March 28, 2013: Mindy Kaling conference call
Mindy talks about The Office series finale:
I shot for a day. I can’t say too much about it, but it is a nice unexpected reunion with Ryan. There’s a very satisfying and dramatic ending for the two of them.
From an interview with Craig Robinson:
Glamour: … does Steve Carell return [for the finale]?
Craig: No, I promise. He does not come back. They were very adamant that he got to say his goodbye two years ago, and that’s what it is.
March 22, 2013: Jennifer Celotta
The episode Promos, airing April 4, was written by Tim McAuliffe and directed by Jennifer Celotta.
March 22, 2013: NBC
A summary of the episode ‘Stairmageddon,’ airing April 11:
EVERYONE IS UPSET WHEN THE ELEVATOR GOES OUT OF SERVICE–ROSEANNE BARR GUEST STARS—”Stairmaggedon” strikes the office when the elevator goes out and everyone is forced to take the stairs. Dwight (Rainn Wilson) forces Stanley (Leslie David Baker) to do an important sales call. Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (John Krasinski) find comfort in talking with Nellie (Catherine Tate) and Toby (Paul Lieberstein) about marital troubles. Meanwhile, Angela (Angela Kinsey) stands by her man. Ed Helms, Phyllis Smith, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Clark Duke and Jake Lacy also star.
Some former characters will be back for the end of The Office, and these are faces we haven’t seen in quite some time.
In an interview with Greg Daniels and Jake Lacey at The Office series wrap party about Erin and Andy’s relationship:
“There are a lot of big changes in both their lives; I’ll say that,” says executive producer Greg Daniels, who I caught up with at the show’s wrap party this past weekend. “To really understand their relationship, you probably should watch it [unfold in the next episodes].”
Jake Lacey, meanwhile, spilled a few beans that he maybe should haven’t. So to ensure I don’t ruin anything, I’ll blank out a name when he explains how everything unfolds: “[SPOILER] finds love in a different way, I suppose. He’s certainly not left out in the cold,” he told me. “He’s not put on a boat and shoved out in the ocean.”
You’ll find out the answer to that puzzle during the May 16 finale, and if we’re lucky, we could be in for a super-sized episode. As Daniels told me earlier this weekend, the finale is shaping up to be a little longer than expected, and as a result, he’s “been begging NBC to get more time so we could include the endings of everybody’s stories.”
March 19, 2013: The Tonight Show
During Jenna Fischer’s visit on The Tonight Show, she told Jay Leno “Pam is going to have another visit with the boom operator.”
Jake Lacy — aka Pete — described the finale as both “satisfying” and “beautiful,” while Jenna Fischer urged fans not to miss the “last six [episodes] — particularly the second-to-last episode and then the last episode. That’s where a lot of the real satisfying, meaty stuff is going to happen.”
We cornered executive producer Ben Silverman and demanded to know why he was trying to hurt our Jam-loving hearts by breaking them up, and he told us that whatever happens will be true to who Jim and Pam are as a couple. “Their relationship has gone through the rhythm of a lot of relationships. There’s not a lot of us who can survive nine years of knowing each other and the twists and turns and the compromises one has to make,” he says. “So I think one of the great things [about Jim and Pam’s relationship] is that it’s true. It’s very consistent with the way we really are.”
Those of you upset about Jim and Pam’s recent rough patch — patience. Executive producer Greg Daniels says PB&J are “stressed” right now, but the story is not done. “We’re in the Act 2 zone,” he says, and if you stick with it, you’ll probably get what you’re looking for.
From cast interviews at the series finale wrap party:
“Erin has a spectacular end that I can’t really tell you about,” teased Ellie Kemper. “It involves some amazing people that I also can’t tell you about, but I’m really happy with how we see her in the last episode. Basically my wishes for her send-off came true.”
Jenna Fischer [says] she was “very happy with how the entire show wrapped up” and gave special kudos to Jim and Pam’s storyline this season, which has seen the couple experiencing tough domestic times. “I think this year we really portrayed them as a real married couple with real obstacles,” she said. “People often don’t really deal with change well and Pam didn’t deal with the idea of Jim changing and his job changing. So I’m really proud of us for tackling some of those things in a realistic way and not a soap-opera way.”
Chances of a happy ending for the Halperts are high, but the same won’t exactly be the case for all the characters, according to Kate Flannery. “I think in Meredith’s mind, it’s [a] positive [ending],” she says with a smile, “but I’m not sure everyone else will think [that]. It’s all subject to the crazy reality of Dunder-Mifflin.” Overall, she added, “I think the fans are going to be really excited. Everyone is going to be very satisfied.”
March 15, 2013: NBC
A summary of the episode ‘Promos,’ airing April 4:
Everyone in the office is excited when promos start running on TV for the documentary. Dwight (Rainn Wilson) makes Angela (Angela Kinsey) jealous when he starts dating a brussel sprout farmer. Meanwhile Jim (John Krasinski) has a big meeting with Major League baseball player, Ryan Howard (guest star Ryan Howard). Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Catherine Tate, Clark Duke, and Jake Lacy also star.
Ellen: Is it true that The Office is wrapping this week?
Sad, but so true. The Office officially completes filming this week (but there will probably be super-secret filming happening after the wrap party), and the photos being tweeted out by castmembers are not helping with our denial. Case in point: Mindy Kaling posted this photo of Kelly’s return to The Office, and it got our speculating wheels turning. That dress looks funeral-esque, right? We all know Kelly would wear white to a wedding, so it can’t be for a marriage celebration. Or it could be nothing! But we’re gonna go out on a completely unsupported limb and say: Creed is kicking the bucket.
March 13, 2013
The Farm was written and directed by Paul Lieberstein.
From March 8’s ‘The Mindy Project’ Paley Fest panel:
… [Mindy Kaling] said early in the evening that she will be returning to shoot The Office series finale. “It’s really exciting,” she offered. “I’ve just read the pages, and it’s a really amazing episode of television.”
Kaling just received the script for the final episode of The Office and will begin shooting the return of her character Kelly Kapoor in two days.
March 8, 2013: NBC
The Office episode The Farm will air on March 14, 2013.
March 8, 2013
Jen Celotta, former producer/writer of The Office and one of OfficeTally’s faves, directed Episode 18 (the episode that airs after The Farm).
March 7, 2013
Episode 22-23 was directed by David Rogers, long-time editor and producer of The Office.
March 6, 2013: Scot Robinson
Scot, who is Kate Flannery’s partner from “The Lampshades,” tweeted: “Honored to be in one of the last episodes of “The Office” EVER! Much love to the awesome cast & crew, in their final 2 weeks of shooting!”
March 5, 2013
I’ve been told by The Office producers that they’re adding an extra half hour to this final season!
Not only is the series finale an hour long, but so is the episode that airs before it. Hence, that episode is numbered 22-23, and the series finale is numbered 24-25. That makes it a total of 201 episodes for the entire series.
Here’s the updated episode list.
February 28, 2013: Angela Kinsey
Angela tweeted: “Yes we work until March 15th!!! And episodes will air in April/May”
… the Philadelphia Phillies slugger [Ryan Howard] will appear as an exaggerated version of himself alongside John Krasinski (Jim) and Craig Robinson (Darryl) in the March 28 episode, which will see the marketing reps at Athlead attempt to sign one of Philadelphia’s biggest sports stars.
Now that The Office’s Jim is dividing his time between two desks, obviously Dwight needs a new nemesis, right? (Right.) And TVLine has learned exclusively that that foil is going to be played by none other than Sopranos alum Michael Imperioli! As a matter of fact, the actor is taping today in his new role of Sensei Billy, the karate instructor who’s about ready to commit hara-kiri over Dwight’s inimitable “presence” in his dojo.
February 12, 2013: NBC
Cast interviews about the episode Moving On:
Jenna Fischer: We’re getting near the end now, and so we are trying to figure out the ways that all these people will be moving on. Either with Dunder Mifflin, without Dunder Mifflin, with each other, or without each other, and I think a lot of the endings might surprise people. This is a big episode for Jim and Pam. We saw in the Valentine’s Day episode that Pam and Jim have decided to fight for their relationship. So rather than spend Valentine’s Day alone, not fighting, they decide to spend it together, fighting for their relationship. And the result of that is that Pam is going to do her best to make a go of Philadelphia. In this episode, Pam goes on a job interview in Philly, at a real estate office. The manager of the real estate office is Bob Odenkirk, and Bob Odenkirk plays a very Michael Scott-like character, and Pam kind of realizes that she’d be taking a little bit of a step backward, in her professional life, by moving to Philadelphia.
Jake Lacy: [Andy] hires my ex-girlfriend and Zach Woods as Gabe come back as Erin’s ex, just to ruin our lives.
Angela Kinsey: [Director Jon Favreau] made me make out with Rainn Wilson for 70 minutes! That scene was 70 minutes. My chin was chafing.
February 4, 2013: John Krasinski
John tweeted: “We wrap shooting on Mar 14th.”