Steve Carell starring in, executive producing workplace comedy about ‘Space Force’

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No episode count has now been set for Space Force, but scripts for the comedy series are set to begin development soon. The plan started as a joke, with the president admitting that he "was not really serious", but, well, the joke's on us.

Carell, who will co-create with Daniels, played paper company branch manager Michael Scott on "The Office" in 139 episodes from 2005-'13. And, according to the Hollywood Reporter, actor/director Steve Carell and Greg Daniels (creator of NBC's hit program "The Office") are developing a Netflix comedy inspired by Trump's idea for a space force as the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces.

It's about the people assigned to create a sixth branch of the armed services focused on space, the streaming service said. Daniels will also executive produce and serve as showrunner, with Howard Klein of 3 Arts Entertainment also executive producing.

But it provides a setting for a new workplace comedy which, while not directly related to "The Office", feels like a spiritual successor.

Space Force does not have a premiere date yet, but it probably looks like this. And this might be just the show to make it happen.

When President Donald Trump announced the creation of the Space Force as a new sixth branch of the U.S. military last fall, the idea attracted plenty of attention, and jokes.

The series will follow the men and women tasked with creating the space force and figuring out what exactly it does. But it's sure to be cheaper than the actual Space Force, which could cost up to $13 billion in its first five years.

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