Office spin-off that Amy Poehler was rumored to be circling? Well, it's not dead yet, but Poehler won't be on it, as she has nabbed another NBC show.
NBC Entertainment co-chairman Ben Silverman announced Monday that they've locked in Poehler to a sitcom commitment to be produced by Office vets Greg Daniels and Mike Schur. It's unclear what the Poehler show is about. When pressed for details about a premise or setting, Silverman only said: "It's going to be... funny."
The timeline for when this new show might air was also unclear. Lorne Michaels said at Sunday's Saturday Night Live panel that the currently pregnant Poehler would appear on the show until she gave birth - some time after the election hopefully, he joked. Factoring in maternity leave, and assuming she's not returning to SNL afterward, it's hard to imagine the Poehler show beginning much before fall 2009.
But when it finally does, Silverman claims that the new show will work very well stylistically with their Thursday-night comedy block, which includes My Name Is Earl, The Office, 30 Rock, and the new Molly Shannon-Selma Blair sitcom remake Kath & Kim. Silverman also said that Poehler, Daniels and Schur would have more announcements about the show shortly. - Mickey O'Connor