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I am – Hercules!! How does NBC hope to replace “Scrubs” after it burns off its 15 final half-hours? A spinoff of the highly rated “The Office,” featuring characters we’ve not yet met, is in the works. The stars of “Office II” will be introduced on “Office I” this season. A “name” actor is being sought to star in the series. (Maybe someone should talk to that fat Britisher on HBO's "Extras"; he seems to have improv skills.) Read all of the exclusive from TV Guide’s Mike Ausiello here.

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  • Oct. 30, 2007, 3:42 p.m. CST

    oh lord

    by MrFusion

    can't they just let it be? it's great as is, don't mess with it! if the new series sucks it will just take away from the one we love.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by BigAssFan

    It'd have to be a totally different office environment...the boss would have to be miserable, Al Bundy actually would be a good choice.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Please no!!!!!!

    by eric haislar

    I love the office but we don't need another one! this is not CSI.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4 p.m. CST

    Please no!!!!! Again

    by eric haislar

    it might not be so bad if no one leaves the current show And I'm not just talking Actors but writers as well. They should just avoid this.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:03 p.m. CST

    The Office: Miami Beach

    by eric haislar

    Is this a jump the shark moment?

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST

    This sounds awful.

    by Cotton McKnight

    You heard me.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Evil Dwight Clone

    by The Winged Doucheman

    Set the new office in a bizzaro universe.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:06 p.m. CST

    I thought The Office was a ratings weakling

    by Lance Rocke

    Me confused by NBC brass

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:07 p.m. CST

    give me a break

    by PotSmokinAlien

    this is a stupid idea.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Rating are good.

    by eric haislar

    It really is there flagship on thursday nights.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:11 p.m. CST


    by PantherMatt

    The Ameri-Office is only average as it is. A spinoff is rediculous. It will be the sit-com equivelent of The Scorpion King.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:16 p.m. CST

    That .. sounds .. brilliant..

    by theBigE

    Wow. Who are the creative types that get all that hollywood $? Why not make Friends 2 - that was great ratings for NBC, right? I see Seinfeld-vision actually happening near in the future!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST

    The Office: Schrute Farms

    by eric haislar

    Now i would watch that.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Oh dear god no.

    by Larry of Arabia

    Why. Lightning managed to strike twice, first in Britain and then the US. Why, why, why push your luck?

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:21 p.m. CST

    You have to love American television networks...

    by brokentusk

    Where the motto is, "If it does well, spin it off until people can't stand it anymore and the original is tarnished because of over-exposure."

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:22 p.m. CST

    shittier than

    by ironic_name

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:22 p.m. CST

    The Office: Special Victims Unit

    by Bert Fischer

    No more. Keep the quality on one show. Please.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Harry Potter Star to Play Gay Salvador Dali

    by eric haislar

    Had to post it.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:23 p.m. CST

    The Office: Special Victims Unit

    by themikejonas

    I'll watch it if Karen's in it.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:23 p.m. CST

    More "Frasier," Less "Tortellis"

    by Jonas Grumpy

    As spin-offs go, I'm hoping this new "Office" is more along the lines of "Laverne & Shirley," quality-wise, and less like "Joanie Loves Chachi." More "Maude," less "Gloria." More "Joey," less "Joey." Points off if any character on the new show is related to anyone on the current show. No more Schrutes, please!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST

    I happen to know...

    by Tal111

    it'll star David Caruso and be called CSI Office...DO NOT let this get around!!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    The Office: Only not as funny

    by eric haislar

    Perfect title.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Black Office!

    by eric haislar

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Now thats funny shit!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Besides, isn't this OFFICE officially OFFICE 2 anyhow?

    by Bert Fischer

    The Office 2: Audience 0

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Office 2 Location

    by Jonas Grumpy

    Will it be in another "funny" city, like Scranton? Perhaps Walla-Walla? Humptulips? Sequim? Concrete? Twisp? Puyallup? The Dalles? Pe Ell? (Boy, Washington State sure has some humorously-named towns!)

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:28 p.m. CST

    The Black Office

    by eric haislar

    With white janitor, and gay male receptionist.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by Pipple


  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:34 p.m. CST

    It's the office....

    by drewlicious

    At the center of the earth!!!! With a wise-cracking hip hop granny who learned from the streets, yo. And film it in front of a live studio audience.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:34 p.m. CST

    It's the office....

    by drewlicious

    At the center of the earth!!!! With a wise-cracking hip hop granny who learned from the streets, yo. And film it in front of a live studio audience.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:35 p.m. CST

    its like the office

    by ironic_name

    only they lose gravity for 40 seconds, at random times.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:38 p.m. CST

    The Office: Criminal Intent

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World


  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST

    This could be Joanie loves Chachi...

    by Bert Fischer

    ...with songs, and laugh trax, all in docu-style. We'll be there, NBC. Keep up the good work.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:42 p.m. CST

    The Office: Origins

    by Bert Fischer

    Each week see how different office workers used to have super powers but they were slowly badly written into just being office workers...all in docu-style.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:44 p.m. CST

    they have dirty sex in the supply closet

    by ironic_name

    like a real office.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Now THAT is a bad idea

    by BizarroJerry

    Even if one considers the American one inferior to the British, this is just a bad idea. The Office is a fairly unique kind of show for US network TV. Part of why I like it AND the Brits' version is they each have their own "voice". An new American one wouldn't be different enough and just makes no sense. MAYBE if there was some character or situation on the existing show that they think would make a good spinoff I could justify it. But to toss a bunch of new characters on a regular Office episode? My God, what is this? The 1970s/early 80s. Remember in the old days where a character would go visit their cousin Phil for an entire episode, and that would essentially be a pilot? Terrible. I forget the shows, but I remember one or two that didn't even make it into a series. *sigh*<p> But, hey, if they do this, then we American Office fans will feel how the Brit fans feel. "The original {American) version is so much better!!"

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:44 p.m. CST

    by FilmNerdJamie

    I think THE OFFICE is one of the few shows thats actually doing good (ratings-wise) on NBC. I believe the DVR numbers are huge. There's that, LAW & ORDER: SUV and DEAL OR NO DEAL. That's...about it. As for the spin-off, I say get the ever-so sexist asshole Todd Packer (David Koechner!)

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Office USA

    by Jonas Grumpy

    I want this new "Office" to have a hot blonde secretary, an obnoxious head salesman, a bumbling manager, a hip black dude, a cute brunette gal with glasses, a bespectacled nerd, a young voice-of-reason guy, and a burned-out former hippie. Perhaps, instead of a paper company, this "Office" could be a different business altogether, like, say... gosh, I dunno... a radio station? Baby, think of me once in a while!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:46 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:46 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:46 p.m. CST

    make haitian heat instead, dangit!

    by ironic_name

    "it aint the humidity, ITS THE HEAT!"

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    it's empty, except for that really hard working guy.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:48 p.m. CST

    three simple words

    by ironic_name


  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Black Office?

    by Pooter the Clown

    Want fries with that? You racist bastards.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by ironic_name


  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Jonas Grumpy - WKRP

    by Bert Fischer

    Love it! And let's air it with stock music so DVD buyers won't be expecting the original songs. As God as my witness, I thought beets could fly.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Pooter the Clown

    by ironic_name

    I want fried chicken an colt foe-ty fiye!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:51 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:51 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:51 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Bad idea

    by Evil Hobbit

    And the UK office will always be superior to all the mimics.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST

    "Office" Documentary

    by Jonas Grumpy

    That film crew that follows everyone around in every episode. What exactly are they working on? A single documentary taking place over several years? An ongoing weekly series that hasn't aired yet in their universe? An elaborate practical joke? In other words, what is this documentary called, has anyone in that world seen it, and if so, how popular is it? Popular enough to warrant fans camping out in the Dunder-Mifflin parking lot, hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite office worker(s), or to report on D-M shenanigans on sites like this? Have any of these questions already been answered on the show, and I missed them? If so, BLAST!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:53 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:59 p.m. CST

    THE OFFICE: SCHRUTE FARMS: Milkin 'em til they're dry

    by polyh3dron

    Dear God.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5 p.m. CST


    by polyh3dron

    It's my tuuuuuuuuuuuurrnnnnnnn

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:01 p.m. CST

    hmm, could work

    by Shakes

    I could see this working, if they have it in a setting besides the office. Like a warehouse, or maybe an I.T. firm where the dunder mifflin website is hosted. And Jonas Grumpy, well when Jim first went to the connecticut branch Karen did make a mention of him always looking at the cameras, which is kind of curious. That would be a cool episode idea, where they do a "behind the scenes" type episode, where we actually meet the fictional producers and cameramen of that show. American Chopper did this type of episode last year, where we saw the camera people, and the producer, and Mikey even went to Hollywood to see where the episodes are edited etc. Using that as a template it could lead to a pretty good episode.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:01 p.m. CST

    The Office: SVU

    by Bilblow

    You DONT want to know what goes on inside the supply room.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Ah, brilliant!

    by epitone

    For the first Office, they took an inexpensive but talented lead actor who soon became one of the hottest comedy stars (and legitimately so, for once) of his generation. The second time around, let's get someone a lot pricier but who's sufficiently cooled down for his agent to allow him to do a TV show. Man, we're geniuses!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Michael Bluth + Dunder-Mifflin

    by Ruby Tuesday

    They should get Jason Bateman to be the boss. And a spin-off of The Office would still be funnier than most every other show on network tv.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:04 p.m. CST


    by Shakes

    I just checked out the link, and they listed possible suggestions for the star, and one of them was Ed O'Neil which I think would be absolutely brilliant. Him as the manger would definitely ensure that the new boss character wouldn't merely be a Michael Scott clone.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Mandy Patinkin Will Star

    by Bumpasses Dawg

    For a Season. Or less. He'll quit for creative reasons and be replaced by Andy Dick or Tim Allen. Who is really Tim Dick.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:18 p.m. CST

    God forbid anyone in Hollywood should come up with a NEW idea

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    You know what? Just rerun "Cheers" and call it a day.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:25 p.m. CST

    I agree with BigAssFan

    by codymr

    The Office? The Office: Miami?? The Office: New York??? If NBC must make a spin off from an American version of a British show - does anyone remember The Ropers? No? Didn't think so - Then I think BigAssFan is right: It must be totally different than the current version.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Ed O'Neill

    by PotSmokinAlien

    "I never did a crazy thing in my life until that night. Why is it, when a man kills another man in battle, it's called heroic, yet if he kills a man in the heat of passion, it's called murder?" <P> but Office II is still a bad idea.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Spinoffs are the new remakes.

    by rbatty024

    I love The Office, but two? I know, we've all heard that before but this time I mean it!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:29 p.m. CST

    The Dalles?

    by Archie Oogley

    Holy crap! Did someone just name-drop my home town? Also, it's on the *south* side of the Columbia, which makes it Oregon, not Washington.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:32 p.m. CST

    If Ricky Gervais actually starred...

    by SilentP a spinoff of the US version of The Office, I think I would lose quite a bit of respect for him. Not that I'm saying the American Office is bad or anything, I liked the episodes of it that I saw (except the pilot, which used like the *exact same script* of the British version, only with American pop culture references in place of the British ones). But that would just be a horrible step backwards for him. <br> Even if he played a totally different kind of character, that would just be awful. He's not a has-been yet.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:34 p.m. CST

    "Name Actor"?! The current one is the worst part.

    by modlight

    It took me so long to get into the American Office because I was such a fan of the British one and its low key plot and subtle characters. I finally now love the American one but the reason it took so long was that Steve Carell over-acts his part so much that it's like a flashing red siren in a library. They need to lose him. Everything he does, from his mannerisms to his storyline, is unbelievable. Gervais was so believable in his creepy boss-ness because he was willing to not play it for laughs.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Oh and did they have to turn Ryan

    by modlight

    into such a douche? He was a great likable character before who was clearly an intelligent and frustrated person. Now he's a egotistical prick. But hey, at least he's believable.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:37 p.m. CST

    The Office II: Rise Of The Schrute

    by Reel American Hero

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Love the new Ryan

    by slone13

    Thought the old one was lame. And Kevin makes me laugh just by showing up on the screen.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Love the Office...hate this idea.

    by minderbinder

    Come on, NBC can't find any new comedies to put in that block? And it's not like the Office is a ratings powerhouse.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:43 p.m. CST

    What haters!

    by infallible

    Man, you guys are serious haters. The US Office is fun because of its characters. Doing a new set of characters just in a different location could be just as good. I hope that they do this and it's successful. Ed O'Neil would indeed be an awesome choice, and now that John from Cincinnati is gone, he's free.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST

    How about 30 Rock spinoff with "The View"

    by modlight

    I have a feeling they could mine a show like that for comedy gold.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:45 p.m. CST

    oooh ooh and Will Arnett could play his Anti

    by modlight

    Donaghey role. It's shaping up. NBC, this is my gift to you.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:47 p.m. CST

    "It's a Different Office from where you come from!"

    by Flim Springfield


  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:54 p.m. CST

    The Office: Rise of the Machines

    by fedrich519

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Office 2 : Electric Boogaloo

    by BillyPilgrim

    Maybe we will get a crazy monkey with a big stick that whacks people in the nuts. Must see TV.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Originality Prevails Once Again!

    by fastcars

    Huzzah! These new characters better be original great, and not carbon copies on some Saved By The Bell: The New Class shit.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:57 p.m. CST

    The Office: Freddy's Revenge

    by fedrich519

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:58 p.m. CST

    The Office: The Next Generation

    by fedrich519

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Office II: Electric Boogaloo

    by Tal111

    This Time It's Personnel. Get it? Personnel? Hello, is this thing on?

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:01 p.m. CST


    by digitalcos

    Wow, do I hate that word.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Gervais doesnt improv in his shows.

    by Sakurai

    They just write their material really well.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Cautiously Optimistic

    by Tom Reagan

    Modlight--I agree that Carrell is the worst part of the show. He rarely shows any subtlety or realism to his approach. Infallible--also agree with you that it's the characters that make the show (in this case half of them are also writers on the show) and if a new series is cast right it coud be brilliant. We could get away from the Jim/Pam dynamic and all the comparisons to the British series (still most briliant). I trust that they could cast a bunch of writers/improv actors and come up with something completely unique. Call me an optimist.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:16 p.m. CST

    It MUST be Paul Rudd. Please, God.

    by El Scorcho


  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Stephen Colbert

    by zooch

    make it happen!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:18 p.m. CST


    by Jonas Grumpy

    Yep, saw that episode with Karen's comment. I'm just wondering if, in the "Office" universe, the documentary being filmed every week is actually being watched as a TV show, or if all of the footage from the last several years will, eventually, be assembled into a documentary miniseries, Ken Burns-style. I like your episode idea, especially if producers or cameramen reveal the answer to my question. 'Cuz I'm an enquiring mind, and I wanna know!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:19 p.m. CST

    by Jonas Grumpy

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:21 p.m. CST


    by Err


  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Archie Oogley

    by Jonas Grumpy

    (Sorry for the blank post above!) When thinking of interesting names of Washington towns, "The Tri-Cites" sprung to mind. Not sure why I actually typed "The Dalles." I blame the liberal media. And Clinton.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:22 p.m. CST


    by Jonas Grumpy

    Not "Tri-Cites." Damn crappy nails!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:24 p.m. CST


    by Err

    That's what she said. Actually, that doesn't fit. That's what she said.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:30 p.m. CST


    by drewlicious

    That's what will be. And they'll have a catch phrase like, oh I don't know, "Are you having a laugh?" And the boss has got to have curly hair and glasses. Curly hair is funny right?

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:34 p.m. CST

    OK, a lot of good ideas there. Thanks.

    by Dradis Contact

    I have some ideas for their name actor: 1) Zach Braff 2) Fred Thompson 3) Carmen Electra I'd watch it.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:43 p.m. CST

    The Office Too: Teen Wolf Lives!

    by fedrich519

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:45 p.m. CST


    by Magma Suit

    Why? Why why WHY?

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:47 p.m. CST

    2 THE 2 OFFICE!!!

    by Err

    Can't wait! Must star Paul Walker and Vin Diesel and Ludacris as the Stanley character.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:52 p.m. CST

    The Office 2: Nerds in Pardise

    by fedrich519

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by Err


  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by Err

    Oh yeah!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:53 p.m. CST


    by Err

    Go Chris O'Donnell!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:53 p.m. CST


    by Err

    Go Christian Bale!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:53 p.m. CST


    by Err

    Dwight vs. The Joker!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Office 2: Secret of the Ooze

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Office 2.0: Live Free or Corporate Slavery

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:57 p.m. CST

    The Office Trilogy - The Office, The Office, The Office 2

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:57 p.m. CST


    by Err

    Just like Heroes!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Office 2 or, There and Back Again, The Hollywood Tale

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 7:05 p.m. CST

    The Office 2: First Blood

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    I'll give you a tps report you wouldn't believe!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Followed by THE OFFICE III and then just OFFICE

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 7:18 p.m. CST

    The Office 2: Back in Training

    by fedrich519

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 7:21 p.m. CST

    I wonder what it's like, being a soulless uncreative suit

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Who comes up with tired old lifeless shit that's so carefully focus tested and marketed, a whole life spent creating "product" to "penetrate markets" and appeal to the lowest common denominator. They can only look at things as formulas, get the formula right and you magically make money from it. This show--I mean formula is working, let's try and copy that again. Stupid fucks. Successful, creative, intelligent shows are not all of those things because they were trying to be like something else. How do these people feel about themselves? Do they even think about what they do? Are they completely oblivious? When they are old and laying on their deathbeds do they think back with a feeling of achievment at a life spent solely toward making money for some faceless, machine-like company? If only I made more useless money making shit, I could have kept people distracted with shallow bullshit instead trying to make any kind of meaningful impact on peoples lives. God damn I can't stand businessmen, or PR people, or politicians. It's all a bunch of fake bullshit all for some invisible system they've made up and only they can see. Like Star Wars or Star Trek fans, sort of.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Paul Rudd Paul Rudd Paul Rudd Paul Rudd

    by El Scorcho

    Although, I do like the Lewis Black suggestion. Lew is king.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Robert Ghoulet is Dead and You Guys are Making Jokes....

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    What is wrong with you....?

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 7:35 p.m. CST


    by sally kramer

    its actually a great idea. you know it. Ghoulet.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Not Sure

    by NudeandAroused

    That I understand why this is being made.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 7:38 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    This better be drastically different the original how ironic. But yeah, don't make this unless it's different enough to justify it.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Soooooooooo stupid!

    by happybunni

    What is with these studio execs? Do they stare at their own shit in the toilet and try to come up with ideas? BSG being delayed more than a year, now Office spinoff? What. The. Fuck. Why am I concerned? Because a spinoff will likely cause the Office's demise. Stupid stupid stupid.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 7:57 p.m. CST

    The Office: Bluth Company

    by silentbobfan

    That's all I want to hear at this point.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 8 p.m. CST

    The Office: In a radio station

    by happybunni

    Yes very good idea. Lets get some freaking News Radio back... Best show ever.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Sounds like Andy Richter's getting a new job...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Just give Ed O'Neill a sitcom instead. Instant hit!

    by happybunni

    Except do not make it about crime. Or police work. Or have it revolving around an apartment. Take the office IDEA and IMPROVE upon it, instead of copying it, with Ed O'Niell as star. Honestly, instant hit.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 8:06 p.m. CST

    If they do a spinoff:

    by badboymason

    They need to have a more believable/different reason to have such crazy happenings going on in such a dull office. Michael/Dwight are basically incompetent/psychotic fools whose schemes get everybody else caught up in the craziness - if you just have another office with a retarded boss annoying everyone it won't work. I say get a more "regular guy" kind of boss, Paul Rudd would be excellent - and throw him into an industry where wacky stuff would happen to the office without the boss having to be so unrealistically incompetent (it's fun on one show, but a spin-off needs a new gimmick). Couple of ideas: Ex-Dunder Mifflin big city corporate type is fired and goes to work for his family business in some really podunk little town. Or maybe is let go with a huge cash payoff and starts a new business in a sector he knows nothing about, like fashion or he starts a newspaper? Make it a remake of Drop the Dead Donkey? In fact, that last part is genius: The Newspaper Office - Coming 2008

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 8:11 p.m. CST

    I love THE OFFICE but are its ratings that good?

    by JackIsLost

    The only way I could see this actually working is if they brought in Stephen Colbert to play the new boss as the second office. But I don't have a good feeling about this...

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 8:19 p.m. CST

    What about McHale's "The IT Crowd"?

    by INWOsuxRED

    Another repacked brit-com? Have they cancelled it before it airs? If so, just make a new show for Joel McHale, because he is money in the bank. If not, won't that be 3 office environment shows on one network? My guess is that will be at least 2 too many. Why not just let a bunch of funny people come in and pitch some ideas???

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Scranton RFD

    by Flim Springfield


  • Oct. 30, 2007, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Office: The Michael Scott Chronicles

    by fedrich519

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 8:36 p.m. CST


    by wash

    Holy mother of fuck.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Paul Rudd would be like Jim, except cool.

    by Flim Springfield

    Seems too good to be true.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Of Course, No one at NBC will hear our cries of pain over this..

    by RetroActive

    I mean, Bionic Woman's still airing right? That's what I thought.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Office Nielsen Ratings

    by RetroActive

    The office averages close to 8 million viewers, with almost 5 million viewers being in their "target" advertising demographic (18 - 39). This puts it at #8 on the list of primetime show rankings.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Office Space

    by justy4life

    Just get the cast from Office Space or at least the boss and Milton.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 9:23 p.m. CST

    The Colbert Report is a spinoff of The Daily Show

    by Dapper Swindler

    Consider that before you automatically assume this will be terrible.<p> I'm willing to give it shot if it means I might have another half hour of watchable television each week (I'm down to 90 minutes of shows I bother recording and watching. And I have lots of free time).

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 9:27 p.m. CST


    by Shakes

    What, no Nip/Tuck talkback? Just for the premiere episode, that's all I'm saying.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Office II ?

    by Yeti

    I smell poo!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 9:36 p.m. CST

    that sucks about robert goulet..

    by jig98

    he was one of my favorite singers. oh well, hope he still gets as much recignition as elvis.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 9:40 p.m. CST

    What Shakes said...

    by waylayer

    No N/T talk-back even for the premiere?!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 9:41 p.m. CST

    After reading "office" so many times it starts to look funny

    by crayon

    Strange how some words work like that.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 9:45 p.m. CST


    by bluebottle

    Even though they say they still have yet to introduce the spin-off, I'm willing to bet that the show will revolve around the telemarketing office that Michael worked at for that one ep.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Office 2: Electric Boogaloo

    by Kauzi Sezso

    I'm shocked you guys didn't throw that out yet. I love the American Office, but this spinoff is a bad idea. Oh, and Gervais doesn't improv. Pay attention during the commentary track for that last Chris Guest movie. He says he thought the British Office was improve but it wasn't, and Gervais was freaked about the improv during the filming.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 9:49 p.m. CST


    by Pennsy

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 10:20 p.m. CST

    The Office II: The Wrath of Azerbaijan

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    The Dundlin-Mifflin office in Azerbaijan is on a mission -- to secure revenge against capitalism!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST

    if you call it "Office 2"

    by INWOsuxRED

    you're still paying residuals

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 10:23 p.m. CST

    The Office: Episode II - Attack of the Phones

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    The daily happenings of the Dunder-Mifflin telephone answering service center.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 10:31 p.m. CST


    by Tal111

    I won't report it to the Internets Police if you don't. Besides just two posts above you Kauzi Sezso posts the same thing I did and then says he's surprised no one else posted it!!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 10:32 p.m. CST

    How about a Bizarro Office?

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    It can be about a company where corporate makes excellent decisions, management is competent, and all of the peeps actually want to work there.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 10:35 p.m. CST


    by DJB

    Alright, kids- I love the BBC and US versions- but let's not overdo it... I'm not saying 'quit while you're ahead', NBC- but you definitely need to reel this idea back. I don't see this panning out to be anything but OVERKILL.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 10:40 p.m. CST

    How good does House have to get before it gets a TB?

    by TheOctapickle

    Seriously, its much much improved this season.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Shakes: Nip/Tuck TB

    by Burgundy82

    They're really missing out. That was the best season premiere in years and this move to LA looks like it's going to usher in a full-on creative revival. I'm loving the story threads that began tonight: Sean is the new Christian, that hotshot actor on the show-within-a-show is a closet case and Sean is totally going to get dominated by Tia Carerre. Oh yeah, and Jennifer Coolidge with pussylips = Comedy gold!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 10:56 p.m. CST

    If the spinoff is going to be about another Dunder-Mifflin branc

    by Snow Is Fun

    ...then they should make it about the Albany branch. We've already met the manager, Craig, and he seems like Michael in that he's an incompetent fool, but in more of a laid-back slacker way, rather than just being a flatout moron. This way crazy shit would still happen in the office, but the boss wouldn't just be a copy of Michael. However, Al Bundy would be a great manager.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Michael Ian Black! Michael Ian Black!

    by BrightEyes

    Michael Ian Black!

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 11:25 p.m. CST

    RIP Robert Goulet

    by Jubba


  • Oct. 30, 2007, 11:46 p.m. CST

    exactly burgundy

    by Shakes

    As I was watching it tonight I was wondering about how the talkbackers would comment on stuff, like the doctors making fun of stuff on Heart and Scalpal's that we've seen before on Nip/Tuck. Oh well. And as for whoever mentioned House, I have to disagree, I've been let down this season. Maybe it's because we're dealing with all of these doctor characters who I know when the dust settles, most of them aren't going to be around. Two, maybe 3 of them will still be around at the mid-season mark, so it's like, why do I want to spend time now investing in them. It's like now when I see a backdoor pilot Married with Children episode and you just know those characters are gone never to be seen or heard from again

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 12:05 a.m. CST

    office 2: the decline of western civilasation

    by ironic_name

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 12:07 a.m. CST

    the office, only with giant talking cocks

    by ironic_name

    like gervais

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 12:08 a.m. CST

    the banana stand

    by ironic_name

    make your banana stand!

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 12:10 a.m. CST

    work at home = the bedroom

    by ironic_name

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 12:13 a.m. CST

    "are you from the casino?" "i'm from A casino"

    by ironic_name

    "GOODENOUGH, letsgo" RIP Robert Goulet

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Damn, damn, damn.

    by Steve Young

    Dammit. I've been dreading this day since NBC first renewed The Office for a second season. They've been heading in this direction for a year now. I could FEEL this nonsense coming. I knew they couldn't just leave well enough alone. While more broad and American in much of its humor, the re-imagining of the brilliant British series is still a diamond amidst the coal-black turd of NBC prime time which still must be warped weekly by the soul sucking marketing vortex known as the MISLEADING NBC PROMO: NEXT WEEK ON THE OFFICE, THE EPISODE YOU'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR IN SLOW MOTION, PLUS WACKY HIGH JINKS! (can we trick Middle America into watching something with a whit of sophistication?) Son of a bitch. Now we'll have to always deal with the awkward "middle" episodes of Season 4 that introduced the wacky new characters who then disappeared quickly into the (now available for pre-order) box set: THE OFFICE II: THE COMPLETE SERIES! (With five episodes never aired!)

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Hate it, but wait

    by antiochproductions

    I agree this is a bad idea, unless they bring Gervais, Merchant, and Karl Pilkington (from the gervais' podcast show if you've heard it.)

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 1:14 a.m. CST


    by aicndoesntwantmorecowbell

    yes looking much better than the dissapointment of season 4 this season has so much potential YES IM TALKING ABOUT NIPTUCK ON AICN

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 1:15 a.m. CST

    and office II will suck hard

    by aicndoesntwantmorecowbell

    sounds terrible

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Carrell worst part of The Office? You may be right

    by WWBD

    He really does ham it up, which runs counter to the tone of the show as a whole, and pales in comparison to Gervais's abilities.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 4:49 a.m. CST

    The Office: To hell and back

    by jackalcack

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 6:23 a.m. CST

    I know I'm in the minority...

    by beastie

    ...but the more The Office, the better for me. The Office, at it's best, is a wonderful show. The Office, at it's worst, is my favorite guilty pleasure.</p><p>I actually thought that they were going to do this last season when Jim was working at the other branch. I thought that there were too many good characters to just leave behind when Jim left, but they just brought those characters with him.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 7:35 a.m. CST

    An IT-themed OFFICE?

    by sapno_krei

    I think they could succeed if they tackle a helpdesk / IT themed OFFICE. Perhaps Dunder Mifflin Infinity takes off and they have to bulk up their IT department? Or maybe the computer stuff is outsourced to an outside company, and we follow their exploits?

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 7:54 a.m. CST

    The Office 2: High Noon at Mega Mountain

    by Craiggers

    'nuff said.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Typical Hollywood.

    by vezner2007

    Take an idea that gets some popularity and milk it like a fat cash cow until everyone hates it. The Office is just the next victim in line.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 7:59 a.m. CST

    I wonder

    by indyjonez100

    If this has anything to do with the Karen episode coming up where she tries to steal Stanley from the Scranton branch. Perhaps she'll be in this new Office II show.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Are you having a laugh?

    by Mirrorball Man

    Is he having a laugh?

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 8:13 a.m. CST

    RE: sapno_krei

    by beastie

    If they do an IT-themed Office they could pretty much incorporate it into the forever in development Amercanized The IT Crowd that NBC has been trying to get off the ground.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 8:22 a.m. CST

    The Office: Baywatch Nights

    by scudd

    This is a great idea. You guys are too cynical.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST

    way to beat this into the ground nbc

    by ZO


  • Oct. 31, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Ding Ding Ding !

    by Itchy

    Cop Rock is no longer the worst idea in television history. Congratulations, NBC ! Unless it stars Jenna Fisher and is comprised of her giving topless backrubs to an oiled up Kate Beckinsale for 25 minutes every week, I'm not interested.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Spin off of a show 1/10th as good as the original

    by messi

    Shit. David Brent versus everyone.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    The Office and the Goblet of Fire

    by fedrich519

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Worst idea for a show since Police Cops

    by indyjonez100

    Had to have a Simpsons Reference in here

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Little Miss The Office...

    by Heckles

    ...with Alan Arkin as the herion junkie regional manager, that he/she screaming about Britney Spears on YouTube as assistant (to the) regional manager, and Ted McGinley as 'Ted' who is in love with the receptionist, also played by Ted McGinley in a dual role.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST


    by Cletus Van Damme

    Eff Joanie!

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST

    I'd prefer the office without Dwight

    by crayon

    I know that seems to be the minority thinking, but the guy just annoys the piss out of me. And I don't even think it's neccessarily the character.. the actors schtick just doesn't cut it for me (although he was tolerable on 5 feet under). <br><br> People talk about Carrell being to hammy for the show, but that guy just takes me waaay out.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    the only sensible way to love in this world is without rules

    by Cletus Van Damme


  • Oct. 31, 2007, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Office and Officer

    by Dr Lizardo

    It's just like The Office, except in a police station! Wait, that's Reno: 911 ...

  • Oct. 31, 2007, noon CST

    The Office: The Golden Age

    by TheBaxter

    this time, with more naval battles...

  • Oct. 31, 2007, noon CST

    The Joker

    by BrightEyes

    Is anyone doing the Joker challenge???????

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 12:02 p.m. CST

    2 Fast 2 Office

    by TheBaxter

    the "name actor" they're getting is vin diesel

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Shuttlepod 10

    by Elvis Cole Lives

    C'mon. You've got to be kidding. Asking why The Office is funny? A trip to the dentist?<br><br>Lemme give you some help.<br><br>First off, comedy is in the eye of the beholder so you know, right off, that you're the "beholder" in the minority. To paraphrase an old sitcom theme song, what might be fun to you, might not be fun to some. It takes... different strokes. I pretty much doubt that you DON'T get THAT.<br><br>Second, it's the character quirks (Michael's desperate desire to be liked, Dwight completely obsessive "otherness," Stanley's deadpan looks), the pranks, the idiotic PC-ness of an office (and Michael's absolute ignorance about his offensiveness in that regard), and the fact that, to some extent, we've all seen something ALMOST like it or heard about an office "horror story" like it.<br><br>Third, building on that, there's a little fun in the disfunctionality that "works" in this office.<br><br>Finally, let me add, a trip to the dentist NOT funny? Have you even seen Little Shop (the musical)? Nobody likes the pain of a dentists off (masochists excluded), but we've all suspected our dentists of some sadistic tendencies and to see that magnified and then sung about...<br><br>Well, even a dentist's office CAN be funny.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST

    BTW, this spinoff is about as necessary...

    by Elvis Cole Lives

    As, well, something that AIN'T necessary. They need to concentrate on making THIS season excel (which it ain't).

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 1:38 p.m. CST

    i love the caveman office idea.

    by JacksonsPole

    and that's all i have to say about that.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 2 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    We will get a few standalone 90-minute shows that introduce new OFFICE characters doing their office work, and at the end of the series, we will select 1-2 of them to join the cast of THE OFFICE. Losers will be sent to DANCING WITH THE STARS or SURVIVOR.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Er.... TOO SOON!!

    by Cheif Brody

    This is flat out THE worst idea I've year. I'd rather watch a show of real clips that people send in of office pranks and other funny office type activies...than see yet ANOTHER documentary film crew following a whole OTHER bunch of idiots around. I mean..what else could they cover? Downsizing AGAIN? Diversity Day AGAIN? Office Romances AGAIN, ad nauseum? NBC better get off their ass and find another project to replace Scrubs with, pronto. NBC...Please take one giant step away from the cookie cutter machine. Thank you!

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST


    by Specktron

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 2:36 p.m. CST

    The OR-OFFICE: The OFFICer is NOT a Gentleman...

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    ...Where the eagles fly...

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 2:46 p.m. CST

    will ruin a good thing

    by BLWiseass

    So dumb. Though maybe they know Carrell only wants to stay for X number of seasons so they're trying to extend the life of the brand by having a second office to transfer everyone to?

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by krabat

    I honestly can't believe this is real. I can't possibly understand what dumb shit goes through the head of some of these people.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Funny the article mentions Gervais's "improv skills"

    by minderbinder

    Since he has been adamant that his shows are completely scripted and they don't improv any of it. Yes, I realize the US show does it differently.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 4:36 p.m. CST

    The Hawaiian Office: Dunder in Paradise

    by themikejonas

    Starring Hulk Hogan and Keira Knightley.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 4:41 p.m. CST

    grasping at straws

    by imageburn13

    There seems to be atrend to NBC now, what with them greenlighting an offshoot to heroes before ANYTHING OF SIGNIFICANCE has happened. They are making heros origins, ALREADY, and we're only 1.5 seasons into a new show. That reeks of desparation. They are applying the same formula here, which is a real shame, and Im theorizing it will add up to a mountain of filler.

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by haggardatbest

    Wocka Wocka

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST

    The Office: The Animated Series

    by haggardatbest

    Thank God this isn't 1992 or we would have this already.

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 1:01 p.m. CST

    My "Office 2" idea

    by haggardatbest

    It will be based on my life. The story of a young man stuck in a medical registration office surrounded by middle-aged women who say things to each other like, "You go girlfriend" and "talk to the hand". They have singing hamsters on their desks and talk non-stop about Bo Bice and Jon Bon Jovi. They just saw Napoleon Dynamite for the first time and quote it constantly, adding it to their Austin Powers impressions. All the while the young man does job searches online and opens an AICN TB account to pass the time until he can get out of this fucking hellhole. It's called "The Office: I Hate Myself and Want to Die". It is a shitty, shitty show.

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Office Space!

    by 5 by 5


  • Nov. 2, 2007, 2:43 a.m. CST

    CSI is the model for this....

    by chromedome

    The Office: Scranton<p>The Office: Utica<p>The Office: Buffalo<p>The Office: Parsippany<p>As long as Karen is in one of em, good for me.

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 2:44 a.m. CST

    The Office: South Park

    by chromedome

    but only if they do the Team America puppet version...

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 8:42 a.m. CST

    The Office II: Corporate Strikes Back

    by wetzello

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 8:43 a.m. CST

    The Office II: The Wrath of Ryan

    by wetzello

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Spinoffs... why?

    by JoeSixPack

    I guess someone will watch it for a few weeks at least.