The Office Season 7 spoilers and news

February 28, 2011: MTV

From an interview with Rainn Wilson:

[Will Ferrell’s] four-episode arc won’t install his character as the new man in charge, but it will showcase an epic fail on Scott’s part as Ferrell’s character asserts himself.

“He is the new manager that Michael Scott has brought in to replace him, but we kind of swiftly realize that that’s a terrible idea. Terrible,” Wilson said.

Tipster: TobyFan

February 25, 2011: Brian Baumgartner

Brian tweeted: “Working late on The Office again tonite.”

He then tweeted: “Is that an Oscar Ms Kinsey is holding… Looks like something much more coveted” with this photo.

February 24, 2011: Mindy Kaling

Mindy tweeted: “Shooting a lot of Will Ferrell and Steve Carell in tuxedoes just fyi.”

February 22, 2011: Mindy Kaling

Mindy tweeted: “Directing “Goodbye, Michael Part 1″ this week. Funny and a little sad.” and “Greg is writing Part 2 which the great @paulfeig is directing, I wrote part 1.”

February 17, 2011: MTV

From an interview with Jenna Fischer:

And speaking to the future of her own Pam Beesly, Fischer said there are a few things on the horizon, except one:

“Pam’s not going to be the manager,” she said. “There was a rumor out there that she was going to be promoted, but, I don’t think I’m really disappointing people when I say that that’s not in her future.”

“I mean she’s a failed sales person. I don’t think she can manage a team of sales people. But, she is going to be taken more seriously by the new management,” Fischer teased. “Because they’re not going to know her or regard her as a receptionist. They’re going to see her as the office administrator that she is… so that’s going to be kind of nice for her to get some respect in the office for a change.”

February 14, 2011: Mindy Kaling

Mindy tweeted: “I’m directing an episode I wrote next week… ”

February 7, 2011: TV Line

Question: Anything on Thursday’s Valentine’s Day-themed episode of The Office? —Cindy

Ausiello: Best episode of the season, IMHO. Story-wise, the Gabe-Erin-Andy triangle takes a turn I (and Erin) did not see coming.

February 7, 2011: E! Online

Jackie: The PDA episode of The Office looks so cute! Is it full of Michael-Holly awesomeness?

The PDA episode is full of everybody awesomeness. Dwight even reads off a list of everybody who’s ever had sex in the office and poor Kevin is just about the only employee who isn’t named. Pam and Jim’s drunky Valentine’s Day brunch becomes a drunky afternoon at their desks (and in the warehouse), and just when you thought Erin-Gabe was officially on and Erin-Andy was officially off, Erin invites Andy to be her buddy on a romantic treasure hunt orchestrated by Gabe.

February 4, 2011: E! Online

Insiders tell us, “We haven’t shot all of the episodes with Amy [Ryan], and our schedule is still being determined, but we do know that she will definitely be seen in episodes throughout the spring.”

February 4, 2011: NBC

Summary for the February 24 episode, ‘Todd Packer’:

FORMER CO-WORKER TODD PACKER RETURNS TO THE OFFICE LOOKING FOR WORK, BUT WILL HIS FORMER OFFICE MATES PUSH FOR HIM TO BE RE-HIRED?–AMY RYAN AND DAVID KOECHNER GUEST-STAR–After many years and motel rooms, Dunder Mifflin traveling salesman (and Michael Scott’s best friend) Todd Packer (guest star David Koechner, “American Dad”) is ready to leave the road behind and take a desk job in the office. However, it remains to be seen if Jim (John Krasinski), Dwight (Rainn Wilson), Holly (guest star Amy Ryan, “Gone Baby Gone”) and the rest of the office are ready for Todd. Elsewhere, after his computer freezes for the millionth time, Andy (Ed Helms) battles office administrator Pam (Jenna Fischer) for a new computer. Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Ellie Kemper, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton and B.J. Novak star.

February 4, 2011: Brian Baumgartner

Brian tweets: “Big table read for HUGE episode of The Office…”

February 1, 2011: TV Line

Question: Have we seen the last of Jack Coleman on The Office? —Rebecca

Ausiello: “He’s coming back and Angela is the last one to [figure out he’s gay],” says Angela Kinsey with a laugh. “It’s fun because she’s very pious and loves being in this miniature limelight. It’s going to her head. We just read a script where the office is talking about public displays of affection, and Angela says ‘We don’t do anything,’ so it’s the perfect relationship for her.”

February 1, 2011: Entertainment Weekly

The Office is reportedly casting for two new Season 8 characters:

One role is for a woman described as “Scranton hot.” She’s hired as an assistant to the office manager. Her former job was at an old folks’ home and she seems “pleasant and smart.”

The second role is for a man who’s fresh on the job market who joins Dunder Mifflin’s accounting department. The guy used to work at a golf course, probably went a community college, and is just happy to have a real job in this tough market. He’s “good-looking, but not WB looking.”

The parts are in addition to the role of Stanley’s older daughter — a part that’s now being cast that may also become a series regular.

Office star Jenna Fischer says Scott’s impending departure will leave Pam realizing she doesn’t get the respect she deserves.

“Pam is the office administrator now, but she doesn’t get taken seriously by the other people in the office,” Fischer says. “They still see sort of her as a receptionist or failed sales person. The new leadership is going to treat Pam with a little more respect. They’re going to ask the other people in the office to treat her that way, as well. I think it’s going to create a new dynamic for her. She’s going to finally get a little power.”

January 31, 2011: TV Guide

In an interview with Steve Carell:

As his time on the NBC series winds down, Carell will be joined by Anchorman castmate Will Ferrell, who may have the opportunity to fill Carell’s shoes. “The specific story line between us has not been worked out, but we know he’s coming in as another regional manager and as a potential replacement,” the 48-year-old actor says.

“We’re shooting Amy Ryan’s last episode coming up this week, and then I have three more episodes to do after that,” Carell says. “She is such a fantastic actress. We’ve been really lucky to have her on the show.”

January 31, 2011: Entertainment Weekly

In an interview with Rainn Wilson:

“Will is coming in as a possible boss but everyone knows he is not going to stay because he makes $20 million a film,” Wilson told EW exclusively while walking the red carpet of the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.

So what’s in store for Dwight? “I hear that Angela’s boyfriend the senator may not be all he is cracked up to be, and maybe that will open the door for a Dwight and Angela reunion,” Wilson said.

January 31, 2011: NBC

The title of the February 24 episode is ‘Todd Packer.’

Tipster: Matt

January 31, 2011: NBC

Summary for the February 17 episode, ‘Threat Level Midnight’:

MICHAEL DEBUTS HIS FEATURE FILM AND SCREENS IT FOR THE OFFICE

AMY RYAN, MELORA HARDIN, RASHIDA JONES, LINDA PURL, DAVID DENMAN, ANDY BUCKLEY return

After eleven years of writing, shooting, re-shooting and editing, Michael (Golden Globe Winner Steve Carell) is finally ready to present his long-awaited action movie, “Threat Level Midnight,” to his coworkers and love interest Holly (Academy Award Nominee Amy Ryan). But is he ready for their reactions? “Threat Level Midnight” stars Michael Scott as “Agent Michael Scarn,” Dwight Schrute as Scarn’s butler sidekick, and Jim Halpert as archnemesis “Goldenface,” along with many familiar faces from Michael’s past. Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Ellie Kemper, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, and B.J. Novak star.

January 26, 2011

From Deadline.com:

Will Ferrell has committed to a four-episode arc of The Office. He will play a branch manager who comes from the home office and is just as inappropriate as Steve Carell’s Michael Scott character. NBC is still figuring out exactly when the episodes will air, but Ferrell has committed to one episode beyond Carell’s finale, to help create a bridge.

From NBC:

“We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star and we turned him into a television star,” said executive producer Paul Lieberstein. “We are proud to continue ‘The Office’s’ tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they’ll see what we see: tremendous raw sexuality.”

January 21, 2011: NBC

Summary for the February 10 episode, PDA:

It’s Valentine’s Day in the Office and the public displays of affection between Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) and Holly (guest star and Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan) are making everyone uncomfortable. The aftermath of a bottomless champagne lunch causes complications for Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fisher). After Gabe (Zach Woods) designs a romantic treasure hunt for Erin (Ellie Kemper), Andy (Ed Helms) tags along. Rainn Wilson, Craig Robinson, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, and B.J. Novak star.

January 21, 2011: NBC

Summary for the February 3 episode, The Search:

MICHAEL GOES MISSING AFTER JIM HAS AN EMERGENCY—AMY RYAN (“Gone Baby Gone”) and Linda Purl (“First Monday”) GUEST STAR—When Jim (John Krasinski) gets an emergency phone call from Helene (guest star Linda Purl), he is forced to leave Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) in the bathroom of a gas station. Meanwhile, Holly (guest star Amy Ryan), Erin (Ellie Kemper), and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) set out on a journey to find Michael. Back at the office Pam’s (Jenna Fischer) artwork starts a captioning contest that seems to offend Gabe (Zach Woods). Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, B.J. Novak and Craig Robinson also star.

January 19, 2011: New York Magazine

David Brent will meet up with Michael Scott before Steve Carell leaves The Office… Ricky Gervais shot a top-secret cameo that will appear in the cold open of the January 27 episode (The Seminar) of the NBC series. “It’s a little more than if you blink, you’ll miss it, but if you don’t set your TiVo right, you’ll miss it,” says Office show-runner Paul Lieberstein.

… Gervais and Carell shot their scene all the way back in September, when Gervais was in town for the Emmys. “It’s outside of the office, and it’s just the two of them interacting,” he says.

Tipster: Mike

January 19, 2011: IGN

Excerpts from an interview with John Krasinski:

Steve’s last moments will be really, I think, epic… when he leaves, yes it will be funny and yes it will be sentimental, but it won’t be one or the other in a huge way. It’s going to be a real man that you’ve seen for a really long time leaving the thing that he loves most. Which is not only his job, but his friends.

… Threat Level Midnight, the screenplay that we read in Season 3, has now finally been shot. And you realize he’s been shooting it over ten years, with all the characters from the show doing small cameos. So everybody from the last eight years comes back in this movie. And it’s just the best/worst thing you’ve ever seen.

January 19, 2011: TV Line

TV Line’s Michael Ausiello reports that Ricky Gervais will appear on The Office as David Brent, the character he made famous on the original UK version of the show!

Sources confirm that Ricky Gervais is poised to reprise his role from the original overseas version of the comedy in an upcoming episode of the U.S. redo. Gervais… will cross paths (and perhaps swords?) with his Yank counterpart, Steve Carell’s Michael.

January 18: New York Magazine

Excerpts from an interview with Mindy Kaling about the follow-up to Subtle Sexuality’s song, Male Prima Donna:

A video has been shot for the new song, and Kaling says it’s expected to drop in about a month via a new NBC.com webisode series… the tune is called “Girl Next Door.” “It’s a pop-country song,” Kaling told us, saying there are elements of Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift in the ditty. (The video is based specifically on Swift’s 2009 hit “You Belong With Me,” in which Swift plays, as Kaling puts it, “both the girl next door and the hot, bitchy girl.”) The plot of the webseries revolves around how Erin (Kemper) and Kelly (Kaling) “are obsessed with the video” and remake it, Subtle Sexuality–style. “Erin plays the hot, popular girl and Kelly plays the dorky, shy nerd,” Kaling explains. “Kelly realizes that on some level the actual star part is to be the nerd, but she’s still jealous of Erin.” Kaling says Kemper “looks really hot in it. She’s gorgeous, but she’s a spaz on the show, so we don’t get to see it.” B.J. Novak will also reunite with Subtle Sexuality for the new video, says Kaling: “He plays the handsome basketball star, which we thought was funny because he’s very petite.”

January 16, 2011: TV Line

TV Line reports that The Office is currently casting for the role of “Stanley’s never-before-seen adult daughter,” not to be confused with his daughter Melissa, who appeared in the Season 3 episode Take Your Daughter to Work Day.

January 14, 2011: Jenna Fischer

Check out the photo Jenna posted! Link

Tipster: Marie

January 14, 2011: Fancast

Fancast asked Jenna Fischer about Michael Scott’s replacement:

“Oh we know,” she boldly told us. Really? “Yes we, do! We can’t tell anybody, but we know.” The actress went on to lay out exactly how the season sans-Scott will play out in the aftermath of the boss’s departure. “It’s not as simple as who’s replacing him,” she explains. “It’s better than that. It’s better than I could’ve ever imagined. It’s great. It’s not gonna be a matter of one person out, one person in.” Instead, the plan is to explore all of the options on what to do in the absence of Scott. “All of us as an office have to learn how to survive and how to find a replacement and you’re going to see that happen on the show,” she says.

Fancast’s interview with Greg Daniels:

Daniels says that fans can “absolutely” expect Michael Scott to drop back into the office in future seasons: “That might be a hint that he is not being murdered.”

January 14, 2011: E! Online

Jenna Fischer tells us, “In the Valentine’s Day episode, Jim and Pam go to brunch because they couldn’t afford or couldn’t get a babysitter for Valentine’s Day dinner, and so they go to lunch and they drink a little too much at lunch and they have to then be at the office drunk but not let anyone know. That’s going to be really fun.”

[Danny] Chun tells us, “The interesting dynamic that we’re pursuing is what is she’s with this Senator (Jack Coleman) who’s gay—Dwight doesn’t really know about that yet…We have an upcoming episode where Dwight is a little bit offended slash hurt—although he’ll never say he’s hurt—that Angela found someone else. So there’s kind of like a guys’ day out, where Darryl (Craig Robinson), Andy (Ed Helms) and Dwight play hooky.

As for the show’s current office-romance love triangle, the one between Andy, Erin (Ellie Kemper) and Gabe Lewis (Zach Woods), Chun reveals, “We were working on an episode today that involves that triangle. It’s the Valentine’s episode, and the episode’s mainly about PDA in the office.

January 13, 2011

According to various reports from the TCA press show this week, Michael Scott (Steve Carell) will leave The Office before season end.

  • TV Line: Steve Carell will be leaving before the season finale; his final episode will air before May sweeps. Executive producer Greg Daniels is expected to write Michael’s final episode. Kathy Bates will return as Jo Bennett to pick Michael’s replacement. The season finale is planned to be 1 hour.
  • HitFix: Alan Sepinwall reports that Michael Scott will leave with four episodes left in the season; Holly Flax will leave two episodes before Michael leaves. The final four episodes will center on who might replace Michael, including possible external candidates. Among the current cast, there are three contenders: Andy, Dwight, and Darryl. Todd Packer (David Koechner) is scheduled to appear in another episode and sit at Michael’s desk. Whoever the replacement ends up being, the show will not center around that character the way it centered around Michael Scott. Two new cast members may be added next season.
  • TV Guide: Danny Chun reveals that Michael Scott’s finale will take place in episode 22 or 23, as part of a 4 to 5 episode arc.
  • New York Magazine: Kelly will also be interested in replacing Michael.

Tipsters: Shane, Greg

January 13, 2011: TV Guide

Before he departs The Office, Michael Scott (Steve Carell) is inviting us all to a screening of Threat Level Midnight, the film he vowed to complete ever since his co-workers discovered his screenplay back in Season 2. The February 17 episode will see the returns of alums Melora Hardin (Jan), Rashida Jones (Karen), David Denman (Roy) and Andy Buckley (David), with almost everyone playing roles in the action/thriller.

Acting alongside Michael’s Agent Michael Scarn will be Dwight, as his possibly robotic butler Samuel; Jim made up as arch nemesis Goldenface, Jan as femme fatale Jasmine; Pam as Hostage #1 and Darryl as The President. “Michael has been working on this weekends and nights for the past seven years and you’ll get to see a significant portion of the movie,” says supervising producer Justin Spitzer.

The plot: Goldenface is once again trying to destroy America and Michael Scarn is asked with stopping him. “This is his passion project and Michael has very high hopes that Hollywood will discover it,” adds Spitzer.

[from tanster: just got off the phone with one of the producers, who says this episode is going to be crazy awesome. they are so excited to film it!]

[from tanster: i’ve confirmed with justin that the episode title is most probably going to be ‘threat level midnight.’]

January 10, 2011: TV Guide

“I’m filming one the second week of January and have a few more after that,” said Melora [Hardin], expected to first appear on screen during February sweeps. “Michael finally finishes the screenplay and makes the movie he has always threatened to finish — and I’m in the movie! The title of the episode is ‘Threat Midnight,’ which is the title of his screenplay.”

“We’re all playing characters in his movie and Jan’s character, Jasmine, unveils a little piece of the puzzle that’s important to the plot unfolding.”

Asked if this could catapult Michael to Hollywood (and Steve off the show), Melora told me, “Yeah, I think so.”

January 9, 2011: Jenna Fischer’s blog

The episode we are about to shoot (episode 17) is INCREDIBLE. It involves a storyline from the past. Longtime fans of the show will totally geek out. It was one of our best table reads and it’s written by BJ Novak.

Tipster: Matt

January 7, 2011: Mindy Kaling

Mindy tweets: “I’m directing the Subtle Sexuality final installment.”

January 7, 2011: NBC

Summary for the January 27 episode, ‘The Seminar’:

ANDY HOLDS A SEMINAR IN ORDER TO MAKE SALES—AMY RYAN (“Gone Baby Gone”) GUEST STARS—With Andy’s (Ed Helms) sales at his lowest ever, he gets desperate and holds a small business seminar with the help of some special guests . Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) and Holly turn the event into an improv challenge. Meanwhile, Erin (Ellie Kemper) enlists some of her co-workers in her scrabble battle with Gabe (Zach Woods). Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez,Creed Bratton, B.J. Novak and Craig Robinson also star.

January 3, 2011

Just chatted with one of The Office cast members who said:

  • The cast goes back to work tomorrow for a table read.
  • Filming resumes this Monday, January 10.
  • Steve Carell has only seven more weeks of filming. :(

383 comments

  1. I don’t blame him. This season has seen far too many extreme character changes. It’s been heartbreaking

  2. What’s been heartbreaking? I’ve loved this season. And Steve directed an episode, so it’s not like he’s upset with the show. 7 years is a long time, and he’s said he’d like to spend more time with his kids.

  3. Ya I agree with Jimmy. There has been some hilarious scenes this season, and SJ Creed hasn’t changed at all and he is my favorite.

  4. Not that there is anything wrong with it, but it’s a money play. He deserves to be paid, heavily. NBC will get this one right, and he will get the $$$ he deserves.

  5. I would imagine that Steve is the highest paid actor on the show. Plus he is a big movie star, so he doesn’t need more money. I’d say this decision is all about spending more time with his family.

  6. While upon first hearing the Steve news I was upset, but now that these last few episodes have aired and I have taken stock of the season as a whole, I’ve come to terms with him leaving. The show has changed so much and you cannot deny it is becoming a shell of its former self. They either need to get GD more involved and return the show to its character driven (I’m talking Jim and Pam) and slow, subtle, season-building plotlines or just end it next season.

  7. Amy:

    I can deny it. I don’t think the show is a shell of its former self at all. That’s your opinion, and that’s fine. Also, Jim and Pam got married and had a baby this season. What else do you want them to do? Bring the baby to work every day?

  8. “Jim and Pam got married and had a baby this season. What else do you want them to do? Bring the baby to work every day?”

    LOL

  9. Steve Carell is possibly one of the classiest actors to ever live. I remember reading an interview a long time ago that he was going to stay in the show for the whole seven seasons, and this was during season 2. He made up his mind a long time ago and family seems way more important to him than this show, and I cannot fault him in any way. This show should end altogether in season 7

  10. At first when I read/heard Steve’s interview, I was heartbroken. I thought, “What will become of my Thursday night ritual when it’s gone?” But then, I read all of the comments here and I realized that is it time for the show to come to an end. It’s time for us to finally receive the closure we want for all our characters (Holly and Michael, for example). It’s one of the last gifts the writers can do for us, the fans, before they say goodbye. I’ll cry once the show ends, but I will always remember what I have learned from this show and the memories I have from it.

  11. The writers have killed the show. There is no suspense between Jim and Pam anymore. The Dwight, Angela, Andy love triangle has been put to rest. Bringing Darrell upstairs has made the intrigue of the warehouse go away. Pam just doesn’t work sitting two feet from Jim. I agree with Amy. SOMETHING NEEDS TO CHANGE!

  12. “There is no suspense between Jim and Pam anymore. The Dwight, Angela, Andy love triangle has been put to rest.”

    Thank goodness for that.

  13. I think as the show has evolved over the years, certain elements had to get resolved (Jim and Pam getting together, for example) or it turns into “same old, same old” and gets stale. As far as keeping the rest of it fresh, I feel the show is way too predictable overall without the jaw dropping moments of the past. Sitcoms and even TV dramas get into ruts around seven years. It’s better to burn out than fade away. But I’ll miss TO.

  14. yes, I agree that the show is not what it once was; there is no suspense, and I miss some sort of story-arc to really drive the season now that there is nothing more b/t jim and pam to get excited about. let it end nice and peacefully next year with michael and holly getting together…..

  15. @Amy
    I agree. “The Office” needs to return to its former self. It has become a ‘typical’ sitcom-y type show in my opinion. I can’t believe i’m saying this but I actually sort of want the show to end next season when it is still semi-good.

  16. The show can last after Steve is gone. But who would be regional manager?

    Darell. It would be hilarious and add a whole new element to the show. Jo has obviously taken interest in him, and I think that this would be a perfect transition. Craig Robinson is one of my favorite actors on the show and I think it’s about time he gets a lead role on a TV show.

  17. Jim and Pam were not why this show used to be great. This show was great because it used to be about people, their personalities, and how they inappropriately clash. The problem is that they all, and we all, like everyone’s personality now, so it’s not making us cringe. It’s making us smile. And that’s kind of the antithesis of what the show used to aim for. But having Greg Daniels more involved would definitely not hurt, nobody can make a giant cast seem like a single main character better than that guy.

  18. Getting Darryl more involved is fine with me. I love that he has easier access to screwing with Michael and Dwight now.

  19. It would be nice for The Office to go back to the jokes, parties and other nonsensical things. Even though we started with the series downsizing and all, I think they have grasped too much onto what is happening here lately. They need to make light of the situation instead.

  20. I live in Australia (not Austria!) and have watched all the seasons back to back as my evening tv viewing over the past month and a bit. My husband and I have just finished season 5. And of course we can’t get season 6 until end of 2010 on DVD if we’re lucky. Love this show but have to agree it’s time to call it ‘quits’. Go out on a high like Seinfeld. Here’s hoping all those great actors/actresses, writers, producers etc who made this show will go on to bigger and better things.

  21. I think the seasons peaked in season 4 and went down after season 5. I am hoping season 7 is the last one even though this is my favorite show right now. michael needs to be intimidating in a way again, i feel like sabre is going to be through since the exploding printers, and i think holly will play a big role in the dramatic part of the show. all in all, for me, nothing can top season 4. season 2 as well has the BEST drama for jim and pam..

  22. Not sure if this classifies as a “spoiler” but Amy Ryan is joining the cast of “In Treatment” (link) so I don’t think she’ll be transferring back to Scranton anytime soon.

  23. “The show can last after Steve is gone. But who would be regional manager?
    Darell. It would be hilarious and add a whole new element to the show.”

    Derek, what a brilliant idea! I can see it now…Dwight would be FURIOUS, Andy would have no clue how to suck up to him, and Kelly would be torn because she’s with Ryan, but Daryl is the man in the power position now, and she dumped him.

    It could really work.

  24. I do hope they could work around Amy Ryan’s schedule so she could come back as Holly, and not have a different actress replacing her.

  25. Number 23-Oddly enough, I know someone working on In Treatment, and he told me that the shooting starts today, and the schedule is for 12 weeks. So it’ll end around the end of August/early September. It’s not outside the realm of the possible for Ryan to be on The Office again this season.

  26. Dundies-Dundies-Dundies! I think they’ve done a great job with the Christmas/holiday party episodes and would love to see the 2011 Dundies.

  27. My two cents’ worth on Steve leaving: I’m hopeful that they can agree to at least a one-year contract extension. Eight seasons is a great length for any show and, above all, I care enough about the show to want it to exit on its own terms.

    That said, if Steve does leave I think the show could continue. But my suggestion is not to try to replace him with a big-name actor the way they’ve tried on other shows. Just let the supporting players take the helm, no pun intended. Oh, and Dwight should be regional manager – it would be great to see everyone trying to thwart him.

  28. So it looks like Dwight’s landlord plot is going to be part of next season (which is #7 just for MSNBC’s information). And rather than just more Andy and Dwight, I hope characters like Oscar and Meredith get some stories.

  29. Eighth season? Is that a mistake, or is there definitely going to be an eighth season, regardless of whether or not Steve leaves after this year?

  30. In an earlier interview at the upfronts in May, B.J. Novak said he couldn’t imagine The Office without Steve Carell. I’m betting NBC is twisting the showrunners’ arms to endorse the show’s continuation after Steve leaves. I don’t want the show to continue without Steve. Far more importantly, if The Office gang don’t want that either and are forced to go on anyways, the quality will suffer.

  31. #36 I’m not sure how much arm twisting NBC would have to do to get the other actors, writers and show runners to take large sums of cash to continue. This is how they make their living not a vanity art project. They aren’t going to walk away because Steve Carell leaves.

  32. i think it’s cool that after 7 years of Michael being Michael, that we’ll see him starting to mature and develop. and i love more Andy!

  33. I hope Steve stays on, but I wish they would pay a little more attention to the other characters. I want more Angela, Kelly, Meredith, Creed, etc. I loved the one episode that had the entire main cast in the opening credits, it’s an ensemble show, they all should be in the opening credits because they all help the show grow. I don’t get why Ed Helms was the only one promoted when he came in season 3.

    Also I hope to see Holly and Jan back this season.

  34. Cool, they have a character (Kelly ‘Erin’ Hannon) named after a writer’s assistant? :P Must be really cool to be her. :)

  35. The entire cast isn’t in the opening credits because it would take up too much time. They did that for Stress Relief because it was the Super Bowl episode and an hour long show. Even with adding Ed Helms to the intro, the actual opening has gotten shorter because even a few seconds makes a difference in editing. Frankly, I’m surprised they still use the opening theme, with the amount of stuff they try to fit into one ep.

  36. Anyone else notice how they have a writer’s assistant named kelly hannon? Isn’t that ellie kemper’s character’s actual name? Kelly Hannon?

  37. What about the small comments Toby makes about the air quality being checked. I think there might be a story line there. Anyone else?

  38. I only hope Jan is coming back for Michael to end things once and for all. I didn’t like the way they evolved her character and especially in Baby Shower. I was done with Jan after the way she treated Michael.

  39. I don’t mind Melora Hardin coming back for a few episodes, but please god, no more baby showers. Of course she has said this before every season.

  40. Why do these articles keep mentioning Ricky Gervais? There is exactly zero chance he would reprise David Brent.

  41. I do like the fact Woods is a series regular, and if they air an 8th season, Angela gets a spot in the opening credits. FOREVER FLAX

  42. My feelings can best be described as woowhooo! This is the best news I’ve heard all summer.

  43. Wow. Sounds like it could be an awesome season! Now I’m thinking maybe they can pull this show off without Michael Scott as boss. If this season turns out as good as it sounds then I take back my previous comments about the show having run its course. Viva Office!

  44. i kind of can’t handle the idea that andy might be in sweeney todd. all of my nerd obsessions are colliding right now.

  45. These plot points all sound great! All the more reason to make this season the last and go out on a high note.

  46. People who are convinced that Season 7 should be the last are setting themselves up for disappointment. Not gonna happen.

  47. Paul reveals Season 7:

    1- Steve leaves & takes Holly with him.
    2- Dwight gets even zanier as building landlord.
    3- One or two new people from Sabre join cast.

    Paul mentions episodes with Michael, Dwight, Andy, Jim. Strangely, no mention of Pam, Angela, Gabe.

    My intuition: The characters Paul does NOT mention-specifically, Pam, Angela, Gabe- will play a pivotal role in Season 7-and a possible S8. Paul can’t tell us how, but I can.

    So here’s the scoop on Season 7:
    Pam gets Michael’s job, Gabe gets #2, and Angela gets Gabe.
    Oh, yea, and Michael gets herpes!

  48. Dear Paul Lieberstein and Writers,

    Please bring back AJ. We need to see more Rob Huebel because he is filled with awesome. And I want to see AJ kick Michael’s ass.

    Thank you,
    Me

  49. Ah, lots of great stuff to look forward to (and this news helps with the wait–only 70 or so more days!) This will be one of the greatest seasons ever, I’m sure of it!

  50. I’m glad prankster-Jim will be back, hopefully Pam will be his deadpan cohort once again (Pam as boss? C’mon…)

  51. It’ll be nice to have prankster Jim back! Those were always some of my favorite moments from earlier seasons, and I think it will help bring the show back to a good place.

  52. This sounds like it could be a lovely last season. I have such a slight dread about a possible 8th one.

  53. Yay! Jan! Welcome back Melora! The whole Holly thing sounds like a soap in the making, so no, not thrilled about that, but I can’t wait for more Jan. I hope she’s written as a sane person this go round. If we get S2 Jan, I will be thrilled.

  54. I hope that Charles Miner will be back as the boss should Michael decide to leave. Remember, he did hire Erin.

    Moreover, Michael was able to return only because Jim breached his duty and refused to act in his employer’s best interest. He knew that Michael’s company was broke yet he fed incomplete and inaccurate information to his superiors, leading to the ousting of Charles.

    I am happy that Michael was back, but replacing him with Charles would be poetic.

  55. 60 and 72:

    What exactly is the problem? Jan and Holly have already been on the show, Michael constantly overreacts to ridiculous things, Jim pranking a power-hungry Dwight is one of the best parts of the show, a boss’s kid doing crap jobs for the company seems like typical corporate life, and Andy’s story reminds me of when we saw Michael in improv class.

    From what little we know so far, it sounds like the typical things they’ve always done.

  56. The spoiler about Michael’s cold sore – does that mean we’ll see Carol & Donna?

  57. # 71 – Tiffany in PA

    You say the whole Holly thing sounds like a soap opera, so you’re not thrilled about that, but could you explain what you mean please? The whole Pam/Roy/Karen/Jim Square I feel was much more soap operish than the Holly thing sounds. I think it’ll create a bit of drama and longing that was missing from the show since Jim and Pam got together. Michael and Holly I feel are going to be like Jim and Pam in the sense that we KNOW they’re going to get together in the end, but we just have to go along for the ride to see how it happens. It is a bit dramatic, just like Jim and Pam’s journey was, but I think it’ll do wonders for the show :-)

    I for one am completely excited about all of these spoilers! Sounds like Season 7 is shaping up to be a wonderful, hilarious, heart warming season and the perfect good-bye for Steve Carell!

  58. To Jimmy (#74), it’s just not sounding good to me, sorry. I hope they prove me wrong so my favorite show makes me excited to watch every week again.

  59. Jan? I was seriously hoping we’d heard and seen the last of her. I hope her appearance is short lived.

  60. I have to say not one of these spoilers made me squeal with excitement. I’m willing to give them the chance to wow me. I’m in need of something though to get my love for this show back. I enjoy episodes that have not only funny but some heart. For me that includes Jim and Pam heavily involved.

  61. These spoilers are moderately disappointing. Holly and Michael’s romance was a complete snoozefest. I liked him better with Jan.

  62. I am so excited! It would be perfect to have Michael and Holly ride off into the sunset in the last episode. They are each other’s soul mates.
    Since Jan is coming back I’d like to see a Holly-Jan cat fight over michael’s affections.
    How about Jan as the new manager…that is what i’d like to see. She has proven her comedic chops in the dinner party episode.
    And last but not least, MORE CREED.
    IMO he is the funniest secondary character. Writers, give us less Kevin ( the least funny character) and gives us CREED!

  63. I’m guessing Jan will just be showing up briefly in the episode where Michael tells his former lovers he has herpes.

  64. Yay for Jan coming back. Hopefully for more than just one episode to tease us. Michael and Jan are comedic gold. Michael and Holly are sweet, but boring.

  65. So excited for the return of Mose! Almost more than the return of Holly! Whatever he’s doing, I hope he runs while doing it :)

  66. Mose before hoes! As in the beetfarming hoe sense.

    So glad to have him back. This show has the most talented people, and Schur is one of them.

  67. Mose coming back, Holly coming back, Jan coming back, This is gonna be totally awesome!!!!!! Yessssssss!!!!!!!!

  68. I hope the writers can “dial back” Jim and Pam some this year, they have become totally unlikable. They have an extreme arrogance that is highly unappealing at this point.

  69. Question: When will the season 7 come? Hope the season will be full of dwight.. And fun also if they bring in Mose

  70. “They have an extreme arrogance that is highly unappealing at this point.”

    Do you have some examples or is this the standard “I hate Jim and Pam” hipster stance that is so common these days?

  71. “Everybody Loves Raymond” found great stories for a married couple that wasn’t about cheating, and we can too.”

    Nooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

  72. 95:

    So you want them to have Jim and Pam cheat on each other? He didn’t say they were going to copy stories from ELR…the formats of the shows are way too different. Whether you personally liked that show or not, it is a recent, popular example of a show with a married couple

  73. #96 It was a quote in Alan Sepinwall’s interview with Paul Lieberstein. Paul said it concerning how they will deal with Jim and Pam. I’m pretty sure he didn’t mean it literally, but if they ever have an episode where Jim is a clueless sloth who silently suffers as Pam nags him I’m out.

  74. Michael’s reaction to having a coldsore pretty much sounds like a recipe for comedic GOLD. This is why I love The Office writers. :)

    I can’t wait for season 7!

  75. I’ve drawn 2 conclusions from these spoilers and all the comments made by viewers:

    1. Next season is looking like it has potential to be a significant improvement over the last one.

    2. The story arcs for this show, more than almost any other, require such a delicate balancing act because of the show’s wide audience. For me, the most important thing has always been that the show be funny. All the relationship stuff, while often sweet and well-acted, never really pulled me in. Apparently, that’s not the case for other viewers though. I now find it all the more impressive that the show has managed to keep viewers happy for 6 (ok, maybe 5) years! After all, if there’s too many love triangles, all the viewers who can’t stand shows like Grey’s Anatomy (me!) will tune out. But on the other hand, if there isn’t some emotional investment in the characters, then no one cares what happens to them, and they stop watching. Tricky!

  76. Wow, I’m really looking forward to Season 7! I would love to see the awkwardness that would be Gabe and Erin trying to be romantic. I can just picture it now! And Melora and Amy coming back is great.

  77. I want to know about Jim and Pam. I’ll hate to see their ‘story’ be downplayed… I’m all for a little drama with them…. I don’t know…. anyone with me?

  78. Erin and Andy wasn’t interesting and I don’t think the idea of Erin with Gabe is interesting either. Why can’t Erin just be the receptionist? Why does she have to be part of a romance? For that matter, why in the world do we need more inter-office romances?

    And they have taken Angela’s character to the point that she doesn’t even resemble the Angela that used to be likable.

  79. The more articles I read about the show continuing to an 8th season, the more I think it’s just a generally awful idea. And as much as I enjoy Gervais, I wouldn’t want to see him doing this. It’s almost like him moving backwards. I’m still crossing my fingers that something will happen for this to be the last, though I know I’ll be sorely disappointed.

  80. How the heck could he have dated Pam? In middle school or are they just going to erase Pam’s back story for a few laughs?

  81. Ok, now wait a minute here.

    Timothy Olyphant’s character used to date Pam?

    When? For 5 minutes when she was 16 years old?! Because unless she & Roy broke up at some point in the past and we’ve somehow *never* heard about it, or unless she dated another guy during that Season 3/Stamford year of hell and we also *never* heard about it, this storyline is either a) stupid or b) messing with canon. Either way…umm, no.

  82. Wow, they’re really pulling out all the stops for this season. While I love Gervais, I just can’t see a plausible reason for him to become Michael Scott’s replacement. The realism has already been gone from the show for a few years, but that would be taking it too far.

    And I second everyone’s comments about Timothy Olyphant’s character having dated Pam. When would have that happened? And if it did happen in middle school or something, who cares?

  83. I’m not sure if Ricky Gervais would want to be on The Office full-time (seems like a big commitment at this stage in his career) but I think it is a great idea to have him as a guest star and interviewing for Michael’s job – makes sense to me – after all, he certainly knows paper (and I can totally see David Brent coming “across the pond” to try and make it big in America…and failing). P.S. Why can’t Pam have dated people before she was engaged to Roy?

  84. Season 7 sounds great, a lot of good stories coming up. I know a lot of people disliked season 6, but I found it to be an entertaining season, not quite as strong as previous seasons, sure, but still very enjoyable. Anyway, can’t wait for the season 6 dvd and for season 7 to start.

  85. Am I the only one completely pumped to see Rhys Darby in The Office? I really hope he becomes a long-term cast member, because he’s one of the most under-appreciated comic actors around. Anyone who’s seen his stand-up or Flight of the Conchords knows just how hilarious this guy is. I know it would never happen, but how great would it be if he came into the show as Murray Hewitt?

  86. I’m sad about the spoiler about Pam’s ex-boyfriend. I don’t want to see unhappy, sad-sack, doormat Jim in season 7 looking at the camera sadly while Pam flirts with her bad-ass ex… from high school? I guess the storyline would be okay if Pam winds up looking stupid and has to apologize to Jim. I feel like Jim does most of the heavy lifting in their relationship…

  87. I agree that bringing in Gervais as a guest star would be fantastic. What if Brent, now living in New York and trying to make it as an actor/musician, found out about DM and was able to get an interview. His interview would go great, but since it’s the afternoon in Scranton, they can’t call the UK to check his references until the next morning. We get to see Brent at the Scranton branch for a day until DM calls Wernham Hogg and discovers how Brent was fired. They could even use clips of the UK show by having someone google Brent and finding videos of the little known (in their universe) BBC2 documentary about the Slough paper company.

  88. I feel like some people here are getting way too worked up over Pam’s ex being on the show. Pam is smarter, nicer, and has more common sense (minus the baby episode) than any real woman I’ve ever met. I’m sure women say the same thing about Jim. She’s not dumb enough to flirt with an ex, and the writers know that this would irk the fans. I foresee a lot of awkwardness between the ex and Pam, and tension between him and Jim. Overall it will only make the show more interesting.

  89. Janae, I agree. People are really jumping the gun. Probably, like most encounters with exes, it will just serve as a great reminder of how far Pam has come.

    I’m still confused about the Pam/Roy thing though – at some point in the show did they say that Pam and Roy had dated since high school. I don’t remember that, but maybe someone can remind me?

  90. I know that this has not been brought up, but Patrick Warburton would be great. He was great in Seinfeld as a shady car salesman and it would be hilarious.
    How it could play out is he could come in and be an amazing salesman even though nobody knows who he is but he is a kiss-up to the bosses joe and gabe. He could be SHADY a quality the office has been lacking.

  91. Ya but have you seen Warburton on Seinfeld. That is a whole new kind of Shadiness, like a car salesman which he played. Also i think the best choice to replace Michael is Rhys Darby, He is a brilliant Stand up comedian and he is very talented.

  92. I do not think it should be a woman because the office already has great actresses and having a “lady boss” would not be good for Jenna’s character Pam because i think she interacted so well with men, Like Michael and Jim but she fought with Karen and Angela. The Office needs to not have “angry” humor which it had in Season 6.

  93. I Mean PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT make Portia de rossi the Boss, it would ruin the best t.v show ever!!!

  94. Jenna Fischer’s blog update worries me. Dwight starting that fire was one of the most ridiculous scenes in Office history. I still can’t stomach most of that episode.

  95. I think Olyphant will be in episodes five and six. Episode four is supposedly when Michael visits his exes.

  96. Woah, Woah, Woah, hold everything!! I said to myself the other day, “self, when Michael leaves, it’s pretty much the end of the office, and you have to prepare yourself for this, it’s time to move on to another show”. Then, Ricky Gervais is mentioned. If that were to really happen, WOW, just, WOW, there are no words. Fingers crossed on this one!!

  97. Michael/Steve must not leave the office!!!!! Don’t let Dwight take over the branch and the rest of the Scranton Business Park building, he’ll make things worse and harder!!!!!

  98. Very upset with latest Ausiello scoop. It seems revisionist to me if Olyphant’s character went out with Pam more than one or twice. We never knew that Pam was in a relationship with someone else, but we did know she went out at least on one date (probably a couple more) while Jim was with Karen. Anyway, I think this could be a huge mistake if not played right, especially if they slept together.

  99. Love the Olyphant idea of being Pam’s “ex”. I think he’s got some underutilized comedic chops as an actor.

    Maybe Pam was set up with him a few times and obviously, it didn’t work out — so really not worth her mentioning to anyone *and* perhaps she was the one to turn him down? (is he now exacting revenge on her by taking away Jim’s sales?)

    Olyphant can be very hot when he wants to be, and I can see them playing up his good looks (like he’s in a whole other league than Jim) and Dwight really “giving it” to Jim on that fact.

    (And Meredith will probably dig him…)

  100. Hmmmm.
    It couldn’t have been anything too serious, so I’m not that worried. Jealous Jim should be funny, but as stated by some people before, this plotline, if played out wrongly could be completely awful.
    I still think it would’ve been funnier if he was from way back in Pam’s past, say a Middle School or early High School (pre-Roy) boyfriend.

  101. I totally agree with you, #158 Matt. I will be very very annoyed if the guy she dated was actually a “relationship.” Remember season 3 Pam? There was no WAY she would get too involved with anyone post Roy/in love with Jim! Anyway, I never like it when shows mess with the past (remember on Friends, TOW The Truth About London? GAH!) I hope they don’t mess this up!

  102. #160: That was my thinking as well. Just for a couple of dates after the return to Roy debacle. Anything more and they are messing with the timeline too much.

  103. How is it revealed that he dated Pam? If he’s a competitor why would he be in the office?

  104. I was hoping that this dating would occur around the time of The Convention, when Pam went on the double-date. If not then, it could have been between Ben Franklin and Phyllis’s Wedding, or between Cocktails and The Job, the latter of which could be the most sticky situation to navigate for the show, as it is the least likely period for something to have happened.

  105. I like the idea! Somebody or something needs to slap some life back into Jim and Pam. I´m pretty confident they´ll create a good back story to the whole dating thing, and it´ll be fun to see how it plays out with the new guy being a rivaling salesman.

  106. Slap some life back into Jim and Pam? This is the kind of contrived tension that sucked the life out of them in season 5. They need to bring back the fun, prankstery dynamic-duo.

  107. IMDB says that third episode of season 7 will star Phil Abrams as Shelby Thomas Weebs.

    probably nothing huge, but it also said he was in the whistle blower. does anyone remember this?

  108. omg does this mean we actually get to see something interesting happen between jim and pam’s characters again??

  109. Oh crap, worried about how they will play off the Pam’s ex thing considering season 3 there was only like a few episodes that she could have had a boyfriend and kept it secret (between the date with Kelly’s neighbor and getting back together with Roy).

  110. I don’t like that the writers are using the Olyphant storyline to continue the theme of Jim & Pam tension. This series is supposed to show how interesting everyday life can be, JAM used to exemplify that. I think it would lessen the show a bit if the writers continue to do what they did in seasons 5 & 6, not showing JAM’s day-to-day relationship, just some big dramatic moments and recurring tension (almost constant for Jim). I feel like they kind of wasted 2 seasons worth of opportunities to realistically evolve Jim & Pam. Instead they turned Pam into a (sometimes over the top) go-getter and Jim into a spineless whipping boy. These last 2 seasons might have been a lot more fun for JAM fans and could have been a lot less annoying to fans who wanted a secondary or tertiary storyline of fun & mischief, not angst & doldrums.

  111. I hope Pam and Olyphant didn’t ‘do anything’ or have an actual relationship. Pam was way too hung up on Jim and so guarded, it would not make sense for someone like her to be open in any way with some bad-boy. I don’t want the writers to change her character just to get easy tension.

  112. I don’t know if it’s just the wording of this particular article or if it’s a spoiler about Pam’s relationship with Olyphant, but it was new to me.

    Link

  113. #177

    But think about it. Ever since they started dating and got engaged and then married and have kids, Jim and Pam spend virtually 24 hours a day together. They wouldn’t be as lovey dovey (most of the time) at work anymore now that they’re always together outside of it, would they? I think it kind of makes sense they toned down on a bit! Just my opinion though :-)

  114. You know, if they were going to waste all that time on Andy and Erin for that payoff they could have at least made it funny.

  115. Please don’t go heavy on the Erin/Gabe pairing. I think we saw last year that not every couple works on this show. They would be smart to emphasize Jim and Pam more like in seasons 2 & 3.

  116. YAY! It was just a couple of dates! Not a relationship! I can’t imagine that Pam would ‘do anything’ with someone after a couple of dates.

  117. Phew! It was just a couple of dates!

    Think I’m done reading spoilers though, I actually want to be surprised this season!

  118. It’s nice to hear from Melora, but the person I want to hear from the most is Amy Ryan. What are her thoughts about returning to the Office? And what can we expect when she is reunited with Michael?

  119. I’ve been wondering how long Pam’s salesperson persona was going to last. Now the question is what kind of new job she could take?

  120. It’s like season 6 all over again. Another summary with Andy and no Dwight. Andy’s been in the last couple seasons way too much.

  121. Dwight bought the building…I think it’s a pretty safe bet that they’ve got a few stories for that.

  122. i hope pam’s “new position” at work doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing less of her… but yay, i’m excited about seeing cecelia! it’s too bad they couldn’t fly jenna’s sister out and have the real cecelia play her! ;oP

  123. I’ll be assuming that Kelly will be Lady Gaga for Halloween, so I’m really hoping Meredith or Phyllis becomes Snooki (leaning towards Meredith because she and Snooki drink – A lot!)

  124. Can’t believe it’s Michael Scott’s last Xmas at D-M. Although bummed he’s leaving, looking forward to this season and how they will close him out. Would love to see his mom and stepdad before he goes.

  125. i thought Ricky Gervais was supposed to be making an appearance this season yet i have heard almost NOTHING about it! i hope he still is going to be in it! he is a LEGEND and if it wasn’t for him there would be no “Office”. C’mon get Gervais in amongst the Dunder Mifflin family!!

    [from tanster: i know a little something about that… :) ]

  126. OMG – Toby as the boss – it would be perfect! He could hide in Michael’s old office all day and never make any decisions. Oh, can you imagine the look on Michael’s face if Toby was named as his successor? I love it! Team Toby for the win! (I’m going to have a t-shirt printed up right now!)

  127. “i thought Ricky Gervais was supposed to be making an appearance this season yet i have heard almost NOTHING about it! i hope he still is going to be in it! he is a LEGEND and if it wasn’t for him there would be no “Office”. C’mon get Gervais in amongst the Dunder Mifflin family!!

    [from tanster: i know a little something about that… :) ]”

    *faints*

    [from tanster: yes.]

  128. @ phyllis*farm how awesome is it gonna be when/if Gervais makes an appearance, although i feel like no one could “replace” Steve, i would love to see Gervais take his job, even just for a season

  129. Ricky Gervais, playing David Brent or even a new character as boss candidate, would be an incredible choice. Don’t even care if it’s just for one episode.

  130. You know what… Tim Allen would actually be a PERFECT replacement for Steve. I was all for just ending the show when Steve left, but watching the season 6 episodes again on DVD made me realize they’re even better than I first thought. This show has steam left in it and Tim Allen is the kind of “big name” that would work. I really hope they get him!

  131. Gervais has been pretty adamant that he has no desire to work the type of schedule headlining a TV show would require, so my money is on one episode. But, oh what an episode that would be.

  132. The more I read about Season 8, the more I cringe and get nervous. Tim Allen? Seriously? Even as a rumor it sounds awful.

    Replace Michael Scott with a series finale and make this season a lovely send off.

  133. Can’t wait for counseling!!! The whole Toby/Michael feud being touched on plus Dwight’s story sound’s great!

  134. Ricky Gervais´ possible appearance, beyond cool. Tim Allen rumor, meh. Honestly, none of the rumored replacements so far have made me look forward to S8. Get John Lithgow, one of the few actors I think who could actually give a very interesting spin to the new character.

  135. Is it just me or does anyone else feel like there should be previews for Season 7 already? It’s a week and half away, and I have been specifically watching NBC hoping for a little teaser. :)

  136. @215- There’s a spoiler (dated 9/09/10 from THe Hollywood Reporter) that said that Andy was going to be “starring in a Scranton community theater production of Sweeney Todd.”

    I can’t wait for this season to start!

  137. Playful, prankster Jim returns! Lighthearted Pam! Jim vs Dwight! Jan and Holly! Halloween hi-jinx! Character highlight episodes! Heartfelt farewell to Michael!
    This season is looking to be an incredible ride. So psyched. I think an original character should become the new main focus. And an outsider should take over as boss.

  138. Absolutely loved the cold open. So psyched for S7! Anyways, does anyone know if Nepotism runs half-hour or an hour long? Thanks!

  139. Wow, I got the chills (in a good way) at that last Ausiello Post about Holly and the Xmas episode. I’m way too invested in the Office characters’ lives and happiness.

  140. I wonder if certain songs and scenes from Andy’s play will cause Erin to run out of the auditorium and puke. She will probably be disturbed by some of Sweeney Todd’s actions.

  141. I am ecstatic about another Dundies episode. That is amazing news! Add also the return of Jim/Pam pranks and Jim actually pursuing another dream of his, and i’m more psyched than ever!

  142. So excited by the Oct. 14 summary, especially because it mentions ALL FIVE of those fine actresses. Though I was really hoping the episode title would be “Michael’s Exes.” Still, between this episode and the live 30 Rock, October 14 is going to be an amazing night of television!

  143. Is it just me, or is one of the scenes in the new opening “new” ? (i.e. Will happen later on in Season 7?) I am referring to the scene with Erin bobbing for apples. And Meredith is also dressed as a cheerleader in that scene. It would have had to have been Season 7, because Erin was only around for one other Hallowen, in Season Six, and they were all dress like scary “monsters” then.

  144. @222 IT Guy

    I noticed that too. I’m sure it’s probably from this season’s Halloween episode. And actually I believe Meredith is dressed as Sookie Stackhouse from “True Blood”.

  145. @David: Michael’s last ep should be Dundies ceremony, then as Michael is getting ready to leave for Sandals with Holly, Packer plays a prank on him before he leaves forever.

  146. It’s funny. On Heroes, Jack Coleman also worked for a fictional paper company. Although that was only a front for a clandestine organization that monitored people with super-powers.

  147. #225. Anita

    That’s an amazing idea! He should also win the “World’s Best Boss” dundie from the rest of his staff as a goodbye present!

  148. The Sting episode sounds great! I think it will probably be a lot like one of my all time favorite episodes, “Branch Wars.”

  149. How are they going to explain the pizza boy from S4 being a main character in Glee (I think? I don’t watch it). That’s quite a leap.

  150. Argh, I hate Glee!

    When are they going to do more episodes that focus on , you know, office related things?

  151. It’s bad enough knowing Glee exists, period. I have no desire whatsoever to see The Office pay homage, of sorts, to it. Having Erin at the forefront doesn’t help. Just…no.

  152. No more singing, please! I’d love for them to do something more Office related. Please stop the singing.

  153. To quote Michael Scott, “No God No!”
    Please do NOT promote Darryl to manager. He gets exactly the right amount of screen time, no more no less.
    There is something lacking in the way his character has developed. What made him enjoyable was the juxtaposition of his working class persona to Michael’s hapless white collar sensibilities. Darryl calling Michael a NERF in the warehouse was a classic.
    It feels like the writers are trying to shoehorn Darryl into the upstairs Office to give him a bigger role, and groom him to be Michael’s replacement. While he has some amusing lines, it doesn’t seem like the right fit.
    I would compare it to season 6 when Jim was promoted. Yes, in theory, Jim would appear to be the perfect managerial candidate, but the reality was that he was not nearly as entertaining as when he was equal to Dwight, playing pranks and looking aside to the camera.

  154. @Jimmy

    One time character or not, we still saw him existing in the Office universe as a delivery guy, it’s kind of weird.

    Anyway, am I the only one excited to hear someone use “unsettling” to describe the show? I know I must be in the minority, but I wish they would go back to their bleaker roots. Send Michael off the right way.

  155. @ Danielle and Karen,

    I’m totally with you! STOP SINGING! We should start campaigning, “More pranking, less singing!” I know Stanley would pump his fist in the hair for this cause. “No more singing, no more singing.” Who’s with me?

  156. Agree with Paul (242). NO to Darryl. He’s perfect as a peripheral character. At this juncture I’m so concerned as to where The Office will go without Steve, that I’d just prefer it to end on a high :(

    I never thought I’d say that.

  157. I’m wondering about The Sting with Pam’s ex-boyfriend. I may be a bit of a continuity narc here, but Pam was supposedly with Roy since high school all the way up until S3. So I’m hoping the writers remembered that. :p

  158. An hour-long episode written by Mindy and directed by Rainn – best Christmas present ever!
    P.S. I love the singing. And I think Darryl could be a great boss (especially based on his “pep talk” to Andy last week). Other candidates: Gabe (makes sense) and Toby (I just want to see more Toby).

  159. One more vote to stop the musical numbers. I’m pretty sure even if they do promote Daryl, it somehow won’t work out and it’ll pave the way for whoever’s going to ultimately replace Steve, which I’m thinking/hoping will be a new actor. The next set of episodes sound promising!

  160. Is that one talking head the good stuff? Also, remember Pam’s comment about Andy singing in the appropriate setting? I wish they had stuck with that.

  161. They need to stop with the Andy/Erin/Gabe storylines! More Dwight, Jim, and Pam! That’s the only thing that needs to happen to make this season equal with 2 & 3!

  162. I just can’t get into this whole Andy pinning for Erin. There isn’t enough chemistry between these two for me to have any interest. Please let him move on.

  163. “The Office Halloween episodes are always epic”?
    Maybe they’re watching a different show. There has only been one Office Halloween episode (season 2) and two cold openings (season 5 & 6). And I wouldn’t call any “epic”

  164. Tanster, can you tease us in advance about “Costume Contest,” since you have seen that episode?

    [from tanster: actually, all the information that i would have posted has been mentioned by other sources here. :) ]

  165. Thanks Tanster! How did you feel about the episode?

    [from tanster: i received ‘the sting’ and ‘costume contest’ in one package, and watched them back to back. i liked ‘the sting’ better.]

  166. Can’t wait to see Jack Coleman in a completely different environment! (Maybe he’ll hunt down Dwight for his supernatural Martial Arts skills.)

  167. Any chance that Jan’s child is actually Michael’s? I know she got it from “the place by the Ihop”, but couldn’t she just be saying that b/c she didn’t wanna deal with Michael and his craziness? Just thought it would be a perfect way for him to leave the show, you know how much he always wanted kids. Just curious, all you guys are great, and i love all your guys’ knowledge of the show.

  168. I’ve always thought that, Greg @265. Or she thought it was a popsicle baby and it’s really Michael’s. She lost track of the snips.

  169. I love hearing from Amy Ryan. I know it won’t be easy for them, but I know in my heart those two dorks are going to stay together. They have to because if they don’t that will be the one thing that many fans won’t forgive the writers for. Michael+Holly ;)

  170. #265- My problem with suddenly finding out Astrid is Michael’s baby is that I would find no humor in having a man who has wanted a family more than anything find out that his ex-girlfriend lied to him about being the father of her child and that he has, in turn, missed the first two plus years of his child’s life. I, for one, would be highly disappointed if the show took that route.

  171. #265-You may be on to something. It is very strange that Michael loves every baby he sees BUT Astrid. It would be totally in character to not see something right in front of him. It’s good the show is not going for the obvious happy ending at this point with Holly. We need some obstacles and suspense before they waltz into the sunset.

  172. Hi Tanster, I don’t know if you addressed it elsewhere, but I was wondering if you knew where Jen Celotta and Lee & Gene have gone this season? I noticed they aren’t credited and I miss their episodes. I know Mike & Greg are still with Parks, and Mindy has a deal for new projects, but I don’t know where and what Jen, Lee and Gene are working on. This season has been great so far, but still miss them….any info? Thanks for all you do!

  173. After the “Viewing Party” episode, I assume Toby’s jury duty is going to be for the Scranton Strangler trial…which if the writers began the whole Scranton Strangler reference in Season 6 with the ultimate intention of it being a way to bring Holly back…genius.

  174. Oh no please don’t have Astrid be Michael’s baby. I love The Office since it’s unconventional, and while that would certainly be an unconventional way to end to SC’s run on the show, I would absolutely swear off the show forever if the writers did that to Michael.

    Michael’s been so sullen this season, and the gun comment in Viewing Party was just depressing, but Michael has to go out happy. Not lame sitcom happy. He just deserves it because after all that’s happened to him, and all the stupid stuff he’s done, he still has a huge heart.

    Michael has to end up with Holly, although I expect there will be plenty of twists and turns and trap-doors before the finale. I can’t wait for it to unfold, although it will all be with a touch of sadness since SC will be gone.

  175. OH YEAH, JAN AGAIN! I still have some hope of her being with Michael in the series finale! Holly is so boring, I hate her and I hate Michael with her!

  176. Ok, Jim getting into a snowball fight with Dwight! TOO HILARIOUS! And just a question which will be answered later as the ep premiers: But is Toby going to at least be in the episode? I like episodes where EVERY cast member is seen and heard, even if it is Michael’s worst enemy.

  177. Tanster I just watched the episode ‘Company Picnic’ from Season 4 and saw someone that looked like you with the Buffalo Branch. Was that you? If so how was your experience with such an awesome cast?

    [from tanster: yes, that was me! :) you can read about it here (Day 4) and here. it was an absolute dream come true!]

  178. here’s what I want to see…

    either a cold open where michael goes early morning door buster shopping for a pair of slippers..

    or a whole thanksgiving episode next year…
    (on thanksgiving)

  179. Anytime i see mention of Steve Carell leaving the show I get a lump in my throat and the feeling like my life has been one big lie..haha yes this is me being dramatic but the thought of Michael Scott’s last Christmas at Dunder Mifflin just breaks my heart :( Also, Tanster with the mention of Company Picnic in the thread I need to say again, you are one lucky, LUCKY girl! :)

    [from tanster: thanks! :) ]

  180. I’ve been seeing a lot of ads for Kathy Bates’ new show on NBC and wondered what that means for her role on The Office – although she isn’t on too often, so maybe it can work. I was hoping we might see some more scenes between Jo and Michael before the season ends, but maybe not now. Watching Kathy Bates and Steve Carell together is a real treat!

  181. Hey Tanster, do you know if Melora Hardin is going to be in any more episodes this season? I remember reading something earlier that said she would be in more episodes in 2011 but I’m not sure if that was ever followed up on.

  182. Only seven more weeks? That doesn’t even take him to the
    end of the season. So Steve must depart about the same time as Amy
    Ryan right?

  183. Wow! That means that Carell will be done filming by the end
    of February! What about the rest of the cast?

  184. Only 7 more weeks? Are there no more filming hiatuses? I knew it was coming, but didn’t think I had to turn on the sadness this much sooner. :(

  185. Seven weeks of filming doesn’t necessarily mean that Steve will leave by the end of February and that the end of the season will be Scott-less :
    – there are weeks of shooting, weeks of break. The weeks won’t necessarily be consecutive.
    – for years, the schedule has tried to accommodate Steve’s side projects, such as movies, so they regularly do stuff such as shooting his scenes for two different episodes over a couple of days, and it’s hard to notice when it’s broadcast.
    When Danny DeVito joined “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, he only had 14 or 15 days to shoot all his scenes for season 2. But he’s included in every episode. It was a continuity nightmare for the directors and the rest of the crew (they were doing scenes for three or four different episodes on the same day) but it turned out fine. The Office is actually even more prepared for this kind of situations.

  186. There are 12-14 more episodes to go. I don’t see how Steve Carell can be fit into every episode with only seven more weeks of filming regardless of breaks.

  187. @294 How awesome would that be? You just know that Holly
    would be getting a “special” award!

  188. So, 16 episodes were completed in 2010. They’ve got another
    ten to complete and Steve has seven weeks on his schedule. He’ll be
    part of all of the episodes. I can’t imagine him missing from a
    couple of them, then returning for the finale.

  189. @ jkfan9989 I give you my word that I’m not a member of the cast or the production team. I’m just a longtime fan, nothing more.

  190. I wish the conclusion of Michael’s story didn’t include Jan. She became a completely unlikable character with no redeeming quality, in my opinion.

  191. Yes! Jan is Michael’s hilarious non-soulmate. I love watching those two interact. Shades of Dinner Party?

    Snip Snap Snip Snap

  192. Despite all the nonsense that happened during Jan’s clear mental breakdown, she’s obviously recovered now and is such a major part of what made the show great, I’m thrilled to see her back. The character deserves to be part of Michael’s exit story, and it will be all the better for her presence. Can’t wait for these episodes.

  193. Is it ‘Threat Midnight’ or ‘Threat Level Midnight’? It seems like she either misspoke or was misquoted.

  194. We’re getting to see Karen, Roy and David as well? Boy, I want to see this episode already!! *bounces*

  195. i have not been this excited for an Office episode since well i’m not sure if I’ve ever been this excited. The Client has always been an All Time favorite of mine, and I often quote Threat Level Midnight lines, or lines about it in regular conversation. I feel like I’ve been waiting for something like this to happen since Pam found that script in Season 2. i am pretty much ecstatic right now. So. Excited. ;-)

  196. Wow. I’m a massive fan of both THE OFFICE and PARKS AND REC as well as the amazing Rashida Jones. I’m so psyched for THREAT LEVEL MIDNIGHT! It’s the closest I’ll get to seeing my OFFICE/PARKS AND REC fantasy crossover coming true with Rashida showing up in Scranton, PA and Pawnee, IN in the same night.

  197. The more I hear about this, the more awesome it sounds. Jan(!), Karen and the rest all *acting* in TL:M! Amazing. I wonder how he gets them all involved… Whatever– Yay!

  198. I’m sooo excited for Steve’s final episodes! This Threat Level Midnight episode sounds ridiculously epic. I’m praying that it will be an hour-long. Sooo excited to see Jan, Karen, Roy and David!

    I am also looking forward to the Dundies! :)

  199. I have a feeling Karen & Roy will only be seen in the finished product of the movie, since they might have had a role since the movie has allegedly been filming for seven years. Funny stuff, I hope people like Ronni or Hannah or the interns are in it.

    That’s just my pre-conceived notion of what it will be, I might be totally wrong.

  200. I’ve commented already, but I’m so ridiculously STOKED about Threat Level Midnight, that I will comment again! I’ve always kinda wondered if they were ever going to bring that up again since season 2. And bringing the Alum back, AWESOME!!

  201. Threat level Midnight will be the best B-day present ever!! Soooo excited that it’s on my bday!

  202. Sounds like a done deal that Holly will pick Michael (sooner rather than later) as they waltz off into the Nashua sunset. I would prefer Michael leave as Ricky Gervais did, to find his destiny instead of making him happy.

  203. As a loyal fan who’s stuck by the show for 7 years, I’m really hoping that the writers don’t go down the ‘Hollywood’ route for Michael’s departure. It’s just totally unrealistic and over the top (even by The Office standards). Greg, you yourself said that you always try to be as realistic as possible with the show, so………..I trust you won’t actually make that happen.

  204. I am ridiculously stoked about the rest of the season. There is just SO much fantastic stuff to look forward to. Steve leaving is sad, but it all sounds too great to stay down for long. I can’t wait to see Jim and Pam drunk! Together! Awesome!!

  205. Tanster:

    Have you heard ANYTHING about another Dundies episode? That, to me, was Michael Scott at his best and it sucks that we only got one showing of this “annual event”?! Oh well, a nerd can dream.

  206. To Tanster:
    quote from Ricky Gervais on his blog:
    “I am however taking over from Steve Carell on The Office. Oh, and I’m playing Gandalf in the new Peter Jackson movie. ”

    Link

  207. Threat Level Midnight is either the wardrobe/make-up/hair departments’ most fun or worst nightmare – having to recreate seven years of different looks will be such a challenge (I’m sure they’re up to it!).

  208. Just read an interesting article about Ricky Gervais. He stated ““Watch on the 27th,” he said, “and you’ll get an idea of who’s going to be running The Office.” Will he be on that episode? “Just watch,” he reassured me.

    Link

    Hmmm…. interesting.

  209. OMG this is the best news ever!!!!!! I cannot wait until next week :dies:

    David Brent and Michael Scott – at last! (now I have a picture of them dancing together to “at last” ala Obama’s inaugaration LMAO)

  210. @Matt (332)

    The episode count is slightly different than the half-hour count. NBC orders a certain amount of half-hour segments, with some leeway for how many episodes are actually produced. Occasionally they can change the amount of half-hour allotments, such as adding more (if there’s a show that was being field-tested) or taking away (shows pending cancellation). So far, we’ve had 13 episodes shown thus far, but one of those episodes (“Classy Christmas”) was an hour long, so it counted as two half-hour segments, or episode breaks. [As an aside, for the sake of syndication, all hour-long Office episodes are split in half, occasionally getting ‘new’ footage (often deleted scenes) spliced back in as an enticement.] So there’s still 12 half-hour segments left, after having used 14 to make 13 episodes. That long-winded explanation is simply to say that if all the rest of the episodes are half-hour episodes, then we’ll have 12 left. If there are any hour-long episodes, we’ll have fewer, but not technically. Okay, I’m confusing myself now.

  211. According to the information I’ve received from NBC.com, there are 26 half-hours for Season 7.

    As of Jan 22, we’ve already seen 13 half-hours in 12 episodes (Classy Christmas was two half-hours).

    We have 13 half-hours left in 12 episodes (the season finale will be two half-hours).

    See the episode list for what we’ve got…

  212. Okay.
    The new guy coming in for season 8 is going to be an accountant.

    That’s 4 accountants where they only need 2.

    Either someone is getting a new job, or Kevin, Oscar, or Angela is the new boss.

    I mean, it’s possible. Who saw Ryan becoming the new boss for season four?

  213. I hope none of the accountants become the manager. That wouldn’t make sense. Also, it would be terrible if it was Kevin. He’s only good in small doses.
    Another thing, I’m pretty mad that Michael’s last episode isn’t going to be an hour long or at least 45 minutes like Casino Night. Toby gets an hour long for his farewell but not Michael? Something is wrong here.

  214. I have a feeling that Michael may make an appearance in the finale. It is an hour long. Enough time for him to peek in.

  215. “Our schedule is still being determined.”

    Well, so much for information they released earlier this week.

  216. Why did Mindy’s tweet about directing “Goodbye Michael Part 1” get me all choked up? :( Like I needed that lol

  217. Jenna said that the new manager won’t know her as the receptionist, so does that mean it will be an outside hire? I am so excited, I have high hopes for the rest of this season.

  218. Holly’s leaving! No offense, but yay! Love Amy Ryan, no love for Holly. So Michael proposes and she’s out? Right on.

  219. So happy to see the last of Holly (no offense to Amy Ryan, who is a good actress), as the maturation of Michael has completely ruined the character. What has truly disappointed me was the predictability of this exit. Michael will no doubt leave to go be with Holly and get married, maybe even with a baby on the way.

  220. I’m really excited to see Michael propose to Holly in Garage Sale! I wonder how he will do it and I wonder what her reaction will be. They truly are soulmates:). I wish Holly would stay until Michael leaves, but I would like his last episodes to be focused on him and his relationships with everyone in the office. I will miss Amy Ryan:(.

  221. Love ya Amy Ryan, but buh-bye Holly! Can’t say I’ll miss you at all. Here’s hoping “final” means *final*. Now maybe I’ll get a glimpse of the Michael I love before he goes. :(

  222. Has there been any indication of when Mindy’s last episode will be? I have been assuming it’s the end of the season, but other than her saying she’s not coming back, there hasn’t been much news.

  223. I loved Holly when she first came to the office a year or two ago, but then it became WAY too much. I like Michael single or with Jan. Those are the only two options. Haha…

  224. Wait, has it been confirmed Mindy isn’t coming back next season? I’ve been holding out hope she’ll decide to stay after all.

  225. What the heck happened to Danny Cordray? And Mindy’s leaving? Dang, I’m so behind on news.

  226. Just read Will Arnett is definitely not joining The Office full-time. He’s already signed to a different NBC pilot.

  227. Wouldn’t it be cool if Goodbye Michael was his wedding and at the reception, he had the Dundies?

  228. Just reading the summary for the “Goodbye, Michael” episodes has me tearing up. I don’t know if I can handle actually watching them. It will be a sad, sad day.

  229. Love the name Bronte! (Reminds me of the movie Green Card.)

    P.S. Can I renew my call for Gabe as boss? He’s turning into such a jerk – he would make a perfect boss!

  230. Tanster, do you know if there has been any recent word on whether Kathy Bates/Jo Bennett is back for the season finale? I know that it was mentioned earlier this year, but lately not at all. Who else would be conducting the interviews for regional manager? (I guess Gabe or Toby, but still…) Thanks!

  231. Aww, they’re already done filming? Tanster, I was hoping you’d announce news like you’re visiting the set for some finale goodies :(

    [from tanster: sorry, not this year. :( ]

  232. Merv bronte is the greatest name i have ever heard for a t.v show. Whoever/whomever?? the boss is should have had that name

  233. Yes, DJ Jazzy, they definitely should have had Tanster in the finale – her character already has experience in the paper industry from her time at the Buffalo branch before it closed – she could have interviewed for Michael’s job and given Merv Bronte a run for his money!

    [from tanster: lol, awesome!]

  234. I don’t know if anyone caught this:

    You can see Cody Horn in one of the scenes from the promo last night.

    right after Dwight’s gun goes off (hilarious) the camera moves over to show creed go for cover, and in Dwight’s seat is Cody Horn. New employee!!

  235. Krasinski isn’t one of the supporting actors for Dwight K. Schrute, (Acting) Manager.

  236. I think “Goodbye Michael” worked in such a way that, if the next few episodes don’t work for me, I can feel satisfied in not watching anymore and having that be the finale. It has a very very sweet conclusion, and with slight exception there’s a neat little conclusion to several things (Angela’s senator thing clearly not, but oh well.) Even Erin is given a nice little neat wrapping, though it’s clear that future episodes will be opening that again. I could make the final scene with Deangelo as one of ironic humor, being that Michael is gone but now they are stuck with this nutty guy.

    But I’ll give it a few episodes to see how it feels. At the start of season 7, I promised myself I’d watch til the end of the season thinking that Michael’s farewell would be the finale. And I will still do that.

  237. Is it possible they just omitted John’s name by mistake? It’s a big mistake, but it could happen. Even so, even if he isn’t in the episode, his name would still be in the credits yes? This is strange.

  238. Thanks for catching that, you guys!

    The PR release that I took the original information from incorrectly omitted John’s name. I asked NBC and they said John is definitely in next week’s ep, so I added his name back on this post. :)

  239. Argh. Just as I suspected. They’re going to leave us hanging for yet another summer! Should have known. Sigh.

  240. I never thought they would. All the guest stars are just a distraction for the cliffhanger.

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