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Office Newpeats: The Latest Word
2007-03-09 10:40
by Jon Weisman

Having found excess footage left off the final cuts of Thursday comedy "The Office" to be popular online, NBC has hit upon the idea of actually airing that footage … on television.

For next week's broadcast, NBC is recutting material from two previous episodes of "The Office" with the aforementioned outtakes to create a hyprid new episode and repeat, summed up by NBC in an appropriately hybrid word: "newpeat."

Though the repurposing of content previously broadcast on TV resembles what shows such as "Lost" do to bridge gaps between new episodes - not to mention that TV staple, the clip show – the seamless integration of unaired "Office" material provides NBC with something out of the ordinary to promote on a night the network premieres two other shows, "Andy Barker P.I." with Andy Richter and "Raines" with Jeff Goldblum.

The "Office" remix will also no doubt feed the show's cult following, which has helped build the show's previously diminutive ratings through word of mouth.

"Their loyalty must be rewarded somehow, and we don't have the budget for 10 million muffin baskets," executive producer Greg Daniels commented dryly for the press release.

NBC also announced a mini-marathon of five "Office" episodes for March 29, surrounding another "Andy Barker" outing.

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