Ricky Gervais, the master mind behind the classic BBC series “The Office,” will write an episode for its NBC counterpart, starring Steve Carell.
Gervais and “The Office” co-creator Stephen Merchant, who serve as executive producers of NBC’s “The Office,” will co-write the episode, scheduled to air next season.
“I had extended an open invitation for them to write or direct at any time,” says “The Office” executive producer Greg Daniels.
“But I think they were smart to wait until we had developed our own following and our own style.
“I’m excited √≥ that’s one out of 22 I don’t have to worry about for next year,” Daniels says.
“But I don’t want to see any ‘lifts’ or ‘lorries’ in the script √≥ it’s ‘elevators’ and ‘trucks’ in this version.”
Gervais starred in the original BBC series as obnoxious boss-from-hell David Brent, a smarmy middle manager in the Wernham-Hogg paper company, located in the dreary industrial town of Slough.
In NBC’s “The Office,” set in a paper company in Scranton, Pa., Carell plays boss Michael Scott √≥ a portrayal which earned him a Golden Globe last month in Hollywood.