If you were somehow aboard the Maid of the Mist on the Niagara Falls last week and spotted a couple with the guy making funny faces to a camera, congratulations, you just stepped into the filming of the highly anticipated Pam-Jim wedding on The Office. The two-part episode is set to air on October 8, and of course the Office people chose to do it on the US side of the falls.
Tourists were reportedly taken aback when John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer tied the knot as Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly aboard the iconic boat. The cast and crew took two 30-minute rides through the waters, while tourists were given a bird’s eye view of the ceremonies from the boat’s second-floor deck. They then checked into a fictional Statler Falls Hotel, adorned with a new sign that read “Prepare to Falls in Love.”
“John and Jenna played their scene beautifully, and the troupers that they are, they powered through it,” said The Office producer Randy Cordpray, adding that it was definitely a challenge to shift from their comfy Los Angeles set and high-definition cameras.
He also revealed that the choice of Niagara Falls was to comply with executive producer Paul Lieberstein’s philosophy of extraordinary events happening in everyday places.
“Jim proposed to Pam at a highway rest stop in the rain in front of the gas pumps,” he cited, adding that Lieberstein, who also appears as lethargic HR officer Toby on the NBC show, tries to base the show’s storyline on the idea that “some very, very significant events happen in our lives in the most unexpected and sometimes mundane places.”
He adds that Niagara Falls remain to be “one of the most iconic and romantic spots on the planet.”
– Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Niagara Gazette, Buffalo News
(Image courtesy of Entertainment Weekly)