"Since [that slap], I've been on the show" (as Kelly Kapoor), says Kaling.Michael Schur has also made occasional appearances as Dwight's cousin Mose, and consulting producer Larry Wilmore has played diversity trainer Mr. Plans were made for Mackenzie Crook, Martin Freeman, and Lucy Davis, from the British series, to appear in the third season, The Office was filmed with a single-camera setup in a cinéma vérité allowing the look of an actual documentary, with no studio audience or laugh track, allowing its "deadpan" and "absurd" humor to fully come across.The show debuted on NBC as a midseason replacement and ran for nine seasons and 201 episodes.The Office initially featured Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and B. Novak as the main cast; the show experienced numerous changes to its ensemble cast during its run.The producers would ask the actors several questions and they would respond as the characters they were auditioning for.NBC programmer Kevin Reilly originally suggested Paul Giamatti to producer Ben Silverman for the role of Michael Scott, but the actor declined.He left the showrunner spot after the eighth season for the potential Dwight Schrute spin-off, The Farm, which was eventually passed up by NBC.They also established the supporting characters of the series more, giving them actual personalities. Steve and Rainn are brilliant improvisers." Deleted scenes have sometimes been restored in repeats to make episodes longer or draw back people who have seen the episode before to see the bonus footage.
A complete script is written for each episode; however, actors are given opportunities to improvise during the shooting process. According to Jenna Fischer, the series used an unusual casting process that did not involve a script.
Martin Short, Hank Azaria, and Bob Odenkirk were reported to be interested in the part.
In January 2004 Variety reported that Steve Carell, of the Comedy Central program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, was in talks to play the role.
Season one of The Office was met with mixed reviews, but the following four seasons received widespread acclaim from television critics.
These seasons were included on several critics' year-end top TV series lists, winning several awards such as four Primetime Emmy Awards, which include an Outstanding Comedy Series in 2006.
While later seasons were criticized for a decline in quality, earlier writers oversaw the final season and ended the show's run with a positive reception.