On February 1, 2009, nearly 100 million Americans sat down to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers squeak out a 27- to-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. Warren Lieberstein: We definitely were aware that there’s a certain part of the audience that very much likes the Jim-and-Pam stuff. What to Stress-Watch, and How to Watch It, on Election Night, David Letterman Thinks Trump Will ‘Lose It Big’ This Time, Kendall Jenner Had a Birthday Party and It Wasn’t Even on a Private Island, Here Are a Bunch of Celebrities (Safely) Voting This Year, Hey Upper East Siders, Karena Evans Is Directing HBO Max’s. Paul Feig, director: My greatest regret from The Office is that I so badly wanted to direct that one. I thought that that would seem really mean-spirited. With Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer. Ben Silverman, producer: I was running the network at the time and I was talking to everyone about what we should put on after the Super Bowl. It took longer than any other episode because it had to be an hour and it had to be stand-alone. All rights reserved. Did Beyoncé Herself Commission Tabria Majors’s Halloween Masterpiece? Directed by Ken Kwapis. And then moments later the cat crumbles through a panel of the drop ceiling and falls back down. Warren Lieberstein: I love the Harold and Maude dynamic. I remember wanting Matt Damon or Ben Affleck to be on it. Why would you pitch that idea? He was like, “Look, this is our opportunity to sort of re- pilot the show and introduce a whole new group of people to The Office. The fire drill took place seconds into the episode and was a scene of absolute mayhem, complete with Angela desperately hurling a cat into the air, Oscar crawling through the ceiling for help and falling to the ground, Kevin breaking into the snack machine and stealing all the candy, and everyone else desperately trying to find a way out. Randy Cordray: Greg was really at odds with NBC over this. 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Share the best GIFs now >>> I remember Jenna and John felt strongly that the truth of it meant that they had to go to a place of drama and that seemed so right to me. Log in or link your magazine subscription. Should Spotify Be Responsible for What Joe Rogan Does? What would celebrities be doing in Scranton?” His way of doing that was to make a movie within the movie. Jack Black was very into it, but nobody was ready for the energy that Cloris Leachman brought to it. Lee Eisenberg: The network was insistent that we get celebrities, and that was really complicated. I guess he’s never felt that with my mom, even at their best.” The Jim-and-Pam scenes are as dramatic and heavy as the rest of the episode is goofy and absurd. That caused us to think a little differently than we normally would about the show. Well, you can’t injure an animal, and so we had to figure this out. Just knowing the two of them were going to be making out, it was worth the price of having that in there. They’re like, “Should we put The Apprentice on?” I’m like, “No, The Apprentice is fine and it’s got that audience already. For more information on cookies including how to manage your consent visit our, Dwight's Fire Drill - The Office (Episode Highlight). Twenty-two million people watched the full episode and 37.7 million people watched at least some of it. A fire in the kitchen relegates the staff to the parking lot as help is on its way. Warren Lieberstein, writer: It needed to be an electric opening because we were concerned about channel switching. The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000’s by Andy Greene is out March 24. We knew in that particular episode we had enough time, an hour, to really satisfy and hit all different kinds of viewers that we could possibly hit that enjoyed our show. A notification should be sent with specific details to clarify what to do during the drill. Pam is freaked out and wonders what Jim could have possibly said to him. It’s Matt Damon or Ben Affleck versus Michael Scott.” For a lot of reasons, people just decided that putting someone like that in just takes you out of the reality of the show. Jeff Blitz: There’s a moment when they start to run and the camera goes down. There was one trainer who was standing in the ceiling to catch the first cat and another trainer to throw an identical cat back down. Jeff Blitz, director: In the original script, Oscar was already in the ceiling when Angela threw up the cat. And then it was like, “Okay, he loses her in a poker game… .”. Jeff Blitz: In one of the early drafts of it, the movie itself had a martial arts spin to it. Andy had access to stream a movie on his laptop and so we created this movie. We ended up throwing out a bunch of story ideas and we never did that before or since. Oscar jumps up on his desk and climbs up into the drop ceiling and Angela pulls out a cat from her file cabinet and says, “Save Bandit!” And she throws Bandit up to Oscar, who doesn’t want anything to do with Bandit. With Tenor, maker of GIF Keyboard, add popular The Office Fire Drill animated GIFs to your conversations. NBC ON SOCIAL:NBC YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/nbcFollow NBC: http://Twitter.com/NBCLike NBC: http://Facebook.com/NBCNBC Pinterest: http://Pinterest.com/NBCtv/NBC Instagram: http://instagram.com/nbcABOUT THE OFFICEThe multi-award-winning comedy series \"The Office\" presents a hilarious documentary-style look at the humorous, and sometimes poignant, foolishness that plagues the 9-to-5 world. Dunder Mifflin's safety zealot, Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), conducts a fire drill that nearly kills Stanley (Leslie David Baker). It was a fun evening, but it was also like, “Oh, is this really what you think of me?” And that turned into the roast of Michael, where he was able to bring the office together again and restore order after all this chaos by becoming the victim. That makes no sense. They were in the show, but at the same time, at no point did our characters get outshone by these big movie stars. She finds out in the end. Jen Celotta, writer: We wanted people who didn’t know about The Office and who were watching the Super Bowl to enjoy it. I had just directed the Meredith’s-intervention episode that I don’t think the network liked, so they wouldn’t let me direct the hour-long episode, and then that ended up winning an Emmy for Jeff Blitz. *Sorry, there was a problem signing you up. But a zany fire drill scene wasn’t enough for NBC. It was very important. That was our way of satisfying the network creative people and putting promotable star talent into the Super Bowl episode. I thought it would just be really funny if the throw is just a little too strong and so the cat went too far and then came down. What would celebrities be doing interacting with a paper company office in Scranton, Pennsylvania? It’ll do well, but it’s not gonna do that much better there. I think that’s an actual take where Randall didn’t mean to fall, but we just used it. A survey of some of film’s best paranoid political thrillers. The second it ended, the action went from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, to Dunder Mifflin for a special double episode of The Office. I remember for a long, long, long time we did not have an ending. Ben Silverman: The fire drill was insanity. From The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s by Andy Greene, published March 24 by Dutton, an imprint of the Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. The day we shot it felt very un-Office-like. We talked at great length with them. “He said that you told him how much you love me,” a teary-eyed Pam tells Jim. Copyright © 2020 by Andy Greene, Already a subscriber? What asset do we have that can also grow, sustain, and help really drive the night?” Everyone came around to the idea of it being The Office and said, “Let’s do this and let’s figure out how we stunt it and make it big.”. Lee Eisenberg: It was a show that needed to be small, real, and relatable. Also available on the nbc app. It exposed it to a whole new audience that showed up and kept watching and grew. The animals are their livelihood. We need it to be big and crazy and wild and this is the first thing they’re gonna see, so we want people to stick around.” He said to me and [fellow writer] Ryan Koh and some of the writers’ assistants, “You guys work on this cold open.” We knew it would start with Dwight setting off the fire alarm and Greg was in a place where he was like, “We need it to be bigger and crazier.” So we just started adding all sorts of crazy shit happening with the mayhem and the melee, like them using the photocopier as a battering ram and cats falling out of the ceiling. And there’s a huge swath of people that liked the antics of Dwight. Kate Flannery, actor: That scene was a big deal. When it happens, how do people not change the channel?”. He was late, and we talked to him about it, and he was still late.’”. Jeff Blitz: The trainer had said that she was comfortable with us only doing it like two or three times. “About how you feel when I walk in a room, and about how you’ve never doubted for a second that I’m the woman you want to spend the rest of your life with. It’s a really good episode. Ben Silverman: That really propelled the show. It’s very important to have a really grabby opening.”. I always feel like, “Oh, I almost had an Emmy.” Jeff did a great job though. Gene Stupnitsky: We went pretty deep into it. They had thought that it would just be like a stuffed cat. Halsted Sullivan, writer: We were tasked with making it a stand-alone episode, but making it something that fans who have been along for the ride all five seasons could enjoy, but also people who tuned in to the show for the first time would be able to enjoy. Introduced Lil Pump As ‘Little Pimp’ at Michigan Rally, It’s literally only two letters off from his own name …. It’s illegal, it’s a felony, it’s unethical, and none of us want to do that. Randy Cordray, producer: All of the characters think they are going to die. At the time, Will & Grace would have someone like Cher or J.Lo on every episode, and the episode [would be] about that person. The fire drill took place seconds into the episode and was a scene of absolute mayhem, complete with Angela desperately hurling a cat into the air, … Then there was a cat thrower who had an Angela wig and Angela wardrobe on that we had to bring in for that. Fire Drill Lyrics: Oh, oh, mmm, mm-mmm / Oh, oh, mmm, oh / I've never fit into any category, always deemed an outcast / Since I was in Sunday School and all the cool kids said I was weird / It's Greg and I talked about it and were like, “Okay, let’s make this one hundred percent like a movie, like a stunt. And then I was convinced that we couldn’t use a stuffed cat because it would look like a stuffed cat being thrown. I was like, “Okay, we’ll get somebody who has a blue-collar feel to be running a warehouse or they’re gonna go up against Michael somehow.