Thanks to Katherine Donnelson's handy Daily Music and Tech News updates, I found a link to a new clip from NBC's take on the brilliant BBC series The Office. After seeing the pilot a short while ago, which was not encouraging to fans of the original or even fans of television comedy, NBC has jumped on that Myspace bandwagon to give viewers a chance to check out something much more promising from the Americanized version of the Office here with a 13 minute clip from an apparently later episode (or possibly strictly online?)
The results are much more encouraging than the nearly disasterous pilot that was shooting around the P2P networks a short while ago (and which premieres on NBC March 24.) It's not out and out hilarious overall, but it's got some seriously funny moments, and, in fact, contains an absolutely hilarious interaction between Steve Carell's Michael Scott (the boss character) and a woman of Indian descent toward the end of the clip. Fans of very dry humor may enjoy this. Fans of Arrested Development may enjoy this too - I found something very similar in the pacing and styling of the humor. And like Arrested Development (the best show on TV in many, many years, by the way,) this will likely struggle to find an audience - if NBC even gives it a chance. Put your money on "not likely to make it through the end of the season."
(Likely to make it as long as I feel like allowing it to, or I stop paying for web hosting: the beautiful lull.)