‘The Office’ Spinoff Never Happened After Being ‘Shamelessly Copied’ By An ABC Sitcom

by Jeremy Spirogis
‘The Office’ Spinoff Never Happened After Being ‘Shamelessly Copied’ By An ABC Sitcom

The Office initially had a tough time discovering its viewers when it debuted in 2005. Replicating the British sequence created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the sitcom within the United States was acquired tepidly at finest after NBC aired the pilot.

Soon The Office grew to become must-see TV, the place followers grew to like its offbeat ‘mockumentary’ format. When talks started of making a spin-off sequence, producers of the NBC comedy weren’t thrilled when one other community beat them to the punch.

Cast of ‘The Office (l-r): B.J. Novak, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, and Steve Carell | Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank

‘Parks and Rec’ – spin-off or standalone?

With The Office hitting its stride as a hit, NBC execs and present producers started batting round concepts for a derivative present. Writer Justin Spitzer recalled when the thought for Parks and Recreation began growing.

“One of [writer] Michael Schur’s favourite books was The Power Broker [about] Robert Moses,” Spitzer informed Andy Greene for his guide The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s. “He was primarily head of the parks division in New York within the early twentieth century. I feel a few of Parks and Recreation got here from that.”

They instantly solid Saturday Night Live alum Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones in starring roles for the brand new sitcom. Yet some on the manufacturing crew felt that Parks and Recreation couldn’t be thought of a spin-off as a consequence of Jones’ having been on The Office as Jim’s former love curiosity.

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“I feel within the casting Rashida Jones as a unique character on Parks and Rec, that was them saying, ‘This is unquestionably not a spin-off. We have the identical actor enjoying two totally different components,’” Spitzer remembered. “‘These two shows can’t even exist in the same world.”

‘The Office’ showrunner considers a sequence centered round a household

Intending on Parks and Rec being an official spin-off of The Office, community exec Ben Silverman wasn’t thrilled that his plan didn’t work out.

“When I took over because the chairman of NBC [in 2007] I used to be like, ‘We needs to be doing a spin-off for The Office,’” he informed Greene. “And Parks and Recreation ought to have been one… I wished it developed as a spin-off and I’m aggravated that my voice wasn’t heard.”

Since Parks and Rec took by itself identification, showrunner Greg Daniels started batting round potentialities for a present involving a household.

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“Greg had in mind to maybe do a family mockumentary show, but I don’t know if that would have been a spin-off or its own show,” Spitzer recalled. “But I know Greg had that idea.”

Spitzer revealed why Daniels’ concept by no means got here to fruition, saying, “Then Modern Family got here alongside.”

‘Modern Family’ hits the airwaves

ABC’s hit sitcom Modern Family debuted in September 2009. Following the identical “talking heads” model as The Office, producers at NBC felt that they have been ripped off.

Modern Family shamelessly copied The Office,” critic Alan Sepinwall informed Greene. The reviewer wasn’t alone in his opinion, the place Silverman as soon as once more felt that his plans have been thwarted.

“I was really bummed about that,” Silverman admitted. “It aggravated me. Modern Family is a few household the way in which The Office is about an workplace. All I’d wished to do was a household spin-off. I used to be so bummed not to have the ability to pull that off.”

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Writer Aaron Shure famous that the ABC comedy by no means felt the necessity to clarify the mockumentary setup. “We always put so much thought into why a camera would be present for certain scenes,” he stated. “And then Modern Family got here alongside and did all the identical stuff we did with zero justification about whey the digicam would ever be wherever and America simply liked it.”

Though there’s a good probability that The Office paved the way in which for Modern Family’s success, each sitcoms are certain to make historical past as legendary tv.

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