The Office | The US sitcom gets a sequel series order at Peacock

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Showrunner Greg Daniels’ sequel to hit sitcom The Office has been commissioned for a series at Peacock. Domhnall Gleeson will lead the ensemble cast.

There have been repeated talks of a revival of the American version of The Office revival in the years since it concluded. Given the success of the show, it seemed to be a question not of if, but when. We now have the answer.

Greg Daniels, who developed the American remake and served as showrunner for the majority of its nine seasons, has co-created a sequel series with Michael Konan.

Described as being “set in the same universe” as The Office, the description, via Deadline, reads as follows:

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.

Domhnall Gleeson and Sabrina Impacciatore will lead the ensemble cast, which is set to begin production in July. It has not yet been confirmed if any of the original cast will make appearances. The new show is being produced for streaming service Peacock.

The original UK version of The Office undoubtedly defined the early 2000s. Created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the show brought the sitcom format firmly into the 21st century, using the mockumentary framing as the best showcase for their brilliantly-written, cringe-inducing comedy. Gervais starred as socially awkward boss David Brent, alongside Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook and Lucy Davis.

The debate still rages over which show is better, the original or the US remake, but the reality is it doesn’t matter, as title aside they are vastly different shows.

The American Office ran for a whopping 201 episodes over nine seasons from 2005 to 2013. Set at paper merchants Dunder Mifflin, it starred Steve Carrell as Michael Scott, and it launched the careers of its supporting cast – John Krasinski as office prankster Jim, Rainn Wilson as the nerdy Dwight, BJ Novak as Ryan and Jenna Fischer as Jim’s ally and love interest Pam. The cast also included Mindy Kaling, Leslie David Baker, Melora Hardin, Kate Flannery, Brian Baumgartner, Ed Helms, Oscar Nuñez and Craig Robinson.

The show gradually grew into one of the most popular sitcoms on television and has subsequently been included on many lists of the best television shows.

More on The Office’s sequel series as we get it.

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