Imagine if, a few episodes into the first season of the Steve Carell version of The Office, NBC opted to pair it on a lineup with Extras, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant‚Äôs follow-up to the UK original Office. That would have seemed strange, right? Even for the millions of viewers who‚Äôd never heard of David Brent before, there would‚Äôve been an unsettling degree of overlap in the two shows‚Äô comic voices,¬†Extras proving itself to be harsher than the American Office ultimately wanted to be. It would feel as though the remake were being perpetually judged by the people who came up with the idea in the first place, even if they‚Äôd signed off on the American show.
This is the basic dynamic HBO is setting up starting on Sunday night. At 10, the pay cable giant will air the latest episode of