The Office trailed off in greatness in its last few seasons, largely thanks to the departure of Steve Carell as the totally inappropriate but still lovable idiot Michael Scott. However, even in some of the less satisfying seasons, there are still bright spots. One of them is the 17th episode of the show’s seventh season, where Michael screens his homemade action adventure movie Threat Level Midnight for the employees of Dunder-Mifflin. And now you can watch the entirety of the movie, all 25 minutes of it, for free online.
Threat Level Midnight was previously made available in this uncut version on the DVD release of the seventh season of The Office. But this is the first time it’s been made officially available online for you to watch. Since this is the full version of the movie, without all the scenes from the episode featuring everyone actually watching it, there’s a lot more of the movie that you may have never seen. For example, you get to see Meredith’s role in the movie, which says a lot about how Michael views her as a person.
Fans of Jim and Pam’s romance might be happy to see them share a tender moment. Pam, as one of the hostages of Goldenface, played by Jim, asks the villain why his face is gold. It results in a kiss on the cheek for Goldenface, but you might just see a little bit of Jim come through, as he fondly grins at the small sign of affection, albeit because of Michael’s nonsensical movie script.
If you love rewatching The Office on Netflix, you’ve got a little over a year before the beloved NBC comedy series leaves the streaming service at the end of 2020. You’ll still be able to stream the series at home, but you’ll have to use the forthcoming NBCUniversal streaming service Peacock. But if that doesn’t sound appealing to you, maybe you should consider picking up the entire series on DVD. That way you can enjoy more bonus footage like this, such as outtakes, featurettes, and much more.
The Office is also available in a box set right now for $50 on Amazon.
Right now, everyone is looking for some kind of reprieve from being locked up at home due to the spread of the coronavirus across the United States. That doesn’t appear to be in the cards anytime soon, but The Office executive producers Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman think they’ve figured out a way to make light of the situation by crafting a new workplace comedy series inspired by the sudden rise in employees working from home due to the outbreak of coronavirus forcing people to practice social distancing.
Deadline was first to learn of the currently untitled coronavirus comedy series, though it’s not necessarily about the pandemic. Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman, better known to The Office fans as the frequently maligned Toby Flenderson and one of Jim’s business partners at their company Athlead, are creating the series that is said to focus on “wunderkind boss who, in an effort to ensure his staff’s connectedness and productivity, asks them all to virtually interact and work face-to-face all day.”
The series is in the works at Big Breakfast, the comedy production banner Silverman runs, where he’ll executive produce the series along with and Luke Kelly-Clyne College Humor and Kevin Healey Scare Tactics. They’ll also be working with Howard Owens’ Propagate Content, which will have Rodney Ferrell serving as an executive producer as well.
Silverman, who was also once an NBC executive, explained the inception of the series and his hope for what it will become:
“So many of us are jumping on daily Zoom meetings — for work and beyond. We are in a new normal and are personally navigating ways to remain connected and productive at work and in our home lives. With the brilliant Paul Lieberstein at the helm, we think we have a series that not only brings humor and comfort during this troubling time but will also be an inventive and enduring workplace comedy for years to come.”
While the prospect of trying to craft a series around the coronavirus outbreak sounds like a bad idea at this time, there’s no indication that the pandemic will actually play a part in the overall concept of the series. In fact, it would be easy to pull something like this off without introducing such a grim plot device.
What I’m envisioning with this series is a show with a format that echoes what we’ve seen accomplished with movies like Unfriended and Searching. Both of those films play out entirely on computer or mobile device screens and successfully tell a solid narrative. Modern Family did something similar with an episode that unfolded across the ensemble cast’s various screens, and it worked pretty well. But if that’s what this series will be like, can that concept be sustained for an entire series? Or will they need to take...