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Learn What Amy Poehler’s Not-Spinoff Of THE OFFICE Is About!!

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The new Amy Poehler sitcom from “The Office” writer-producers Greg Daniels and Mike Schur still doesn’t have a title, but we now know its setting. From Thursday morning’s Hollywood Reporter:
[The sitcom] is set in the office of Amy (Poehler), deputy chairman of the department of parks and recreations in Pawnee, Ind.
The NBC sitcom began life as an “Office” spinoff, but evolved into a non-spinoff after Poehler became its lead. Co-stars include Rashida Jones (“The Office”), Aziz Ansari (“Human Giant”) and newly added Aubrey Plaza (Judd Apatow’s upcoming Seth Rogen-Adam Sandler movie “Funny People”), who will play the Poehler character’s intern. Find all of The Hollywood Reporter’s story on the matter here.

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  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST

    They should use The Office's publicitiy

    by David Cloverfield

    I don't understand the non-spinoff direction.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST


    by zacdilone

    Poehler is funniest in character. If she's just playing herself this will suck.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:47 a.m. CST

    What's it about you say?

    by Xiphos_2

    it's about six episodes before cancellation.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Oops...subject should be "zacdilone ROCKS"

    by zacdilone

    sorry bout that chief

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:54 a.m. CST


    by Juror Number 8

    ansara is fucking hilarious. i met him on the streets of nyc years ago while he was hustling. it was outside of a "comedians of comedy" show and he was promoting something he was doing at the UCB theater. the guy couldn't have been nicer, glad to see things are working out for him. plus rashida jones is slamming, so im definitely gonna have to check this one out.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2 a.m. CST

    If you had the choice of making something a spinoff ...

    by geraldbeans

    ...of The Office or not a spinoff of The Office... ... ... Why would you choose to make it *not* a spinoff of The Office? Is there anyone else sensing the stupidity here?

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Rashida Jones needs to be a lead in a movie

    by estacado1

    She's too hot for tv-only career.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:33 a.m. CST

    yeah, pretty weird

    by wash

    It's still in an office, by the people that make The Office, with at least one actor from The Office, etc. "OH BUT NOW IT'S SO DIFFERENT".

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Rashida Jones... well, she's just beautiful

    by Heckles

    Normally I'd say something like 'the hottness' or 'damn I'd tap that like Ben Vareen', but she's above that. Talented woman. Would be cool if this gig works out for her. And she's hot.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 3:07 a.m. CST


    by GimpInMyPants

    Not even Greg Daniels will be able to save this thing.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Aziz Ansara...

    by MrMonomaniac

    ... was great in the first 2 episodes of Scrubs. I think they've finished filiming all the episodes so shouldn't conflict with new show. He was also brilliant as the fruit seller in Flight of the Conchords. "Too many mother-uckers!"

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 3:27 a.m. CST


    by Juror Number 8

    thats right, i totally forgot that that was him. without a doubt the funniest episode of flight of the conchords. "why don't you go back to new zealand and put another shrimp on the barbie!"

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 4:46 a.m. CST

    *cough* Dear Green Place

    by elab49

    And the original is only occasionally interesting.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Not an Office spin-off. Set in an office.

    by V'Shael


  • Jan. 15, 2009, 7:10 a.m. CST

    About this 'not' spin-off thing...

    by digitalcos

    Two things just occurred to me<p>1)Ricky Gervais<p>2)Steven Merchant<p>Well, you can probably include the BBC in there as well. NBC develops a spin-off of The Office, then they stand to get paid. If the premise was different enough to begin with that by changing or eliminating a few elements or characters makes it a stand-alone then...<p>Just a theory.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Rashida Jones


    Rashida Jones.<P> Rashida Jones.<P> enough said.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Rashida Jones = Lois Lane

    by crashcow

    I think it would work.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Amy Poehler sucked me in college

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    Not really.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST

    if its good enough...

    by soup74

    then making it a non-spin off is a good thing. for every spin off that did work, there are 3 that didnt. <br><br>this, of course, is if it's good enough.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Exactly, digitalcos

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    I'm sure that's the reason they are doing it this way. In any case this concept sounds boring.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    They cameup with everything but a title?

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    That's odd.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Oh no they didn't!

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Why even make this crap?!

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST

    The non-spinoff idea appeals to me

    by bravogolfhotel

    What spinoff could they come up with that wouldn't have a stench of death about it? Dunder Mifflin Trenton? Stanley and Andy as odd-couple roommates? An OFFICE-style show outside the OFFICE premise strikes me as a preferable notion.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST


    by Drebin

    Over-rated! clap clap clap-clap-clap Over-rated! clap clap clap-clap-clap

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST

    This seems obvious to me

    by MIkeYH

    the spin-off they should have done is Vance Refrigeration. That has all sorts of funny potential.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST


    by chromedome

    that's all I needed to hear

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:29 p.m. CST


    by HermesTrismestigus

    Man you hit it on the head with Lois Lane, I thought that when I saw Superman Returns with blah boring Kate Bosworth. That movie was missing some energy humor and spunk, and rashida has got that margot kidder vibe. Man just wishing it were all true in my parallel universe of goodness and booze.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:41 p.m. CST

    They're finally using my state in a tv show again

    by terry1978

    The last show that took place in Indiana was Close to Home, that lawyer drama that was in a suburb of Indianapolis.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    CrashCow and Hermes....

    by ArtisticGrief

    FINALLY! I've thought that ever since the first time I saw Rashida, and I'm surprised I haven't heard anyone else say it before. If they were going for the whole look alike vibe (which seems like they were given Brandon's resemblance to Christopher), Rashida would have been a perfect choice to replace Margot Kidder.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    From the writers of The Office comes a sitcom in an office

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Not called "The Office". I see.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Speaking of..Is the Office back on tonight?

    by MIkeYH