NBC to Air Hour-Long Retrospective Celebrating 'The Office'

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April 26th, 2013

NBC’s The Office

via press release:


Interviews With Cast and Writers Highlight Special Airing May 16, Prior to Series Finale

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — April 26, 2013 — NBC has announced an hour-long primetime special dedicated to the seminal comedy “The Office.” It will air Thursday, May 16 (8-9 p.m. ET) as a prelude to the one-hour series finale of “The Office,” which will immediately follow.

Produced by NBC News, this special offers an emotional farewell to the characters of “The Office,” and includes exclusive and original interviews with writers, producers and actors from the award-winning series. Among those who talk about their experience of being involved with “The Office” for all or part of its nine seasons on the air include executive producers Greg Daniels, Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman, as well as actors John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Mindy Kaling, Ed Helms, Angela Kinsey, Craig Robinson, Oscar Nunez and BJ Novak.

Novak, Kaling and Lieberstein take viewers inside the writers’ room and reveal the creative process of “The Office,” which aired for nine seasons on NBC.

In addition to interviews, other features include a look at actor auditions back when the show was first being cast, favorite moments and a behind-the-scenes sneak peak of the finale. There will also be a segment on the May 4th fan event being held in the city of Scranton, Penn., which served as the home for “The Office” for its entire run.

Since its premiere on NBC in March 2005, “The Office” has established itself as a genuine hit, earning prestigious television honors such as the 2006 Emmy Award for comedy series, 2006 Peabody Award, 2006 and 2008 AFI Honors, Producers Guild Award, Writers Guild Award, SAG Award for performance by an ensemble in a comedy, Ace Eddie Award for editing and a Television Critics Award for achievement in comedy.

“The Office” presents a hilarious documentary-style look at the humorous, and sometimes poignant, foolishness that plagues the 9-to-5 world. Based on the award-winning BBC hit, “The Office” is a fly-on-the-wall “docu-reality” parody of modern American office life that delves into the lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin, a paper supply company.

“The Office” is executive-produced by Silverman and Daniels, who developed the series for American audiences, as well Lieberstein, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Howard Klein, Brent Forrester and Dan Sterling.

  • Glue

    That’s a really great idea :). I will miss this show :(.

  • richard


  • FowlScat

    I havent missed an episode but it needs to end. The last two seasons have been just abysmal. The last 3 characters they added to fill vacancies are a bust and the show has maybe a chuckle or two weekly. Usually Dwight acting nutty. Its hard for me to understand how the writing can go into the toilet with such a successful show. Whoever decided to make Andy the boss of the office is guzzling their bathwater daily.

  • CrimeDawg

    Have to say a little bit of a let down that Steve Carrell couldn’t do something for the finale. Maybe they are keeping it a secret but seems doubtful.

  • NBC Fan

    I’m so shocked.

  • Nick

    @FowlScat You’re in for some good news then – it is ending.

    Did you really need to dedicate an entire post to how terrible this show has become? It’s ending in 3 weeks.

  • MichaelChickless

    That’s what she said.

  • Rebecca

    Looking forward to it. The retrospective will make me start grieving for the show, or rather I’ll enjoy the much better moments from the show’s past. I’ve seen every episode. And I miss Michael Scott even though he made me cringe sometimes.

  • Marius

    Can’t wait to see it. :D Hoping for numerous cameos on the final episode.

  • Mark3

    The office is the best tv show in tv!

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Season 9 has been a definite improvement over season 8. Season 9 is even better than the carbon copy of the British version that was season 1.
    I’m glad there is a restrospective, I am, but I was kinda hoping they’d do a special airing of the Voice first. I know it would get lower ratings than usual on Thursday with Idol and TBBT, but I want everyone to come back to see this truely amazing show end.

  • Chris

    I’m going to miss this show. Its quality has declined since Steve Carell left, but it is still an entertaining half hour of television. Hoping for a satisfying conclusion…

  • forg

    I hope Steve shows up in the retrospective at least

  • Iggy

    It would be hilarious if it was just a retrospective of the post-Carrell years.

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    The end is near :(

  • k:Alex

    A big ending like Cheers, Seinfeld or Friends or a clip show?

  • brutony

    Hadnt been the same since Michale left, but Im gonna miss it, even though it should have ended 2 seasons ago! And thats what I said!

  • Joseph

    Hasn’t the U.S. version of “The Office” run for more years, and for far more episodes, than the original British version??

    This is perhaps one of the very few cases where an “Americanized” version of a smash British show became a huge hit in the ‘States.

    The other prominent ones I could think of off the top of my head were “All In The Family” and “Sanford and Son”, both adapted from 1960’s Britcoms (“Till Death Do Us Part” and “Steptoe And Son”, respectively).

  • ArrestedDeveloper

    I’ve enjoyed it but I’m very glad it’s done, it’s stayed on a couple years too long. I wish they’d have the balls to do something gut wrenching like the end of the British series but last weeks episode killed any chance of that.

  • JS

    Steve Carrell is smart not to get involved with the finale. NBC is the stupidest network in the history of broadcasting to put the SERIES finale of its only hit (other than the copycat Voice) on AGAINST the season finales of American Idol and the CBS and ABC power lineups. If it waited 1 week- it’d still be SWEEPS and they’d have the whole night to themselves to pay the proper farewell. NBC = IDIOTS BEYOND BELIEF

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