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post #661 of 830
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Originally Posted by mikeny View Post

A whole show featuring Schrute Farms?

I'm pretty certain I'd rather watch Green Acres reruns than a show based entirely on Schrute Farms. They'd have to give Wilson a really exceptional ensemble cast, because the Dwight character can't carry a show by himself.
post #662 of 830
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Originally Posted by DrLar View Post

Yeah not based on their Seinfeld characters I know.

I was on a run there with the number of sit-com spinoffs named after a character that didn't last more than one season. There were a lot of them and I didn't even include "The Ropers" or "Joanie Loves Chachi" since they were two characters.

I have watched way too much television in my life.
post #663 of 830
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Originally Posted by aldamon View Post

That's a lot of issues and defections to manage. It's time to shut it down NBC.

I completely agree. I still watch the show, but to me the series will have always 'ended' when Michael Scott left. Should I ever pick up the series on Blu, I'll only purchase through Steve Carrell's last season.
post #664 of 830
Personally I'd like to see The Office end this year with Michael and Holly getting married.
post #665 of 830
The show has leaned towards character-driven humor. They need to go back to workplace humor. It's a bottomless pot of comedy gold. In just the past year at work...

I could write an episode based on a business concept (more a one-word catch phrase) a manager picked up somewhere that our company is now pretending to be fixated on while we continue doing our jobs just like before. I won't say the word because I suspect managers Google it several times a day. We know it will pass just like ISO 9000, Six Sigma, and the dozen others in the past that we've embraced, failed at, and discarded.

I could write an episode on the endless corporate surveys we take that say employees are dissatisfied, yet the managers turn it around as being our fault. They result in "action plans" to improve the workplace that have us do all the work so we take the blame when we're still dissatisfied! One survey actually asked "Is your best friend in your workplace?" as if that were a requirement for a productive workplace. Did Michael Scott write it?

I could write an episode on how our bosses are "empowering" employees by "allowing" us to choose which additional work we want to volunteer for. The recent trend is to make the "workplace experience" not just a matter of showing up, doing your work, and going home. It's about making you feel "empowered", as if your ideas and contributions count while you do your work and go home.

If Dilbert can still be funny after almost 13 years, surely they can keep Office funny for a while longer.
post #666 of 830
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Originally Posted by scowl View Post

If Dilbert can still be funny after almost 13 years, surely they can keep Office funny for a while longer.

The interesting thing about Dilbert is Scott Adams began the strip by soliciting suggestions from readers about the nutty things that happened in their offices. In essence, he outsourced the toughest job of any cartoonist - coming up with truly funny ideas day after day, year after year.

I'm afraid 'The Office' is pretty much mined out of great ideas. It lost its heart and soul when it lost Michael Scott. It's been a fun ride, but I wouldn't be sad to see it go away at this point.
post #667 of 830
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Originally Posted by scowl View Post

I have watched way too much television in my life.

I know, me too. Isn't it wonderful?
post #668 of 830
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

The interesting thing about Dilbert is Scott Adams began the strip by soliciting suggestions from readers about the nutty things that happened in their offices. In essence, he outsourced the toughest job of any cartoonist - coming up with truly funny ideas day after day, year after year.

Yes, and the writers of the Office could so the same thing. I think at this point the writers are more interested in the Office characters than in writing funny shows. After a few seasons writers often get trapped in thinking, "What do people want x to do this week?"

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I'm afraid 'The Office' is pretty much mined out of great ideas. It lost its heart and soul when it lost Michael Scott. It's been a fun ride, but I wouldn't be sad to see it go away at this point.

I was never a big fan of Michael Scott and this was never the Steve Carell show.
post #669 of 830
So what did you guys think about Catherine Tate now?

Dwight coming back from surgery so fast was nice..
post #670 of 830
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Originally Posted by DrLar View Post

So what did you guys think about Catherine Tate now?

Dwight coming back from surgery so fast was nice..

I think they should have picked her instead of James Spader.
post #671 of 830
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Originally Posted by DrLar View Post

So what did you guys think about Catherine Tate now?

I think she's much better as an office executive than she was as a Companion.
post #672 of 830
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Originally Posted by vfxproducer View Post

I think she's much better as an office executive than she was as a Companion.

Thank you. She looked familiar but I could not recall where I had seen her. Looks like she may have lost some weight.
post #673 of 830
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Originally Posted by Garrett Adams View Post

Thank you. She looked familiar but I could not recall where I had seen her. Looks like she may have lost some weight.

She's lost weight for sure. Not sure it's an improvement. I thought she was the worst companion in the Moffit era run of 'Dr. Who'. But she could have been very funny in this role.
post #674 of 830
The last couple of episodes were very good.

Jim using Dwight to get rid of the big pest was funny. Stan's comment to Jim about how it only gets easier and easier was exactly what you would expect him to say.

The only downside for the last two episodes is Andy, even though his involvement was relatively minimal. As usual, I find him to be a major drag on the show.
post #675 of 830
I'd hit Cathy... and Nelly, she looked quite good

So Dwight ditched her off? mmm I think she wants her eating from his hand before having sex with her or something.
post #676 of 830
I'm sad that in all the business trips I've taken, I've never had anything like anything in this episode happen to me. It's been hanging out with middle-aged men at Hooters listening to them complain about their wives. Most of them are as crude as Packer.

Sounds like the paper business is the place to be for wild business trips! I loved how Stanley became a total ladies' man on the road.
post #677 of 830
Thread Starter 
TV Notes
James Spader Exiting 'The Office'
By Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter - Feb. 27, 2012

James Spader will not be returning to The Office.

In another shake-up at NBC's long-running comedy, the Boston Legal actor has opted not to be part of the series' ninth season, assuming one is ordered, NBC confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Spader has offered the series a dose of star power since veteran star*Steve Carell*(Michael Scott) exited the series. In the months since, Spader has replaced*Kathy Bates' character as the fictional company's new chief executive, Robert California.

To hear Office executive producer Paul Lieberstein tell it, Spader already has contributed far more to the series than he had planned. The actor had signed to play a two-scene role in the season-seven finale, but the life and intrigue that he brought to the part made two scenes become a full season.

"James always wanted this to be a one-year arc, and he now leaves us having created one of the most enigmatic and dynamic characters in television, adds Lieberstein, who plays Toby Flenderson on the show. He's been a great friend to me and the show, helping us successfully transition into the post-Michael Scott years, and I'm grateful for that.

The news of Spader's exit comes as*other members of The Office's staff on-camera and off are toying with departure. Head writer Daniel Chun inked an overall deal with rival ABC Studios in late February, mere weeks after his fellow Office writer and star Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor) had her comedy project ordered to pilot at Fox. If the latter is picked up to series,*Kaling, whose Universal Television deal expires in June, is expected to depart the Office and focus on the new show.

Although sources have downplayed its likelihood in recent weeks, NBC is also said to be eyeing a potential midseason*spin-off centered on Rainn Wilson's quirky Dwight Schrute character. The idea, which Wilson has since confirmed, is to further explore the Schrute family farm, with multiple generations of Schrutes involved. If the network opts to move forward with it, Wilson, too, likely will pack his bags.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/new...on-nine-295540
post #678 of 830
I wasn't aware Spader was going to be on the show the whole season, just occasional appearances like Kathy Bates.
post #679 of 830
No big loss, IMO. I like Spader but never warmed up to Robert California.
post #680 of 830
More proof that The Office needs to wrap it up this season.
post #681 of 830
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Originally Posted by RolandOG View Post

No big loss, IMO. I like Spader but never warmed up to Robert California.

The character he portrayed during the interview scenes in his first appearance on the show was much more intriguing than his full-time role has been.
post #682 of 830
New Episode tonight.. right?
post #683 of 830
The show truly sucks now. I'm considering dropping it from my DVR.
post #684 of 830
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Originally Posted by DaveFi View Post

The show truly sucks now. I'm considering dropping it from my DVR.

After 169 episodes, they've definitely covered all the ground that can be covered several times over. It's definitely on my D-list as well.

I think I'm falling out of love with the whole mockumentary genre entirely, and it's definitely been over-saturated by this show, P&R, and Modern Family.
post #685 of 830
The scenes at the office treaded on all too familiar ground, and were simply unfunny to boot. The entire episode should have focused on the new retail store.
post #686 of 830
Wow, so many professional TV critics here on the thread. This is a network sitcom for crying out loud. Enjoy it for what it is. I still find it pretty darn funny and hope it continues at least another year.
post #687 of 830
The show seems to just be a 'pass' now.

I'm very glad the Florida thing is over.

I actually continued to find Robert California an interesting funny character and he's been and will be missed. In contrast there's been too much of 'cornball Andy'. A part of me wants him to stay with Erin (who's character they've also overdone) in Florida.
post #688 of 830
I liked the Florida stuff. It was at least a bit different.
post #689 of 830
Putting someone on a doomed project was classic upper management nastiness. I liked the business trip. It reminded me why I do everything I can to get out of them these days.
post #690 of 830
This show is just terrible. The writers must have left with Steve Carrell. The whole Florida thing was silly and unfunny. The new gal Nellie is the worst character in the history of television. She has degraded the show to unwatchable.
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