NBC’s hit comedy The Office has been approaching multi-platform status in the past few years. Even from the start the show was getting terrible numbers until it started releasing over iTunes, which some insiders say is the only thing that saved the comedy from the network axe. Now over four years after the US version debuted, itself a spinoff of Ricky Gervais’ British version, the franchise is now set up all over the world, with French, German, French-Canadian and even Chilean versions all on the air.
It’s partly the internet-heavy US audience for the show mixed with NBC’s bullish digital strategy have led to a slurry of Office web series coming out over the past two years, all with at least a few of the lead actors—The Accountants, Kevin’s Loan, The Outburst and Blackmail. The latest web series, three-episode Subtle Sexuality, will premiere October 29 on NBC.com.
This time it looks to be Kelly (Mindy Kaling) and Erin (Ellie Kemper), the new receptionist, who have formed a girl rock group, dubbed “Subtle Sexulatity,” with Andy (Ed Helms) and Ryan (B.J. Novack) as backup singers.
The whole series will be directed by Kaling, who herself is no stranger to original web series having created House Poor back in early 2008 as part of the first series on Strike.TV. Capping off the spinoff series will be a music video, “Male Prima Donna,” a song aimed at Kelly’s on-again-off-again love Ryan.