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Ricky Gervais episode of The Office to air November 30th

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 14th 2006 9:01AM

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant write The Office.Back in February we reported that Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant were co-writing an episode of the U.S. version of The Office. At that time there was no information on when the episode would air and what it would be about. Well, that information has now been released, and its premiere is sooner than you would think.

The Gervais-Merchant episode of The Office will air on November 30th, right at the end of the fall sweeps period. Titled "The Convict", the episode has Michael (Steve Carell) trying to be supportive when he finds out one of his new employees, possibly someone from the recently-closed Stamford branch, has a prison record. Meanwhile, the newly returned Jim provides some "advice" to Andy (Ed Helms) when he tries to make a move on Pam.

Here's a bit of trivia for you television geeks: "The Convict" will be the 38th episode of the U.S. The Office. This is over three times the amount that Gervais and Merchant produced for the U.K. version of the series. That version of The Office ran for only two six-episode seasons and finished with a wrap-up Christmas special in 2003.

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I thought 13 X 3 = 39?

November 14 2006 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm pretty sure it was obvious based on the transfer this weekend from the Stamford branch to the Scranton, as told in TV Guide and every online news blurb regarding this Thursday's supersized episode.

November 14 2006 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for the spoiler about Ed Helms being transfered.

November 14 2006 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I still find Steve Carrell's character the weak link in the US version. He's just too big a character, all the others are very close to the UK versions in so much as they recreate the dynamics well but bring their own takes to the characters enough to distinguish them. I just find Carrell irritating but not in the same way that Gervais was because he also made him entertaining and the sort of person you didn't want to watch but had to.

November 14 2006 at 9:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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