I’m a friend first and a boss second, and probably an entertainer third

 
 

NBC has renewed The Office for a full season.

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The press release is weirdly drab and sincere — maybe that’s not weird for press releases in general, but it seems strange to refer to Jim as a “likable sales rep” and Pam as a “friendly receptionist.”

Apparently The Office is the “most upscale comedy” on TV; it pulls in the most viewers living in homes with $100,000-plus incomes. I can hear Michael Scott now: “We’re upscale, but we’re also downscale. That’s what we do here: balance. Like scales. That are balanced.”