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The Office to roast the boss after the Super Bowl

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 4th 2008 9:04AM
Finally after seasons of torment, humiliation and just plain squirmishness, the members of The Office will have their revenge on the man they call their boss. Hot, stinky, nasty revenge. Who says it's best served cold? People who are too lazy to pre-heat, that's who.

NBC confirmed that The Office's Michael Scott will get the roast he deserves in a special hour-long episode following the Super Bowl, according to TVWeek.

But will this be the opportunity that the members of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin have been waiting for ever since they agreed to start working there, or will Michael's knee-jerk need to be anything but the butt of a joke ruin their chances?

It's an episode that I'm more giddy about than an 80's schoolgirl with REO Speedwagon tickets, and yet also dreading slightly more than having to watch REO Speedwagon in my current human form.

It's been a long time coming that the members of The Office get a chance to put the boss in his proverbial place. He's rude, boorish, has no sense of appropriateness or even right or wrong. Michael Scott would make a great Joker for Chris Nolan's next Batman feature.

At the same time, this raises my "Jump the Shark" alarm for The Office to code yellow. Part of the fun of the show is the ways the office mates find ways to combat people like Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute without completely losing their cool. They always find ways to have a sense of humor about the people they deal with. Now there is a risk that one or more of them don't roast Michael in the traditional sense and simply just lose their temper while the flames are fanned, a moment that could be very funny because Michael wouldn't know a joke from a jab to the eye. But such a move could start to chip away at the deep seeded anger that's been growing inside them like a Chia Pet of rage.

Still, it will be fun to watch the rage roll and see how producer Greg Daniels and company pull it off, whether either happens or not.

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Graham

Chuck has had enough support. NBC owes this slot to Friday Night Lights.

December 07 2008 at 2:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy

This is the 4th time NBC has changed their post-Super Bowl show.

1. 30 minute Office followed by the premiere of The Office spinoff.
2. 1 hour Office
3. Chuck in 3D (which will now be on the next day, for the first time since the January reality hiatus, followed by chapter 1 of Heroes: Fugitives)
4. 1 hour Office again

December 04 2008 at 11:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
C.A.

"It's an episode that I'm more giddy about than an 80's schoolgirl with REO Speedwagon tickets, and yet also dreading slightly more than having to watch REO Speedwagon in my current human form."

That line was hilarious, it reminded me of the trailers for The Day the Earth Stood Still remake though.

Polygraph guy: Are you a human?

Danny: My body is.

Polygraph guy: Have you seen REO Speedwagon in concert?

Danny: My body has.

December 04 2008 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Usama

I don't know what REO Speedwagon is (was probably too young at the time) but I still found that laugh out loud funny.

December 04 2008 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Danny Gallagher

Ever heard the song "Keep On Lovin' You" or "Can't Fight This Feeling" followed by the unmistakable ear bleeding? That's "REO Speedwagon." It was also the favorite band of Titus' teen alter ego, err, on "Titus." Enough said.

December 05 2008 at 1:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe

I imagine Michael will see a roast on TV, want a roast, then get annoyed when people start "roasting" him. Mark my words, people!

December 04 2008 at 11:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tony

I like the Office but Chuck should have been given this slot. The show needs to be made available to more people so they can see how special it really is. It's sort of flying under the radar. The Office already has it's audience and frankly it probably wont' get much bigger and really that's ok because ratings wise it's fine. I think this is a big mistake by NBC. NBC, mistake...there is a shock.

December 04 2008 at 9:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Viv

I thought Chuck already had this slot, and they were doing some sort of 3-D episode of Chuck?

On the other hand is the spot after the SuperBowl really that valuable? These days by the time all the festivities end, it's almost the end of the primetime. How many people will actually stick around?

December 04 2008 at 10:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Argus

Uhhh... Seems a bit unrealistic for an office to roast their boss. Is this gonna be kitch? Ugh, don't be kitch.

Chuck should have followed the superbowl, office already has a big following.

December 04 2008 at 9:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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AngieBatgirl

Def realistic for this Office. Michael Scott is a 'comedian' and I could just see him setting up a roast for himself. All the great comedians got a roast so why not Michael Scott?

December 04 2008 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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