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Greg Daniels Talks The Office

Published August 20, 2007 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of NBC.
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The Office made big industry news by signing for an enhanced season of 30 episodes, as opposed to the normal 22 or 24. Many of these will be hour long episodes, but since The Office always shoots excessive footage, creator Greg Daniels has no fears about filling the time.

Greg Daniels on Extending The Office

"What we said was it's got to be good," said Daniels. "We don't want it to be slack. So we probably are going to ask them to supersize them to two and a half hours or something because the scripts are twice as long for those one hours. I'm expecting about the same ratio. There's still a lot of extras."

Daniels also wants fans to know that The Office won't become the Jim and Pam show, despite constant advertising focused on the couple. "It's always been the B plot. I think that's by design creatively that the thing has more impact when it's not carrying the entire weight. I think it was promoted a little too romantically at times. I always felt jealous on these Thursday night promos because everybody else had these really funny clips on, and then ours was like, 'Do I still love you?'' But I don't know. I think our tone has been kind of consistent with the amount of poignancy to comedy."

The Office returns to NBC this fall.

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