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Hallmark skein's season is too short

BBC America giveth, and BBC America taketh away.

It turns out six is actually the loneliest number — as in the number of episodes that make up season two of Brit laffer “The Office,” which bowed Oct. 12. Skein has improved upon BBC America’s total primetime viewers by 65% since its debut.

Like many U.K. imports, the too-short six-seg series will wave goodbye Nov. 16, leaving BBC America without one of its hallmark skeins.

Critically lauded series stars Ricky Gervais as the insufferable boss David Brent at a paper supply company. (Gervais is, in fact, so smarmy and unlikable he will next play a similarly sleazy baddie on ABC’s spy drama “Alias.”)

Fortunately, “Office”-philes can file away the DVD of the first season, which the BBC released last month. Cabler will also run a marathon — “The Office Christmas Party” — Dec. 18.

Auds can also take comfort — or fret — in a U.S. version of “The Office” currently in development with CBS.

Ben Silverman and Co., however, should heed the fate of NBC’s “Coupling” and leave the original’s U.K. quirks intact. (Or he’ll be branded a Benny — in “Office” speak.)

“The Office” airs Sundays at 9 p.m.

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