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Could "The Office" Work as a One-Hour Show?

Could "The Office" Work as a One-Hour Show?

"The Office" is one of the best half-hour comedies on TV — but what if it were an hour-long show instead? That's a move NBC is apparently considering, according to a profile of network CEO Jeff Zucker in Fortune Magazine. (I don't usually read Fortune for my TV news, so thanks to GMMR for the tip.) Buried deep in the story is this little gem:

At NBC's "upfront" presentation to advertisers on May 14, Zucker says he expects NBC to unveil five new programs — three dramas, one comedy, and one reality show — for its fall schedule. Zucker and [NBC entertainment president Kevin] Reilly are considering stretching "The Office" to an hour and canceling the original "Law & Order."

Could it work? The one-hour Christmas episode was among this season's strongest, and the occasional "supersized" episodes and multitude of deleted scenes each week on the show's NBC site prove that there's more in every episode than the roughly 22 minutes that make it to air.

On the other hand, a one-hour show might feel too long, so

I worry that making the show an hour every week could prompt the writers to pad the funny bits with more traditional dramatic storylines that don't deserve the time. Already, the Jim/Pam drama is wearing thin for me, and I imagine we'd only get more of it in a one-hour show. I can't think of any comedies that have worked well in an hour-long format — unless David E. Kelley-style "dramedies" count — and I imagine it would be hard to write a full hour's worth of the snappy dialogue and ridiculous situations that are the strongest parts of "The Office" right now.

Still, I'm not sure more Dwight Schrute is ever a bad thing. What do you think? Could "The Office" work as a one-hour show?

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balenciagababe balenciagababe 9 years
I would DEFINITELY be okay with that haha. Most definitely! I love The Office and I could watch it all day (and I have - I got Season 2 for Christmas haha.)
JennaV JennaV 9 years
Of course it could! HOW awesome would that be?
audreystar audreystar 9 years
tonight's is 45 minutes long! :woohoo: i can't wait!
haze1nut haze1nut 9 years
YES AND YES!! i love their 'specials'i can't get enough of them. everytime i watch i always feel like there things are too short
audreystar audreystar 9 years
i am on the fence but i am leaning more towards leave it as it is. although i do hate it when it ends every thursday i am so intrigued to watch it again the next week. i guess i just worry and hope for quality over quantity. that is the most important thing in my opinion.
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
I think it will work. I love this show and I hope this doesn't turn people off from it.
live-4-gossip live-4-gossip 9 years
NO NO please no. the fact that sometimes the show feels perfect at 30 / 45 min means that any longer would never or rarely hit the right notes to maintain the funny. they wouldn't add the funny bits that that are outtakes or funny extras but they might add more dumb story lines. I love dwight but after an hour uhhhhhh not so much. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ got pi?
smp7328 smp7328 9 years
I just have to say that more Dwight Schrute is never a bad thing. He cracks me up!
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Huh, you make a good point. Im undecided.
CatarinaBella521 CatarinaBella521 9 years
I don't the office can do any wrong so let's plow on w/ an hour!
krisua krisua 9 years
Of course it could. The more the better!
nikkih nikkih 9 years
I totally think it could work...they usually have enough funny "deleted" stuff that would surely make the cut if the show were longer.
Phil Phil 9 years
Imagine if Oscar's "coming out" episode were an hour long!
Glossgirl692 Glossgirl692 9 years
not if it means giving up scrubs!
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 9 years
I think it can work. In my opinion, I would be fine with NBC cancelling the original Law and Order.
smarler smarler 9 years
I always find myself wanting just a few more minutes of The Office each week--I actually think that the Super Sized shows are just perfect. Now, if there was only a way to make a 45 minute show fit into the schedule every week. At the same time, it would also be hard to control my "Oh God, did Michael really just do THAT?" for a full hour, so I think that an hour would be too much. And finally, I think that the sitcom feeling really works well and leaves enough hanging for us to come back each week.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 9 years
All I know is, every week when the show ends, I'm wishing for more. Which, according to Seinfeld, is the key - leaving on a high note!
alethe16 alethe16 9 years
I watch this show religiously, and they already have episodes that are extended, and even had a one-hour long episode, A Benihaha Christmas. I did not get bored or think it was too dramatic during these episodes. An hour of the Office would be awesome. Another point to consider is all the hilarious deleted scenes that are put up on NBC.com, which easily would have been hilarious in that episode, but that wouldn't fit because it's only a half an hour slot. I hope they do it!
blogsap blogsap 9 years
i'm with Linda McP too! but my concern would be lameness... not that there is any with the TV show... but i could hardly watch the webisodes with accounting. they were pretty bad.
hollywoodholiday hollywoodholiday 9 years
Hmmm, I know whenever I watch it on dvd I can watch tons of episodes back to back, I love them. Maybe if they did back to back separate episodes, like another day of the week or something and break up the storylines... I dunno, otherwise an hour of the same storyline on a weekly basis would feel stretched I think. "Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness." --The Problem of Pain
eBennet eBennet 9 years
Linda McP, I totally agree with you. Sometimes I am dying for more, other times 30 minutes works. Editing the show into 30 minutes keeps every minute of it essential, funny, and fresh. With 60 minutes, we might get a lot more drivel. They should keep the 30-minute format and just give us two new episodes each week (yeah, like that will happen...) :)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Sometimes it feels as though the show is just getting started when the 30 minutes ends; at other times, the 30 minutes is just right and keeps me coming back for more. The writing would have to stay sharp and since it's often harder to write something short than it is to write long, I worry that if it expands to 60 minutes, the show might lose the edge that keeps it so strong now.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
I'm glad that NBC has such faith in the show, but I think an hour-long show might feel too long.
xo_verity xo_verity 9 years
Yeah, probally! I love it!
Phil Phil 9 years
Hell yes! Although that makes me nervous for the fate of Scrubs.
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