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Scouting for ‘Office’ Spinoffs

April 2, 2008 5:23 PM

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With the slotting of “The Office” spinoff, The Daily Blink’s mind is swimming with the possibilities of what other wacky hijinx the crew from Scranton can get into.

But the sinking reality of spinoffs has set in. For every “Frasier,” we get 15 “Joeys.”

The NBC press release doesn’t offer any guidance either. “Audiences will follow another comic journey, complete with new faces and new locations, but with the same unique sense of humor and brand of quality from [executive producer Greg] Daniels and his creative team. It’s the next chapter of what viewers have come to know and love about ‘The Office.’” ...

It’s written with such a generic force, it’s almost like Mr. Daniels was unwittingly called five minutes before the release was written and asked, “So, what’s this show about?” Mr. Daniels would stammer “comic journey…um, some new stuff…Dwight’s there too, I guess?” before faking bad reception.

The Daily Blink offers up some pitches for “The Office” spinoff, after the jump:

Apostles’ Creed”: The perpetual scammer Creed unwittingly starts a religion. After seeing the possibilities of continuing the ruse, Creed uses his followers (Horatio Sanz and possibly Alia Shawkat) to con strangers.

Green Bay Packer”: Michael’s obnoxious field sales friend, Todd Packer, gets transferred to Wisconsin, and is teamed with a straitlaced female sales co-worker (Judy Greer). Greer expects everyone to hate Todd, but his boss (George Wendt) takes a shine to Packer. Will the two be able to make sales in the frozen north with their conflicting personalities?

Stan the Man”: Long-suffering Stanley volunteers to coach Dunder-Mifflin’s youth outreach baseball team, as it allows him to get out of working in the office with Michael. The kids are rambunctious with some tender moments, but Stanley is only allowed to coach the team with Dwight as the third base coach. And for some reason Michael umpires.

We’ll just place a stamp on that, ship it off to Ben Silverman and wait for the royalty checks to start pouring in.

—Andrew Krukowski

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The writing and the chemistry of the cast of The Office I doubt will be rivaled in the spinoff, but I hope they can pull it off.

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