The Office spin-off series shares first plot details and reveals setting

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9 May 2024, 07:16

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Having previously been rumoured, a new series from within the universe of The US Office has been picked up by American streaming service Peacock. 

Some details of what we can expect from the new series have been shared. As expected, the narrative will not be a straight sequel or reboot, but rather another mockumentary show set in the same world. It comes from the mind of The Office US co-creator Greg Daniels and comedian and television writer Michael Koman.

As reported by Variety, plot details are now available, with the official logline explaining: “The documentary crew that immortalised 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.”

It has been previously reported that a Star Wars star and an actor from The White Lotus have been signed up. Domhnall Gleezon, who played General Hux in the sci-fi sequels and Italian actor Sabrina Impacciatore -  best known for playing the short-tempered manager of the White Lotus resort in Sicily in season two - are apparently the first names to be added to the project.

With production scheduled to start in July, Lisa Katz, president of NBCUniversal Entertainment said in a statement: “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. 

“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.”

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant - who, of course, created The Office - will serve as executive producers, as will Daniels and Michael Koman. 

Following on from the original British version of The Office, which was set at Wernham Hogg paper company in Slough, the US version of The Office set its story in Scranton. Whilst Gervais and Merchant’s series only ran for 12 episodes and a two-part Christmas special, the American version lasted for 201 episodes across nine seasons. It starred Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer and more.