Q: Is it true Steve Carell's going to star in a show about space? When's that being released?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

It took no time at all, in TV terms at least, for Steve Carell and his former boss on "The Office" to see the comedic potential of the Space Force that President Trump proposed last summer. They even kept the name.

Just seven months after the announcement they had a deal with Netflix for a series called "Space Force," which will be a comedic imagining of the very work the U.S. government and military is currently undertaking to create a sixth branch of the Armed Forces that will "defend satellites from attack" and "perform other space-related tasks."

It was a quick process to get a deal for the show, but it likely won't be so quick getting it made. There's been no word yet on a release date, which suggests it won't be any time soon.

Netflix released a brief teaser describing the show that included a subtle jab at the government for not providing a very clear idea of what the Space Force program is for. It says the show is "the story of the men and women who have to figure it out."

The network describes the show as a "workplace comedy series," which of course puts it right in the wheelhouse of Carell and co-creator Greg Daniels, who basically became stars together thanks to their work on the American adaptation of "The Office."

The central joke of "The Office" was that its characters are working in the most humdrum workplace imaginable -- a regional branch of a mid-sized paper company. The central joke of "Space Force" seems to be the opposite -- these people are toiling away in a workplace that is extraordinary in every sense of the word.

If Daniels and Carell populate the Space Force office with a similar gang of everymen and everywomen who worked at Dunder Mifflin Scranton, the jokes would almost write themselves.


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