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(Entertainment Weekly)   Fans want Jenna Fischer's Pam to take over as boss on The Office. As long as she supports and NBC shows us Topless Friday   (popwatch.ew.com) divider line 76
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2010-07-29 04:28:31 AM  
That's the worst idea I've ever heard.

/Pam as boss, that is
//topless Pam is a go
 
2010-07-29 04:33:24 AM  
Yeah. Promote Pam because being pretty is how you get ahead in life.
 
2010-07-29 04:35:25 AM  
farkingismybusiness: Yeah. Promote Pam because being pretty is how you get ahead in life.

This is where they cut to Creed and he says, "It's always worked for me."
 
2010-07-29 04:51:25 AM  
They need to end The Office, swift and clean. Don't drag it out anymore.
 
2010-07-29 05:00:00 AM  
farkingismybusiness: Yeah. Promote Pam because being pretty is how you get ahead in life.

It's a good lesson for girls to learn, as early as possible.

In fact, the first shot of the first episode will be her sitting in the bosses chair reading "Going Rogue."
 
2010-07-29 05:08:51 AM  
You know, it'd be hard for the show to be worse than season 6. But putting Pam in charge just might make season 8 (the first season where Michael Scott will no longer be around) the worst one ever -- perhaps so bad, the show would even be good again, albeit for different reasons. But the writers aren't stupid enough to do that. They'd rather milk this thing, which probably means a new "zany" boss character.

It seems like all of the best writers for the show are working on Parks & Recreation now, because it seemed to get better and better in season 2, while season 6 of The Office seemed to be on a steep decline. Does anyone really care about Andy and Erin, Michael and adultery, or Jim and Pam: Slacker Parents?

The thing about The Office is that there's no turnover. Here you have the ability to bring in and out new characters in an organic way, and instead, you waste your effort on characters who aren't very funny or interesting anymore. That's the problem with having a few stars AND an ensemble cast -- you get stuck playing to both without playing to the strengths of either.

The UK Office was brilliant, even more so in the way it left you wanting more. The US Office is played out.
 
2010-07-29 05:32:41 AM  
I've never seen the US version of The Office, but how can you have The Office without the David Brent character?
 
2010-07-29 05:40:58 AM  
Girl Least Likely: I've never seen the US version of The Office, but how can you have The Office without the David Brent character?

You and I know that you can't. NBC will find that out after this seventh season. Or, more likely, halfway through the eighth season.
 
2010-07-29 05:52:11 AM  
Pam would be a good standard of sanity the other characters could be measured against. But if you want to turn a nice girl into a raving biatch, put her in charge of something.

/ducks
 
2010-07-29 06:10:52 AM  
Cytokine Storm: They need to end The Office, swift and clean. Don't drag it out anymore.

Yes, this.
 
2010-07-29 06:29:02 AM  
This is a horrible, horrible idea. Completely aside from the fact that Michael is the core of the show, Pam has become nearly unbearable over the past 2 seasons.
 
2010-07-29 06:32:56 AM  
also... "Cool" tag? for fark's sake, submitter.
 
2010-07-29 06:44:00 AM  
4.bp.blogspot.com

Bring in Gary Cole, and just add "Space" to the title. Problem solved.
 
2010-07-29 06:58:53 AM  
Dear NBC:

Just end the show, do what you were doing for 5 seasons before the awful "lets have them bought by a printer company" idea. Have the company go under, everyone gets teary in the last episode, even though they all supposedly hated the place, they realize it meant more to them than a job, blah blah blah, the end.

Sincerely,

Office Fans
 
2010-07-29 07:26:17 AM  
Ugh. The show should have ended with Pam and Jim's wedding. Last season sucked all kinds of ass.
 
2010-07-29 07:26:35 AM  
www.fatbackmedia.com

Whatever you say, Boss.
 
2010-07-29 07:47:21 AM  
Pam, no. Ron farking Swanson, yes.
 
2010-07-29 07:57:18 AM  
Scutter: Whatever you say, Boss.

came here for this pic. bunk, i'll be in it, etc.

MysticSavage: Pam, no. Ron farking Swanson, yes.

RFS would shut the whole scranton branch down! the inefficiency would kill him!
 
2010-07-29 08:16:54 AM  
That whole article is the best argument ever for shows to only go one and half seasons.
 
2010-07-29 08:55:34 AM  
Cytokine Storm: They need to end The Office, swift and clean. Don't drag it out anymore.

www.made2mentor.com

/It does need to end though
 
2010-07-29 09:05:41 AM  
Scutter: Whatever you say, Boss.

My heterosexuality, I'm questioning it.
 
2010-07-29 09:10:40 AM  
Dear Fans of Cancelled-Too-Soon Shows:

Look at "The Office", and imagine that your late-lamented show went on past the expiration date as well.

You're welcome,

OLG
 
2010-07-29 09:12:22 AM  
I'd wreck that chick. Dunder Milf-lin.
 
2010-07-29 09:12:51 AM  
Step 1: End the show when Michael leaves.
Step 2: Start spin-off private detective show starring Creed with Kevin as his partner.
Step 3: Profit.
 
2010-07-29 09:20:34 AM  
better idea:

The US Office is bought out by Wenham Hogg and the whole UK crew comes over to take over the Scranton office.

Bingo..win win for everyone!
 
2010-07-29 09:23:36 AM  
Promote Creed.

Or end the show.
 
2010-07-29 09:24:45 AM  
www.freeadsonlineuk.com

I fully endorse topless Pam.
 
2010-07-29 09:27:06 AM  
OR...they all get fired and get jobs at a British department store.

Are You Being Served?, 2.0

It'll be a smash hit, amirite?
 
2010-07-29 09:33:32 AM  
I agree it's time to end the show. If they do insist on continuing it, it's probably better that Michael Scott will be leaving. I've found him more annoying than anything the past year. He used to always be well-intentioned, but simply had no focus or foresight. This past year or so, he turned into a complete jackass. The show is overplaying the childishness of him and now he's just a caricature of who he used to be.
 
2010-07-29 09:43:05 AM  
Todd Packer.
 
2010-07-29 09:51:41 AM  
I'm sure I'm not the first to realize this, but I finally figured out why the last couple seasons sucked so very badly.

The first few were cathartic for viewers, we were Jim and Pam, we related to what they were going through.

The last couple seasons were just sitcomy "Let's see how zany Michael and Dwight can be" added to the fact that Jim and Pam became crappy characters themselves. We have no one left to relate to.

As soon as Jim was promoted, it was as if he had a lobotomy. Everything I liked about him suddenly disappeared and there he was, making plots worse with his bad decisions.

Who are we supposed to relate to now? Andy? Erin? Oscar is the only one who is rooted in reality anymore.

/put a bullet in it
//not before Pam gets topless
 
2010-07-29 09:53:52 AM  
Master of the Flying Guillotine: Step 1: End the show when Michael leaves.
Step 2: Start spin-off private detective show starring Creed with Kevin as his partner.
Step 3: Profit.


farking genius.
 
2010-07-29 10:13:02 AM  
If anything, Jim will be promoted. Whether or not the show continues after that remains to be seen.
 
2010-07-29 10:18:03 AM  
Brooklyn Irish Mets Fan: Todd Packer.

Genius.
 
2010-07-29 10:31:22 AM  
Will Arnett or no deal.

Pam used to be a pretty interesting character, but then they decided she shouldn't be anything besides wife and mom, and now she's just part of the background. Besides, making her the boss would make no farking sense because I'm pretty sure virtually everyone else in that office has seniority over her.

Oh, and:

dappered.com
/hot like her
 
2010-07-29 10:31:29 AM  
Brooklyn Irish Mets Fan: Todd Packer.

You just demonstrated more imagination than a vast majority of NBC writers and executives. This is an actual promising solution to the loss of Michael Scott.

Kudos to you.
 
2010-07-29 10:39:50 AM  
Some Farker had the idea of Sean Williams Scott being the son of one of the corporate executives. And play the roll as a slacker. Or something like that. It sounded good.
 
2010-07-29 10:40:34 AM  
Why do sitcom fans always seem to desire unfunny situations, like weddings, babies, and the dull, sensible person being put in charge (remember when Jim hated his job and Pam wanted to be an artist? That seems like decades ago)? This show had said all it had to say by the end of Season Two (Casino Night).
 
2010-07-29 10:43:42 AM  
The Office is about people who hate their job. It is about making the best of working at a soulless corporate desk job and being depressed because it's not what you really want to do with your life.

Why is this show still going on. The tension in the show was created by three things:

1. Jim and Pam are in love but can't be together because of other relationships (Pam's original fiance and then Karen for Jim).

2. Jim and Pam hate their jobs and dream about doing something more fulfilling with their lives.

3. Michael is a well-intentioned moron who is extremely lonely and depressed.

Now Jim and Pam are happily married and have a kid. So there is no romance storyline. They also gave up on any goals they originally had and have settled for selling paper for a shiatty company for the rest of their lives. There is no plot to their characters.

All the other tension in the show as derived from Michael trying to sort out his depressing lonely life. If he leaves we will have a show with NO PLOT. Any plotlines that revolve around characters other than Jim, Pam, and Michael are just comedy side-shows. With the interesting aspects of Jim and Pam's characters stripped, and Michael leaving, the show needs to stop.
 
2010-07-29 10:52:49 AM  
Jenna Fischer just married a guy I went to college with.

/shoulda hung out with him more
 
2010-07-29 10:56:03 AM  
Cornelius Dribble: Why do sitcom fans always seem to desire unfunny situations, like weddings, babies, and the dull, sensible person being put in charge (remember when Jim hated his job and Pam wanted to be an artist? That seems like decades ago)? This show had said all it had to say by the end of Season Two (Casino Night).

Seeing Jim and Pam actually get together should have probably been the end. That was how the original series ended, in the special episode. They built it up so much, and the payoff was worth it.

Only went two seasons too.
 
2010-07-29 11:14:31 AM  
I think it could work.

Pam becomes boss.
Jim becomes a stay at home dad.
The dog lady goes on sabbatical.
Jan Levenson moves to sales along with a new girl.
Hire a new temp and computer guy.
Move sales to the annex.
 
2010-07-29 11:17:34 AM  
Bring in that hot dark haired chick originally from the Stamford office. You know the one that Pam's boyfriend (Jim?) hooked up with for a while.

Can you tell I only watch the show when I stumble across it while channel surfing?
 
2010-07-29 11:17:52 AM  
Two reasons why the office should be canceled:
1. Jenna Fischer can start/resume a film career and get naked on film.
2. I get to see Jenna Fischer naked on film. Preferably 3D.
 
2010-07-29 11:27:54 AM  
H31N0US: Bring in that hot dark haired chick originally from the Stamford office. You know the one that Pam's boyfriend (Jim?) hooked up with for a while.

Can you tell I only watch the show when I stumble across it while channel surfing?


You might want to start watching Parks and Rec. It's among the top 5 in sitcoms today.
 
2010-07-29 11:28:18 AM  
Caution; Shark Jumping in Progress
 
2010-07-29 11:28:24 AM  
daysofinspiration: Girl Least Likely: I've never seen the US version of The Office, but how can you have The Office without the David Brent character?

You and I know that you can't. NBC will find that out after this seventh season. Or, more likely, halfway through the eighth season.


This. Same thing will happen to Glee when Jane Lynch leaves.

/personally I just want to know why a camera crew is still following Dunder-Mifflin
//8 years of footage should be enough for whatever doc they were doing
 
2010-07-29 11:49:27 AM  
Psumek: daysofinspiration: Girl Least Likely: I've never seen the US version of The Office, but how can you have The Office without the David Brent character?

You and I know that you can't. NBC will find that out after this seventh season. Or, more likely, halfway through the eighth season.

This. Same thing will happen to Glee when Jane Lynch leaves.

/personally I just want to know why a camera crew is still following Dunder-Mifflin
//8 years of footage should be enough for whatever doc they were doing


They could do what The Office (the british series) did when the documentary was complete. Take a small break, explain that the Documentary was very popular on TV and now everybody knows about the Boss, and then follow him around as he lives out a pathetic C-List movie star life.
 
2010-07-29 11:58:51 AM  
Brooklyn Irish Mets Fan: Todd Packer.

Great suggestion. Technically, it's Todd F Packer
 
2010-07-29 11:59:45 AM  
Maybe a Jan Levinson Gould/Pam naked lesbo scene on topless Friday could save the show. They could just keep replaying it every week. I'd tune in.
 
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