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Right now, everyone is looking for some kind of reprieve from being locked up at home due to the spread of the coronavirus across the United States. That doesn’t appear to be in the cards anytime soon, but The Office executive producers Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman think they’ve figured out a way to make light of the situation by crafting a new workplace comedy series inspired by the sudden rise in employees working from home due to the outbreak of coronavirus forcing people to practice social distancing.
Deadline was first to learn of the currently untitled coronavirus comedy series, though it’s not necessarily about the pandemic. Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman, better known to The Office fans as the frequently maligned Toby Flenderson and one of Jim’s business partners at their company Athlead, are creating the series that is said to focus on “wunderkind boss who, in an effort to ensure his staff’s connectedness and productivity, asks them all to virtually interact and work face-to-face all day.”
The series is in the works at Big Breakfast, the comedy production banner Silverman runs, where he’ll executive produce the series along with and Luke Kelly-Clyne College Humor and Kevin Healey Scare Tactics. They’ll also be working with Howard Owens’ Propagate Content, which will have Rodney Ferrell serving as an executive producer as well.
Silverman, who was also once an NBC executive, explained the inception of the series and his hope for what it will become:
“So many of us are jumping on daily Zoom meetings — for work and beyond. We are in a new normal and are personally navigating ways to remain connected and productive at work and in our home lives. With the brilliant Paul Lieberstein at the helm, we think we have a series that not only brings humor and comfort during this troubling time but will also be an inventive and enduring workplace comedy for years to come.”
While the prospect of trying to craft a series around the coronavirus outbreak sounds like a bad idea at this time, there’s no indication that the pandemic will actually play a part in the overall concept of the series. In fact, it would be easy to pull something like this off without introducing such a grim plot device.
What I’m envisioning with this series is a show with a format that echoes what we’ve seen accomplished with movies like Unfriended and Searching. Both of those films play out entirely on computer or mobile device screens and successfully tell a solid narrative. Modern Family did something similar with an episode that unfolded across the ensemble cast’s various screens, and it worked pretty well. But if that’s what this series will be like, can that concept be sustained for an entire series? Or will they need to take...
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is trading his blood-stained bat for blood-drained murder victims in The Postcard Killings, which adapts James Patterson and Liza Marklund‘s #1 New York Times bestselling thriller about a New York detective who joins an international manhunt for a serial killer who had brutally murdered his daughter and son-in-law on their honeymoon in London. And like many a nefarious serial killer, this killer has a calling card — a postcard, in fact. Watch The Postcard Killings trailer below.The Postcard Killings Trailer
Directed by Danis Tanovic No Man’s Land from a script by Andrew Stern Disconnect, Ellen Furman The Infiltrator, Liza Marklund and Tove Alsterdal, The Postcard Killings follows New York Detective Jacob Kanon as he reels from the vicious murder of his daughter, whose blood was strangely drained from her body. As he investigates further, he discovers that she was the victim of a serial killer, who arranges his victims in strange, unexplained positions and situations, and sends a postcard warning of his next killing to a journalist at each of his planned destinations. Kanon teams up with a Scandanavian journalist Cush Jumbo, The Good Wife to try to stop the serial killer and bring his daughter’s killer to justice.
Also starring in The Postcard Killings are Joachim Król The Wall, Steven Mackintosh Rocketman, and Denis O’Hare Dallas Buyers Club.
To be honest, the trailer looks like a pretty standard Patterson thriller, though Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays the vengeful mourning father well. The Postcard Killings has that direct-to-video vibe, but perhaps it will gain traction when it heads to theaters next month.
Here is the synopsis for The Postcard Killings:
In The Postcard Killings, Detective Jacob Kanon’s Jeffery Dean Morgan world is destroyed when his daughter and son-in-law are brutally murdered in London. Unable to sit idly by and do nothing, Jacob travels to London to get the answers he needs. As he learns of similar heinous murders happening across Europe – each preceded by a postcard sent to a local journalist – Jacob is in a race against time to stop the killings and find justice for his little girl.
The Postcard Killings will arrive in theaters, Digital, and On Demand on March 13, 2020.