It will screen 4 episodes of The Office every Thursday night from September 4. The US adaptation of Ricky Gervais’ comedy has been quite a hit in America, but didn’t launch well in Australia after audiences were too familiar with the original version (and the original scripts).
So could news of TV1’s plans be enough to prompt TEN into gear?
A spokesperson from TEN last recently told TV Tonight, “At this point, we’ve got to find the right timeslot for it. It’s a show that is a solitary watch, not an inclusive watch. It’s of that Arrested Development, 30 Rock feel. It really needs to have a slot that is ‘protected.’ So at this point no plans for it, but it absolutely will return.”
This week it was also announced Russia would get its own version of the comedy.
TV1 Press Release:
Tune into 4 episodes every Thursday at 8.35pm from September 4.
Adapted from the BBC’s hit series, The Office is a mockumentary documenting the exploits of a paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Heading up the operation is Michael Scott (Steve Carell), a deluded and insensitive boss who tries to put his own spin on company policy. His employees include talented, but bored salesman. Jim, his mildly sociopathic enemy Dwight, righteous receptionist Pam, and indifferent temp Ryan.