“The Office” – Ripe For Cancellation?

By Larry Teren

Is “The Office” ripe for cancellation? A 2.2 Nielsen ratings and 6 share for an April, 2012 aired episode translates into a 4.31 million viewership. In previous years, the show was good for more than double the numbers.

Ricky Gervais is a British comedian who hit pay dirt with a brilliant idea for a tv series sitcom called “The Office”.  It was so popular with Americans who loved watching English humor (humour?) that he developed a tv series version for U.S. Audiences. What made the tv show so singularly entertaining was the standout performance of Steve Carell as the boss, Michael Scott. Continue reading ““The Office” – Ripe For Cancellation?”

The Office of the Self-Employed

By Larry Teren


There is nothing like being self-employed and working from home as long as you can stand the boss, the hours and the lack of benefits.  Continue reading “The Office of the Self-Employed”

The Pursuit of Free

As my brother says, “time is money”. A week or so ago, the last episode featuring a very popular character on “The Office” television show was broadcast on NBC at 8pm Chicago time on a Thursday evening. Even though an avid viewer of this show there were more important things to accomplish such as generating revenue so I did not bother to watch it at that given opportunity. Anyway, it’s not as if I was going to stand around a water cooler and wait for a passersby to engage him or her in conversation about it.

In fact, I have found watching the show a very personal thing. I imagine a trusted relationship, a bond with many of the show’s characters. This precludes me from discussing The Office with others as they simply would not understand the brilliance of the scripts and subtle ways each actor makes you wonder if they are performing or are you watching a documentary.
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