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THE OFFICE Likely Going to 1-Hour Next Season

May 10, 2007 by  

THE OFFICE Likely Going to 1-Hour Next Season

UPDATE (8:35pm EST): Kristin V. just posted again that she’s now heard from sources that The Office will have 24 episodes next season including 4 hour-long specials. (Thanks GiGi)

It’s not official but….

The rumors have been floating around for the past couple of weeks now that NBC was going to permanently supersize the Emmy winning THE OFFICE. The half hour comedy would be expanded to one hour each week. Well, it seems that this might be more than just a rumor, and we will all know for sure when NBC presents its schedule next Monday in NYC. Two bits of information were just released that certainly point to 60 minutes of love from THE OFFICE.

First check out the latest from Brian Baumgartner’s (Kevin Malone) MySpace blog which he posted earlier today:

Check the newspapers and internet blogging machines. On Monday NBC will be announcing it’s plans for next year. Even though the mothership has previously announced that our little show will be back next year, I expect some big news coming from the mouth of giants on Monday in New York. If you are in New York, stop by Radio City Music Hall sometime in the afternoon. But don’t try and break in, it could get uglly. Either way, stay tuned for a big announcement Monday.

Since we know the show is already picked up for a full season, what other BIG news would be announced at the Upfronts?

And then just minutes ago we get a post from E! Online’s Kristin Veitch saying that her sources say the the show is likely to be moved to the one hour format, and on the off chance it’s not, NBC is looking to order at least 37 new episodes for the 2007-08 season. As most shows get a 22 show full season pick up, 37 episodes would be a big deal. Clearly NBC loves the ladies and gents at Dunder Mifflin…at least as much as we do.

I’ve gone on the record as saying that I think this is a fantastic idea. Clearly Greg Daniels and co were consulted and thought they could pull it off. I’m sure if they had their reservations than NBC wouldn’t bother messing with the show. Based on the last time we talked about this, many of you seem to be on board. Are you still? Is one hour a week of Dunder Mifflin too much for you?

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25 Responses to “THE OFFICE Likely Going to 1-Hour Next Season”

  1. Jo on May 10th, 2007 4:04 pm

    Is there such thing as too much Office? Pshaw. Kevin Reilly beer us an hour!

  2. katie on May 10th, 2007 4:36 pm

    I’m still on board! Bring it on!

  3. heather b (the other one) on May 10th, 2007 4:38 pm

    IF greg daniels thinks it’s a good idea, then who are we to judge.

  4. HealthcareHottie on May 10th, 2007 4:44 pm

    Bring it on baby! The more Office the better.

    I’m going to be NYC on Monday. Maybe I’ll take Brian up on his little invitation. What is everyone supposed to arrive GMMR? Since you were lucky enough to score an invite, can you bring a guest???

  5. HealthcareHottie on May 10th, 2007 4:46 pm

    That was supposed to be WHEN is everyone supposed to arrive.

  6. Billiam on May 10th, 2007 4:50 pm

    37 episodes? That shounds extreme, and a random number. And Carrel wouldn’t go for that.

  7. Kristi on May 10th, 2007 4:57 pm

    Why do you say that Billiam?

  8. Pate on May 10th, 2007 4:58 pm

    Best. Idea. Ever. Bring it.

  9. CrazyGringa on May 10th, 2007 5:31 pm

    A-W-E (clap, clap) S-O-M-E!!!

  10. Post-it Thief on May 10th, 2007 6:59 pm

    This truly would rock my tizz-own if it worked out.

  11. Gigi on May 10th, 2007 7:29 pm

    Kristin V. just posted again that she’s now heard from sources that The Office will have 24 episodes next season including 4 hour-long specials.

  12. Flutie on May 10th, 2007 9:09 pm

    This will be great if it goes to the hour format….Like I’ve said before though, it all depends on how well they sustain the hour. If they are hourlongs as good as tonight’s Beach Games, then heck yeah…This will be awesome!

  13. mg714 on May 10th, 2007 9:16 pm

    I definitely would have loved hour long shows all season long, but the extra hour long episodes in addition to the 24 like they had this year is good too. Extra time with the Office folks in any way is good! I’m so excited for next season even though this one isn’t over yet!

  14. Ashley on May 10th, 2007 10:23 pm

    Too much Office? No. Such. Thing. Has there ever been an hour long comedy? And I mean actual comedy, not “comedy” like Desperate Housewives is considered.

  15. Mike G. on May 11th, 2007 12:47 pm

    This is an awful idea. Thirty seven hour long episodes?

    “Less is more”

    I just don’t see how it can sustain high quality episodes over a whole season in that format. As it is, this season’s been hit or miss with episodes. By having this huge season, the half life of this show is shrinking and shrinking with each week of Michael’s increasingly annoying personality, Dwight’s ineptitude, and, of course, JAM.

    I read on the other thread that someone thinking the extended episodes of “The Office” have been great this season. I disagree; the only worthy extended episode has been Casino Night.

    What a bad decision, in my opinion. And to the poster who said Daniels knows what he’s doing, I’m pretty sure he has no choice, but to go along with it. He’s really in no position to be saying “no” to mandates from Zucker.

  16. MJ on May 12th, 2007 11:20 pm

    Hour long ‘Office’. Win, win, win!

  17. Kate on June 30th, 2007 3:38 pm

    I love the idea of hour-long ‘Office.’ More everything!

  18. Entertainment Is My God on August 10th, 2007 1:49 am

    I’ll watch an hour long office. Its been one of the few new shows that I can relate to. I hope Pam and Jim finally get together, but it’s like Rachel and Ross… they’ll probably save it for the series finale.

  19. rubmeister on August 14th, 2007 8:14 pm

    what! one hour office and 37 episodes!! this couldn’t be more awesome! Damn, this looks like The Office is in for the long run (maybe ER style :P? who knows) anyways, I hope they don’t get a lame start. I mean, season three was great and all if you look back, but when I saw the first episode of 3, I was a bit dissapointed, because season two was absolutely fantastic, therefor I expected a whole lot more from season 3. (yeaah yeaah it is still cool:P)

    thanks for reading and ’em BEER US OFFICE :D!

  20. lovemytv on October 12th, 2007 7:34 am

    This sounds like it would be a good idea but I don’t think it is and after watching the first three episodes I think it is confirmed. The first half of the show is more funny than the last half. The last half seems forced.
    When our tv execs going to get it? Just because an audience likes something that doesn’t mean they should cram it down our throats by creating longer shows or putting it on more than one night a week. It’s overkill. If it ain’t broken don’t fix it.

  21. Ed Kaper on November 13th, 2008 10:38 pm

    The big news is that Steve Carrell is leaving the show and Davis Schwimmer is replacing him.

  22. Ed Kaper on November 13th, 2008 10:43 pm

    David Schwimmer (Ross)

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