The Office was not originally developed for the NBC channel.
When Daniels thought of selling his adaptation of The Office, he really wanted to sell it to FX or HBO and not NBC because he felt that it was not fit for the network. At that time, Will and Grace was the number one show for NBC and he was afraid that The Office would not be a hit. But his trusted friends in the industry were confident that the story would sell so he pushed it.
It took a while before Steve Carell got the role of Michael Scott.
When the producers of The Office were still thinking of the best actor to play the role of Michael Scott, Universal Pictures chairman Stay Snider strongly suggested Steve Carell. But the actor almost missed out on being Scott because at that time, he was working on the NBC sitcom Come to Papa. The producers had Bob Odenkrik, David Koechner and Alan Tudyk as their other options, but the auditions ended up in Carell’s favor.
The producers initially thought of making the Jim-Pam affair an interracial love story.
Daniels thought of Americanizing the affair of Jim and Pam by getting an African American actress to play the roles of both Pam and Roy. Had he pushed through with the plan, Jenna Fischer would not have been Pam and Craig Robinson would have played the role of Roy, the boyfriend of Pam.
Dunder Mifflin has branches throughout the Northeast.
Even before Jim moved to Dunder Mifflin Stamford branch, Daniels had already come up with a list of the other offices of the paper company in Northeastern United States. He picked out some cities in the Northeast that had comical names, such as Nashua and Yonkers. These branches were first cited at the beginning of Season 3.
The sequel of The Office could have been a parody of An American Family.
As the producers of The Office brainstormed about the possible spinoffs of the series, they thought of creating a “mockumentary” version of the Loud Family, where Andy would play the role of dad and Nellie Bertram would play the role of mom. Several other ideas were also considered but were eventually discarded due to some foreseeable loopholes.