Can you describe some of the production details of the JAM proposal scene from ‘Weight Loss.’
They used Google Maps to track down a rest stop on Merrick Parkway, which incidentally is not in between New York and Pennsylvania. Greg mentioned they shot some alternative scenes. I guess the original idea was to have the rain interfere with the mikes so we didn’t hear all of it.
The proposal scene was shot in a parking lot at a Best Buy.
As Greg was talking, his iPhone rang and it was Melora Hardin on the line! Greg tried to put her on speaker but as soon as it got near his microphone, there was too much interference so he hung up on her. Unfortunately, he never went back to the alternate scenes they filmed.
This gave tanster the perfect segue to survey the writers on their communication devices
tanster says, “raise your hand if you own an iPhone.” Then, “raise your hand if you own a BlackBerry.” Finally, “point to the writer who is most addicted to their iPhone or BlackBerry.” This is when this picture was taken. Mindy defended herself with “because B.J. isn’t here.”
Discussion of dream guest stars
They think it would distract from the realism of the documentary seeing Carol Burnett as Michael’s mother. Stephen Colbert as Jan’s ex-husband got very good audience reaction.
They would love to have David Koechner back to reprise his role as Todd Packer but it’s hard because he has such a busy schedule.
They talked about Amy Ryan — they love the Wire and coincidentally she called seeing if they had a part for her. They like the chemistry between her and Michael and that she’s just a big dork. Mindy said Holly sealed the deal with Michael with the Yoda impression.
Someone asked about Todd Packer — they said David Koechner is a busy guy but they would love to get him back. Due to scheduling conflicts, he can never find time to be in the show. “Which is a shame, because we were going to finally have Michael come out on the show.”
How often are you surprised by either overwhelming love for, or criticism of, certain scenes and storylines? Can you give an example of a time fan reaction was different than you imagined it would be — either positively or negatively? | Laura from the Twin Cities
The writers were surprised that some fans perceived Toby as creepy, as that was never their intention.
Do you think The Office would have been a huge hit 10 years ago? Without fan sites, downloads from iTunes, and other technology, maybe a “cult” show like The Office wouldn’t have made it past a first season. What do you think? | Stephanie in Atlanta
Mike Schur mentioned that it was a huge coincidence that they went on iTunes immediately after the Christmas episode aired where Michael bought Ryan an iPod. They also talked how there were no other comedies available on iTunes so everybody bought The Office by default, and it helped them with the network immensely.