The Office executive producers Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman are working on their next workplace comedy series, and it sounds a lot like The Office but with everyone working at home. In recent weeks, life as we know it has all but completely changed, with stay-at-home orders leaving many businesses requiring their employees to work from home. As Lieberstein and Silverman themselves are now conducting all of their business digitally as well, the pair have apparently been inspired to develop a new sitcom following a team of workers working remotely from home.
"So many of us are jumping on daily Zoom meetings - for work and beyond. We are in a new normal and are personally navigating ways to remain connected and productive at work and in our home lives," Silverman said of the concept of the planned series. Showing confidence that the series will continue well beyond our current predicament, Silverman also adds: "With the brilliant Paul Lieberstein at the helm, we think we have a series that not only brings humor and comfort during this troubling time but will also be an inventive and enduring workplace comedy for years to come."
Although inspired by the real-life stay-at-home orders affecting the world at this time, the new series will not incorporate recent events into the storyline, offering another explanation as to why everyone works from home. According to a new report from Deadline, the planned series "is set around a wunderkind boss who, in an effort to ensure his staff's connectedness and productivity, asks them all to virtually interact and work face-to-face all day." Further suggesting an Office-like feel for the new series but set in an entirely new environment, Lieberstein also says, "Start with the office comedy, lose the office and you're just left with comedy. The math works."
To be clear, this is not a reboot of The Office, but an entirely new series. Still, if you're wondering how the employees of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company's Scranton branch would respond to current events, many fans of The Office have taken it upon themselves to script out their own fantasy episodes imagining the situation. As far as ever getting any real new episodes of The Office, no plans for that are currently in the works, but NBC execs have teased a reboot for their upcoming Peacock streaming service. Many stars of the series, such as Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski, have stated they're open to doing a reunion special some day as well.
The new untitled remote workplace comedy series is in development at Big Breakfast, Silverman's production company. Silverman and Lieberstein are also executive producing the new series alongside Harold Owens of Propagate Content. Luke Kelly-Clyne and Kevin Healey of Big Breakfast and Rodney Ferrell of Propagate are also on board to exec produce. No word yet on when and where we can expect to see the series, but with all movie and television productions going on hold for the foreseeable future, I wouldn't bank on it happening very soon. Still, for fans of The Office and similar shows like Parks and Recreation, it sounds like it's one to watch out for. This news comes to us from Deadline.