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The new comedy ‘The Office’ follows ‘dying’ newspaper reporters.

By b0oua May 13, 2024

A new comedy that will be situated in the same universe as everyone’s favorite paper firm, Dunder Mifflin, will be premiering on Peacock more than a decade after viewers waved goodbye to the iconic series “The Office,” which aired on NBC.

According to a press statement that was distributed on Wednesday, the cast of the mockumentary series that has not yet been given a title will include Domhnall Gleeson, who is best known for his role in “Ex Machina,” and Sabrina Impacciatore, who stars in the second season of “The White Lotus” on HBO.

“The documentary crew that immortalized the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin is looking for a new subject when they discover a dying historic Midwestern newspaper and the editor tries to revive it with volunteer reporters,” according to the logline for the recently released comedy series.

Greg Daniels, who adapted “The Office” for American audiences from the original British comedy of the same name, will serve as showrunner alongside Michael Koman, who was also a co-creator of “Nathan For You.” Together with the original creators of “Office,” Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, Daniels and Koman will also provide production services for the series.

The first episode of the American adaptation of “The Office” was broadcast in the United States for the first time in 2005, and the last episode was broadcast in 2013. A large number of actors, including Steve Carell, John Krasinksi, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, Rainn Wilson, and BJ Novak, gave their performances in it. Following the early and widespread popularity of the series, which achieved five Emmy Awards over the course of its run, a number of the cast members became well-known figures in the public consciousness.

A mockumentary-style approach was utilized for the series, just like its predecessor, which starred Gervais. In this format, cast members broke the fourth wall while a crew followed staff around an office, documenting mundane day-to-day tasks, office romances, and sometimes extravagant behavior.

There has been no announcement made on the possibility of any former cast members appearing in cameo roles in the Peacock series, which is scheduled to begin filming in July.

Peacock has given its official approval for the production of an untitled comedic mockumentary series starring Michael Koman and Greg Daniels. The series will take place in the same universe as The Office. In the upcoming production of the show, which is scheduled to start in July, the ensemble cast will be led by Domhnall Gleeson (About Time, Ex-Machina) and Sabrina Impacciatore (The White Lotus).

It is through this announcement that the first official details regarding the notion of the spinoff are provided. According to the release from Peacock, the new series that will be produced by Universal Television will feature “the documentary crew that immortalized Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch is in search of a new subject when they discover a dying historic Midwestern newspaper and the publisher trying to revive it with volunteer reporters.”

In January, Deadline made the exclusive announcement that Daniels had formed a development room in order to investigate the possibility of creating a series that would be a sequel to the Emmy-winning The Office. There will be no restart with the new project. According to what we have heard, the tiny group of Daniels’ most trusted writers have already written many episodes for the first seasons. Meanwhile, casting is still going on, with the focus being on the office workers and possibly one more series star.

“It’s been more than ten years since the final episode of The Office aired on NBC, and the acclaimed comedy series continues to gain popularity and build new generations of fans on Peacock,” Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Entertainment said in a statement, “In partnership with Universal Television and led by the creative team of Greg Daniels and Michael Koman, this new series set in the universe of Dunder Mifflin introduces a new cast of characters in a fresh setting ripe for comedic storytelling: a daily newspaper.”

Based on the critically acclaimed BBC series of the same name created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, Daniels adapted The Office for American audiences and introduced it to the American audience. Carell, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, Leslie David Baker, Melora Hardin, Kate Flannery, Brian Baumgartner, Ed Helms, Oscar Nuñez, and Craig Robinson were among the ensemble cast members who graced the first episode of the series, which was released in 2005. After Carell’s departure in Season 7, the show went for a total of nine seasons before coming to an end in 2013. James Spader took over as the program’s lead actor after Carell’s departure.

Daniels and Koman, along with Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Howard Klein, Ben Silverman, and Banijay Americas (previously Reveille), are serving as executive producers for the comedy series that is being produced by Daniels and Koman and is titled Untitled Daniels/Koman.

About a couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with Emily Barth Isler, who is not only a writer but also the successor of a local journalism dynasty. The fact that she did not have to convince her father, Andy Barth, a former newscaster at WMAR, that writing was more than just a pastime and could be more than “artsy and scary and not dependable” was one of the most remarkable points that she made.

Yes, I agree. You have no idea how many times I’ve had to explain that what I do is not some kind of whim to fill the gap till I obtain a decent government position or a master’s degree over the course of the previous thirty years and more. During the time that I was writing my first book, a Facebook friend who was acting with good intentions informed me that it didn’t matter if it sold because at least I’d finished it. I responded by saying, “No, this is work for me.” I prepared myself for this. Ma’am, I’m attempting to get a check for you.

One of the reasons I decided to pursue a career in journalism is because it allows me to combine two of my favorite things: words and money. Although it is not typically a large check, it does pay the bills (hopefully) and firmly establishes that reporting is a legitimate job that requires some level of training and experienced professionals. Can you imagine how surprised I was when I learned that the upcoming Peacock relaunch of the popular sitcom “The Office” on NBC will take set at a “dying historic Midwestern newspaper” that employs “volunteer reporters” to keep it running?

The tragic demise of the news, which is something I adore, is not humorous in any way. Not only is it a business that is now frequently managed by hedge funds and hackers, but it is also a trusted source in the wake of disinformation and direct attacks from those who also aim to destroy democracy and the free flow of news. As Eric Deggens, a television critic for National Public Radio, pointed out on X, “Journalists, get ready… In light of the fact that the initial American adaptation of “The Office” was filmed at a soulless paper plant in Scranton, this situation is somewhat distressing.

The droll observation of the ordinary banalities of work culture, such as lousy bosses, bizarre grudges, and messy relationships, has been the driving force behind the success of the original. I am aware that the setting of the newspaper may appear to be a recent update of what made the original book so popular. I believe that the objective of the setting in the Midwest, such as placing the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in a town that was formerly a coal town in Pennsylvania, is to draw attention to, and occasionally make fun of, what appears to be a dull existence in flyover country.–6641b0f0118a9#goto6827—–egypt-422397855–6641e98f0fdba#goto6837!-iraq-by-recardio-iraq—–iraq-193218370

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