‘The Office’ spinoff will mock a ‘dying historic Midwestern newspaper’, and critics have thoughts

A new television series has been announced by NBC that will be focused on a “dying historic Midwestern newspaper.”

The spinoff of the popular “The Office” series is set to begin production in July and features Greg Daniels, the creator of the American version of “The Office,” working with Michael Koman, the co-creator of “Nathan For You.”

The show will have the same faux mockumentary style, seeing Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars) and Sabrina Impacciatore (The White Lotus) in the leading roles.

“The documentary crew that immortalized 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. The series is produced by Universal Television,” read a press release about the new project.

“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,” said Lisa Katz, president of NBCUniversal Entertainment, in a statement.

“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,” Katz added.

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, co-creators of the original UK version of “The Office” will be joining Daniels and Koman as executive producers along with Howard Klein, Ben Silverman, and Banijay Americas.

Social media users had mixed reactions to the news.

Frieda Powers

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