To slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, businesses throughout the world have closed down shop and sent their employees home to work indefinitely.
Now, a new series from producers of NBC’s hit series The Office is in the works, inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Deadline, Ben Silverman, and Paul Lieberstein, former executive producers of ‘The Office,’ are working on a new comedy that showcases working remotely from home via Zoom and other forms of digital communication.
“So many of us are jumping on daily Zoom meetings — for work and beyond,” Silverman told Deadline. “We are in a new normal and are personally navigating ways to remain connected and productive at work and in our home lives. With the brilliant Paul Lieberstein at the helm, we think we have a series that not only brings humor and comfort during this troubling time but will also be an inventive and enduring workplace comedy for years to come.”
“The series is set around a wunderkind boss who, in an effort to ensure his staff’s connectedness and productivity, asks them all to virtually interact and work face-to-face all day,” Deadline reported.
Silverman continued by explaining how this new series can be a sense of comfort for everyone, given the current state the world is in.
“With the brilliant Paul Lieberstein at the helm, we think we have a series that not only brings humor and comfort during this troubling time but will also be an inventive and enduring workplace comedy for years to come,” he added.
“Start with the office comedy, lose the office, and you’re just left with comedy. The math works,” Lieberstein said.