'The Office': Webisodes all summer!

94444__office_lWhipper-snappers, I’m old enough to remember when NBC’s summer strategy consisted of re-runs aired under the saggy rubric "If you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you!" How far we’ve come. Now, while ABC’s Lost occupies its fans all summer long with a massive online alternate reality game, NBC’s The Office – the best comedy on television, hands down — will be providing its fans with 10 all-new web shorts.

That’s smart. The plot arc is even smarter: It’s nominally a mystery — $3,000 is missing from the Scranton division’s coffers — investigated by the fractious Accounts Dept. troika of Angela (Angela Kinsey), Kevin (Brian Baumgartner), and Oscar (Oscar Nunez). Brilliant: The showdown between fundie prig Angela and quietly gay Oscar has been brewing for a while, and watching it develop against the backdrop of a "serious investigation" is a fantastic way to up the ante. It also neatly avoids dealing with the thorny Jim-Pam romance. Not to mention the business savvy: The Office‘s core audience consumes web shorts like so many corn chips.

I’m ridiculously giddy about this. Speaking of which: Who’d like to see a TV Watch on this show next season? Because I have a Dwight-like loyalty to it, and that could work out for all of us.

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  • TJ

    I would love to see an Office TV Watch. We DVR’ed the season finale and just got to watch it last night. Great TV! The sitcom is on its way back with The Office and My Name is Earl!

  • mandy

    I would love to see a TV Watch next season! I just started watching this show and I LOVE IT!!

  • DBD

    the more mentions of this show, the better.
    I was nervous about an Americanized version of the British show, which everyone knows is one of the greatest things ever to be on TV. But this show has really come into its own–the second season was hilarious. Of course Carrell is great, but I’m particularly impressed with the (relatively) less famous supporting cast, so I’m happy they’re doing these shorts over the summer…

  • endorphin74

    I am SOOOO excited for the office shorts.
    This is now my favorite comedy on TV and I’m drooling at the thought of being able to read a TV Watch on it next season. PLEASE DO THIS!

  • Andria

    I would love to see an Office TV Watch. I would love to see JAM and Dwangela on the cover of EW too. This is the best comedy on TV and deserves all the attention.

  • Heather

    because i am technologically-challenged, how and where do you see these webisodes? when do they start? sorry…I just figured out how MySpace worked in the last couple of months! :-)

  • Laura

    The Office is hands down the best comedy on TV, and most definitely deserves a TV Watch. I love love LOVE this show! And that Season Finale was one of the best pieces of television I have ever seen. Can’t wait for the webisodes!

  • Clint

    The Office TV watch would be awesome! So much to analyze in each episode. One little look or gesture moves the story forward!

  • Andrea

    Um, where have you guys been? This was announced months ago.
    Looking forward to the shorts nonetheless.

  • sal

    Yes! Yes! TV Watch! This is one of the only shows on TV that is actually worth talking about the next day. If you write one, I will think of you as a truly great philanderer!

  • Kristin

    Yes please! TV Watch would be fantastic!

  • Ken

    I vote for a TV Watch.

  • Jess

    More Kevin is always a good thing. He’s hilarious, and he deserves more screen time! That weird smile he does kills me.
    Definitely the funniest show on network television in AGES. With My Name is Earl coming in second.

  • BLG

    The Office TV Watch? Yes, please!

  • LuLu

    Bring on the TV watch, yeah!

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