NBC greenlights 'Office' spinoff


UPDATED 10:55 a.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 is expected to make 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. It will air after the original "Office" in a 9-10:00 p.m. Thursday block.

According to news reports in the fall, NBC had been developing an episode of the hit comedy to serve as a backdoor pilot for a spinoff.