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“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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