Meet The Staff Of Dunder-Mifflin!
Scranton Pennsylvania’s great mid-size paper company was home to one of the greatest sitcoms of all time premiered 15 years ago: NBC’s “The Office.”
The show made Regional Manger Michael Scott a household name, and Actor Steve Carell a star. Among the incredible cast that became household names because of the show: John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Mindy Kaling, Ed Helms and Craig Robinson.
Now, a book tells the inside story of how this iconic TV series came to be!
The Secrets Of “The Office!”
Andy Greene’s terrific new book takes us on a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic show.
Greene is a senior writer at Rolling Stone , and he conducted 86 interviews with actors and crew members to tell the story of how the show stayed on the air for nine seasons.
Here are revelations from the book that fans will love to know:
Michael Scott wanted to stay with the show!
Steve Carell’s portrayal of Regional Manager Michael Scott is one of TV’s greatest characters – when Carell left, after seven seasons, the show took a creative nosedive from which it couldn’t recover.
The book suggests that Carell was willing to continue in the role!
Here’s what Mashable said about Green’s findings int he book:
“After poor communication on the network’s end (no one offered him a new season contract) he decided not to renew,” leaving fellow cast members devastated.
So Carell could have stayed, but the negotiations were botched!
“That’s What She Said!”
It’s one of the funniest ongoing sayings in the show.
Michael Scott’s “always inappropriate” catchphrase started out as a joke in the writers room. The writers said it so much that someone finally decided to add it to Michael’s communication style.
It is ALWAYS said an a sexual way, and always at the wrong time. And it’s always hilarious!
Fans know that one of the most enduring storylines involved the flirtation and then love affair between Jim Halpert and Pam Beasley.
Jim and Pam’s chemistry started in auditions: as they were auditioning for the show, both John Krasinski and Jenna Fisher spent a lot of time reading together.
Each were convinced that the other would get the part. There was “this chemistry that had already started, which was pretty awesome,” Krasinski told People magazine after they both jobs on the show.
Incidentally, fictional characters Pam and Angela now have a podcast where they discuss the show, and were on The Kelly Clarkson Show to share stories about how the show changed their lives.
I can’t wait to read this book – perhaps we’ll hear more aobu this as well:
“Threat Level: Midnight!”
One of the best episodes ever involved the staff reading Michael’s screenplay for his action thriller, starring himself! You can actually find the short film on one of the show’s blu-ray releases – see it here!
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