I'd heard of Rainn Wilson's Soulpancake website before but never really much looked around it. I will now, though, after a new interview he's given to The Huffington Post on the occasion of a Soulpancake TV special - airing today on OWN, or by now perhaps, actually having aired. Fat lot of good I'm doing for that PR campaign.
The parts of the interview that most concern Bleeding Cool, however, would be Wilson's comments on the final series of The Office, which is filming and airing now.
We had heard that the documentary being made in the show was going to come into play during the last series, but it wasn't clear how. Wilson has expanded:
Part of the ending is going to be not only resolving the characters and what's happening in their lives, but the showing of the airing of the documentary on The Office, and showing what effect that has on the characters. That's going to happen over the course of the last six or eight episodes. The Officecharacters get to watch themselves in the documentary. I think they're probably being documented as they're watching themselves in the documentary.This is far, far away from anything in the UK series,* but I'm fascinated by it. It means that the show wasn't just incidentally in a documentary style but that this decision is rooted in narrative and will actually impact how everything resolves, not just how it was presented.
Wilson also confirmed that some of the footage shot for the aborted spin-offThe Farm is to show up in an episode of The Office somewhere throughout the run:
Yeah, either all or some of it will be airing as an episode of The Office. So you will get to meet Dwight's brother and sister, some other family members, and see a little more life on the farm. But yeah, it's not happening as a show. And it was very disappointing. We had worked really hard on it and I think created a really cool and different pilot.I'm glad that The Office is coming to an end, I think, while there's still some goodwill in the tank. I'm looking forward to seeing it all tied-up, too, and I hope the return of Michael Scott both happens and pays off nicely.
As a box-set importer, however, it's going to be a very long time before I get to enjoy any of this for myself.
I'm sure that James Gunn is going to find something for Wilson to do in Guardians of the Galaxy. Shame the Huffington Post reporter didn't share this instinct - we might just have found out a clue as to what.
*I'm being reminded on all fronts that the Christmas specials showed some effect of the documentary. I did only see them once, when they first aired, and I had remembered the character impact as being superficial. Shall I go back and watch them again?