This post contains information about The Office one-hour episode following the Super Bowl on February 1st, 2009, titled ‘Stress Relief.’
Jan. 29, 2009
- USA Today’s article ‘Office’ is open for business Sunday after Super Bowl
Jan. 28, 2009
Jan. 22, 2009
- Two episode clips over at Maureen Ryan’s The Watcher column! Tipster: BringMePlayers
- A few photos from ‘Stress Relief’ starting here.
Jan. 16, 2009
From IGN: Jennifer Celotta explained that the movie plot is “A Harold and Maude type movie where Jack Black is engaged to Jessica Alba and then meets her grandmother — her nana — and instantly falls in love with Cloris Leachman.”
Jan. 16, 2009
From Zap2it: “[Paul] Lieberstein says that the stunt casting of Jack Black, Jessica Alba and Cloris Leachman in the Office Super Bowl episode was not a mandate from on high, but rather grew out of an idea from writer Aaron Shure.
Viewers will only see a little bit of footage from the fake film, and since Black and Co. only shot for a day, Lieberstein says there’s not a ton of extra footage to showcase on a DVD release.”
Tipster: Tallyhead Purse Girl
Jan. 8, 2009
TV by the Numbers states “The episode of NBC’s The Office following the Super Bowl is likely to be seen by 25 million viewers if the recent past viewership of the ‘Program After The Super Bowl’ is any indication.” More here.
(For comparison, see regular viewership numbers at the Nielsen Ratings post.)
Jan. 2, 2009
From Us Magazine:
Cloris Leachman displays some serious PDA with Jack Black in an upcoming episode of The Office.
“I have an intimate scene with Jack Black,” Leachman — who recently competed on Dancing With the Stars — told Entertainment Tonight Tuesday while prepping for her role as Grand Marshall at the Tournament of Roses New Years Day parade.
“He has to take me naked out of a bath tub and we kiss a lot,” added Leachman, 82.
This plot point has been confirmed by my Office source.
Dec. 17, 2008
NBC has confirmed to me that ‘Stress Relief’ was written by Paul Lieberstein and directed by Jeffrey Blitz.
Dec. 16: KorbiTV
KorbiTV reports that Cloris Leachman will also appear in the episode.
Dec. 16: NBC.com
Actress Jessica Alba (“Fantastic Four,”) is set to guest star in the upcoming post Super Bowl episode of “The Office.” The announcement was made by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.
In one plot of the special post Super Bowl episode of “The Office,” some of the office workers try to secretly watch a bootlegged Hollywood movie during the workday. Alba and comedic actor Jack Black will play characters in the bootleg movie.
Dec. 16: Ausiello Files
Dec. 15: NBC.COM
Multitalented actor Jack Black (“Kung Fu Panda,” “Tropic Thunder,”) is set to guest-star in the upcoming post Super Bowl episode of “The Office.” The announcement was made by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.
In one plot of the special post Super Bowl episode of “The Office,” some of the office workers try to secretly watch a bootlegged Hollywood movie during the workday. The movie stars Jack Black and other notable Hollywood actors.
The special hour-long episode titled “Stress Relief” will premiere immediately following “Super Bowl XLIII,” Sunday, February 1 (10:30-11:30 p.m. ET; simultaneously to all time zones) on NBC.
Dec. 15: Ausiello Files
Guess who is guest starring on this episode?
Dec. 3: TV Week
According to people familiar with the plotline, NBC’s just-confirmed post-Super Bowl episode of “The Office” will feature the employees of Dunder Mifflin roasting the show’s lead character, played by Steve Carell.
The roast of Mr. Scott will not be celebrity-driven, but producers are exploring the idea of incorporating some stunt casting into the project.
More about the episode at the link below.
Dec. 3: NBC Universal Media Village
Immediately following “Super Bowl XLIII” on February 1, NBC will broadcast an original, hour-long episode of “The Office” (10:30-11:30 p.m. ET; simultaneously to all time zones). Noteworthy announcements regarding this special episode are forthcoming.
Simultaneous to all timezones! That means I’ll finally be able to watch an episode without having read spoilerish comments first! WOO! ;)
But what does “noteworthy announcements” mean? Hmmm …