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Peacock Chief Floats ‘The Office’ Spinoff Show

Ben Bowman

Peacock has had a star-crossed journey so far. Its debut was supposed to be timed to coincide with the 2020 Olympics, but the coronavirus left the streaming service without one of its primary draws. Last week, Peacock absorbed the WWE Network, hoping that wrestling will bring in more subscribers. But a tidbit from today’s One21 Conference suggests Peacock may be ready to capitalize on its biggest hit.

It’s no secret that “The Office” has been Peacock’s biggest ace. In fact, its acquisition drove more sign-ups than the service launch itself.

Reboots and spin-offs are nothing new to streaming services, but their success often depends on the strength of the existing IP. Netflix rebooted “One Day at a Time,” but canceled it, presumably because of low viewership. “Fuller House” was a bigger hit, racking up five seasons for Netflix. Peacock tried something similar with the updated “Saved By The Bell” launch. But Disney+ smashed it out of the park with the Star Wars adventures of “The Mandalorian” and the Marvel spin-offs, “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

It’s notable that the biggest streaming spin-off hits are science fiction or adventure-based. A series loaded with special effects will draw die-hard fans of the genre. Comedies are trickier beasts. So much depends on casting, writing, and creative direction. You’re more likely to end up with a “Mayberry RFD” than a “Frasier.”

Also worth noting, NBC nearly canceled “The Office,” during its first season, but held off because its episodes were selling so well on the iTunes Store. So it’s ironic that streaming video saved “The Office” and now “The Office” may save NBC’s streaming service.

In any case, Peacock is pulling out all the stops to pull in new subscribers. You can stream all of “The Office” for free until March 24, and you can get half-off your first four months with Peacock thanks to a WWE promotion than ends April 9.

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The Office

March 24, 2005

The everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

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