“The Office” spinoff: Coming soon to NBC

OfficedwightedA spinoff of “The Office”? That’s the big news outta NBC today as the Peacock makes good on its promise to reinvent the upfront process with its way-early announcement of its sked for the next 65 years, er, weeks.

A “Son of ‘Office'” project has been rumored about for some time, and I have to admit I’m very skeptical…but of course will reserve judgment and give Greg Daniels and Co. the benefit of the doubt until we hear more about it.

12:30 p.m. update: Per NBC, the new show will be “another comic journey, complete with new faces and new locations,” which suggests that none of the current “Office” workers will be extracted from the Scranton branch, at least not for the purposes of the spinoff. New skein will launch after Peacock’s Super Bowl telecast in February, right behind a fresh seg of “Office.” Of this development, Daniels said in a canned statement: “Who would have ever thought that Americans would be subjected to a mock-documentary after the Super Bowl? What has happened to this country?”

Other good news from today’s announcement is that the glorious “Friday Night Lights” will live to play another season. Whoo-hoo. Variety’s Joe Adalian has all the details on NBC’s plans right here.

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  1. aviv says:

    its this kind of jack-assery that we alood the tom foolery of the original office series

  2. The writing and the chemistry of the cast of The Office I doubt will be rivaled in the spinoff, but I hope they can pull it off.

  3. Guitarkus says:

    Gee, I wonder if the next ‘comic journey’ will revolve around a couple of happy-go-lucky extras who mill about film and television sets musing about lifes absurdities and making each other laugh. My prediction: The first season will be decent but the second season will be a work of genuis.
    p.s. I think Steven Merchant could be convinced to reprise his role as a bumbling agent. Who knows maybe even Ricky Gervais is available for the main role. I heard he was thinking about getting back into tv.

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