Some 'Behind The Scenes' News Items
A few OFFICE related news items this week:

First, NBC has apparently fired entertainment cheif KEVIN REILLY.  For those of you who wonder why this news belongs here, Reilly has been a big champion of THE OFFICE (and MY NAME IS EARL) the past few seasons and was also responsible for the Thursday night comedy block this past season. Oh, and he made a cameo during THE RETURN as one of the guys interviewing Dwight.

From what I can tell, NBC execs decided that Reilly had to go after the network came in 4th (!) place this season, and the recent upfront presentation didn't seem like enough of a change to pull the peacock network out of the basement. Even though NBC just renewed his contract for another three years, they're apparently ready to cut their losses and just get rid of him.

So is this BAD news for THE OFFICE?  Not really.  Even though new execs love to change up the schedule when they take over, the #1 name being thrown around to replace Reilly is BEN SILVERMAN-- head of Reveille Entertainment and finder/adapter/producer of THE OFFICE, UGLY BETTY, THE BIGGEST LOSER and THE TUDORS (among others).

In other news, NBC is also putting the kibosh on "Super Sized" episodes next year.  While once a promising and original strategy, NBC execs have come to the conclusion that starting a show at 8:23pm isn't necessarily the smartest move in the book.  For now, the five full hour long episodes of THE OFFICE next season are still a go, but we won't be seeing any more of the 35-40 minute extended shows.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:31pm EDT

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