How Steve Carell Saved ‘The Office’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Steve Carell

During 2007, the Writers Guild of America went on strike, placing dozens of exhibits at a standstill — together with The Office. It took a number of weeks for the business to see change, however Steve Carell made a daring transfer that pressured networks to concentrate. In a approach, his braveness saved The Office

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Steve Carell as Michael Scott | Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

The Writers Guild Strike of 2007

In 2007, writers who labored on motion pictures and tv went on strike after feeling like they had been paid unfairly for streamable content material. 

“On November 5, 2007, the Writers Guild of America went on strike,” Brian Baumgartner defined on his podcast, An Oral History of The Office. “They were fighting over compensation for new media, like web originals and streaming.” 

Mike Schur spoke to the webisodes starring Baumgartner, Angela Kinsey, and Oscar Nuñez referred to as The Accountants

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“Those webisodes were shot with union labor, and no one got paid,” Schur defined. That was only one instance of content material being produced on the time that creators weren’t being paid for. 

“[Networks were] basically trying to grandfather in the internet as something they don’t pay for,” Schur stated.

But Carell wouldn’t have it. 

The solid and crew of ‘The Office’ stood in solidarity with the writers throughout the strike 

Together, the writers and the actors picketed their very own collection. 

The head of the community The Office was on additionally occurred to be the chief producer of the collection — Ben Silverman. 

Equipped with their very own union, the actors had been nonetheless anticipated to indicate as much as work. Ed Helms remembered not feeling so nice having to work whereas his pals and coworkers had been being mistreated. 

“I remember everyone felt a lot of tension,” Helms stated. “Obviously, I help the writers, however it’s scary slightly bit. It simply felt so baffling. I feel in hindsight, I actually admire how brave that was [for the writers to combat that battle on behalf of The Office].” 

Steve Carell refused to work on the ‘Dinner Party’ episode throughout the strike

While the Writers Guild strike was taking place, showrunners had a script able to go for the long-lasting “Dinner Party” episode of The Office

“Steve Carell said, ‘No, the way we make this show is collaborative,’” Schur recalled. Carell tried to defined to executives how the writers and producers would all work collectively to pitch new jokes and create among the most memorable moments on the present. But to no avail.

“‘I don’t think I’m going to make the show without the writers,’” Schur recalled Carell saying. “And he didn’t show up.” 

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After taking pictures the scenes they might that didn’t characteristic Michael Scott, manufacturing for The Office shut down. 

“That was such a heroic thing — he just stayed home,” Schur stated. 

Steve Carell instructed showrunners to fireplace him 

In remembering Carell’s courageous transfer, Schur stated Carell basically instructed Greg Daniels to fireplace him. Carell felt that with out the writers on set, The Office wasn’t the identical present — and he didn’t need to make no matter present that was. 

“We were all very protective of the show,” Carell stated. “I was just in a position more often than not to say something and not just let things transpire.”

Without Steve Carell, manufacturing shut down, placing the actors in the identical boat because the writers

During the strike, Mindy Kaling created an indication for Carell’s trailer that learn: “Steve Carell American Hero.” Ultimately, Carell’s actions impressed many different individuals within the business to do the identical — step down from their roles till issues modified. But that ended up placing many individuals out of labor. 

After 100 days of placing, the guild and studios reached an settlement and went again to work. According to Baumgartner, many individuals got here out of the strike stronger. Fortunately, the strike made some constructive adjustments to the best way the business paid for streamable content material. But there’s nonetheless work to be performed.

Still, Baumgartner stated he was pleased with the half The Office performed in making progressive change within the business. “Everyone on our show was a team,” he stated. “They were superheroes.” 

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