3/23/2005 Add a comment

The American version of "The Office" is getting set to premiere Thursday on NBC. And while early reviews suggest it won't be as bad as "Coupling," why again are they doing this? The original BBC version crosses a few too many lines for the FCC to air on a broadcast network (like the giant inflatable penis episode), but shouldn't we be able to live without corrupting original versions of superior shows? (Not to mention movies... don't get me started on The Bad News Bears remake...)

In any case, nothing replaces the original, and while Steve Carell is (was?) great on "The Daily Show," he cannot replace Ricky Gervais' David Brent. Thankfully, Gervais is still hard at work on new comedy (for NBC to eventually appropriate and cast Americans in). William