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Thursday, April 03, 2008

The Office gets a spinoff

The rumors have been spinning for months that The Office on NBC would be launching a spinoff. Well, speculate no more, Office fans. It’s true.

NBC made the announcement at their schedule presentation on Wednesday.

The new show will have “new faces and new places,” according to NBC reps via a press release, but one thing will be the same: the face behind the show, Greg Daniels. He’s the executive producer for the American version of The Office.

There’s no word yet which of the original Office cast will make the jump to the spinoff.

“We can’t even service some of these great actors and performers [on the original show], so it’s very likely you will see some of those actors on the spin-off,” said NBC honcho Ben Silverman.

The show will debut in the winter of 2009 in an impressive time slot, the highly coveted post Super Bowl slot. An original episode of The Office will air first, followed by the new spinoff.

The Office spinoff will air on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m., following the original Office.

So, what do you think, Tubers. Could this be another Frasier? Or is it more likely a Joey? Is there room for another mockumentary in the TV lineup?

Discuss among yourselves.


Kate21 said...

I hate it when they spinoff. It rarely works.

I heard you on TV Talk today and I agree with you about Private Practice. As you said, all the elements can be in place, but sometimes the magic just isn't there.

Tim said...

I have my fingers crossed that the new spinoff features a behind the scenes look at Vance Refrigeration.

We tend to forget, as TV fans, all of the fantastic shows that were spinoffs. Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, The Jeffersons, Frasier to name a few.

I think with the bombs (Joey, AfterMASH) they tried to take fully developed characters from a successful show and place them in a new environment. We quickly learned that Joey isn't funny without the rest of the gang. Based on the examples above, the secret to success seems to be taking under-developed characters from popular ensemble shows and giving them an environment in which to grow. I think that recipe is there with The Office.

John Austin TX personal trainers said...

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.

tube talk girl said...

Tim, it is easy to forget about all the great spinoffs. You make a point about the spinoffs working best with underveloped characters, but that doesn't always work either (see Private Practice!)

John, I agree with you that it's tough to rival the original, but as Tim pointed out, it has been done in the past, rarely, but it has been done. I, like you, am hoping for the best!

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