Ricky Gervais Writes ‘The Office,’ But Is It Any Different?

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The British were coming! The British were coming! And this time we colonials were looking forward to it. Last night’s episode of The Office — the American version, airing on NBC — was written by Ricky Gervais, the creator of the original, British version of the show, and his writing partner, Stephen Merchant. It was a big moment for TV-comedy geeks — but did it live up to the anticipation? New York’s very own TV-comedy geeks, Adam Sternbergh and Emily Nussbaum, tuned in to find out.