Originally planned to be a spin-off from the US version of The Office, the show is now unrelated to the Steve Carell show but will retain the same mock-documentary style. Greg Daniels, who adapted the original UK version The Office into the hit US version, said that like its stablemate, the new show will make fun of the mundane.
It will be based around Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation department of Pawnee, Indiana.
Daniels added: “It’s based on Santa Monica city council meetings. That kid of world. We intend to populate it with fun personalities and the conflicts that occur. It’s about decision-making on a local level.”
Even though this show did not end up being a spin-off from The Office, Daniels did not rule out the possibility of it still happening.
He said: “I am talking to people at The Office for another idea and to Stephen Merchant (co-creator with Ricky Gervais of the UK original). I think it would be cool to produce it without me giving my blood.”
The show also features former office star Rashida Jones as Ann, a nurse who works with Leslie on a project to turn a construction pit into a park; Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford, a government official who changed his name from Aziz Abdul Al’Rahman to make it farther in politics; and Aubrey Plaza as Leslie’s bored college-aged intern.