Paul L. Caron

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Office -- IRS Edition

The Office Tax fans of NBC's The Office will be happy to learn that the writer (Brent Forrester) is working on a new workplace comedy show for Fox set in an IRS district office.  The show is being produced by Ron Howard and will star David Krumholtz (of CBS's Numb3rs) as Spencer, "an IRS agent who tries to find nobility in his work."

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That's right. The hi-jinks and hilarity of an IRS office. Or, as they say in the television biz, an "IRS laffer." OK. But that's what Ron Howard, who brought us the wonderfully skewed (and under-appreciated) Arrested Development, and Brent Forrester, w... [Read More]

Tracked on Feb 12, 2010 6:35:14 PM


Could first show be about the pass the tax cheaters in the democratic party have been given by the IRS?

Posted by: jane austin | Feb 13, 2010 11:57:06 AM

Sounds like it could be a funny movie but a tv series? Really?

Posted by: rjschwaz | Feb 13, 2010 8:29:38 AM

I am angered by the very idea of this so-called "show". This is pure propaganda. We know it and the producers know it, too. If this piece of crap makes it to broadcast then Opie should be ashamed of himself for aiding and abetting the IRS crooks. Aren't there other projects you could work on, Mr. Howard?

Internal Revenue Service employees are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME): a labor union that pays dues into AFL-CIO. And on top of that, the paychecks and pensions Internal Revenue Service agents collect come out of the taxes they extract from We The People. If they don't get money from us, no paycheck for them. It's makin' my blood boil to write these words. I despise bureaucrats.

Who will rid us of these pestilent bureaucrats? We The People, that's Who!

IF (big IF) this dogpoop of an idea makes it into production it should fall flat and fail miserably after one episode.

Bureaucrats! NO! Unions! NO! Hollywood propaganda! HELL NO!

Posted by: drawingboard | Feb 13, 2010 7:45:24 AM

What?! "Numbers" is being cancelled?!?! That's our favorite show!

Posted by: Gene Dillenburg | Feb 13, 2010 7:42:36 AM

They could start the first episode with a phone call that begins with "Press 1 for English". Devote the rest of the show to the caller yelling at the broken English IRS call center clown.

Posted by: txjim | Feb 13, 2010 6:22:07 AM

and they'll call it "The Other Office" with Colonel Klink in charge.

Posted by: PTL | Feb 13, 2010 6:12:38 AM

Yes, The Office is great, but I'm excited about Ron Howard. He produced Arrested Development, another great series. I doubt the IRS will come out looking good. Although I doubt a certain type of tax-dodger will, either.

Posted by: Charles Collins | Feb 13, 2010 6:12:11 AM

Wow, these comments are kind of embarrassing. Up next: vitriolic hate for the police officers who uphold the law legislatures write, and snide comments about criminal prosecutors who zealously argue for the government.

Yeah, fight the power!

Posted by: ewn | Feb 12, 2010 3:38:09 PM

If they really want to make it funny they'll have IRS agents getting killed every week by pissed off taxpayers.

Posted by: j r | Feb 12, 2010 2:19:52 PM

so, in other words, it'll be just like the Sopranos.

Posted by: docgreg | Feb 12, 2010 12:26:22 PM

It looks like it's time to roll out some fresh propaganda painting the IRS in a positive light. After all, they can't have people (or, as they like to call us, 'taxpayers') getting any crazy ideas about cutting off the theives and liars at DC, Inc. The bankers are not through shaking us down and a tax revolt would be such an inconvenience for them.

Posted by: Mike | Feb 12, 2010 10:49:12 AM

"An IRS agent who tries to find nobility in his work."

Oh, so it's a science fiction tale of an alternate reality. Maybe a sort of Sliders-esque thing?

Thanks, Mr. Howard. Maybe you could get Jim Carrey to come back and make a guest appearance on the show as the Grinch, since this is obviously outside the bounds of the real world anyway... :)

Posted by: ShadesOfKnight | Feb 12, 2010 9:38:42 AM

Trying to find "nobility" in a den of thieves is an exercise in futility.

Posted by: Patrick | Feb 12, 2010 8:07:38 AM

As long as the show doesn't portrsy the IRS in a 'positive' light in any way. I'd hate for the show stretch the bounds or reality that far. Personally, I think that even the IDEA of the show is just in bsd taste. Americans are struggling with debt the GOVERNMENT stuck us with, The las thing I want to see is a show about the most ruthless illegitimate arm of said government!

Posted by: Survivaltime | Feb 12, 2010 7:51:23 AM

Will Amita from Numbers follow him there?

Posted by: mike livingston | Feb 12, 2010 3:15:29 AM

I'd like to be the CPA who goes in and beats him every time.

Posted by: Woody | Feb 11, 2010 3:46:37 PM

Gotta be better than the epic fail of "Push, Nevada." I see the success of "The Office" has taught TV writers to embrace the boring instead of desperately trying to tart it up.

Posted by: PG | Feb 11, 2010 1:54:08 PM