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The Office Spinoff: Everything We Know So Far

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After ending more than a decade ago, The Office is finally coming back. Does that mean the return of Michael Scott? Will Pam and Jim still be a happy couple? Is Creed still alive?

Well, we probably won’t see any of that as this is not a sequel or reboot of the beloved comedy series that ran on NBC from 2005 to 2013. This version of The Office is also not a remake of the original British version from Ricky Gervais and company.

We are getting The Office spinoff, a word that usually implies a character from the original show getting their own series. However, in this day and age, every media franchise is about building a universe, and this is no exception to that.

Before heading to any top-rated sportsbook to bet on whether Creed is still alive, here’s everything we know so far about The Office spinoff.

How Does The Office Spinoff Relate to The Office (US)?

Remember the documentary crew that followed the Dunder Mifflin workers in Scranton, Pennsylvania for the 8 seasons that were The Office? Well, they are back to film another documentary in this new spinoff, so that is the main connection between the shows.

The new subjects are publishers trying to revive a dying, historic Midwestern newspaper with “volunteer reporters”. Maybe they get their paper from Dunder Mifflin?

Will It Feel Like The Office?

It would be a shock if the show did not closely follow the format of The Office with the mockumentary-style documentary of daily hijinks, the interviews with the cast, the Jim-influenced stares for comedic purposes, etc.

This spinoff is created by Greg Daniels, who has been the mind behind shows like The Office (US), Parks and Recreation, Space Force and Upload. His recent shows have not been as good as The Office, but he will likely get back on track with his bread and butter here.

Daniels is not alone. His co-showrunner is Michael Konan, who has worked on Nathan for You, so he has a keen sense for that dry sense of humor fans of The Office love. Konan is also married to Ellie Kemper, who played Erin Hannon as one of the bright spots in the final seasons of The Office.

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who created the original U.K. version of The Office, are also back as executive producers of this new spinoff. The series should be in good hands behind the scenes.

Which Actors Are in The Office Spinoff?

So far, there are 2 actors confirmed for The Office spinoff.

Sabrina Impacciatore is a 56-year-old Italian actress who recently became internationally known for her role as Valentina on Season 2 of HBO’s dark comedy The White Lotus. She played a love-torn hotel manager in that one and can certainly handle a role in a series like this.

Domhnall Gleeson is a 41-year-old Irish actor known for Ex Machina, About Time, the “Be Right Back” episode of Black Mirror, and he starred in The Patient with Steve Carell. Gleeson was also the lead in the HBO comedy series Run (2020).

By announcing Gleeson so early, it would sure appear that he will be the lead actor like Carell was on The Office or Amy Poehler on Parks and Recreation. However, fans of these shows know the full ensemble cast is what really makes it special, so we’ll see who else gets announced.

Gleeson is a good fit as he can pull off the detached, dry sense of humor that you might expect from someone working at a dying newspaper in modern times.

However, don’t count on a Gleeson-Carell reunion from The Patient. Carell has already confirmed Michael Scott will not be in the spinoff. That may be disappointing to some, but when you remember the perfect cameo he made in The Office series finale in 2013, it is best to end on a high note.

Does the Series Have a Name?

As of this moment, the series does not have an official title. It would be nice if they came up with an original name instead of slapping behind The Office with a colon.

It would not be surprising if the show was an original idea by Daniels, but after he bombed at Netflix with his Space Force series, NBC only gave it the greenlight if he agreed to include it as part of The Office universe. That’s just the reality of where media is today and how they think things should be marketed.

In the past, an advertisement for “a new show from the creator of The Office” would have been good enough to sell a series.

Who Will Air the Series and When Is It Going to Be Released?

While NBC aired the original The Office, a lot has changed in TV since 2013. Streaming started to take over that year when Netflix came out with House of Cards, and now we see numerous streaming services with their original programming, including Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Paramount Plus and Max (formerly HBO Max).

NBC is in on the streaming game too with Peacock, which probably can credit fans of The Office for staying afloat in the crowded streaming market. It is a show people love to watch over and over, and Peacock has been a primary carrier of all 8 seasons for streaming. NBC paid $500 million in 2019 to secure the exclusive streaming rights for it. In fact, it is likely those streaming numbers influenced the decision to do this The Office spinoff.

There is no timetable for when the series will be ready but production is set to get started in July. When it is available, which could be in 2025, you can watch it on Peacock.

If it’s any good, you’ll probably watch it multiple times as fans of The Office tend to do.

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Scott Kacsmar
NFL football picks are Scott Kacsmar's expertise, serving as his main focus. He has contributed to various sports websites and blogs, such as NBC Sports, ESPN Insider, FiveThirtyEight, and, JoeWager. Originating from Pittsburgh, Scott maintains a love-hate connection with the Pirates.

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