One of The Office stars reveals details about the iconic show’s finale, including the fact that it had four hours’ worth of scenes. Actor Brian Baumgartner who starred in the hit sitcom, has recently revealed interesting details about the show and regarding his character Kevin.
- The Office finale – what was left out
- Could a reboot fix things?
There is a lot of pressure on show-runners, the cast and crew when it comes to filming finales of shows that have won the hearts of millions worldwide. What is to be included, what is to be left out – are all matters that need careful consideration. So, often finales are condensed versions of what the creators actually wanted to portray about the characters and their stories.
It was no surprise when we found out that the finale for the iconic, cult American TV show The Office could have actually run for four hours.
The Office finale – what was left out
In the 52-odd minutes that The Office finale ended up running, the show nicely wrapped up the stories of each of the characters. Jim and Pam get their happy ending, so do Michael and Holly, and even the fictional documentary itself gets a wrap up.
However, there was one character whose ending we were not shown in full.
Brian Baumgartner, who played the slow-witted Kevin Malone in the show, has recently revealed that there was a lot more planned for the finale than was ultimately featured, and a lot of the scenes had to be deleted. This included what Kevin’s plans were after the fictional documentary was over.
Baumgartner said that series creator Greg Daniels had written what could easily take up four hours in the finale. In them there were also scenes in which Kevin’s fans, who Baumgartner says had become kind of a cult, help him get the bar.
In The Office finale that we now have, we are only told that Kevin comes to own a bar, and not how it came about to be so.
Could a reboot fix things?
There has been a lot of speculation regarding a reboot of The Office, more so now since the show has been streaming on platforms such as Netflix and garnering a newer, younger audience fan-base. Other than one major cast member who is reluctant about reprising his role (we’re looking at you, Steve Carell!), most are willing to take up the batons again.
Baumgartner has also been showing interest in a reboot. In his podcast called “An Oral History of The Office’”, he has addressed the possibility of a reboot and how it could work. He says that he believes that The Office could even run today, with a different cast, and with different people going in and out of the Dunder Mifflin office.
We’re wondering if a reboot would give the show-runners a good reason to dig up the rest of the four hours’ worth scenes and give fans more information about what happens (or could happen) to each of the characters! Do you agree that a reboot would be a good idea? Let us know in the comments!