Give Steve Carell credit. With a little help from Ricky Gervais,
he infused much-needed life into a quirky TV sitcom
about bored employees in a paper distribution chain. Carell leaves The Office at the end of the season, though (meanwhile, the
creators behind the franchise are expanding to China
). The departing
star is now free to focus his efforts on recasting himself as anything other than the amusingly infantile Michael Scott.
So with his new-found freedom (only a few more episodes to go), what does he decide to do? According to Deadline's Michael Ausiello
he's re-upping with NBC in order to co-write and executive produce an
in-development comedy series tentatively named The Post-Graduate
Project. Sound's great. What's it about?
It's based on Carell's
time as a mail-carrier in a sleepy post office in small town
Massachusetts, described as "sweet and nostalgic," and will be filled
with a "quirky, but tight-knit group" of twenty-somethings who frequent
the post office (no mention of whether they're employees also). Based on
previous Carell interviews noted by Ausiello, the boss at the mail room
drove the young mail carrier to quit the after a few months.
Sure, the idea is just a sketch now. But doesn't it sound just a tad familiar
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