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With a Nod (and a Wink?) to Trump, Steve Carell to Co-Create and Star in a New Workplace Comedy

Jan 16, 2019  •  Post A Comment

A new workplace comedy series from some of the key players behind NBC’s “The Office” draws inspiration from Donald Trump’s Space Force initiative.

Deadline reports that the new Netflix series, “Space Force,” co-created by Steve Carell and “The Office” creator Greg Daniels, “is centered around the people tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services…Space Force.”

Carell will star and executive produce, with Daniels as showrunner and executive producer. 3 Arts’ Howard Klein, another “Office” alum, will also executive produce.

“I hear ‘Space Force’ will not impact Carell’s starring role opposite Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon in Apple’s upcoming morning show drama series and he will do both,” Nellie Andreeva writes in the Deadline piece, adding: “A video accompanying the announcement of ‘Space Force’ … points to the impetus for the series, the June 18 announcement by Trump that he has directed the Department of Defense and the Pentagon to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. In August, Vice President Mike Pence revealed that the goals of the new branch would be to defend satellites from attack and perform other space-related tasks.”

Here’s the video announcement, posted by Netflix …

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