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.
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.”
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… ”
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.
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.
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…”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.’
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
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.”
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
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.’]
“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.
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. :(