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The Office - Season 7 ((NEW))



The American television comedy The Office was renewed by NBC for a seventh season on March 5, 2010.[1] The season premiered on September 23, 2010 and ended on May 19, 2011, airing a total of 24 episodes. ET as part of Comedy Night Done Right.




The Office - Season 7



On June 28, 2010, it was confirmed that the seventh season was Steve Carell's last on the show, as his contract expired.[3] NBC planned on continuing the series after his departure, and would welcome any return appearances by Carell.[4] Actor and writer/co-executive producer B.J. Novak had renewed his contract with Universal Media Studios through an eighth season and would be promoted to full executive producer halfway through the seventh season.[5] As of this season, Zach Woods, who plays Gabe Lewis on the show, has been promoted to a series regular.[6] Executive producer/writer/actor Paul Lieberstein had confirmed that Amy Ryan, who portrays Holly Flax, will appear in eight episodes of the season. He also confirmed Kathy Bates will return as Jo Bennett in the season premiere.[7] Later, Melora Hardin, who portrays Jan Levinson, announced on her Twitter account that she would return this season.[8] Timothy Olyphant guest starred in two episodes as a rival salesman.[9] It is also revealed that Pam dated Olyphant's character while Jim dated Karen.[10] Holly return to Dunder Mifflin in the hour-long Christmas episode written by Mindy Kaling and directed by Rainn Wilson.[11] One episode included the office employees getting together to watch an episode of the television series Glee.[12]


The seventh season of the show was produced by Reveille Productions and Deedle-Dee Productions, both in association with Universal Media Studios. The show is based upon the British series created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, both of whom were executive producers on both the US and UK versions.[13] The Office was produced by Greg Daniels,[13] who is also an executive producer. Returning writers from the previous season include Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak, Paul Lieberstein, Brent Forrester, Justin Spitzer, Aaron Shure, Charlie Grandy, Daniel Chun, Warren Lieberstein, and Halsted Sullivan. New writers in the seventh season include Peter Ocko, Jon Vitti, Amelie Gillette[14] and Steve Hely. Lieberstein serves as executive producer and showrunner. Kaling, Novak, Shure, Chun and Ocko are co-executive producers; Forrester and Vitti are consulting producers; Spitzer and Grandy are supervising producers; and Warren Lieberstein, Halsted Sullivan and Steve Hely are producers.


Michael upsets the office when he ignores their pleas to fire office assistant Luke, Michael's immature nephew. Michael then spanks his irresponsible nephew and has to go to six counseling sessions with Toby. Pam's attempt to prank Dwight backfires when Kevin's faulty rewiring of an elevator strands the two together. Andy grows even more upset with Gabe and Erin's relationship.


Michael is forced to have six hours of counseling with Toby after he physically reprimanded Luke, but Michael refuses to make Toby's job easy. Pam attempts to finagle a promotion to office administrator. Dwight boycotts the Steamtown Mall after a shop owner refuses to serve him.


Andy lands a role in a local production of Sweeney Todd and invites the entire office to the performance, in hopes to impress Erin. While Michael struggles to put his jealousy aside, Jim and Pam have trouble with their less-than-stellar babysitter.


Michael freaks out when Darryl goes over his head by taking an idea to corporate. The employees partake in a Halloween costume contest in the office. Meanwhile, Pam tries to get the truth from Danny about their dating history.


Pam and Jim's baby, Cece, gets christened and Michael invites the entire office to celebrate. Michael joins a church group of high school graduates on a mission to Mexico, with Andy following along to impress Erin.


Erin and Gabe invite the office over to Gabe's house for a Glee viewing party. Michael can't handle the fact that the office workers think of Gabe as their boss instead of him. Growing more jealous of Gabe and Erin's relationship, Andy goes to extremes in order to impress her. Dwight helps Pam with Cece, much to Jim's chagrin.


When Michael reads an article about China growing as a global power, he decides they must be stopped before they take over the United States. Pam threatens to move Dunder Mifflin to a new building after everyone in the office complains about Dwight's building standards.


Michael finally pops the question to Holly while the office holds a garage sale in the warehouse. Dwight forces people to trade with him while Andy, Darryl, and Kevin play a board game while creating their own rules.


Michael's replacement appears in the office, to start receiving training from Michael. The new manager, Deangelo Vickers (Will Ferrell), has everyone hoping to make good first impressions: Andy finds himself awkwardly typecast while Jim and Pam worry that they've come on too strong. Only Dwight is apathetic about the new leader.


Michael prepares to leave for Colorado with Holly, and spends his last day in the office saying goodbye to everyone individually, wanting no drama to ensue. Meanwhile, new manager Deangelo and Andy try to keep Michael's biggest clients.


The seventh season of the American television comedy The Office premiered on September 23, 2010 and concluded on May 19, 2011 on NBC. The season consisted of 26 half-hours of material, divided into 22 half-hour episodes and two hour-long episodes. The seventh season aired on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. (ET) as part of Comedy Night Done Right.[1] It stars Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B. J. Novak, and Ed Helms, with supporting performances from Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nunez, Craig Robinson, Phyllis Smith, Zach Woods, and Amy Ryan. This was the last season to feature Michael Scott, played by Carell, as the lead character. The seventh season was released on DVD and Blu-ray in region 1 on September 6, 2011.[2]


The seventh season of the show is produced by Reveille Productions and Deedle-Dee Productions, both in association with Universal Media Studios. The show is based upon the British series created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, both of whom are executive producers on both the U.S. and UK versions.[3] The Office is produced by Greg Daniels,[3] who is also an executive producer. Returning writers from the previous season include Mindy Kaling, B. J. Novak, Paul Lieberstein, Brent Forrester, Justin Spitzer, Aaron Shure, Charlie Grandy, Daniel Chun, Warren Lieberstein, and Halsted Sullivan. New writers in the seventh season include Peter Ocko, Jon Vitti, Steve Hely, Carrie Kemper (sister of Ellie Kemper), Robert Padnick, and Amelie Gillette. Paul Lieberstein serves as executive producer and showrunner, and Novak was promoted from co-executive producer to executive producer midseason. Kaling, Shure, Chun and Ocko are co-executive producers; Forrester and Vitti are consulting producers; Spitzer and Grandy are supervising producers; and Warren Lieberstein, Halsted Sullivan and Steve Hely are producers.


On June 28, 2010, it was confirmed that the seventh season would be Steve Carell's last on the show, as his contract was expiring.[9] NBC confirmed that the series would continue after his departure, and would welcome any return appearances by Carell.[10] Actor and writer/co-executive producer B. J. Novak renewed his contract with Universal Media Studios through an eighth season and was promoted to full executive producer halfway through the seventh season.[11] As of this season, Zach Woods, who plays Gabe Lewis on the show, has been promoted to a series regular.[12] Executive producer/writer/actor Paul Lieberstein confirmed that Amy Ryan, who portrays Holly Flax, would appear in eight episodes of the season. He also confirmed Kathy Bates would return as Jo Bennett in the season premiere.[13] Melora Hardin returns as Jan Levinson. Timothy Olyphant guest starred in two episodes as rival salesman, Danny Cordray, who previously went on two dates with Pam.[14] Jack Coleman appears in a new recurring role as Senator Robert Lipton, who is dating Angela. Amy Ryan made her first return appearance as Holly in a voice-only role in "Sex Ed", and finally returned to Dunder Mifflin in the hour-long Christmas episode; and she is now billed among the rest of the starring cast.[15]


The episode titled "Threat Level Midnight", which aired February 17, 2011, revolved around the screening of Michael's film where all the office employees portray the characters in the film. The episode featured Melora Hardin as Jan, and the return of Rashida Jones as Karen and David Denman as Roy.[16] During NBC's TCA press tour, it was confirmed that Steve Carell would depart with three episodes left to go in the season, with the remaining episodes focusing on the search for (and selection of) his replacement as office manager. Executive producer Greg Daniels, who wrote Carell's farewell, stated the top candidates are Andy, Dwight, and Darryl, or possibly a newcomer. He also stated that whoever becomes the new manager would not become the main focus of the show like Michael was, and that two new regular cast members would join the cast during the eighth season.[17][18] Ricky Gervais reprised his role as David Brent from the original British series in a cameo appearance in the episode "The Seminar" that aired January 27, 2011.[19] Will Ferrell appeared in four episodes as Deangelo Vickers, Michael Scott's temporary replacement. Ferrell's character proved to be just as inept as Michael when it came to managing a business.[20] Steve Carell finished filming his final scenes for the show on March 4, 2011.[21] Ricky Gervais returned as David Brent in the season finale, along with Will Arnett who played a new character.[22] Gervais also contributed to the script for the season finale.[23] Ray Romano, James Spader, Catherine Tate, Warren Buffett and Jim Carrey also appeared in the season finale.[24][25] 041b061a72


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