Opening Up The Office
For fans of The Office -- and I mean the original, the English production with Ricky Gervais that he created with Stephen Merchant (although fans of the U.S. adaptation will enjoy the history behind it all, as well) -- this is a treat. It's a wonderful, half-hour documentary on how the show came to be, and the story is pretty interesting and a lot of fun.
The documentary features Gervais and Merchant, and though I can't tell precisely when it was done, it appears to have been made before 2010. At first, I was a bit wary since about 30-seconds in, with an effort to show the series' Grand Importance (which isn't needed since the British show is classic all on its own), the narrator refers to it winning two Golden Globes as "television's Oscars." That would of course be the Emmys -- but making matters worse, the Golden Globes is a total joke, basically the equivalent of "your office pool's Oscars." But with that hyperbole out of the way early, the rest of the documentary is very enjoyable.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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