Does this mean the rumors of the spinoff being centered around Karen's office were false?Amy Poehler may be 'Office' bound
In negotiations to join the spinoff of the hit NBC comedy
By Nellie Andreeva
July 15, 2008, 11:16 PM ET
Amy Poehler (Getty Images photo)
Amy Poehler might be joining her "Saturday Night Live" pal Tina Fey as a primetime player for NBC.
Poehler is said to be in negotiations to star in NBC's spinoff of "The Office."
NBC and creator Greg Daniels have been mum on details about the project. The only actor cast in the project so far is comedian Aziz Ansari, but there's been speculation that the show might be built around a name actor, similar to how the original "Office" is anchored by Steve Carell.
Poehler's name was first linked to the "Office" spinoff in April, shortly after NBC announced the project at its "infront" presentation and before the release of Poehler's first starring feature, "Baby Mama," in which she shared top billing with Fey.
After the movie's big opening weekend that elevated Poehler to a bankable film star, the rumor went dormant for a while until resurfacing with a vengeance in late June, when serious talks with the networks are said to have begun.
If the deal closes, Poehler, a key member of the "SNL" cast and "Weekend Update" co-anchor, will follow in the footsteps of Fey. She also left "SNL," where she shared the "Weekend Update" desk with Poehler, to topline an NBC comedy, her Emmy-winning "30 Rock."
NBC and Poehler's reps at Endeavor and 3 Arts declined comment.
Poehler would leave a void on "SNL," where her gallery of memorable characters includes Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Another issue is Poehler's pregnancy. She is due in the fall, and the "Office" spinoff is scheduled to debut after the Super Bowl in early February, though that might change.
Fey's 2005 pregnancy delayed production on the pilot for "30 Rock."
According to Variety
The show won't be a spinoff, it will just be a completely new show. This is good news in my opinion.
Looks like it's (semi)official; from the New York Times:
Amy Poehler is leaving “Saturday Night Live” but joining a new prime-time comedy on NBC, which will be the next project of the creative team behind “The Office” but is not now expected to be a direct spinoff of that series.
Ms. Poehler’s new plans were first reported in the Hollywood trade papers and on deadlinehollywooddaily.com on Wednesday. NBC declined any official comment on Ms. Poehler’s status, saying the contract details had not been finalized. But an executive involved in her decision said she had indeed agreed to star in the new show, from Greg Daniels, creator of the American version of “The Office.”
But the executive involved in Ms. Poehler’s decision, who requested anonymity because NBC has been holding back details of the show to announce them itself, said the new comedy was not likely to be a traditional spinoff of “The Office,” as NBC announced last April. It may have some stylistic similarities, but none of the characters from “The Office” will be moving to the new series.
Ms. Poehler, who is pregnant, will continue to perform on “Saturday Night Live” through November or at least until her baby is born. She has become one of that show’s essential performers, especially for her impersonation of Hillary Rodham Clinton, which she will revive for a planned series of “SNL” election specials in prime time starting in October.
From Deadline Hollywood:
PREVIOUS: NBC is going to absurd lengths to keep its so-called "The Office Spin-off" hush-hush. For instance, I just found out that NBC pitched the new show to Amy Poehler with the ridiculous condition that she keep it secret and not tell anyone what it's about -- not even her representatives. C'mon, who does that? Meanwhile, the media debate rages about whether this will be a true spin-off or an unrelated show. Here's why there's such confusion: because nobody knows yet! (Which begs the question: what the hell did NBC actually tell Poehler about the show?)
I understand that not even showrunner Greg Daniels nor NBC has firmly decided which tack to take. This is being figured out right now. Here's what I'm know from insiders: Daniels wants to do an unrelated series with an Office-like tone and vision. But NBC wants a directly related Office spin-off, again with the same tone and vision as the American version of the original British series. "What NBC keeps arguing is that they want to cast Steve Carell in the first episode of the new show debuting after The Office on Super Bowl Sunday, and why would he show up if it's not related?" a source tells me. "But Daniels is a stubborn, stubborn guy. I bet Greg gets his way."
Certain sources insist to me the new show won't be a spin-off. Yet what's hilarious here is that the NBC pinheads are so lacking in imagination that they don't think Daniels can come up with an easy plot device to feature Carell in the first episode without the show being an actual spin-off. I really think NBC's founder David Sarnoff is spinning in his grave. "The General" helped Dwight D Eisnerhower win World War II. Thank god NBC's current corporate feebs weren't in charge of that war -- or we'd all be Nazis.
Amy Poehler just confirmed to the media what I reported back on Tuesday: that she'll be joining "The Office Spin-off". "I can kind of confirm that I will be working in some capacity on that show," Poehler told the AP. "I don't really have any other details yet." She just picked up an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series today for her great stuff on Saturday Night Live. (Poehler's husband Will Arnett also received an Emmy nomination today for his guest performance on 30 Rock). But Poehler will stick with SNL for its expanding programming during the election. Meanwhile, I'm going to keep calling this "The Office Spin-Off" even if it turns out not be, because "Greg Daniels' Other Show That Has The Tone And Vision Of The Office But Isn't An Office Spin-Off " is too damn long...
5PM UPDATE: It's Official: It's 'The Office' Un-Spin-Off. So my sources tell me showrunner Greg Daniels won, NBC lost, and all is right with the world. I'm glad everything is finalized because, geez, I'm sick of reporting on this. (And I don't even watch The Office. Not my kind of show. Don't hate me...)
NBC co-chair Ben Silverman says the network is not only doing a Greg Daniels comedy starring Amy Poehler, but is also still pursuing a separate "Office" spinoff.
"They came up with two ideas," Silverman says. "One that is totally a spinoff and planted in 'The Office' and may involve characters from 'The Office.' The other is a new concept that's stylistically similar to 'The Office.' We decided to put all our energy into getting Amy. We literally pursued her the entire year and it is incredible we were able to land her. Amy will never appear in the world of 'The Office.' The show is not a spinoff. It does not come directly from the world of 'The Office.'"
That said, "We are also going to continue to pursue the spinoff as well," Silverman says.
Also, Poehler's show will no longer debut after the Super Bowl, since the actress' pregnancy has pushed back the show's start date. The network has not yet decided what will air in the slot, but it could still be some iteration of "The Office."
So now is Aziz Ansari going to be on the Amy Poehler show or the Office spinoff?
NBC.com has added the full Comic-Con 2008 'The Office' panel...
For more goods and info on The Office, check out http://www.officetally.com
Here's what Greg Daniels, executive producer of "The Office," told me about the show's season opener, set for Sept. 25.
The season opener will be an hourlong episode and flash back to the summer weeks in the office. A weight challenge will be one of the plots, and every 15 minutes of the story will represent a period of time from the summer.
Production on the fourth season begins today in Los Angeles.
As for all the talk of an "Office" spin-off, Daniels says he's not focusing on that particular project right now. He says his first priority will be on the mothership "Office" and then a new comedy starring Amy Poehler from "Saturday Night Live." Amy's show will not be a spin-off or be connected to "The Office" in any way. Greg did not want to reveal the concept behind Amy's series.
However, he did state that Amy's series won't be off the ground for a while. Amy's pregnant and doesn't want to work on a primetime series for a few months after her baby is born. I suspect Amy's series could get off the ground in the 2009-2010 season.
And has a Dwight Shute spin-off starring the ever-pleasant Rainn Wilson been on the drawing boards? Greg says no, and Wilson says he would not be interested in a spin-off. He likes "The Office" just as it is.
NBC’s Olympian promotional push on behalf of “The Office” moves to the next level on Friday night.
The network is expected to premiere the second in what could be as many as five Olympics-themed spots created and scripted by “Office” executive producer Greg Daniels and his staff of writers.
The first promo, “Slap Face,” premiered last week during NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremonies of the Beijing Games.
In the latest ad—making its premiere exclusively on TVWeek.com—Dwight (Rainn Wilson) declares that the decathlon is for wimps. He suggests a “centathlon” comprised of 100 various events, most of which only Dwight could imagine (think Battleship, Murder Ball and Murder Checkers).
The new spot also marks the introduction of NBC’s overall pre-premiere marketing theme for “The Office,” which will play off fans’ desire to see how various cliffhangers on the show will be resolved. NBC has licensed the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song “The Waiting” to use in a number of “Office” spots set to air between now and the show’s season premiere.
NBC Universal Chief Marketing Officer John Miller is overseeing the campaign, working in conjunction with Adam Stotsky, the newly tapped president of marketing at NBC Entertainment.
Interview with Amy Ryan and Paul Lieberstein
"The Office" also boasts a stellar list of directors and this season is no different. Lieberstein shared that besides directing a few episodes in the coming season, "Juno" director Jason Reitman has signed to helm an episode and Stephen Merchant, who co-created the British and American version of "The Office," is directing the Halloween episode. Asked what it was like to have Merchant around, Lieberstein obviously had a positive experience. He shares that Merchant "was in the writers room with us rewriting [the script] over the last several days so it was really exciting having him there. He brings with him a bit of that initial integrity of the documentary that the British [version] had so he calls us out every once in awhile. [Lieberstein adopts a British accent] 'How are they going to do that with a little documentary?' When we seem to go a little too far or get too personal with them like to set a scene in the bathroom and he says, 'Really, I don't think they'd follow them in there.' He's extremely funny and it's been great working with him.
The Office premiered yesterday to little fanfare, especially from fans of Oregon State and USC.
Actor Steve Carell went to a Los Angeles bar and asked the locals to switch to The Office while fans were gearing up for the big football game. A group of men from the bar got pissed and "launched" Carell from the bar. Carell reportedly suffered a few cuts, but mostly "a bruised ego", said the Golden Globe winner and Daily Show "pun"dit
When asked for comment by the paparazzi he simply replied, "I'm too old for this shit."
how old is pam supposed to be? I just think her dorming is weird. kinda.
She's 29 according to Pam's MySpace page
Also, did anyone notice her friend at art school was also the actor who plays Harry Crane in Mad Men?
I was in kind of a shit mood last night but that sucked.
The whole dorm thing... what the fuck? They know dorms cost money, right? They're not just free-to-live-in premise factories?