From one Office to the next, Golden Globe-winning actor and comedian Steve Carell is bringing another workplace comedy home to NBC. The announcement comes as little surprise since Carell's production company, Carousel Television, is enjoying a productive three-year deal with Universal Media Studios - of which the latest product could be a new hit series for NBC.
Despite winding down to his final days on The Office, the 48-year-old actor has succeeded in selling another familiar-sounding project to the peacock network. But for Carell, the new show is far from either a professional or personal stretch. Loosely based on Carell's early days as a mail carrier, NBC is giving the green light to The Post-Graduate Project - which Carell will also write and produce.
The single-camera comedy is based on the happenings of a small-town post office and a zany cast of regional twenty-something patrons. Although no one has yet called the project Cheers meets the post office - now is as good a time as ever to bust out that comparison.
It isn't yet clear if Carell will also star in half-hour comedy, but all signs point to a large behind-the-scenes role - as Carell is believed to be eager for an opportunity to recreate some of the awkward comedic magic of his glory days in the mail sorting rooms of Littleton, Massachusetts.
Joining Carell as an executive producer will be Thom Hinkle, Carell's old friend and colleague from The Daily Show.
Over the summer, Carell confirmed that he would be departing The Office at the conclusion of the hit comedy's 2010-2011 season. "I just think it's time," Carell told E! News in late June. "I want to fulfill my contract. When I first signed on I had a contract for seven seasons, and this coming year is my seventh. I just thought it was time for my character to go." Who should replace Carell's character on the show? Recent rumors suggest Craig Robinson will step-up to lead Sabre, Scranton - but, back in July, we brainstormed a few other directions The Office creators could take the series.
While his iconic character is leaving The Office, Carell seems poised to deliver many more culturally-relevant characters to a network that has given the popular actor a platform on which to shine.
Source: TV Guide