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Last Updated: Monday, 20 March 2006, 18:16 GMT
Extra US Office episodes for web
Steve Carell
Carell also appeared in the Jim Carrey film, Bruce Almighty
Ten new episodes of the US version of hit sitcom The Office will air on the NBC website this summer.

The web episodes, each lasting two minutes, will star Steve Carell as Michael Scott, based on Ricky Gervais' irritating office manager David Brent.

The US production has different characters and scripts from the BBC original but is still heavily based on Gervais' creation.

Carell won a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of Scott in the US version.

The latest online episodes will see the staff at a US paper company try to discover who has stolen money from the office.

Prime slot

The original British programme became a surprise US hit when it scooped two Golden Globes in 2004, becoming the first British sitcom to win best comedy prize at the annual awards in Los Angeles.

Shortly afterwards NBC bought up the rights to remake the UK series and began hunting for someone to take over the mantle from Gervais, who would act as an executive producer along with co-writer Stephen Merchant.

They plumped for Carell, a regular on topical TV satire The Daily Show, who also appeared in the Jim Carrey film Bruce Almighty in 2003.

While Gervais ended The UK version after two series and two Christmas specials, US producers have already confirmed there will be a full third series of 22 episodes.

Although ratings started slowly, they have picked up and it now has a prime slot following the hit comedy My Name is Earl and an audience of 9 million viewers.

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