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August 31, 2009

NIAGARA FALLS: Jim and Pam wed here — for “The Office”

Emmy-winning TV comedy crew shoots wedding scenes in Niagara Falls

Like thousands of other couples throughout the ages, Jim and Pam were married in Niagara Falls on Thursday.

There was debate over where to tie the knot. It was a toss up between the Maid of the Mist or Terrapin Point. Ultimately the boat won and viewers of the Emmy-winning TV comedy, “The Office,” will be able to watch the whole thing unfold during a two-part show that airs on Oct. 8.

Tourist and locals who happened upon the shooting that took place at two sites in the city were able to get a close-up look at the couple as they wed on the boat and then booked into their hotel, a fictional location called the “Statler Falls Hotel,” at the Red Coach Inn on Buffalo Avenue. The inn was also decorated with a kitschy new sign that read: “Prepare to Falls in Love.”

While there have been murmurs the show was set to shoot in the Falls, events that unfolded Thursday had been in the works for several weeks, according to state parks spokesperson Angela Berti.

“I was sworn to the utmost secrecy,” said Berti who hosted a team from the show a few weeks ago, touring the city’s best spots and serving up chicken wings and beef on weck, which were requested again when the crew and cast arrived on Wednesday.

The team never once considered the Canadian side of the Falls, Berti said. “It never even crossed their minds.”

Producer Randy Cordray said the show, which is set in an office in Scranton, Pa., was looking for a place infused with the philosophy of executive producer Paul Lieberstein, where the unexpected can occur in the everyday world.

“Jim proposed to Pam at a highway reststop in the rain in front of the gas pumps,” he explained. He said that Lieberstein, also a head writer, bases the show’s content around the idea that “some very, very significant events happen in our lives in the most unexpected and sometimes mundane places.”

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