford branch. Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star, and Ed Helms (“The Daily Show”), Rashida Jones (“Wanted”), Charles Esten (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) and Michael Schur (writer, “Saturday Night Live”) guest star.
Sept. 26: Oct. 2-8 print issue of TV Guide, page 7
It was a big summer for The Office’s Pam Beesly. She called off her wedding to Roy. She’s got her own apartment for the first time. She’s taking art classes. But why has her not-so-secret admirer Jim moved to the Stamford branch of Dunder Mifflin? Seems TV’s favorite receptionist needs a little alone time before heading into a new romance. “I was really happy Pam didn’t marry Roy,” says Jenna Fischer about her character’s cliffhanger. “But I was also happy that Pam is going to figure out who she is in life without a man. Throughout the season we’re going to see Pam develop an identity.”
John Krasinski’s character has learned some life lessons as well since Pam rebuffed him in last season’s finale. “There’s only so much you can take before you start borderline on pathetic,” he says. “He needs to stand up for himself and move on with his life.” How long will they be apart? Fischer says their issues start to bubble up in the third episode, and at some point they’ll be back in the same office again. “We’re not going to leave poor Jim alone in Stamford forever,” she says. But don’t count out Roy (David Denman). “I think you’re going to see some chemistry between Pam and Roy that you haven’t seen before.“
From Abby: The Office is finally back! Was the season premiere awesome? Is Jim going to go back to the original office with Pam?
In the words of Axl Rose: Welcome to the jungle! Er, wait, was it, You gotta have patience? Either way, Jim, sadly, does stay in Stanford for the foreseeable future, but the good news is we still see him on a regular basis. Next week, Michael meets up with him at an office supply convention in Philly and the week after, I’m told we see that new love interest of his (crazy be-yotch from hell.) But mark my words: Jim will be back in Scranton before the Christmas holidays!
FromFeelie: More Office scoop!
Someone else in the office has a crush on Pam, and you’re gonna learn the identity of her secret admirer very soon!
We are beginning to shoot the Christmas episode on Monday and I am really excited that Harold Ramis will be directing it. A few minutes before the blog began, I was in the writers’ room going over the script with everyone and he was sitting with us and suggesting some great jokes. So there are lots of cool things to look forward to.
Next week, we are following Michael and Dwight on a trip to the paper industry convention in Philadelphia where they will interact with Jim and the Stamford manager. Michael has some issues with Jim leaving, and Jim is trying to get news of certain individuals who work in Scranton. And Pam goes on a date with someone new.
Synopsis of The Office, Season 3:
Season 3 punches in with Jim Halpert’s unexpected transfer to the Stamford office, but will it punch out with the closing of the Scranton branch? With his unorthodox management style, ever-impulsive Michael Scott (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) continues to wreak havoc for the staff and hapless temp Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak). Little does Michael know, his unwanted protege Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) is planning a coup. Also in the works: Unexpected wedding bells chime and we finally get to visit the Schrute family beet farm business. Meanwhile, will Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) find a new love? What of Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer)? And in a sudden turn of events, Michael is forced to make a last ditch effort to save the company.
Sept. 20: Office promo aired during “Biggest Loser”
Wow — this promo actually has additional footage from the ‘Casino Night’ kiss scene that is NOT TO BE MISSED.
Watch the video here (no longer available).
Question: Jim-Pam Office scoop?— Joan
Ausiello: Only that Sunday’s New York Times totally spoiled the resolution of last May’s cliff-hanger when they came out and said that Jim and Pam would be forging a long-distance relationship this season, interacting mostly via text messaging. In related news, when did NYT get into the spoiler business?
I saw the first episode. IT’S AMAZING!!! SO funny. Maybe one of our funniest episodes ever. Steve is brilliant. And John … OMG … John is hilarious this year. There is a Jim/Michael/Dwight scene that is one of my favorites ever. Ed Helms knocks it out of the park. His character is such a perfect addition to the cast. And Oscar is beyond awesome. Don’t believe everything you read about Season 3 of The Office … even if it’s printed in a big newspaper. I’ve heard a lot of rumors and no one has gotten it quite right yet. It’s fun to hear all of the theories on what happens.
Okay, I have to run. We are about to do one of our famous conference room scenes so … no computer for awhile. Next week we are shooting our Christmas episode. Crazy huh?
“They’re definitely star-crossed lovers, and I hope it works out,” Krasinski said, not revealing much more … “I love how they’re sticking to the reality of the situation rather than what people want to see in television,” Krasinski said about Jim and Pam’s relationship, “Because sometimes people you love don’t end up with you.”
From Jenny: Will you (or have you already) gotten the chance to preview the season premiere of The Office? Anything you can reveal?! I promise I won’t tell!
For the first time ever (at least as long as I’ve been doing this job!), NBC is not sending out the season premiere (which airs this Thursday). However, I have seen snippets of the first script and can tell you that (a) Michael’s outing of Oscar is one of the most hilarious and disturbing things you ever see on television and (b) there’s a reason NBC is not sending this one out–it’s too great of a cliffhanger resolution!
From the article “The Whole World Is Watching, and Ben Silverman Is Watching Back”:
… the wireless company Cingular expressed interest in a special marketing campaign. Mr. Silverman noted that one of the show’s main characters, Jim, was going to be in a long-distance relationship with another character, Pam, so naturally “they’re going to be text-messaging each other.”
Thanks to braindiva at the LiveJournal Office community for the tip!
Sept. 16: Season 3 photos
- S3E01: Gay Witch Hunt
- S3E02: The Convention
One photo in this album provided irrefutable proof on whether Jim transferred out of Scranton!
Photos courtesy of txvoodoo at the LiveJournal Office community.
And if you missed the comment by MtnDewJunkie, here’s a spoilerish photo of a ring on someone’s finger!
Synopsis for ‘The Coup’ (Oct. 5):
FED UP WITH MICHAEL’S ANTICS IN THE OFFICE, ANGELA PUSHES DWIGHT TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST HIM — After Jan (Melora Hardin) busts Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) for declaring it’s “movie Monday,” where everyone watches a movie instead of working, an upset Angela (Angela Kinsey) pushes Dwight (Rainn Wilson) is into making a play for Michael’s job. Meanwhile, Pam (Jenna Fischer) internet shops and has a fashion show at lunch and Jim (John Krasinski) plays video games and gets killed again and again in virtual reality. B.J. Novak, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star.
… we finally get to see the aftermath of a teary-eyed Jim confessing his love to Pam. “I don’t think it’s at all what people are expecting,” John Krasinski says of the aftermath, “but it is absolutely true to how something like this would actually go. It is real and honest and raw, and that’s what I love about it.” Still, I’m not so sure everyone will be feeling the love. (How’s that for a scary tease?) Meanwhile, Steve Carell will get back to Michael Scott’s horrifyingly inappropriate self in the season premiere, outing an Office-mate’s deepest secret. “He’s just a moron,” Carell says. “Some things never change.”
Synopsis for The Convention (Sept. 28):
After meeting Jan (Melora Hardin) in Philadelphia for the annual Northeastern Mid-Market Office Supply Convention, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) enlists Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) help in organizing a party in his room for fellow conventioneers. Meanwhile, Ryan (B.J. Novak) and Kelly (Mindy Kaling) join friends out on a double date. Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith and Paul Lieberstein also star.
Here is a synopis of the Season 3 premiere episode, “Gay Witch Hunt”:
The third-season opener is set in the wake of casino night, and things get mighty dicey when Michael heedlessly outs a gay Dunder Mifflin employee. Meanwhile, some details about Jim and Pam’s complicated relationship come to light.
Where we left off: Jim (John Krasinski) kissed both Pam (Jenna Fischer) and his job under Michael (Steve Carell) goodbye. He opens the new season at a new branch with a new love interest in guest star Rashida Jones.
Why we’re excited: Ricky Gervais is penning a script, and Harold Ramis is scheduled to direct one episode.
From vmgal26: Tell me you have something on those crazy kids over at Dunder-Mifflin.
I’m frightened for Pam and Jim. Vewy frightened.
From Jessica: I am one of Pam-Jenna’s friends on MySpace. Did you see this blog? She posted pictures of people on set and there is a picture of Roy. Initially, the picture showed a wedding ring. When someone noticed it, it was immediately cropped and replaced. Telling, huh?
Shut up. You shut up right now and take it back. That can’t be true! Can’t! Or can it? And P.S.: That is one hot photo of Dwight in his skivvies.
Our first episode of the season, airing Thursday September 21st, is called “Gay Witch Hunt”. Michael finds out that Oscar is gay. Need I say more? I have to say, this may be the funniest episode we’ve ever done. I mean, like laugh out loud hilarious. It is a great start to the season. AND, you will find out about Jim and Pam in the first episode. Be sure to watch from the beginning this episode is packed!
Check her blog for photos from the Season 3 set!
The title of episode 2, Season 3 is “The Convention.”
Rock 107: Now you guys are in production right now, or the whole season is not already shot, is it?
David: We’ve done six episodes so far, and we’re about to premiere on September 21st.
Rock 107: If we were guessing that Roy gets a lot of face time in the season premiere, we may be off the track here? Maybe this is not necessarily revealed in the first episode?
David: Everything gets revealed in the first episode. You’ll find out exactly what happened. When we come back, it’s three months later, everything’s already happened, and we’re in real time.
Rock 107: We’ve been hearing that possibly there may be some St. Patrick’s Day parade-themed thing coming up. What do you know about that?
David: I know they talked about it, I know they want to do it, but they’re not quite sure, because we have to shoot it beforehand, so it’d be kind of hard to get a bunch of people out there for a St. Patrick’s Day parade, you know, five weeks before St. Patrick’s Day.
David: They [Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant] wrote an episode that we’re going to shoot, I can’t remember when it’s going to come out, about the middle of the season.
When it comes to hints for the upcoming season, Silverman offers a few. First, another former “Daily Show” veteran lands on the set. Ed Helms is joining the cast and “The Office” will now employ 15 series regulars. “This is a huge cast and Ed is a really great comedic actor. He is perfect for our ensemble,” Silverman said. The proud producer then passes on one more sneak peak. Look for the fictional Dunder Mifflin to attend a paper convention, an entity ripe for humor. “This show is just so layered and hysterical.”
Here is information on the Season 3 premiere on Sept. 21:
‘GAY WITCH HUNT’
THE DUNDER MIFFLIN STAFF DEALS WITH SOME SURPRISES AROUND THE OFFICE IN THE WAKE OF CASINO NIGHT: When Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) unintentionally outs a gay employee, he stumbles through a sensitivity mine-field. Also, we find out what happened with Jim and Pam.
Oscar Nunez also mentions this in his red carpet interview. (Scroll down a bit to read it)
Thanks to GMMR for the original tip!
TVG: Give us some scoop on what’s happening next season.
B.J.: The craziest story is that Dwight, to initiate me, Ryan, into Dunder Mifflin, takes me to his family’s farm and puts me through a frat-style initiation, we shot that this past week, so I can talk about the more, you know, the funny stories like that, but I can’t really say much about the romance or anything.
TVG: What’s going to be happening with the rumors about the cast, folks from Wernham Hogg coming to the American Office — true or false?
B.J.: We still want to do it, that has been put on ice for a little while because of scheduling, we had a way to use them that we were very happy with, they can’t make it the week we’re filming that, but they will be there, we have some other ideas already.
Daniel: And is it just the actors, or is it the characters from the show as well?
B.J.: Um, it will be pleasing to many people.
Interviewer: Dwight’s gonna clue in to what he really knows about Oscar?
Oscar: I don’t think so … but you’ll see in the first episode, it’s an eye-opener. You’ll be quite surprised.
Melora: I haven’t quite gotten my MySpace blog going yet, but I’m going to, I’m behind the curve on that.
Interviewer: Can we expect some fun stuff from Jan and Michael?
Melora: Oh yeah, there’s definitely some fun stuff with Jan and Michael. She’s micromanaging his life into hell this season because he chose Carol over her, so it should be quite interesting to watch her crumble a little bit.
Even The Office temp B.J. Novak, one of the most mellow people in Hollywood, is not impervious to Emmy’s charm. “Can you believe it?!” the writer and castmember beamed excitedly after the show’s much-deserved win. When I asked if he knew when they’d be sending out the season-premiere episode to us TV journos, he replied, “Never! It’s so good, we really want to keep everything under wraps. You’re going to freak.”
Ausiello: What follows is our hilariously scoopy, albeit brief, threesome. (Hint: Believe Jenna, not John.)
Ausiello: Does Pam choose Jim?
Jenna: You’ll know what happens in the first episode.
Jenna: You won’t have to wait any longer than the first episode.
John: When we open on the maternity ward, you’ll know exactly what happens.
Ausiello: Is it good news?
John: It is good news.
Jenna: Yeah, it’s good news.
Question: Can you give me anything on The Office? — Tommy D.
Ausiello: Ricky Gervais, a nominee for Extras, gave me some exclusive details about the episode he’s penning this season. “It’s Michael desperately trying to be PC, as usual, and failing miserably. And Jim and Pam send Dwight on a wild-goose chase. They [send him off on an] investigation, and there’s a very, very embarrassing moment.” Gervais also hinted that there’s a “little bit” of a development in the Jim-Pam saga. “It was great writing it. And the strange thing was, I wasn’t thinking of [the original British characters] David Brent and Tim and Dawn. I was thinking of Michael Scott and Jim and Pam. We wrote for them. Even though we sort of acted it out, which is how we do stuff, we were totally writing for the American version. I think it’s great, by the way. I genuinely think it’s great … Gervais dispelled reports that the British cast would show up at Dunder-Mifflin this season. “That wasn’t true,” he insists. “That’s not true. One of the British tabs probably [started that].”
From Juliana: … What did you talk to John about?!
Well, he wouldn’t give anything up on the new season … although he was very cute about it … Anyway, when I finally got his attention, he refused to confirm the rumor of a new lady in Jim’s life, or anything about possibly moving to a new office for a little while … But he did say that even if Jim does have a new lady, it’s still all about Pam. He insisted that the writers are not shying away from the way things left off and he’s really excited about it. He told me that, as far as he is concerned, Jim and Pam are soul mates.
From flonkertonmaster: … Do you know anything else about Pam and Jim?
Okay, here’s a direct quote from John K: “We are definitely going to address that high-drama ending of the show, and it has to go one way or another. All I’ll say is I think they keep it very, very real. When two people are that in love and there’s a huge obstacle, it can’t be all beautiful and bells and whistles, and it also can’t be ‘I hate you, I’m leaving.’ So, there’s a really fun middle ground.”
From Gina: What was the best part of your Emmy night?
Oh, how awesome is this? I got to talk to Ricky Gervais last night! As a huge fan of all things The Office, I was really excited. He told me he’s working on writing his episode of our American version as we speak. He said he’s writing specifically for Michael Scott, without any David Brent in mind, because Steve Carell has done such a fantastic job of creating his own character.
From flonkertonmaster: I am dying for some more Office-Pam-Pim scoop? Anything?
How ’bout the other Office lovebirds? Mindy Kaling told me there will definitely be some ups and downs for Kelly and Ryan this season: “I think there’s going to be a little bit more Ryan and Kelly intrigue. A little bit of rollercoastery stuff there. There’s going to be some good drama, some Grey’s Anatomy-type drama going on.” Oh, and I also chatted with Melora Hardin (aka Jan) yesterday before the show, and she said she is going to be torturing Michael Scott and micromanaging his career out of spite. She’s pissed he picked his realtor over her!
Brian’s latest blog has a bunch of Season 3-related info:
Where will The Office shoot this season, apart from the set? Any chance we could see Michael at Hooters or Applebee’s again?
Not sure about frequenting either of those establishments, but future episodes call for outings to a convention in Philadelphia, a Hindu festival, a beet farm and, rumor has it, a trip to Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Will Scrantonicity play an office party?
You can bet your bottom dollar.
Will Oscar’s significant other make an appearance?
Oscar’s significant other (it’s Gil, by the way) does make an appearance in Season 3. Oscar’s secret may not be a secret for long.
When will we meet the other branch?
There is an episode in the early part of the season called “The Convention,” so it is safe to say we will see some other employees of Dunder-Mifflin there.
Is there any word on the cast from the British version of The Office visiting?
Most, if not all, of the cast of the British show have come by and visited us on set. The only confirmed rumor/plan/intense speculation is that Ricky Gervais and Steven Merchant will be writing an episode this season.
If the Dundies are an annual event, does that mean the viewers will get to see another awards show this year? Will we get to see Kevin win any more Dundies?
The Dundies are an annual event, but I am not sure the cameras will record the event this year. With the Dundies, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, the Olympics, Halloween, etc, we could probably just repeat these events and have pretty close to a full season. So the writers will probably not have all of these events captured by the camera each year. Some, yes. But probably not all.
From daragirl: Someone very close to me needs some Office scoop.
The fight over the baby poster is resurrected! Also, Jan is going to definitely be seen this season, in a new location. (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.)
… Season 3 will begin in real time. When the show returns in September, it will be September for the folks at Dunder-Mifflin as well.
It sounds like Dwight is going to take charge of the temp — and you know that won’t be good! B.J. Novak said he just finished writing an episode that he calls “a big Dwight-Ryan episode.” He added, “I love acting with Rainn, and I was very excited to get the chance to have Dwight be the one who guides Ryan a little bit. As if Michael wasn’t bad enough, now he’ll have an even crazier person taking the reins.”
Season 3 will begin in real time. When the show returns in September, it will be September for the folks at Dunder-Mifflin as well.
DRE: How’s it going?
Paul: Going great so far, other than being incredibly busy already. We got underwater so fast. That’s how it’s going to be when you have to do 14 episodes in 14 weeks. It’s a big deal for us.
DRE: Is that because Steve [Carell] has another movie to do?
DRE: How many episodes are you writing for this set of 14?
Paul: Just one or two. We’re going to do one of mine next week and we have the first seven written. So we have to write the next seven and I may or may not do another one in that.
DRE: What is your episode about?
Paul: Dwight [played by Rainn Wilson] sensing an opportunity, decides that this might be the time where he makes his play to run the branch.
Angela Martin is sporting a new piece of jewelry this year. ;)
From John Krasinski:
… a bona fide resolution to the “Whom will Pam choose?” cliffhanger. According to John, “You get a resolution right off the bat. I think you guys will figure out what happened after [the kiss]. Honestly, I was worried about it all summer. Not worried, but I was really interested to see what the writers did with it. And they wouldn’t tell us. And when we found out, I just thought, there is not a more genius way to deal with it.”
He went on to tease, “It’s not what a TV show twist would be. It’s about what would happen to two real people. And that’s what I love about it.”
From Rainn Wilson:
[Rainn] tells me, “I think wedding bells might be in the air for some characters.” He also revealed we’re going to visit Dwight’s beet farm and meet his possibly inbred relatives, like his cousin Mose.
Aug. 7: Give Me My Remote
Check out some of GMMR’s spoilerish observations (including exhibits!) about the “Kristin’s Office visit” video …
Sorry, this is not really specific to Season 3, but I didn’t know where else to archive it …
They were talking about, it didn’t happen, but for Season 1 they were talking about an episode called “Bring Your Pet to Work Day.” And I don’t know if that will ever happen, I don’t know if that’s a spoiler or not, but they have talked about an episode of everyone bringing their pet to work, and … you’re only allowed to bring one pet, but they said it would be funny if my character brought like three of my cats and have them stashed under my desk, trying to hide them from Michael all day. So that was in the works at some point, I don’t know if that will come back around.
Remember that other woman in the other office I told you about, who is a new love interest for Jim? Well, sources tell me it’s gonna be Rashida Jones … Did you know Rashida and John used to date in real life? Sources tell me he fought hard to get his ex-girlfriend the role.
… the new season will be the best yet — lots of good stuff coming up, and an even fatter budget now that the show is up in the ratings. B.J. Novak, who plays the temp and is also a writer on the show, tells me, “Things only get more complicated in the office [this season]. We add yet more people. We have more direction. The characters you know, we learn even more about them.”
July 30: Attendee reports from USC panel discussion
- JAM developments will be “surprising.”
- The Office characters won’t see the documentary for a long time.
- No actors from the BBC version of The Office will appear this season.
- Upcoming episodes include a trip to Dwight’s beet farm, attendance at a paper convention, and on-location shooting in Scranton.
Along with Ed Helms, Charles Esten (”Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) and Rashida Jones (”Boston Public”) are joining the cast of The Office.
Correspondent Ed Helms is slated to appear in at least 10 episodes of the NBC comedy as a Dunder Mifflin employee.
When Kristin asks David about the beard he’s now sporting, he replies, “It’s for a section of the season premiere.”
Am dying to tell ya’ll about this first episode but I just can’t! Not even the title.
We had a special visitor on set today. I won’t say who but the place was a buzz. I’ve never seen so many people on set trying to see what the fuss was all about. (Boy — I am really teasing ya’ll. ;)
Have I mentioned what an enormous bitch my character is this episode? Ah — it’s good to dive right back into Angela Martin. No wading in the shallow end. One more tease — Angela and Pam are on opposite sides of a fence once again. Of course Jenna and I crack up because we are such good friends in real life.
Rainn Wilson of “The Office” spoke about the upcoming season, “I understand there’s going to be a visit to the Dwight Schrute beat farm, so that should be fun. And I think I’m going to beat somebody up and I think my secret love affair is going to blossom. Yes.”
Creed will take part in 14 episodes – take a break for two months and then take part in the remaining 9 episodes!
The first script of Season 3 is AMAZING. I know everything that happens! Finally!
Twiz TV, the fine folks who provide transcripts of Office episodes, is now listing episode titles for Season 3:
3-01 – Meaning (2)
3-02 – Cain & Able
3-03 – Informed Consent
Update: Looks like Twiz TV may have posted those episode titles in error; OT reader rspad states they have been posted as episode titles for House over at TV.com. Like I said, don’t believe everything you read. ;)
From jellygirl: Who will Pam choose?
I’m really, really, really upset by a piece of scoop I just heard. Now, it’s just a rumor at this point, but it involves Jim in a workplace that is not in Scranton. In a workplace with people who are not the Office regulars. In a workplace with a cute girl that is not Pam.
Goodman reports on Carol Burnett, who received a TCA Award for Career Achievement:
At the end of her acceptance speech, Burnett said that if anyone from “The Office” had an opening, she had the time, and later the producers were seen talking with her …
July 21: LiveJournal Office community
NBC has announced that Season 3 will premiere on September 21.
Season 3 starts shooting on July 24th.
Digital Spy is reporting that Martin Freeman (“Tim”) and Mackenzie Crook (“Gareth”) are the two members of The Office UK version that will be appearing on the U.S. version of The Office.
Paul Lieberstein (“Toby”) talks about new webisodes:
“We’re putting a lot of energy into this,” said co-executive producer Paul Lieberstein, “and will try to do more. I don’t know when we’ll be shooting them, (but) there will definitely be a series in the spring.”
Here’s what Angela says about Season 3:
There’s going to be some surprises, that’s all I’m going to say, surprises across the board. All the relationships in the office are going to get tweaked.
Digging for at least one plot point for next season, IGN asked if we get to see Creed steal some more stuff. Office fans may recall that in the second season finale, “Casino Night,” it was revealed that Creed just loves to steal stuff, as he steals poker chips throughout the evening. Laughing, Schur says we do get to see Creed’s kleptomaniac side again. “We absolutely do. In fact, that will reach a new high.”
While it’s just in the rumor stages, the word on the street is that the cast of the Emmy-nominated “The Office” may descend upon its “hometown” of Scranton to shoot some scenes … it might involve footage of the lively St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Cast members of the UK version of The Office are scheduled to be guest stars!
In the printed copy of the July 10-16 edition of TV Guide, page 40:
Starting this Thursday, Dunder Mifflin’s hilariously inept management style comes to you in smaller doses as NBC launches the first of 10 free “webisodes” at www.nbc.com. The remaining three-minute shorts will premiere on Thursdays over the next nine weeks, and NBC has another 20 webisodes in the pipeline for later in the year.
My interpretation: does this mean the new episodes will run during Season 3?
Jenna: The writers have chosen their stories and are off writing the first 7 scripts for Season 3 of The Office. We start shooting in 4 short weeks.
Cassie: I just read on Officetally that they are going to use more footage of Scranton in S3. Does that mean that you guys are gonna come film some scenes here too?
Jenna: Yes, I believe we are coming to Scranton – maybe not until after the New Year – the plan is to shoot some things on location this year.
My interpretation: we’re finally going to see that St. Patrick’s Day episode that has been rumored about for awhile?
mbk212: How are Pam and Jim looking for next season on The Office?
Korbi: It’s not going to be smooth sailing for Jim, but let’s just say I’m still going to be very jealous.
My interpretation: There may be a new romantic interest in Jim’s near future?
You’ll be seeing the same banner appear in the show as one was made for them and [it was] sent … out last week. This season’s going to be good and watch for some authentic scenes from Scranton.
David: Well I don’t know what I’m allowed to say or what not to say. But I think when we come back time may have expired. So I think when we come back in September, it will actually be September.
Professor Chaos: John, without naming any names, has there been any discussion of Carell’s Frat Pack brothers (Stiller, Ferrell, etc) to guest star next season? Or any other high profile actors that have expressed interest?
John: We just found out that we have two GREAT directors next year that I’m psyched to work with, but I can’t tell you who they are just yet. Just know they are AMAZING.
Sources said the per-episode fee for the “Office” star will more than double next season to the neighborhood of $175,000.
He also is said to be looking at a flexible filming schedule with two hiatuses to accommodate his burgeoning feature film career.
Jenna: Pam may come back next season married to Roy. But if Pam was going to do nothing, I don’t know if she would call her mother and say she kissed another guy.
Kristin: Do you know what’s gonna happen for Jim and Pam?
John: I don’t. I’m hoping to have a job next year! Because they’re like, yeah, you might leave the office and I’m like, but I’m still on the show, right?
Jenna: I’m afraid that we’re gonna be having more people scream at their televisions at the beginning of Season 3 as well, so …
Angela: Hush, hush!
Kristin: So you already know what’s going to happen?
Jenna: I’ve heard rumors, but I don’t know for sure.
Angela: We can’t talk about it.
Jenna: Let me tell you something. David Denman, who plays Roy, has been working out all summer. He’s like super trim, super athletic.
Angela: He looks so hot …
Jenna: He’s going to come back in Season 3 and look like a hot … studly number.
Angela: Yeah, like he’s working, he’s working it.
Freckles: The Office finale! Jim and Pam kissed!
Kristin: I know! I knew it was going to happen, and I was still squealing! Don’t you wonder why Pam won’t just leave Roy for Jim?! Actually, I had the pleasure of running into David Denman, who plays Roy, and he was much cooler than his TV counterpart. It happened to be the same week they were shooting the Office finale, and I said to him “Maybe Jim will give Roy a run for his money next season?” and he said “Maybe Roy’ll put Jim in the hospital!” No, you know, we may see a kinder, gentler Roy this fall. He also said, “I think Roy’s just so used to being with Pam that he’s not really trying too hard. So, I think we’re gonna see Roy try a little harder next year, and maybe realize Pam’s a little cooler than he thought she was.”
May 12: Jenna’s MySpace blog
Jenna: I’ve heard rumors from the writers about what they have planned for next year. All I can say is…We are gonna knock your socks off. It’s soooooo good!
May 12: NBC’s The Office episode guide
Jillcet over at the LiveJournal Office community noticed that the caption for a picture of the JAM kiss read:
A conflicted Pam called her mom for advice and admitted she was in love with Jim. She ended the conversation early when Jim walked in on her. He didn’t say anything, he just kissed her and she kissed him back.
The caption was quickly taken down and replaced with:
A conflicted Pam called her mom for advice … She ended the conversation early when Jim walked in on her. He didn’t say anything, he just kissed her and she kissed him back.
Once the show’s conceit (a documentary filmmaking crew is chronicling the life of an audience) wears thin, “The Office” will change, slightly. “The show they’re in will start airing,” Executive Producer Greg Daniels says. “It’s hard to go back from that. So, I would try and really exhaust all the potential in this current situation before doing that, which could be a couple of episodes from now.”
My interpretation: since this interview was done way back in February, and the documentary ended up not airing at all in Season 2, it will probably start airing in Season 3. Remember that the documentary crew knows some big secrets — the Dwangela relationship, and the JAM confession and kiss. Will these secrets be revealed in the final cut of the documentary?
Ricky talks about the Season 3 episode he wrote with Stephen Merchant:
Ricky: We wrote it remarkably quickly. I think I suppose because we’d had sort of three years off of that whole, you know, office environment and observation thing, and we had, you know, a bit more energy we’d built up in the can. Also, we’re not gonna, you know, do ten rewrites that we would if we were doing it ourselves, so we can sort of hand over as a first draft so they can do their thing to it. Um, but it focuses on — what can I say without giving too much away — Jim and Pam do a wind-up on Dwight, and it’s just like you’re writing the thing for the TV Guide — “meanwhile … “
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant will be writing a Season 3 episode.
Are there any other mentions of Season 3 that you know of? — post a comment with the URL, and I’ll add it to our list! (My spam catcher automatically withholds all comments that contain links, so you may not see your comment posted right away; thanks for your patience!)
Let’s keep a running tally (ooh, clever) of what we find …