Hollywood’s top-rated comedy hit, “The Office,” is returning to HBO for a second season in a way that could prove controversial, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The show’s producers, NBC Universal, have opted to have a new season of the comedy on the streaming service rather than airing a new episode on the cable channel, sources told THR.
In an effort to keep the show fresh and the ratings healthy, the network has opted to air the entire first season of “The Last Office” on Hulu instead of a limited run of episodes on cable.HBO has not yet commented on the decision.
The network has been criticized by some in the comedy community for the delay in airing episodes of “Office,” which has become a critical and box office smash.
The news comes just days after HBO confirmed that the show’s writers, director and star Andy Samberg and star Michael Scott, will co-write a new third season.