'The Office' lands coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot

As predicted, it looks like The Office will get the prime real estate following the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. The comedy’s executive producers told EW.com exclusively that they expect to produce the hour-long episode for the timeslot now that the Office spinoff is off the table (An NBC spokeswoman said nothing’s official). Last spring, NBC brass had announced it planned to use the post-game timeslot to launch Greg Daniels’ latest exploits from the Dunder-Mifflin clan — but since then, the Office exec producer has decided to create an entirely different workplace comedy starring Amy Poehler.

As usual, getting the producers to share details about upcoming plot points is like trying to get blood from a stone, but executive producer Paul Lieberstein did have this to say about doing hour-long episodes in general: “It lets us get deeper into some of the other characters that only have very small stories generally. So I always enjoy ‘em. I think people like to see what’s going on with some of the characters who only get grunts or reactions when Michael says something stupid.”

The comedy will also kick off its new season with an hour-long premiere in September.

-With reporting from Whitney Pastorek


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  • Josh Emerson

    They should place 30 Rock after a half hour episode of The Office! It seems like a waste to do otherwise, especially when most of the hour-long Office episodes are their weakest ones.

  • Jake

    Why ‘The Office’? Of all the struggling, yet critically acclaimed shows NBC has, why pick the one with the most chance of survival? I mean they were going to make a spinoff of the freaking show! Why not give the spot to a show, say 30 Rock, which could use some more viewers to keep Alec Baldwin in check. Or Friday Night Lights, which would actually be the most natural fit. It is kind of sad that NBC would waste such a golden opportunity to actually promote one of their more struggling shows. Well, well, it’s not the end of the world, as it would be if they gave the plum spot to Heroes.

  • Courtney

    I think that The Office is the best choice because it is such a funny show and always has a good solid fan base. 30 Rock could premire after it but The Office is still a very good show in my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Great news! The Office is the best comedy I’ve seen on television in quite awhile–it’s a weird show but a great mix of dark and light relevant humor. So glad to see it get this spot. And an hour episode is more to love!

  • donner

    Bring on Stanley, Phyllis, Toby and Meredith…fun times…

  • Matt

    I’m really glad we are getting The Office after the big game.

  • michael

    That’s what she said

  • Mark

    As much as I like 30 Rock, The Office will always win as my favorite comedy today. I’m happy to hear that they will be on after the Super Bowl. I can see Michael having a Super Bowl party at the office turning in to a disaster. Or maybe they can watch it at his condo on his 13″ plasma tv?

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