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UPDATED: "Office" Gossip: Joss Whedon Faces His Scariest Demon Yet... Michael Scott

Pam Beesly the Vampire Slayer? Well, not exactly.

Rumor has it that Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and TV ubergod Joss Whedon will return to television to direct an upcoming episode of NBC's hit sitcom (and Televisionary obsession) The Office.

The move marks Whedon's first return to the small screen since the release of Firefly feature film spinoff Serenity. Before that, the prolific creator wrote and directed a number of episodes on Buffy, Angel, and Firely (and wrote his fair share of Roseanne scripts as well).

But what really gets my geek blood going is that Whedon's Office episode will be followed by J.J. Abrams' Office installment. Whedon and Abrams on The Office? The creators of Buffy and Lost and Steve Carell??? Somewhere the stars collided... or I'm dreaming.

Pinch me.

Look for Whedon's take on Michael Scott and the gang at Dunder-Mifflin to air sometime in the spring.

And, in the meantime, let's just hope there isn't a Hellmouth under Scranton.

UPDATE: Entertainment Weekly has confirmed my scoop:
"Awesome! NBC Universal has confirmed to EW's Dan Snierson that Whedon and Abrams are indeed both directing episodes of The Office. Watch for them to air around late February."
And... scene.

Comments

Unknown said…
Are you the original source of this gossip or can you provide a link to the source? Hope it's true!
Anonymous said…
awesome!!
Anonymous said…
OMG!!!!! I would gladly give up my first-born son to see this happen. Joss + Steve Carell is a dream come true.

When will there be an official announcement?

You've gotten the scoop before, so I'm ready to mark my calender.
rockauteur said…
Are you going to read Buffy Season 8 in the comics?
Jace Lacob said…
Justin,

Yep, I will definitely check out the Buffy Season 8 comic. Joss is co-writing it, so it's gonna be worth it to just check out where Season 8 would have gone.
Anonymous said…
Joss + J.J. + "The Office" = Total Awesomeness.
The CineManiac said…
So Could 2007 be the Return of Joss? Between the aforementioned Buffy Season 8 Comic (Oh thank you God for another Season of one of the best shows to ever hit the airwaves, even if it has to be in comic form) and now Whedon's The Office? I can't wait to see both. Although I think he'd have done a killer Halloween Episode!
And with Abrams hitting up Dunder-Mifflin this should make the perfect 2nd half of an already incredible season.
Anonymous said…
This news just made my YEAR. Seriously, my two favorite things (Whedon, Office) combined into one yummy package. YAY!
Anonymous said…
This is incredible news! Buffy, The Office, Whedon and JAM! Love it. I've linked to this post so thank you for the scoop!
Jeff said…
Not to rain on this parade, but I hope he is just directing the episode. I don't like guest writers, at all, no matter how talented, messing with perfection.
The writing staff of The Office is top-notch and having an outsider chime in just seems wrong. Maybe in season 8, if the staff has run out of ideas (Simpsosns), you can call in some help. Just not now when everything is just peachy. I realize I am in the monority.
Jace Lacob said…
Jeff,

Joss won't be writing the episode, just directing. So no worries, it will still be the same fantastic Office writing staff, just with Joss at the directorial helm.
Gayest Neil said…
If it ain't tossing a magic lasso or riding an invisible jet I don't wanna hear no friggin' Jossip!
FoxyStardust said…
http://www.dotcomedy.com/laugh/

I'm sure you've seen that but if not... there it is!

Joss talking about The Office... a promo they cut.
Anonymous said…
Thanks for the nice post!

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