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Posted Monday 12/10/18 at 3:21PM EST
Study: Netflix's viewership of its original programming jumps from 24% to 37%; The Office is Netflix's most-watched show
A study by 7Park Data found that original content went up from 14% in January 2017 to 24% in October 2017 to 37% in October 2018. 7Park Data's analysis also found that The Office is the No. 1 most-streamed show on Netflix, while Friends is No. 3.
Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 8:48PM EST
Hulu and Apple were reportedly also interested in acquiring Friends -- Netflix deal could be a preview of The Office streaming rights
Recode reports Hulu and Apple helped push the push the value of Friends reruns to the "around" $100-million mark that Netflix was willing to pay (or $70 million to $80 milllion, according to The Hollywood Reporter). Recode's Peter Kafka explains AT&T's new deal that will give Netflix the rights to Friends for 2019, but gives WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming service the chance to stream the show afterwards. "In part that’s because there’s some chicken-and-egg going on here," says Kafka. "Friends is a valuable asset, so WarnerMedia would naturally want that asset in its own service instead of someone else’s... unless that WarnerMedia service ends up being a flop, in which case stashing Friends there means it is a wasted asset. So here’s the hedge WarnerMedia has ended up with: After 2019, WarnerMedia has the ability to pull Friends from Netflix altogether, and keep the show as an exclusive. Or it can let Netflix stream the show as well, at a discount of about 25 percent. Which means there’s a scenario where WarnerMedia can get another $75 million a year from Netflix and still use the show as a key part of its own streaming service." Kafka says this could be a preview of what happens to The Office rerun rights when they expire on Netflix because Comcast is considering its own streaming service.
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 1:18PM EST
The Office alums reunite for brunch
Rainn Wilson, Creed Bratton, Angela Kinsey, Paul Liebertsein, Jenna Fischer, Brian Baumgartner, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez and Ed Helms gathered Sunday at the home of American Office creator Greg Daniels. During their reunion, they tried to re-create an old Office cast photo. "Some of the old gang got together today... it was so great to see everyone!" tweeted Angela Kinsey. "I turned to Ed and said, “I feel like we are at a family reunion.” He smiled and said, 'We are.'" The reunion came two weeks after several cast members reunited for Steve Carell hosting SNL. Carell, who wasn't able to attend because he's in London, tweeted: "Miss you guys."
Posted Sunday 11/18/18 at 4:37AM EST
The Office alums pop up on SNL to pressure Steve Carell to do a revival
Carell's former cast members Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms and Jenna Fischer were all in the audience for his opening monologue on last night's Saturday Night Live. It was Carell's first time hosting since leaving The Office. “People would really love to see an Office reboot," said Kemper. "Because I need that money. Let’s get that money, Steve." Helms told Carell, who was promoting his new movie Beautiful Boy, that a potential reboot would bring in so much money “you wouldn’t have to do all those sad movies.” Fischer added: “Don’t be a d*ck, Steve. Do the reboot!'” The bit also included Carell's wife, Nancy Carell (née Walls), who appeared on The Office as Michael Scott's realtor and who herself was an SNL cast member in the 1995-96 season. Carell reacted to his former Office cast members by saying what he's been saying for a while: “I don’t think it’s the best idea. I think we should just leave it alone."
Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Steve Carell: The Office shouldn't be revived because "the climate's different" today
“Because The Office is on Netflix and replaying, a lot more people have seen it recently,” Carell tells Esquire. “And I think because of that there’s been a resurgence in interest in the show, and talk about bringing it back. But apart from the fact that I just don’t think that’s a good idea, it might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted ten years ago. The climate’s different. I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he’s certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That’s the point, you know? But I just don’t know how that would fly now. There’s a very high awareness of offensive things today—which is good, for sure. But at the same time, when you take a character like that too literally, it doesn’t really work.” ALSO: Check out a (fake) Halloween baby costume inspired by Kevin and his famous chili.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 10:26PM EDT
TV needs more loveable idiots
Source: The Washington Post
"There’s something oddly comforting and delightful about a character whose defining quality is total stupidity, especially these days when we’re overwhelmed by so. much. information," says Elahe Izadi. "TV shows can be an escape pod from everyday worries, existential dread and constant news alerts. Watching someone live in blissful ignorance? Sounds like a vacation. This fall, TV features an array of such fools with even more screen time than they’ve had before, including freeloading slacker Todd Chavez (Aaron Paul) on Netflix’s BoJack Horseman and the resident dummy on NBC’s The Good Place, the beautiful Jason Mendoza (Manny Jacinto)." Other great loveable idiots from past sitcoms include Parks and Recreation's Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) and The Office's Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper).
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 3:56AM EDT
The Office musical parody opens off-Broadway
The Office! A Musical Parody, from the people behind the musical Friends, Saved by the Bell and Full House parodies, makes you feel like you're part of The Office. "The intricately weaved two-hour-long retelling of the series feels like the world’s most elaborate inside joke, created with a whole lot of love, just for fans," says Nicole Galucci. ALSO: Steve Carell on reprising his Office role: "I love it too much to ever want to do it again."
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 3:04PM EDT
Jenna Fischer reunites with The Office co-star Angela Kinsey on Splitting Up Together
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Kinsey will play a real estate agent interested in buying the family home.
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Hundreds of The Office props are up for auction
From now through Oct. 5, you can bid on everything from the Dunder Mifflin reception desk to some of Dwight Schrute's weapons. ALSO: Watch LSU's marching band tribute to The Office.
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 11:54PM EDT
The Office's Leslie David Baker is currently playing a "pissed-off genie" for the Illinois lottery
Source: Reel Chicago
Watch the former Stanley Hudson actor in the Illinois lottery's new marketing campaign.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 10:03PM EDT
Watch a video compiling one second from each episode of The Office
A new YouTube video manages to include a memorable moment from each episode in a span of four minutes.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 1:41AM EDT
John Krasinski's favorite The Office episode is "Diversity Day
It was while filming the second episode of the NBC comedy that Krasinski knew he was part of something special. In an extended conversation with Stephen Colbert at the 92Y, Krasinksi recalled saying to himself "'Oh my God, we’re a part of something totally unique — and I don’t think anyone will watch this."
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 2:03AM EDT
Here is "The most Office moment" on Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan
Source: The Muse
Unfortunately for John Krasinski, he'll be forever known as Jim Halpert from The Office, says Clover Hope. "I understand this is a frustrating phenomenon for actors—to be eternally linked to the television role that made you famous—but it’s also a badge of honor and a sign that you’ll never be forgotten. You are ingrained in the brain folds of pop culture," she says. "To that end, you can’t watch Krasinski in anything he’s in and not think of Jim from The Office. There’s Jim Halpert in a war movie. There’s Jim Halpert shushing his family members in A Quiet Place. There’s Jim Halpert playing a C.I.A agent and staunch patriot who becomes earnestly invested in foiling a terrorist plot in what turns out to be a fairly one-dimensional presentation of bad guys versus good guys." ALSO: Jack Ryan Season 2 will focus on the decline of democracy.
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Dwight Schrute is a terrorist in The Office-Jack Ryan mashup
Funny or Die has created a video combining John Krasinki's new Amazon show with his old show, The Office.
Posted Tuesday 8/28/18 at 7:36PM EDT
Minnesota Vikings' starting QB has built a "database" of The Office episodes he's recorded on his DVR
Kirk Cousins -- who can afford Netflix and/or every The Office DVD with his new $84 million contract -- says of his favorite show: “I’ve built a database and I’ll just go back and watch them when I have free time" with the episodes he's recorded. “The show has depth," he tells The Ringer. "It has humor that’s witty and creative and not easy to see. It drives home a point. It has good character development. I’m still waiting for them to make another one like it,” he said, before adding that Parks and Recreation comes closest. “It’s really the only other show I’ve been able to get into in the last 10 years. The Office and Parks and Rec.”