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Archive for February 2006
I have to say up front that Ellen does absolutely nothing for my humor bone. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed her jokes. But, Jim (John Krasinski) and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) totally make up for it in this clip. Jim tells a story in his usual stand-up mode. When is he going to do some stand-up? And, both of them have a dance off at the end.
These two work really well together.
(Note: clicking on the center of the screen will bring you to the youtube.com website to watch the video. If you click on the play button at the bottom of the player, it will play the video right on this page. )
I have received this tip a few times so I thought that I’d help get the word out.
As I posted about earlier, the creator of The Office wants a long season finale. He’s hoping that NBC will give him the chance. Fans of The Office certainly want this too. There has been a petition started to ask NBC to extend the finale and they have asked for help from Life In The Office readers.
There is a great article in the Chicago Tribune that attributes the success of The Office to two Steves. Steve Carell and Steve Jobs.
It also broadcasts a plea from the creator of The Office to NBC for the season finale. He would like a “supersized episode, because it’s a really long script with a lot of good stuff.”
Here’s hoping that the suits listen.
The whole article is quite good. You can read it here.
A few days ago, I posted about the product placement in the The Office. Well, after watching some old episodes of The Office, I am a bit more confused on the whole practice of product placement. (What’s my deal with the letter “p” today?)
In this picture of Toby, he is talking about Dwight’s anatomy questions. But, if you look behind him at the candy bars, you’ll notice that they are all turned backwards. The designs are familiar. I can recognize the Almond Joy, the Hershey’s bar and the Abba Zabba. (I think.)
Are there any advertising experts out there that can share light on this? If you show a non-sponsor product in a show, does the company have to pay the show or or does the show have to pay the company?
Here are a few interesting tidbits that readers have sent in:
- Chip sent in an interesting link to some casting sides for The Office. From Chips email, “Evidently, sides are portions of scripts that actors use to study their lines. Casting sides are sides given to actors who are auditioning for roles of new characters.” You can read the pdf files here.
- Judy let me know about an article in the LA Times that talks about houses being bought and sold by celebrities. This week featured a highlight of Rainn Wilson (Dwight). He bought a nice new house, and his old one is for sale at a measly $625,000. The article is here.
- And lastly, here is a movie Michael (not Michael Scott) created. I mostly like to watch these because the lines from The Office are fun to reminisce about.
It’s that time again, time to announce the winner of the Comments Contest.
After almost 400 comments, the contest winner is Lisa (last name held on her request. She must read the site at work.) Lisa will receive all of the episodes that are on iTunes right now for her viewing pleasure.
I’ve really enjoyed the comments the last couple weeks. I hope that they don’t drop off now that the contest is done because I learn a lot while reading them. The most commented post was “Who is The Office popular with?“. There are 66 so far, but there are around 2000 daily visitors so I’m hoping the number of comments will grow. I can’t wait to put together some graphs and charts in a Michael Scott fashion.
Do you remember the post about the Dwight bobblehead petition? I received an email from the person who organized that and it read, “I am looking at the comments that show where people heard about the petition and a sizeable amount are from your site. You must have a great following. I just thought that you might like to know.” You folks are great indeed. If you have a blog or a website, consider putting this site in your sidebar so we can bring together all fans of The Office. If you reference some of the material on your blog, be sure to put a source link so people know where to come and find more of The Office.
Now that this contest is done, what should we do next? I have had some suggestions for a trivia contest, a script writing contest, or a look alike contest. (You can dress up as anyone from the show.)
Anyone else have ideas?
A reader sent in a tip on a REALLY funny interview with some of our favorite cast members of The Office. It seems that it has been around for a while because Rainn (Dwight) tells everyone to watch the first episode of The Office because they “are really going to love it.” But I have never seen it, and my guess is that most of you have not either.
They are all quite funny in this video. They even talk about cheddar cheese. (Let us know if you like cheese.)
You can check out the video here.
(Everyone say thanks to Chip for this one!!)
TheNewsTribune.com has an interesting article talking about the popularity of The Office. It talks about the way The Office started out slow but has becaome “the linchpin for a new kind of NBC must-see comedy night that has been attracting a young audience.”
It goes on with, “In the last episode before the Winter Olympic Games usurped the NBC schedule, “The Office” was a solid Top-30 show, attracting 9.2 million viewers – up 69 percent from the season’s start. And that’s on traditional TVs. “The Office” has become a bigger hit in new media, becoming a leader in downloaded episodes at $1.99 a pop on iTunes.” (I like to think our little community has something to do with that.)
Producer Ben Silverman says the iPod success “brought us an audience that wasn’t tuning in to traditional broadcast television.” At the same time, he says, making the episodes available for download immediately after they are broadcast makes the show an event that drives up ratings. “That created a new audience for us who probably wasn’t watching the television show the way they normally do,” Silverman says. “And now they’re coming to the show.” (The rest of the article here.)
This is a great sign for The Office, and for other networks making shows available on iTunes. It hits such a strong and loyal group of people that really helps the popularity of the show.
Just out of curiosity, can I take an informal poll of our demographics?
In a comment, leave your:
I think this will be interesting…and you don’t have to use your real name if you are embarrassed about the age. If we can get enough data, I’ll make up some nice graphs to show the results.