Articles for The Office Season 3

The Office has officially cemented itself as the best comedy on television. You could say they did that last year, but now more people are watching, they won the Best Comedy Emmy, and they just kicked off their third season with a spectacular episode. The big question going in to last night was, of course, what would happen to Jim and Pam. I won‘t recap it, but I was satisfied with the way things played out. The Office writers resisted the urge to do something splashy or audience friendly, instead taking what was the more “realisticâ€? avenue. But what we really care about is laughing, right? The episode actually centered around accountant Oscar and his public “outingâ€?. Michael finds out that Oscar‘s gay and hijinks ensue. Steve Carrell is beyond funny as Michael Scott and is carving out one of the best comedic characters television has ever seen. Dwight is great as ever, and the evolution of Pam is at once heartbreaking and invigorating. I‘m absoultely amazed that NBC allowed The Office to focus it‘s highly anticipated season premiere on a ancillary character (Oscar). That takes balls, my friends. Any other show would have milked the Jim and Pam story for all it‘s worth. However, The Office has turned quiet subtlety into an art. The great comedies don‘t usually hit their strides until their third or fourth years, but I‘m just not sure how much better The Office can get.-Oscar DahlFull Recap of Last Night‘s Episode, “Gay Witch Huntâ€?(Courtesy of GiveMeMyRemote)  Read more »
Ugly Betty premiered and proved fairly stiff competition for Survivor, scoring a 4.9 ratings share to Survivor‘s 5.8. Grey‘s Anatomy beat CSI again, which makes feel warm and fuzzy inside. My Name is Earl is still trending downward and, for the second week in a row, The Office has improved on Earl‘s ratings in the second half of the nine o‘clock hour. ER is still holding steady, leading the ten o‘clock hour in front of ABC‘s new and boring Six Degrees. -Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer Read more »
Last night‘s episode of The Office, "The Coupâ€?, featured one of the funniest subplots the show has ever seen. At Jim‘s new office, the Stamford branch, the workers take a couple of breaks a day to play the computer game "Call of Dutyâ€?. "Call of Dutyâ€? is a WWII era first-person shooter that pits the Allies against the Nazis in various battles. It‘s a great game, I know from experience. However, the employees at the Dunder-Mifflin Stamford branch have taken things a little too far. Read more »
The Office remains hysterical while its stories get more and more ridiculous. And yet, the show retains its sense of “real-ness�?, but the writers are branching out, not afraid to take full advantage and explore the studio space. Steve Carrell is still incredible as the face of The Office, but he‘s not the one who gets the most laughs. At least not anymore. Read more »
Actress: Jenna FischerShow: The OfficeOccupation: ReceptionistPros: Cute, funny, kind, smart.Cons: Is a receptionist in Scranton, PA. No big future plans. Would be forced to attend Dunder-Mifflin company events from time to time. Pam is, realistically, probably a reach for this list, but I just like her so damn much. She‘s just an interesting, subtle and lovable character. You can‘t go wrong with Pam. #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1  Read more »
Dwight Schrute, Played By Rainn WilsonI‘ve touted Dwight Schrute‘s qualities before, and I‘ll do so again: Dwight is quickly becoming one of the more funny and unique characters in TV history.#10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
Ricky Gervais, the comedy mastermind behind the original, UK version of The Office, has written an episode, with writing partner Stephen Merchant, for the American version of the show. Gervais and Merchant were asked by producers early this year if they would write an episode and the pair were quite keen to do so, seeing as they‘re big fans of the American version of The Office. The episode, entitled “The Convict” is set to air on November 30th, which just happens to be the last day of sweeps. Do you think that NBC will hype the episode? There was previous speculation among fans that Gervais himself, along with other original Office cast members, would make an appearance on the NBC version. Unfortunately, this is not the case, for now at least. Read more »
Tonight marks the first time since "Seinfeld" was on the air that NBC can truly say Thursday is Must-See TV. It‘s rare these days to find a two-hour block of comedy on network television, let alone good comedy. Comprised of, in order, My Name is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, and 30 Rock, NBC‘s new Thursday night schedule is the biggest coup of the season, at least to me. NBC may be struggling these days, but I really like what they‘ve done this season. They only canceled one show I liked (Kidnapped), and kept on two very good shows (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Friday Night Lights) that have been receiving mediocre ratings.  Read more »
The OfficeI watched the premiere of The Office when it first aired and, for some reason, I was non-plussed. Then, last Summer, I picked up the first season DVD and, suddenly, I got it. The Office is subtle and character-based, but once you get into it, you soon realize that The Office is the best and most consistent comedy on TV. It also might be my favorite show, in general, currently on television.Start Page / #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
Last night‘s special, hour-long Christmas episode of The Office made me wonder: could The Office permanently transform itself into an hour-long show, while keeping it‘s quality high? The episode was directed by Harold Ramis who is, by all means, a comedy God. His directorial touch is immediately apparent. The episode, although an hour-long, came at a rapid pace with no lulls whatsoever.The greatness of The Office was on full display last night. Whenever I write my Office reviews, I keep trying to find aspects to criticize. But I can‘t. The Office contains more laughs than almost every comedy on TV (South Park, maybe, being the exception), and tells heartfelt, believable stories on top of the high level of comedy.  Read more »
I know that I already reviewed last Thursday‘s episode of The Office, entitled "A Benihana Christmas", but that was before I headed over to MediaVillage. Our friends over there at the Village have written a far more in-depth and detailed look at the special hour-long episode, complete with the comedic and story highlights (with quotes too!). If you don‘t head over to MediaVillage often, you should. They‘ve got some great stuff.Just one more thought: I‘m not sure I‘ve ever witnessed a TV show get this much universal praise since "Seinfeld" was in its heyday. Everyone, and I mean everyone, loves The Office. It‘s unprecedented. Anyway, there‘s an excerpt after the jump. Read more »
Yesterday, The Writers Guild of America announced its nominees for their annual end of the year awards. This is the season for awards and, while largely inconsequential, I‘m a sucker for all of it. I love awards, I love nominations. I like to intelligently discuss (read: argue incoherently) the nominations with my friends and foes. Whose deserving? Who got the shaft? All good topics.The Writers Guild are, obviously, concerned with the written aspects of television, so it‘s right up my alley. I‘m generally in agreement with the group‘s nominees this year, although I have a couple of minor nitpicks.The nominees are... Read more »
Well, so it begins. The carousel is getting started and the under performing television programs are meeting their inevitable fates. I don‘t totally disagree with anything that either FOX or NBC are doing, but I always question the point of producing shows that any normal guy could see were destined for failure.Who on earth thought that the Lithgow/Tambor golden years comedy 20 Good Years would succeed? Anyone? Well, no more. 20 Good Years has been given the old boot and will be replaced by, to add insult to injury, a special two-hour edition of The Biggest Loser. Ouch.Here‘s the complete rundown of the changes: Read more »
AFI (the American Film Institute) recently announced their top ten television programs of 2006. They do this every year, and the thing I like about it is that they don‘t feel the need to rank them. It is, simply, their top ten favorites. The list is good, but I‘d make a few changes. We‘ll get to that in a second. AFI takes into account every TV show that has been on the air since January 2006 and, therefore, can contain shows that ended last May. They also incorporate miniseries into their list, although they don‘t usually include many in their top ten. The full list is after the jump. Read more »
Show: The OfficeThis was the moment fans had been waiting for. Not only was their dramatic kiss a long time coming, it also set up story lines for season three, as well as leaving a monster cliffhanger. If you‘re not a fan of The Office, you can‘t understand how long this moment had been in the offing. The build up was all worth it.Start Page / #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
My Name is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, and 30 Rock, all in a row. Could a comedy lover ask for more? NBC, finally, wisely, brought back the Must-See Thursday line-up, a sight for sore eyes. Live action comedy has been in dire straits over the last few years; this NBC line-up comprises four of the best five live-action comedies on network TV.Start Page / #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
The category of Best Actor in a Comedy Series has always been full of heavyweights. This year is no different. The Golden Globe nominees in this category are big names and all quite deserving, but I have a couple questions (though they may be deemed moot for eligibility reasons). The dearth of comedy on TV these days has thinned out the field, but what remains is still formidable.Digressing for a second; Isn‘t it about time we nominate voice actors in a category? Think about who would be nominated in a Best Voice Actor - Comedy category: Read more »
You know, I‘m always trying to kid myself. After watching a great episode of Lost or Grey‘s Anatomy or South Park or 24, I can make myself believe that that show is the best on television. It‘s always a lie, however. The Office is the best show on TV. Hands down, no one even close. It consistently puts out a half hour of comedy so dense in laughs, unique characters, and good stories that, after watching an episode like last night‘s, you absolutely know that The Office is the best show on television. I‘m still laughing at moments from yesterday‘s show. Read more »
Even when it‘s not so great, it‘s still pretty great.If the above statement can be deemed true, then you know you‘ve got something special. This is what last night‘s episode of The Office made me think. It didn‘t make me laugh out loud and, yet, I still loved it. If you‘re made to care about the characters, the laughs don‘t become a necessity. Of course, comedies are comedies are comedies. At the end of the day, funny is what they‘re there for. Last night‘s episode still had its share of laughs (which The Office always will; the cast and writers are too talented). But, what jokes worked and didn‘t work became inconsequential because a couple significant story lines emerged that could have long-term effects on the show. Read more »
The Office is getting more and more difficult to write about. It‘s really funny. Consistently funny. Great episodes, week after week, breed little in the way of discussion. But, alas, we must go over some aspect of The Office and the one that interests me the most, right now, is the character of Andy.Andy, played by Daily Show alum Ed Helms, has turned into one of the most devastatingly annoying characters on television. In fact, of all the people who are regularly on TV, here is how I rank the most annoying people, real or fictional:1.Rosie O‘Donnell2.Dr. Phil3.Sean Hannity4.Stephen A. Smith5.Andy from The OfficePretty elite company, if I may say so myself.  Read more »
Jenna FischerfromThe OfficeStart Page / #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
I‘m not sure why they keep tacking on "musical" to this comedy category. Has there ever been a musical series on TV, every episode full of song and dance? Is Barney the Talking Dinosaur considered for this category? I‘m not opposed to prime time musical series, but writing songs is hard. I just don‘t see twenty-two episodes working logistically.The five comedies nominated in this category each come with their own merits. I don‘t agree with all the nominees; there is one whose nod actually makes me visibly angry. In fact, I‘m repeatedly punching a metal wall right now. Broken hand aside, I‘m actually pretty pleased with the nominees for two reasons I‘ll get into in a moment. First, check out the nominees after the jump.  Read more »
The nominees for the Screen Actors Guild awards were announced today and, as always, prove to be a nice barometer of who really deserves these end-of-the-year acting nominations. Since SAG is comprised of actors, there is no group more qualified to dole out acting awards than them. Therefore, I trusts these awards and nominations more than any other acting nominations.This is not to say I don‘t disagree with some of their choices. I do. My biggest qualms actually come from their film nominees, but we won‘t get into to that. The nominations in each TV category are after the jump, with commentary.  Read more »
The Office. What is there left to write about? Really. How many ways are there to say "really funny?" To reiterate my feelings: The Office is the best comedy on TV. It may also be the best show on TV. Period. On a week-to-week basis, there is no show I look forward to more. In fact, I haven‘t eagerly anticipated anything on TV like I do The Office since the heyday of Seinfeld. Given this fact, that The Office is consistently hilarious, what can we discuss? Well, there is the Jim and Pam relationship. The "drama" of The Office. Which, for a comedy, is rare. Significant, weighty story lines are few and far between in popular, prime-time comedies. Complex and interesting relationships are even more desolate in the comedy landscape, which is why the Jim and Pam story is invigorating and, yet, sometimes jarring. Read more »
Featured in People Magazine‘s Sexiest Men Alive issue of 2006, John Krasinski appears to be more than just a goofy guy. With a useful educational background and much talent to spare, he can certainly make it far in the entertainment industry. Moreover, his unassuming yet sexy presence lands him a spot on the Emmy-winning sitcom The Office. Read more »
After yesterday‘s episode of The Office left Pam debating her aborted wedding, could a romantic twist be hiding somewhere in the last two sweeps episodes of The Office?  Fans will be happy to know things don‘t get too serious around The Office as NBC ramps up the laughs in an attempt to close strong on the much loved sitcom.   Keep on reading for top-secret details on what to expect from The Office as February sweeps come to a close. Read more »
Two things caught my attention during last night‘s episode of The Office:1) The character of Michael Scott often crosses the border of completely inappropriate behavior to such a ridiculous degree, that believability is lost.2) All those obsessive Jim and Pam fans who think they‘re soul mates, and that they should be together, and blah blah blah....they have to be killing themselves right now.Here‘s what I think Steve Carrell and the writers for The Office did sometime early in season 2.   They sat down and decided that, although they‘d set up The Office in a faux-documentary style and that the realism of the show was part of the appeal, the character of Michael Scott would be allowed to break down that wall whenever it was deemed necessary.  In essence, they decided to sacrifice some realism for the sake of comedy.  Which, since The Office is a comedy, was probably the right decision. Read more »
“Cocktails”, the new Office epsiode which NBC aired last night, will go down as the episode when we all realized that Jan is a freak.  Jan and Michael‘s relationship has always been a mystery, as in “Why would this seemingly sane person (Jan) want anything to do with a nutjob like Michael?”  We learned a little bit about Jan‘s neuroses in the episode after they got back from Jamaica (the one where the warehouse guys blew up the picture of a topless Jan).  But now, finally, we understand the real reason Jan wants Michael: she is crazy.Functionally crazy, but crazy nonetheless.  In the episode, Dunder-Mifflin‘s CFO throws a cocktail party which Michael, Jan, Dwight, Jim, and Karen attend.  At one point (after a litany of your standard inappropriate comments from Michael), Jan tries to persuade Michael into having a little tryst in the bathroom.  It doesn‘t end up happening, but we learn that Jan seems to be primarily interested in Michael for the sex.  Which is reasonable, I guess. Read more »
NBC’s The Office offers the latest in TV-reruns called “newpeats,” the show’s version of reconstructed past segments stitched together to create a new façade. On Thursday March 15, 2007, the network will integrate previously unaired material with a pair of episodes reruns. The episode entitled “Traveling Salesman” and “The Return,” which aired in January, will be re-edited to include deleted scenes, which have not been seen on television. This move is one strategy to boost the ratings during the content dearth known as repeat week, giving its replays a creative twist.  Read more »
If the great Newpeat experiment NBC is executing is doing nothing for your The Office appetite, we have a little relief in store for you in the form of some The Office spoilers!  The Office will return with a new episode April 4th, and the very premise has me rolling already.  What kind of trouble can Michael and Darryl possibly get into, and where?  And what about Jim and Pam?  Read on for more details. Read more »
What can you say?  The Office is, if anything, only getting better.  Last week‘s super-sized episode was absolutely spectacular, but tonight‘s might have been even better.  The episode, entitled “Safety Training” began with the return of Andy from Anger Management rehab.  He came back with a new name (“Drew”) and a new outlook on life.  Dwight, still harboring a grudge from Andy‘s hole-punching incident, vowed to shun him for the next three years.  Obviously, this had hysterical results. Read more »
For the last two and a half years, actor Rainn Wilson has distinctly established himself as the Assistant Regional Manager Dwight K. Schrute on NBC’s The Office. But in his upcoming movie entitled Girlfriend Experience, Wilson will depict a role quite different from his infamous neurotic character. In Girlfriend Experience, the 41-year old actor will be playing a lonely geek who hires a prostitute to pretend to be his girlfriend to make him seem more desirable to other women who don‘t charge money for sex. Joining Wilson in his own generated concept are writers Mark and Brian Gunn. Although he has worked in many movies, this will be Wilson’s first starring role. The upcoming movie, which is distributed by DreamWorks, will be produced by Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock‘s Montecito. Read more »
On tonight’s supersized episode of The Office, called “Women‘s Appreciation,” Phyllis has an encounter with a flasher. Want more details? Read on! Beware spoilers for the rest of the season.Don’t forget, The Office is on at a “special time” tonight (8:36/7:36c) after My Name is Earl’s supersized “Laugh ‘N Sniff” episode. Read more »
Setting things up for its season finale, this week’s The Office gave Jim/Pam fans everywhere something to talk about with some long-awaited resolution to last season’s cliffhanger, while still giving plenty of time for the usual amount of uncomfortable humor and personality conflicts expected from the Scranton employees, this time taking us beyond the confines of Dunder-Mifflin to the shores of Lake Scranton.  We also got to see Andy Bernard float down a river in a giant sumo wrestler costume. Read more »
After spending the last few episodes hinting towards big changes, The Office made what could possibly be the most impressive move in its season finale – keeping everything the same. Michael is back with Jan, Dwight is still his subordinate, the Jim/Pam/Karen love triangle is still in effect and, as far as who got the big promotion to the corporate office – nobody got it. Well, someone got it, but not who you would expect. Read more »
There has been much discussion among fans of The Office about how and when they would bring the characters from the two branches together. Would one of the branches close? Would some of the employees merely transfer? Would they all move into the same big office? I had always assumed that this story line regarding the "merge" would be gradual, at the very least taking shape over the course of a few episodes. I was wrong. The Office answered all the questions and wrapped up the story within one 22-minute episode. Impressive. Read more »
Last night‘s episode of The Office, entitled "Diwali", featured what may have been the absolute low point for the character of Michael Scott, played by Steve Carrell. Not the low point for the show, mind you: The Office was as funny as ever. The problem is that there seems to be no basement for how pathetic Michael Scott can be. This wouldn‘t be a problem if he were a bad guy and we hated him. But, at this point, well into the third season of The Office, we sympathize and (almost) like Michael Scott, Regional Manager of the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin.  Read more »
Our friends over at GiveMeMyRemote have gone crazy previewing today‘s Office episode. As it is every Thursday over there, today is The Office Thursday. She‘s got all sorts of clips and interviews and pretty much everything you could possibly want to know about tonight‘s episode and any and all public dealings involving the cast. Read more »
In an uncommon sign of good sense, NBC has announced that they‘ll attempt to rekindle that old "Must See TV" magic and schedule the network‘s four best comedies from 8-10PM on Thursday nights. In order, NBC will air My Name is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, and 30 Rock one after the other.Thank the Lord. I can‘t believe it‘s taken this long for NBC to consolidate the (far and away) best comedies they produce. Those fours shows are, arguably, the four best live-action comedies on TV today (although, How I Met Your Mother might have something to say about that). What took NBC so long?  Read more »
Finally.After a month of holidays, egg nog, and more Snoopy and Ralphie Parker than one knows what to do with, we‘re finally back to normal. January is upon us, 2007 has begun its tyrannical, 300-plus day reign, and our favorite TV shows will no longer bludgeon us with repeats. Tomorrow, January 3rd, brings the return of a couple of our favorites, as well as two brand new shows.After that, the flood begins, and over the next month virtually every original program will air new episodes. A full list of the returning dates for most every show on television is after the jump. Read more »
The Office, a remake of the hit British series, really took off on NBC, becoming one of its top shows. One of the major draws of the show during the first two seasons, besides the antics of Michael Scott & Dwight K. Schrute, was the Jim and Pam will-they-or-won’t-they relationship. After their long-awaited kiss and Pam’s “I can’t” in the second season finale, that all changed, as Pam broke it off with her fiancé and Jim started dating Karen, their new co-worker from the Stamford office. But will they really keep Jim and Pam apart for another season? There’s clearly still something there. Brian Baumgartner, who plays Kevin Malone, says that while he doesn’t know what’s going to happen with Jim and Pam, “there is some big stuff coming up for that in the finale. I can tell you that Kevin plays an important role in deciding Karen or Pam. And he takes that role very seriously.” Read more »
TVGuide recently released their list for Best and Worst television shows of the year. Their choices are relatively solid, as far as these end of the year lists go. As always, and what proves to be the point of these lists, I have some disagreements, and I‘m sure anyone with a pulse does also.TVGuide chooses not to rank their lists, just listing them in random order. I‘m so used to the clear-cut rankings made by the modern-day list maker that those of the "in no particular" variety feel chaotic. I need order. Nonetheless, their choices are after the jump, followed by some commentary. Read more »
Simple yet entrancingly beautiful, Jenna Fischer gives spark to the TV loop as she became part of the Emmy-winning sitcom The Office. Her modest and unpretentious presence on and off cam certainly makes her one of the crowd’s favorite. Read more »

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