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Jul 24th 2006

Brian Baumgartner's myspace blog (as Kevin) states that "Kevin" is busy working on 2nd quarter spreadsheets. That's April-July, right? So like...time has passed, right?

Jul 25th 2006

I agree with what PurseGirl said. My first thought when I saw the titles was, "These don't seem Office-y." They don't really match the naming style from the other seasons: Basketball, Sexual Harrassment, Casino Night.

Jul 27th 2006 edited

OfficeTally now says that these titles are really for "House". Scroll down on this page here. They seem to fit that show better, anyways.

Jul 27th 2006

Saw that! I knew it just didn't sound right. Mystery solved.

Jul 27th 2006

That makes much more sense! Still can't wait, though!

Jul 27th 2006

Oh good. I knew something was not right. Though I was looking forward to what storylines 'Meaning' could have possibly stirred.

Jul 30th 2006

Okay, so I went to USC today, to the Office panel discussion. BJ Novak (Ryan), Paul Lieberstein (Toby), Kent Zbornak (co-executive producer), Caroline Williams (staff writer), and Ken Whittingham (director) were on the panel. There were probably 200+ people there, mostly USC film students.
First of all, we watched "Health Care", "Sexual Harrassment", and "The Injury" in their entirety. Which I have seen multiple times, but it was fun watching it on a big screen with a large audience. Hearing everyone else laughing was kind of great.
Then, the panel discussion. This part lasted about an hour and a half. I took notes, because I am quite the dork.
Some spoiler-esque highlights:
* There will be an episode upcoming where we visit Dwight's Beet Farm. We will meet Mose, played by another writer.
* We will meet Leo and Gino, who are employees of Vance Refridgeration. These parts will also be played by current writers. (All writers have it in their contract that they must be willing to act on the show).
* The Kiss will be handled very uniquely, in a way that they believe will surprise viewers.
* There is no plan at this time to feature any of the actors from the BBC version.
* The first episode of S03 will take place in 1 days time (just like all the other episodes. They have a writing "rule" that each episode's story must take place in one day, with the exception of the cold open and the tag. The only time they broke this rule was during "The Client" but it was because Dwight stayed overnight, and it flowed into the next day.)
* At this time, there is no plan to have the "documentary" air for the characters to see. Their plan is maybe for the last season. But the writers said they feel it would be too confusing and hard to write what the characters would be like once they had seen their lives on TV.

That's all for now. Overall, very cool and enlightening. They told several stories about filming the episodes, just funny things that happened, etc.

Jul 30th 2006

Oh yeah, two more things:
* Michael, Jim, and Dwight will be attending a paper convention. Kent Zbornak said this will "make Dwight's speech look tiny".
* There will be possible Scranton-on-location-shooting. They are considering a St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Jul 30th 2006

No visits by Martin Freeman and MacKenzie Crook? Hmmm, I thought they were scheduled to appear. It seemed more than just a rumor. Too bad.

Thanks a bunch stella for that stellar report.

Jul 30th 2006

DanBoy, They mentioned that they were hoping to have one of the BBC characters appear (they wouldn't say who), but that that person had another project come up, and will no longer be making a guest appearance at this time. I'm disappointed about that too. Oh well, we do have a lot to look forward to.

Jul 30th 2006

The Kiss will be handled very uniquely, in a way that they believe will surprise viewers.

Okay, I'd be lying if I said that that didn't give me the chills.

At this time, there is no plan to have the "documentary" air for the characters to see. Their plan is maybe for the last season.

So perhaps the show will go on for more than 3 seasons?

Jul 30th 2006 edited

Thanks so much stella! We appreciate the notes.

I had plans to go, but I didn't realize that today was July 30th.

Jul 31st 2006 edited

First, stella, thanks so much for taking the time to report back. I'm awfully jealous that you went but glad as well. Remind me to pick your brain as to how you knew about it beforehand. I live/work locally and would have loved to have attended.

  • The Kiss will be handled very uniquely, in a way that they believe will surprise viewers.

I have a very difficult time believing, with the wide range of really, really talented viewers [hanging around here particularly] that we'd be surprised - but you never know. Combining this "hint" with the previous spoilers re Jim's locale in at least the first few episodes, I'm the proverbial curious kitty (heh, no pun intended with my name here).

  • The first episode of S03 will take place in 1 days time (just like all the other episodes. They have a writing "rule" that each episode's story must take place in one day, with the exception of the cold open and the tag....

This is very interesting. I love hearing about the different rules they've set down for themselves. Because of the setup of the show itself, they seem to have to be even more creative with how they tell their stories due to these rules.

Jul 31st 2006 edited

They have a writing "rule" that each episode's story must take place in one day, with the exception of the cold open and the tag....

That info came in response to an audience question. The funny thing is, that answer (from Paul) came after B.J.'s, who said that things had just kind of "gone that way; not really a conscious decision..." Paul corrected him by saying that Greg Daniels had sort of made it a rule...to which B.J. replied: "I must have missed that day..."

Jul 31st 2006

Thanks Stella and garbagethrower. This is the next best thing to being there.

Jul 31st 2006

Combining this "hint" with the previous spoilers re Jim's locale in at least the first few episodes, I'm the proverbial curious kitty (heh, no pun intended with my name here).

Andy the Cat, What do we know about Jim's locale in the first few episodes? The only thing I saw is that he will be attending a paper convention, but we don't know if that will be in the first few episodes. I must have missed something.

Jul 31st 2006

So, did Wronga--erm, Kristen, share any Office's goodies tonight in her live E! chat? They're usually half-assed, but she can get a tinge of truth in them.

Aug 1st 2006 edited

Plaid (and anyone else who's interested):

Here's the post at the Live Journal community (theoffice_us).

I'll just post the paragraph I was referrring to. Sorry about that, btw. I was assuming everyone here had read that or something similar here already. ::facepalm::

(From E!online's Watch With Kristin Chat)
From jellygirl: Who will Pam choose? I'm really, really, really upset by a piece of scoop I just heard. Now, it's just a rumor at this point, but it involves Jim in a workplace that is not in Scranton. In a workplace with people who are not the Office regulars. In a workplace with a cute girl that is not Pam. If this is not a sick dream from which he wakes up in 30 seconds, I just might have to go to set and kidnap Jim. Well, either way, it seems a good plan.

So, since it's Kristin, I'm thinkin' big 'ol grain of salt on the one hand but ... definitely plausible on the other hand...and I'm okay with it, actaully - just so long as Scranton gets downsized into Stamford....oh, the angst!

Aug 1st 2006

Andy the Cat,

I do remember reading that now. I think that was why I posted my theory above that corroborates with what Kristin said. I, just figured that it might just be a rumor and not based on anything that could be stated as fact.

Thanks for posting the link.

Aug 4th 2006

Oh dear. I'm going to jump right into the deep end with this one - but it sort of hit me like a ton of bricks this morning after watching the latest webisode (No. 5).

With the spoiler:

The Kiss will be handled very uniquely, in a way that they believe will surprise viewers.

...and pulling from the recent webisode, the "look" between Angela and Roy in "Casino Night", etc. -- what do you all think of this possibility?:

The wedding has gone forward - only to be interrupted by Angela (who we all know is now invited - bringing in the irony of Pam choosing to invite her despite her better judgement) who, unbeknownst to us at the time, also witnessed The Kiss and feels that she owes it to Roy (who has too much "character" - pfft) to tell him the truth about Pam's cheating "hussy" ways.

Whew! Okay. What do you all think?

Oh, and let me know if you all think this comment should be elsewhere. I thought it should go here because of the spoilers - but if the mods think it should maybe be in a separate "Theories/Speculation w/Spoilers" or something similar.

Aug 4th 2006

The Kiss will be handled very uniquely, in a way that they believe will surprise viewers.

I hope "uniquely" means "we're going to treat it like two adults would handle it and actually bring the two people together so we can show people what really happens in a relationship." That would be unique, since TV shows don't do that; apparently the norm is to jerk around viewers until they have wiplash and no one cares if the characters ever get together.

I am really, really impressed - still - by the finale and how everything about it ignored rules and practically flipped off the notion that you need to keep characters like Jim and Pam apart. I hope they stick with that mentality for Season 3.

Please don't let Pam marry Roy. I know that in real life people marry people who are bad for them, people who are sub-par, people who are less than they deserve. But that's just too realistic for a tv comedy.

Aug 5th 2006

Loaded Teapot (I always just want to write "Loaded" but don't want to insult you - hee!), I love your idea of "unique". Let's hope the writers have decided to go down that path or one similar. The "rumor" (and I'll deal with rumors in a second) that Jim is at another branch around other non-"Office" office employees lead me to believe that if they are going to bring them together, it's not going to be rightaway (which I don't necessarily want that either).

Now, according to the rumor that I spoke about above, I'm even wondering if that's true. I believe Jenna Fischer noted in her MySpace to watch out for the rumors, because the network was being really sneaky with keeping the plotlines secret. Hhhmmmm...

I couldn't agree with you more about how they handled the finale. I remember reading that Steve Carrell wanted to write it that way and almost everyone else pshaw'd the idea of having Jim declare his love <i>and</i> have JAM have their first real kiss all in the same episode. But Steve fought for it insisting that this show needed to break some of those rules and go for broke and arent' we all so glad he did!

Aug 5th 2006

...arent' we all so glad he did!

Yep!

Aug 5th 2006

Saw this over at TV Squad under spoilers anonymous. It's pretty much the same as we heard from Kristin.

The Office - Rashida Jones has landed a recurring role as a potential love interest and co-worker for Jim. Jim will start the season at a different Dunder Mifflin branch, where Rashida Jones, Ed Helms and Charles "Chip" Esten will play co-workers.

Aug 5th 2006

I don't know how I feel about them adding new people to the show.. We barely get enough of Kevin, Creed, Oscar, Angela, Kelly, Stanley, Meredith, Phyllis and Toby as is.

Aug 5th 2006

Rashida Jones has landed a recurring role as a potential love interest and co-worker for Jim.

This actually made me feel nauseous. Like in a way, Jim was cheating on Pam and all his fans. I didnt cry, though. I kept it together.

Aug 5th 2006

Rashida Jones has landed a recurring role as a potential love interest and co-worker for Jim.

Ugh. Yuck. Not what I wanted to read, but you know what? It'll probably be awesome - because the show has been nothing but stellar so far. And as a fan of the UK version, Tim DID have a flirtation thing going with the girl that came from the other branch (can't recall her name - was it Rachel?) Anyway, they even started dating and the documentary crew made sure they caught loads of Dawn's reactions to the two of them - to put it simply, she didn't like it.

I want JAM together so badly, but I want it done right. As long as this new girl for Jim is written as Katy-like as possible (relatively harmless and no on screen kisses between her and Jim), then I'll be okay with it. I've got to admit, my interest is piqued and at an all time high this summer due to these tidbits of information. I am imagining all kinds of scenarios after the JAM kiss. Will Pam be married at the season opener? Is that why Jim leaves and starts a relationship with someone else? I gotta tell you, that's about the only way I'm going to buy this whole thing. I can't see him finally getting the nerve to tell Pam his true feelings and then he goes off to be with someone else!

I was really hoping that the show would bring Jim and Pam together early on in this season - yeah, the audience won't have much of the angst or flirtation anymore, but the two of them fit so well together and are so likable, that we could see another side to them - people in love, who work side by side every day.

Aug 5th 2006 edited

Will Pam be married at the season opener?

I feel nauseas.

I was really hoping that the show would bring Jim and Pam together early on in this season - yeah, the audience won't have much of the angst or flirtation anymore, but the two of them fit so well together and are so likable, that we could see another side to them - people in love, who work side by side every day.

Here, here. I couldn't agree more.

Maybe the whole "Jim has a new love interest" thing is just a red herring. Maybe she's just a co-worker, nothing more.

Aug 5th 2006

Maybe the whole "Jim has a new love interest" thing is just a red herring. Maybe she's just a co-worker, nothing more.

Oh great! Or maybe we, as well as Pam, believes Jim has a thing for this "love interest" when he's still pining after Pam.

Aug 5th 2006

and no on screen kisses between her and Jim.

I couldn't agree with you more. If they are bringing in a new love interest (yuk!) for Jim, please, oh please do not make me watch them kiss. I couldn't bear it.

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