‘The Office’ Producers Are Creating A New Comedy Inspired By Your Zoom Meetings
It was only a matter of time before the new way of life became fodder for comedy. The sheer scale of lifestyle changes forced upon the world by COVID-19 has taken workers out of the office and made them all work from home. This en masse movement to online work life is one of the biggest societal shifts in generations, and with it comes the good, the bad, and the funny. Since everyone’s left the workplace, it shouldn’t surprise fans that The Office producers are creating a new comedy about life without an office.
At this point, anyone who has needed to use Zoom, or Google Hangouts, or other video meeting software has probably experienced a hilarious yet embarrassing glitch. Whether it’s malfunctioning audio, pets or children suddenly turning up in the frame, or a significant other yelling something embarrassing from another room, it’s happened.
The very sudden shift from in-person workplaces to remote ones has meant a giant swath of middle-class, white-collar workers have had to learn remote work on the fly. Between becoming their own IT problem solvers and carving out a workspace in a home not designed with one in mind, accidents will occur. And they will be funny. So it should surprise no one the comedy writers behind The Office took one look at the new world and immediately saw the potential for a show with an elevator pitch of "It’s The Office minus the office."
According to Deadline, which broke the news:
As Silverman pitches it:
Or, in Lieberstein’s far more blunt estimation:
The as-yet-untitled series is still in early development, so no stars or release timetable has been set thus far.
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