Scranton digs "The Office," and the cast and crew of the soon-to-end NBC comedy about the employees of a fictional local paper company definitely dig the northeastern Pennsylvania city too.That was never more evident than at a parade, wrap party and concert with cast and crew of the long-running series on a warm, sunny Saturday, May 4, in downtown Scranton. And at the end of the day, the enthusiasm kicked up several notches with the surprise appearance by departed series star Steve Carell.Cast members John Krasinski (Jim), Jenna Fischer (Pam), Rainn Wilson (Dwight), Ellie Kemper (Erin), Paul Lieberstein (Toby), Creed Bratton (Creed), Craig Robinson (Darryl), Kate Flannery (Meredith), Phyllis Smith (Phyllis), Oscar Nunez (Oscar), Brian Baumgartner (Kevin) and Andy Buckley (David Wallace), along with executive producer Greg Daniels and other production personnel, appeared genuinely touched and at times overwhelmed by the outpouring of adulation and affection from an estimated 10,000 fans who lined the Linden... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/the-office-takes-a-final-bow-in-scranton-complete-with-steve-carell.html
The final farewell to "The Office" will last a little longer than originally planned.NBC says it's extending the May 16 series finale by 15 minutes. The episode will now run from 9 to 10:15 p.m. ET. The episode of "Hannibal" that was scheduled to air at 10 p.m. ET will still follow, but with limited commercials.Executive producer Greg Daniels said in a conference call last week that he was working with NBC to try to get some extra time for the finale: "The network's being very creative about scraping some more time together for us without us having to start the finale at a weird time that will cause half the audience to miss the first 10 minutes or something." He appears to have gotten his wish.Whether that extra 15 minutes makes room for a much discussed (and possibly nonexistent) Steve Carell cameo remains to be seen."The Office" finale will be preceded by an hour-long... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/the-office-series-finale-extended-by-15-minutes.html
The powers that be at "The Office" have repeatedly insisted that Steve Carell wouldn't return to the show for its series finale. As recently as last week, executive producer Greg Daniels said Carell wouldn't be back.According to one report, though, Daniels' and Carell's denials may have all been a bit of misdirection. TVLine says Carell's Michael Scott has a "cameo" in the May 16 finale. NBC tells Zap2it it has no comment on the story, and Carell's rep tells TVLine there's no cameo.The series finale takes place a few months after the Dunder Mifflin documentary airs, and it includes the employees, "past and present," coming together "for a wedding and a final round of interviews." The "past" part includes announced guest stars Mindy Kaling (Kelly) and B.J. Novak (Ryan).In the wake of the documentary airing, it might be natural for the crew to catch up with Michael and get his reaction to being on TV.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/the-office-finale-steve-carell-in-after-all.html
Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 2, 2013Several network shows bounced back from a down week last Thursday with better performances. "The Big Bang Theory" once again led the way, rising in both viewers and adults 18-49. "Grey's Anatomy" also improved for ABC, and an hour-long "Office" and the "Parks and Recreation" finale helped NBC tick up as well.The news wasn't all good. "American Idol" dropped to an all-time low among adults 18-49, and "Scandal" slipped a little for ABC. CBS' "Person of Interest" and "Elementary" were off a little in viewers but steady in the 18-49 demographic.CBS led the night with just over 12 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/12 share in households. FOX (8.1 million, 5.1/8) held off ABC (6.75 million, 4.6/7) for second place. NBC finished a pretty distant fourth with 2.9 million viewers and a 1.8/3. The CW (1.7 million, 1.1/2) trailed.Thanks to "Big Bang," CBS also led the adults 18-49... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/tv-ratings-the-big-bang-theory-rebounds-and-leads-thursday.html
The Dunder Mifflin crew will assemble for the last time on the series finale of The Office , but their former boss Michael Scott won't be joining them. Showrunner Greg Daniels told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that Steve Carell won't be appearing in the final episode. Read More... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Steve-Carell-Office-Finale-1064840.aspx?rss=breakingnews
The New York Times has a long retrospective piece about The Office 's finale and its nine-year run on NBC. A lot of it is "how did we get from there to here?" boilerplate material, but there's a new tidbit about the series finale being "a reunion show, in the fashion of the post-competition cast rehashes familiar from reality shows like Survivor ." Greg Daniels says he even approached Jeff Probst at one point. TVLine also has some stills from the finale. http://www.vulture.com/2013/05/the-office-finale-reunion.html
The Office swan song is still more than three weeks away, but fans can get a first look at the series finale. In nine new photos released by NBC on Wednesday, it looks like Dunder Mifflin's employees will be quite busy for the show's final hour (Thursday, May 16 at 9/8c). The only problem with these photos is that they lead to even more burning questions! For example, why is Dwight... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Office-Finale-First-Look-1064822.aspx?rss=breakingnews
Fans of "The Office" who have been worried about the end of the fairy-tale romance for Jim and Pam got to exhale at the end of last week's episode when the couple shared a wonderful kiss and simultaneous "I love yous."It was a signal that they can work out their troubles, says half of the on-screen couple, John Krasinski -- but not necessarily the end of them."I remember [showrunner Greg Daniels] saying, very smartly, we have to give the audience something as far as trying to see a light at the end of the tunnel," Krasinski said Wednesday (May 1) in a conference-call interview. "But I don't think it necessarily answers all the questions as to how they'll solve it. I think as always with Jim and Pam [Jenna Fischer], there's a romantic hope that everything will be OK at the end of that episode. Now they have to be a little bit more brass... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/the-office-john-krasinski-says-jim-and-pam-still-have-some-work-to-do.html
The Office “Livin the Dream” Season 9 episode 21 airs Thursday, May 2 on NBC (8:30-9:31 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: The Office Season 9 Episode 21 “Livin the Dream” – Andy (Ed Helms) tries to work up the nerve to quit his job and pursue his dreams of stardom. Dwight (Rainn Wilson) finally receives his karate black belt from his new sensei (Michael Imperioli) and has his best day ever at work. Jim (John Krasinski) returns to Scranton to spend more quality time with Pam (Jenna Fischer). 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. READ MORE...
Before Dunder Mifflin shutters its doors this May, NBC will air an hour-long retrospective celebrating The Office‘s nine season run. The NBC News produced special will air Thursday, May 16th (8-9 p. m. ET) and be immediately followed by the hour-long series finale. The special will feature original interviews with the cast, writers and producers including John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Mindy Kaling, Ed Helms, Greg Daniels, Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman. It will also include footage of some of the early actor auditions, an inside look at the writers’ room and highlights from the series’ run. READ MORE...