A big hit in the US, the series did not fire when previously launched by TEN, largely due to Aussies already being familiar with the template original from Ricky Gervais.
But the US series has worked on its own merits, with some minor tweaking for American audiences. Headed by established comedian Steve Carrell (The 40 Year Old Virgin), American producers resisted the tired three camera, laugh track approach and shot the series faithfully. It was produced by Ben Silverman, who was responsible for Ugly Betty and also has Kath & Kim. Silverman has since been promoted to NBC acquisitions.
The Office will air at 10:25pm on Monday Aug 27 following the premiere of Californication. It kicks off with the episode “Gay Witch Hunt.”
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