Beloved TV show "The Office" will be having its own podcast series. It is set to feature John Krasinski, Steve Carell, Ricky Gervais, and Office superfan Billie Eilish.
The upcoming Spotify podcast will be titled "An Oral History of The Office." It will be hosted by Brian Baumgartner, who plays Kevin in the show. The podcast is scheduled to drop on Tuesday, July 14, with twelve episodes overall. Three episodes will be made simultaneously available on its premiere date. It will be followed by a new episode for every following week.
Entertainment Weekly added that the new Baumgartner-hosted podcast is different from the existing "Office Ladies." The rewatch podcast is hosted by co-stars Angela Kinsey and Jenna Fischer. The "Oral History of the Office" will reportedly cover the very start of the franchise. The entertainment portal reported that the new podcast would cover the moment Ben Silverman met with Ricky Gervais, co-creator of UK's "The Office." The two would later talk about creating a US adaptation of the hit mockumentary.
It will also include the inception of the US adaptation. Kevin's podcast will cover pitching to network executives, casting choices, to highlights from the nine-season TV show.
Among the guests lined up for Kevin's new podcast include "The Office" characters such as regional manager Michael Scott (Carell) and sales rep Jim Halpert (Krasinski). Fans will also hear Dwight Schrute (Rainn Willson), Pam Beesly (Fischer), Angela Martin (Kinsey), and more appear on the show.
Billie Eilish: "The Office" Superfan
Grammy Award-winning artist Billie Eilish has been a vocal fan of the hit workplace sitcom. In an interview with Variety last December, the "Bad Guy" singer has admitted to seeing "The Office" many times.
"I have all the scenes memorized. Like, if I hear the audio I know what the scene is, it's f**king crazy!" Billie Eilish told Variety.
In fact, one of the songs from her critically-acclaimed album "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" samples a tune from the NBC sitcom. The reference-throwing song in question is her ninth track from her debut album "My Strange Addiction." The song opens with Steve Carrell's Michael Scott coincidentally calling "Billie" right before the beat drops.
The conversation was lifted directly from the seventeenth episode of Season 7, "Threat Level Midnight," which also mentions "the Scarn." The Scarn is a signature dance from the show, taken from Scott's character made-up, in-show Michael Scarn, a spy.
Other verses in the song also interpolate dialogues from an assortment of the show's characters including Krasinski's Halpert, Mindy Kaling's Kelly Kapoor, Ed Helms' Andy Bernard, and more.
In an interview with MTV News, Billie Eilish thought that "The Scarn" was "really funny, so we literally just ripped the audio from Netflix and put it in the song." She then added that they didn't think that the streaming giant and the show owners would approve.
B.J. Novak, one of the executive producers and actor behind Ryan Howard in the show, said that while she is a fan of Eilish's "Bury a Friend," he isn't familiar with the artist's other works. He told that they had to get the approval of all the cast members who appeared on the track.
"I was fine with it regardless, but I was like 'Wow, bonus: This is a banger," Novak told Rolling Stone.