‘The Office’: Jenna Fischer Thinks Pam Deserved a Spinoff With This Character and No, It’s Not Jim

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Let’s be actual, Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) ruined what may’ve been a good looking friendship between Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) and Karen Filippelli (Rashida Jones) on The Office. Both girls competed for Jim’s coronary heart within the NBC comedy’s third season. Of course, everyone knows Pam and Jim’s relationship was endgame. But it was clear Pam and Karen would’ve gotten alongside if not for the love triangle. Then not too long ago, Fischer pitched a Karen and Pam Office spinoff. And Jones was completely on board.

Jenna Fischer and Rashida Jones talk about their chemistry on ‘The Office’

Jenna Fischer as Pam on 'The Office'
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In the Office Ladies podcast printed on Aug. 5, Fischer and Angela Kinsey, who performed Angela Martin, discussed “Benihana Christmas.” Then when Jones hopped on to speak in regards to the episode, the actor reminisced over her audition course of and the way her chemistry with Fischer helped her get the half.  

“I remember I got a distinct feeling when I got to the point, Jenna, where you and I sat in a room and read lines together and got to improv a little bit,” Jones stated. “Everything just made sense all of a sudden … It made me feel like, ‘Oh, I really feel like I get this dynamic.’ And I feel like you kind of got me the part in a lot of ways.”

Meanwhile, Fischer revealed that studying strains with Jones felt like her audition with Krasinski. 

“I had that same experience with you in the room, and it’s very similar to when they paired me up with John,” Fischer stated. “I was like, ‘When I’m paired up with this person, I just turn into Pam.’”

Jenna Fischer desires an ‘Office’ spinoff that includes Pam Beesly and Karen Filippelli after re-watching ‘Benihana Christmas’

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Although Fischer and Jones had chemistry as Pam and Karen, The Office actors famous it wasn’t proven on-screen till “Benihana Christmas.” In the season three episode, the 2 characters plan a Christmas occasion after Angela kicks Karen out of the Party Planning Committee. So Pam and Karen type a friendship to face off with a typical enemy.

“We finally got that payoff, Jenna. That thing that came to life in the audition,” Jones stated on the podcast. “I don’t think it really got to manifest until this episode. Up till now, we were rivals. But this is the first time … both characters recognized the mutual humanity in the other one.”

Meanwhile, Fischer urged Karen and Pam may’ve had a by-product based mostly on what occurred in “Benihana Chrismas.”

“I don’t mean to toot our own horns, but I think we had amazing chemistry in this episode,” Fischer stated. “I mean, we are adorable. There could’ve been a spinoff. That’s all I want to say.”

And Jones agreed. “Totally,” she stated. “Pam and Karen Christmas special? Yes!”

‘The Office’ spinoff about Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly was beforehand thought-about

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While an Office spinoff about Karen and Pam was by no means realized, it appears many spinoff concepts had been nixed up to now. As it seems, NBC thought-about a present about Dwight Schute (Rainn Wilson) and even had a backdoor pilot in season 9. There was additionally a sequence about Jim and Pam. Though The Office workforce finally determined it was finest to maintain the core forged collectively.

“The problem was you didn’t want to do anything that hurt the mother ship,” govt producer Michael Schur stated, per TV Guide. “In Season four you couldn’t take Jim and Pam from The Office.”

Now, it’s doable The Office followers may obtain new content material sooner or later. Recently, Leslie David Baker raised sufficient cash to begin his unofficial Stanley Hudson spinoff referred to as Uncle Stan. Meanwhile, NBCUniversal hopes a reboot and reunion will finally come after the present’s transfer from Netflix to Peacock. 

Whatever occurs subsequent, it’s clear The Office fandom continues to be very a lot alive. But will there be room for Fischer and Jones to spotlight their on-screen chemistry as Pam and Karen one final time? We’ll see.

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