'The Office' Stays Open for Summer
Co-workers will star in web-only episodesLOS ANGELES --
NBC is planning to shoot 10 online-only "webisodes" of its critically acclaimed comedy to air during the offseason. The new material will bring some of the show's supporting players front and center as the Dunder Mifflin accounting staff searches for a stash of cash that's gone missing from the Scranton office.
Angela (Angela Kinsey), Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) and Oscar (Oscar Nunez) will lead the search for the missing money, with no one above suspicion. The web episodes will also feature "Office" regulars Rainn Wilson, Melora Hardin, Phyllis Smith, Leslie David Baker, Kate Flannigan and David Denman.
A debut date for the online episodes, which will stream at NBC.com, hasn't been set.
"The Office" has been a big part of NBC's efforts to attract viewers through non-traditional outlets. The network webcast an episode on MySpace prior to its premiere last year, and the show has been one of NBC's more popular downloads on Apple's iTunes.
The show has seen its ratings grown since it and "My Name Is Earl" made the move from Tuesday to Thursday nights in January. Since the switch, "The Office" has drawn about 8.7 million viewers per week and a 4.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic NBC prizes. The 18-49 number is a 22 percent improvement over its Tuesday average; viewers are up about 12 percent since the move.