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John stars as "Jim Halpert" on NBC's new comedy series "The Office", which premires in Late March 2005. Jim Halpert, a decent and funny guy who has a crush on his co-worker Pam, and likes to make trouble for Dwight, his cubicle mate. Krasinski’s feature-film credits include “Kinsey,” starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, and “Duane Hopwood” starring David Schwimmer and Janeane Garafalo, which is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. He’s currently shooting “Jarhead” starring Jake Gyllenhall and directed by Sam Mendes. Among Krasinski’s television credits are appearances in NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Ed.” Krasinski graduated from Brown University as an honors playwright and later studied at the National Theater Institute. Born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, John Krasinski currently lives in New York City, NY. His birthday is October 20.
JOHN KRASINSKI who recently graduated from Brown University, has been in New York only a few months after spending a semester at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Theater Institute in Waterford, CT. Some of John's favorite theater experiences include Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, Sheridan's School for Scandal, John Guare's Moon Over Miami, and a stage adaptation of David Foster Wallace's Brief Interviews With Hideous Men. Film credits include State and Main and The Living Room Waltz. John participated in readings of Emily Jane O'Dell's play, The French Revolution: Part Deux (a new jersey play), and is proud to take part in the hilarity of her latest venture.
John Krasinski stars in ''The Office''
Jim Halpert (John Krasinski, "Kinsey"), a likable sales rep with a good sense of humor who should have found a better job years ago, but is too comfortable with his office mates and routine to leave.
"If i had to choose between a one-night-stand or time with these people? I choose them..."
Based on the popular British series of the same name, this faster-paced American version follows the daily interactions of a group of idiosyncratic office employees via a documentary film crew's cameras.
Regional manager Michael (Steve Carell, The Daily Show) thinks he's the coolest, funniest, best boss ever - which, of course, makes him the uncoolest, most obnoxious and annoying boss as far as his staff is concerned. His co-worker Jim (John Krasinski, Kinsey) lusts after engaged receptionist Pam (Jenna Fischer, Miss Match) when he's not sabotaging his cube-mate, the know-it-all Dwight (Rainn Wilson, Six Feet Under).
Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak, Punk'd) is a young, smart, self-possessed temp, who quickly figures out the real office politics despite Michael's attempts to instill the official point-of-view.
Meanwhile, the entire office is constantly worried about the impending staff cuts. Will there be layoffs? Will there be office romance? Will Michael ever shut up? If it's truly a typical office, then the answers are "maybe," "yes," and "absolutely not."
The U to be a part of NBC's 'The Office'
The award-winning BBC comedy The Office is being remade by NBC for an American audience, but instead of being set in the dingy English town Slough, the American show will be set in none other than the Anthracite Capital of the World, Scranton.
Any show set in Scranton would not be complete without a few references to the university that bears the city's name. The network has confirmed the American version will be set in Scranton.
According to NBC spokesperson Wendy Luckenbill the show will feature characters in University of Scranton apparel and the set will feature university posters.
"The school was nice enough to send us some T-shirts, sweats and posters," Luckenbill said.
The show will not include actual footage of the campus, but it will feature shots of the city. The show will not be filmed on location but rather on a Los Angeles sound stage.
To bring some of Scranton's unique feel, actor John Krasinski visited the Electric City to prepare for his role in the show.
The show follows a gang of quirky and ineffective employees at Dunder-Mifflin, a paper supply company. The American version, like its British counterpart, is a "mock-umentary." Actors play fictitious characters but the show is produced in a way that makes viewers feel that they are watching a documentary rather than a heavily-scripted sitcom.
Steve Carrell, of Comedy Central's The Daily Show is perhaps the bes known cast member. Carrell will play the socially ackward and unprofessional office manager.
The Office will air on NBC as a preview on Thursday March 24, 9:30 at p.m. and will take the Tuesday night 9:30 time slot starting March 29.
Scranton prepares for its TV debut as backdrop for ‘The Office’
Greg Daniels isn’t from Scranton. As far as he knows, he’s never even set foot in the city.
And yet, the acclaimed television writer and producer thinks he can successfully translate The Electric City to the small screen this winter. As many of you already know, Scranton will serve as the backdrop for the upcoming American version of the hit British sitcom "The Office." "The Office: An American Workplace" will begin airing on NBC sometime in early 2005.
The idea to set the show in The Electric City came from Daniels, the show’s executive producer and "show runner," the showbiz term for a sitcom’s head writer.
A quick glance of Daniels’ resume is reason enough to believe the show has a fighting chance of being funny, if not a bona fide hit.
An alum of Harvard University’s famed humor magazine The Lampoon, a breeding ground for countless sitcom writers, Daniels has written for "Saturday Night Live" (where his writing partner was Conan O’Brien), "The Simpsons" and the long-running Fox animated comedy, "King of the Hill," which he co-created with "Beavis and Butt-head" and "Office Space" creator Mike Judge.
During a recent telephone interview from his Los Angeles office, Daniels, 41, said he was inspired in several ways to give Scranton the TV treatment.
"You know those Valentine’s Day cards and Halloween cards you get when you’re a kid?" said Daniels, a New York City native whose closest contact with Scranton has been a trip or two to the Poconos. "You’d turn them to the back and they’d say, ‘Made in Scranton."’
Turns out, those cards are produced at the Scranton-based Paper Magic Group. This is significant in that "The Office: An American Workplace" takes place at the fictitious Dunder-Mifflin paper distribution company (on the British version, whose reruns air on the cable channel BBC-America, the company’s name is Wernham-Hogg).
"We were thrilled. We’re so excited about it," said Karen Rickaby, a human resources specialist at Paper Magic.
She said a team of production people from the show met with officials from the Paper Magic Group several months ago to learn more about the business and gather details about life in northeastern Pennsylvania. "At first we didn’t know whether to take them seriously. We made them show us all their credentials," she said with a laugh.
Another contributing factor to the show being set in Scranton was Daniels’ reverence for the writer John O’Hara, who set many of his short stories in Gibbsville, a fictional town modeled heavily after another eastern Pennsylvania city known for its coal mining days — Pottsville.
In this respect, Daniels saw a natural correlation between Scranton and the backdrop of the original "Office," the English industrial town of Slough, located about 25 miles west of London.
"It seems to me that the people (of Scranton) have had an industrial history that’s similar to England," he said.
"Also, it’s close to New York, but not close enough that people would commute," Daniels continued, noting his assumption that most Scrantonians don’t visit New York all that much, just like the residents of Slough don’t often travel to London.
Finally, Daniels said, Scranton is "a great name. It sounds good." So that explains Daniels’ reasoning behind picking it. But that still leaves an important question — How does he intend to depict Scranton?
It’s no secret the city has been the butt of wisecracks on shows like "All in the Family," "The Sopranos," "The Simpsons" and "Friends." Daniels, who claims ignorance of TV’s penchant for Scranton slights, said his representation of Scranton would be neither good nor bad, but "realistic."
Makes sense, considering "The Office" is shot in faux-documentary style and Daniels has taken pains to capture the look and feel of contemporary Texas with "King of the Hill." "King of the Hill" is set in Arlen, Texas, which doesn’t exist but is largely based on a suburb of Austin. Daniels and the show’s writers have all visited Austin to get the nuances of the area and its people right.
"It helps with the tone of the show," he said. "When you pick a specific place, you tend to use stuff that’s true about that specific place."
While Daniels hasn’t visited Scranton yet, he has every intention of coming here should NBC renew the show after its initial run. One of the show’s stars, John Krasinski, traveled to the city a few months ago with a small documentary crew and shot the outside of the building where Paper Magic is located and the long-closed downtown bar The Office. Coincidentally, the two buildings are located right across the street from each other on Adams Avenue.
"Seemed like good karma," Daniels said.
Daniels said another camera crew will soon travel to Scranton for additional exterior shots.
"Do you have any suggestions?" he asked a reporter.
The city won’t come up a tremendous amount in the show’s first six episodes, but Daniels assured its presence will be felt. Through the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, the show has received a number of Scranton-specific props — newspapers, phone books, posters — that have been incorporated into the scripts.
For instance, in one episode, a character becomes obsessed with Red Barons Bobblehead dolls. In another, the office staff orders lunch from Cugino’s in Dunmore.
"We found Cugino’s right in the phone book," Daniels said.
However, since the taping of each show exceeds the standard sitcom length of 22 minutes, Daniels couldn’t guarantee that those scenes will make it past the editing process.
One thing he can guarantee is a concerted effort to foster the kind of viewer familiarity achieved by "The Drew Carey Show" and its backdrop, Cleveland. That show proved beneficial to the Ohio city, which, like Scranton, was once a perennial entertainment industry doormat.
"We certainly hope people know it’s set in Scranton," Daniels said. "It feels good to me to put it in Scranton."
We’ll find out in a few months if the feeling is mutual.