One in a series of evenings and special screenings presented as part of The Museum of Television & Radio's William S. Paley Television Festival in Los Angeles. Held this year at the Directors Guild of America Theatre Complex, the festival celebrates the excellence and diversity of American television and is dedicated to television's creative community. This evening honors "The Office," an American comedy series (based on a British series of the same name), in the format of a faux documentary, focusing on the life of Dunder-Mifflin paper company middle manager Michael Scott and the people in his office. Cynthia Littleton, editor of The Hollywood Reporter, moderates. Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of the Museum, opens the evening by discussing the significance of the Paley Festival. Then, William C. Paley takes the stage to offer his welcome to the attendees. Next, Littleton describes "The Office" and the way the American version has stood out, despite the high quality of the previous British version. Then, executive producer Greg Daniels takes the stage to introduce the evening's screening, an episode called "Cocktails" plus a sneak preview of an upcoming, still-unfinished episode "The Negotiation," followed by a short gag reel. After the screening, Littleton introduces the panelists: writer, director, and executive producer Daniels; executive producer Ben Silverman; director of photography Randall Einhorn; writer and co-executive producer Michael Schur; writer Jennifer Celotta; as well as cast members Craig Robinson, Creed Bratton, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Brian Baumgartner, Ed Helms, Angela Kinsey, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Steve Carell, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Rashida Jones, Kate Flannery, B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling, and Paul Lieberstein. The panelists take the stage and answer questions on such topics as: the writing process; comedy arcs; the different types of episodes; how much of the show is scripted and how much is improv; an interesting phone call Fischer received; how a lot of writers on the show have become actors; Kaling getting cast due to her portrayal of Ben Affleck in "Matt and Ben," an off-Broadway play that she co-wrote; Silverman's work on a less-successful British import, "Coupling"; Einhorn's photography tricks and how he wants the show to look; Einhorn's role in the comedy of the show; where the show is actually shot; Michael Scott's placement in the "pantheon of doofuses"; Carell's kiss with Nunez in one particular episode (which is re-enacted on stage); the "serious" parts of the show; why the character of Dwight Shrute would have made an excellent Nazi; and whether the show's in-the-making "documentary" will ever be shown to the public Questions from the audience then lead to a discussion of the following topics: how faithful the producers are to the show's "location," Scranton, Pennsylvania; Wilson's ballyhooed appearance at a mall in Scranton; whether Scrantonicity (a fictional band on the show) will ever release a CD; a tough-to-understand joke from a particular episode; how Jones feels in getting "rooted against" in the show's Jim-Karen-Pam love triangle; how the cast members get along; the "actors' shorthand" in dealing with each other; the show's future being in limbo after its first and second seasons; plans for more hour-long episodes and director's cuts; the show's corporate merger during the start of season three, and if actors were afraid of their characters being "laid off"; the show's "webisodes"; and what Creed's job at Dunder-Mifflin actually is. Finally, Daniels ends the seminar with a trivia contest for the show's fans.

(This tape includes the "The Office" episode "Cocktails" (T:90508.001) as well as some additional material (T:90508.002). These episodes are part of the Museum's collection and may be viewed separately.)


  • DATE: March 2, 2007 Friday 7:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:59:26
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:90533
  • GENRE: Seminars


      Pat Mitchell........ Host
    • Cynthia Littleton........ Moderator
    • Greg Daniels........ Panelist
    • Ben Silverman........ Panelist
    • Randall Einhorn........ Panelist
    • Michael Schur........ Panelist
    • Jennifer Celotta........ Panelist
    • Craig Robinson........ Panelist
    • Creed Bratton........ Panelist
    • Phyllis Smith........ Panelist
    • Oscar Nunez........ Panelist
    • Brian Baumgartner........ Panelist
    • Ed Helms........ Panelist
    • Angela Kinsey........ Panelist
    • Jenna Fischer........ Panelist
    • Rainn Wilson........ Panelist
    • Steve Carell........ Panelist
    • Melora Hardin........ Panelist
    • David Denman........ Panelist
    • Leslie David Baker........ Panelist
    • Rashida Jones........ Panelist
    • Kate Flannery........ Panelist
    • B.J. Novak........ Panelist
    • Mindy Kaling........ Panelist
    • Paul Lieberstein........ Panelist
    • William C. Paley........ Guest
    • Ben Affleck

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