NBC greenlights 'Office' spinoff


UPDATED 12:34 p.m. April 2, 2008

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There will be more "Office" time on NBC's schedule next year.

The network has greenlighted the long-rumored spinoff from the Emmy-winning comedy. NBC made the announcement at its upfront news conference Wednesday.

The project has been ordered to series and will launch after NBC's broadcast of the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. The show's regular time slot will be after the original "Office" at 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

"Who would have ever thought that Americans would be subjected to a mock-documentary after the Superbowl?" said Greg Daniels, exec producer of "The Office."

Announcing the series at the network's upfront news conference in New York, NBC Co-Chair Ben Silverman said the entire "Office" creative team is behind the spinoff, but declined to detail the new show's premise.

"The watermarked idea will not be shared today," Silverman said. "You may see some of the [original 'Office'] actors on the other show."

NBC has also ordered 28 episodes of the original "Office," including a quartet of one-hour episodes to launch the fall season.

Nellie Andreeva and James Hibberd reported in L.A. and Paul Gough in New York.