For the week of Dec. 7, the cringe comedy and mockumentary about the lives of office employees at a drab Pennsylvanian paper manufacturer blasted past the mysterious Mandalorian and weirdly endearing Grogu (aka, Baby Yoda), settling into first place in Nielsen’s Top 10 SVOD programs list. It is the seventh time The Office takes the gold, a record-breaker.
When NBCUniversal brings The Office to Peacock next month, it could be a major test of whether users are willing to pay for the ad-supported streaming service. The company is considering putting most seasons of the sitcom behind a paywall, according to people familiar with the matter, a bet that the move will increase subscriber revenue.
The Office creator Greg Daniels has cut a scene featuring blackface from an episode of the show. The 2012 episode, “Dwight Christmas,” features a brief scene of a character in blackface as part of Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) efforts to get the Dunder Mifflin staff to celebrate a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas. The re-edited episode will replace the previous version on Netflix, its current streaming home (the show will move to NBCUnviersal’s Peacock platform in 2021), in syndication and on streaming platforms where it’s available for purchase.
A recent Nielsen streaming report for the week of March 2-8 acquired by Variety shed light on the normally very tight black box of Netflix viewing data. It shows The Office, Schitt’s Creek and Good Girls as the top three in acquired series on the streamer. The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez and Love is Blind led the most-watched original shows.
Mindy Kaling said in a recent interview that Television Academy officials told her they were going to cut her name from the show’s list of eligible contenders because there were too many producers listed. She was also a producer, and the only woman of color on the writing staff.
Popular library shows are commanding hefty price tags and prompting bidding wars among streamers. TV studios are now bringing reps for creators and some key actors to ensure they get their slice of the pie and that high-profile talents stay happy.
NBCUniversal’s June 25 announcement that it is pulling The Office from Netflix when that deal ends at the start of 2021 is the latest shot across the bow in the streaming wars, a signal that one-time TV hits are the new battlefield as the media giants fight to lure viewers to their direct-to-consumer offerings.
The NBC cult favorite will leave Netflix when its current deal with the streamer expires at the end of 2020. NBCUniversal’s forthcoming direct-to-consumer platform will then be the exclusive streaming home for all nine seasons of the comedy starting in 2021.
That’s according to Bob Greenblatt. But a Friends or Seinfeld revival will never happen, the NBC Entertainment chairman said Wednesday at THR’s Power Lawyers breakfast, during which he noted the network is toying with direct-to-consumer content.
Sources confirm that the Peacock network is eyeing a continuation of the beloved workplace comedy for the 2018-2019 season. The revival would once again be set at Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton, Pa., branch, and feature a mix of new and old cast members. Steve Carell, who starred as the branch’s regional manager, Michael Scott, for seven of the comedy’s nine seasons, will not be involved in the new series. The search for a new RM/boss is said to be already underway.
The NBC workplace comedy, set at the fictional company’s Scranton, Pa., branch, aired its finale Thursday to end an eight-year run. As expected, office manager Dwight wed tempestuous co-worker Angela, with whom he previously shared a secret affair. He had abruptly proposed to her on last week’s episode. And as a welcome surprise, former manager Michael Scott was back to serve as Dwight’s best man.
If any TV show is lucky enough, it will last to the point when it will seem tired, repetitive, business as usual. The Office, which ends its last season after nine years tonight, may arguably have reached that point; however well it ends, it will have been punching the clock for a long time. But it’s worth remembering, however much we’re used to the show’s style and comedy now, that network TV sitcoms were a different breed when the American version of the show came on the air in 2005.
The 75-minute final episode that airs May 16 is commanding unit costs as high as $400,000 per 30-second spot.
Fans of The Office will have a bit longer to say goodbye. NBC is extending the length of the final episode by 15 minutes. It will air from 9 to 10:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 16.
The NBC mockumentary about a clan of quirky cubicle-dwellers at the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. wraps up May 16 after nine seasons, and a crowd estimated at 10,000 attended a “Wrap Party” in Scranton, Pa., to show their appreciation.
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Organizers say more than 3,000 tickets have already been purchased by people around the globe who plan to attend the wrap party next month in Scranton to commemorate the final episode of the NBC comedy “The Office.” The long-running show is set in the northeastern Pennsylvania city. Organizers of the May […]
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – Ain’t no party like a Scranton party – especially if the guests include Jim and Pam from “The Office.” Two of the biggest stars of NBC’s comedy will visit Scranton next month for a wrap party for the long-running show set in the northeastern Pennsylvania city. Organizers of the May 4 […]
The paper-pushers of Dunder Mifflin will make one last stop in Scranton before closing their doors next month. The Office wrap party will celebrate the upcoming conclusion of the Scranton-set television show with several activities throughout the city on Saturday, May 4. The event was announced between the seventh and eight innings of Thursday’s Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders minor league baseball game.
The long-running comedy will be ending after the upcoming season.
NBC’s The Office went through a major transformation at the beginning of this season, following the departure of original star Steve Carell. But the show, which has not been officially renewed, may undergo an even more dramatic change going into next fall. Word is that Executive Producer Greg Daniels, who originally developed the American version of the cult British comedy, is mulling a reboot of the series, now in its eighth season.
Spader, who appeared in last season’s finale and more this year as the oddball boss Robert California, won’t be back next year.
Dwight Schrute may finally be off to greener pastures … literally. Word is that NBC is working on an Office spinoff starring Rainn Wilson for a potential midseason 2013 launch.
Five of network TV’s most established shows have undergone major cast changes since last season, spurred by contract disputes, growing movie careers and creative crises.
As previously reported, Spader’s ambitious character won’t be long for his mid-level Dunder Mifflin job. As series regular/executive producer Paul Lieberstein said: “He’ll have been hired over the summer as the new manager, but within hours, got himself promoted. Within days, he took over the company” as the new Sabre CEO. All of which means that The Great Office Boss Mystery will continue, since Robert California won’t occupy Michael Scott’s vacated office for long.
James Spader, who appeared on the seventh-season finale of the hit comedy, will be joining the show as Robert California, who takes over as boss of the entire Dunder Mifflin operation.
The Office may have found a new boss: James Spader is negotiating with NBC to join the hit comedy next fall — but not merely as the manager of the Scranton branch.
With a herd of celebrity guests, The Office‘s ratings rebounded from a two-week decline following Steve Carell’s exit last month. The season finale of the NBC comedy was last night’s top scripted show, impressive considering The Big Bang Theory and Grey’s Anatomy both aired their season-enders last night as well, and finished behind only Fox’s American Idol on the night. Office averaged a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating for the one-hour episode at 9 p.m., up 18% over last week’s 3.2 and 12 percent better than last year’s finale.