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Ricky Gervais

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    Ricky Gervais Writes ‘The Office,’ But Is It Any Different? 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. Nussbaum: So, what’d you think? Nussbaum: You’re a huge Office fan, no? Sternbergh: I am, it’s true. Sternbergh: Like most, I like the American one but revere the British one. Sternbergh: So it was nice, for one night, to be able to put aside the international squabbling Nussbaum: Yes, it’s good to shut our ears to the war and enjoy one night of laughter. Nussbaum: Oh, you mean because it was written by Ricky Gervais. Sternbergh: Correct. Sternbergh: Even though I know he’s the exec producer of the U.S. one and a professed fan, I still like to think that the two casts hate each other and might one day have a rumble Sternbergh: Gareth would definitely be an asset in that case Nussbaum: Like in the Michael Jackson “Bad” video? Sternbergh: Exactly. But with more neckties. Nussbaum: So, did this episode have a distinctive Gervaisian flavor to you?