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‘Office’ Game for Michael Scott Roast

Michael Scott is about to get roasted.

According to people familiar with the plotline, NBC’s just-confirmed post-Super Bowl episode of “The Office” will feature the employees of Dunder Mifflin roasting the show’s lead character, played by Steve Carell.

While neither NBC nor “Office” creator Greg Daniels have kept plans for the post-game show a secret, the network didn’t officially issue a press release about its decision until today.

The roast of Mr. Scott will not be celebrity-driven, but producers are exploring the idea of incorporating some stunt casting into the project. However, the guest stars would be woven into the plotline in such a way as to not interfere with the carefully constructed world of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin, a person familiar with the plotline said.

It’s expected the roast of Michael Scott will take place in the second half of the episode. Not surprisingly, Michael requests that his employees roast him.

The first half of the episode is expected to involve a “disaster” of some sort, one that’s linked to Dwight’s training as fire marshal.

Mr. Daniels has been thinking about the idea of a Super Bowl episode since at least April, when NBC said during its “in-front” presentation that his show would likely get a berth behind the big game. In August, he said the special promos his staff designed for the Olympics were good practice for a post-Super Bowl story.

“Our promos are getting a lot of positive attention in an environment of 70 million sports fans watching, so it's good practice for post-Super Bowl,” Mr. Daniels said.

An NBC spokeswoman declined comment on the particulars of the “Office” episode.