Try to follow this logic: the “Saturday Night Live” comedian Amy Poehler will star in a new NBC comedy, running alongside “The Office,” that will be produced by the creator of “The Office.”
To make things more complicated, the Poehler comedy is not the spin-off of “The Office” that NBC announced in April — but that spin-off is still in development.
Some of the reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday were confused, too.
Originally, the spin-off of “The Office” was set to debut after the Super Bowl next year. But that project — the details of which were never revealed — seems to be taking a back seat to Ms. Poehler’s show.
Her show may premiere next March, and will be “stylistically” similar to “The Office” even though it is not a spin-off, the NBC Entertainment co-chair Ben Silverman told reporters Monday.
The program will be produced by Greg Daniels (who adapted “The Office” for the United States) and Mike Schur (whom Ms. Poehler worked with when he wrote for “S.N.L.”).
As for the other show — the one announced in April — casting is under way. “We’re still pursuing a spin-off,” Mr, Silverman said, “but when you get a talent like Amy Poehler on the top of her game coming off what easily could have been a decision to become a full-time movie star, this was a great chance to land her.”
The network has not decided what to place in the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot yet.