The office returns with a new version in Australia, but with some interesting changes. Premiering in the UK in 2001, the original series starred comedian Rick Gervais and lasted just two seasons. However, in 2005 NBC made its own adaptation and everything changed.
Despite the fact that the first season of the American version was not very well received, that same year its protagonist, Steve Carell, achieved his first big box office success by starring in The 40 year old virgin. Its sudden popularity was automatically reflected in the numbers for the show’s second installment, and it quickly became one of the most popular sitcoms of the day, and eventually of all time.
Now, Australia will join the long list of countries that already had their version of The office, and as reported by Deadline, it will do so with some major changes to the plot and its protagonist. The new series, from Prime Video Australia, will feature the stand-up star happiness room as its main protagonist, being the first woman to become a boss.
NBC’s The Office ran for nine seasons with a total of 201, ending in 2013. But by that time, most of the main stars were gone, including Carell himself, whose departure was the biggest undoing for the show and its legacy. . But now, thanks to streaming services, the series is as popular as it ever was before, with fans enjoying it almost every day, especially the first few seasons.
The Office Australia will address an important issue for businesses in modern times
But having a female lead won’t be the only change in The Australian OfficeThe series will also address an important issue that many employees and businesses are currently facing, especially post-pandemic, with many large companies embracing new ways of working.
Here’s the official synopsis for the show:
Gervais’ David Brent will become Hannah Howard in the series, with Ward putting his own spin on the team’s mismanagement at packaging company Flinley Craddick. When she gets word from head office that they’re closing her branch and making everyone work from home, she goes into survival mode, making promises she can’t keep to keep her ‘work family’ together.” .
In addition to the original and American version, the show reached several countries. After The UK officethe first and one of the most popular adaptations was the one in Germany, released in 2004. Canada and France joined in 2006, and Chile in 2008. Three Nordic adaptations followed, the Swedish, the Czech and the Finnish, which was the one that had most successful of the three.
In 2019, India presented its own, to which Poland and Saudi Arabia joined in 2021 and 2022. Finally, this same year Greece will launch its adaptation, adding a total of 12 versions, reaching 13 with the Australian one probably reaching the end of the year. . of the year or in 2024.