Thursday, April 13, 2006

Office-ial business

The Office is showing a repeat from early on this season, but I'm excited because it's one I haven't seen. According to Jenna Fischer's blog on TVguide.com, "The Dundies" focuses on office awards given out at Chili's by an overly enthusiastic Michael. As an added benefit, it features a drunken Pam. Sounds like good times - especially for Jim.

One of the things I enjoy so much about The Office is the way it blurs lines between fiction and reality. This is partly due to the nature of the show taking place in a somewhat realistic office environment, and partly due to the fluidity between the actors and character's lives.

The actors spend probably 10 hours a day, 5 days a week, in the office environment. The whole group of them, even the smaller characters, are sitting at their desks, playing on their computers, and interacting with each other for the duration of a regular work week. While the cameras are filming, they have to stay "in character" even when they're not directly involved in a scene. To a degree, the jobs their characters perform on The Office must feel a bit like their real jobs.

In addition, several of the actors maintain blogs or myspace pages - some of them in character, some of them are partly in character and partly personal, and some are entirely personal. It's nice to see actors who are so involved with their fans and who really appreciate the audience that watches them every week.

So, in conclusion, Jim is adorable.

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