I interviewed pleasant, down-to-earth executive producer Greg Daniels of The Office this week for Variety about how the online producer's cut of the show affects his approach to editing, and whether it poses any continuity problems for the series. Here's an excerpt:
"So Michael had a little chat with Corporate, and they decided to send me to management training. Anger-management training, technically, but still ... management material!"
Such was the revelation ending the Jan. 18 episode of "The Office," answering questions viewers may have had over the fate of Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) after he punched a hole in a Dunder-Mifflin wall.
But it's a revelation seen only by viewers watching the producer's cut of the episode online, and even days following its airing, "Office" showrunner Greg Daniels still wasn't sure how to address the next broadcast episode (scheduled for Feb. 1).
"I haven't locked the next episode, and we're debating whether we need to answer the question," Daniels said earlier this week. "It'd be the first time we said the online version is answering a question that the (on-air) viewer is curious to know about. ...
Eventually, the producer's cuts will be the versions sold on iTunes and time-capsuled for DVD posterity, meaning that the original version of the episode seen on broadcast won't go down in history as the de facto official version.
"Maybe, eventually, the online version will just be the true version, and the on-air version will be the promo for the online," Daniels said. "I do know that the show feels better with two or three more minutes." ...
Update: Jenna Fischer reports that Joss Whedon is directing a future Office episode.