Thursday, July 21, 2011

“The Office” Receives Four Emmy Nominations

NBC’s hit comedy “The Office,” produced by Ben Silverman, received four Emmy nominations last week, marking the sixth year in a row the series was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. Though the show has been nominated every year since its US premiere, it has only won the award once in 2006, its first year.

Steve Carell was also nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Michael Scott, the inept, yet lovable boss at Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company’s Scranton branch. He’s up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, also for the sixth year in a row. Unlike the show itself, Carell has yet to win the Emmy for his performance.

This past season on “The Office” was the last for Carell, who left the show to focus on his film career. He has a romantic comedy, “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” co-starring Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone coming out later this month. James Spader was signed as a permanent cast member, but will not fill Carell’s vacant role. He will play the CEO of Sabre, the parent company of Dunder-Mifflin, replacing Kathy Bates, who also left the show after this season.

"It is thrilling that ‘The Office’ is recognized as the best show on TV year in and year out,” Executive Producer Ben Silverman said. “Our writers and actors deliver at the highest level, and continue to make America laugh and relate."

The show was also nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the episode "Goodbye, Michael" and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) for the episode "Andy's Play."