It was co-produced by Daniels' Deedle-Dee Productions, and Reveille Productions (later Shine America), in association with Universal Television.The original executive producers were Daniels, Howard Klein, Ben Silverman, Ricky Gervais, and Stephen Merchant, with numerous others being promoted in later seasons.Seth Rogen, Matt Besser, Patton Oswalt, and Judah Friedlander also auditioned for the role.
Carell later stated that he had only seen about half of the original pilot episode of the British series before he auditioned.
He did not continue watching for fear that he would start copying Gervais' characterizations.
She will be co-hosting the CMA's with Brad Paisley.
"Cowboy Casanova," "Mama's Song," and "Temporary Home" have been released.
While Jones would later leave the cast for a role on Parks and Recreation, in February 2007, NBC announced that Helms was being promoted to a series regular. Novak was cast as reluctant temp Ryan Howard after Daniels saw his stand-up act.
Four of the show's writers have also performed in front of the camera. Paul Lieberstein was cast as human resources director Toby Flenderson on Novak's suggestion after his cold readings of scripts.When Fischer finished her scene with Krasinski, he told her that she was his favorite Pam, to which she reciprocated that he was her favorite Jim.At the beginning of the third season, Ed Helms and Rashida Jones joined the cast as members of Dunder Mifflin Stamford.A complete script was written for each episode; however, actors were given opportunities to improvise during the shooting process. According to Jenna Fischer, the series used an unusual casting process that did not involve a script.The producers would ask the actors several questions and they would respond as the characters they were auditioning for.In January 2004 Variety reported that Steve Carell, of the Comedy Central program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, was in talks to play the role.