Although HBO’s been gathering accolades for genre drama with Game of Thrones, next year could bring it into the realm of genre comedy, a niche that the premium network has left untouched. Until now.

According to USA Today, the network’s inked a deal with Greg Daniels (The Office, King of the Hill) to develop a romantic comedy about the “minutiae of daily existence in a sci-fi afterlife.” That’s a phrase which brings to mind a Dead Like Me-style show, but with a bit more of a futuristic bent.

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It’s always nice when networks recognize that there’s as much diversity in science fiction as there is in politics or procedurals. Serious and “worthy” science fiction has been the trend for a while, but a successful comedy from HBO could help reverse that trend. Or, at least, create more well-rounded shows. We’ll see if it actually works out for them.

[via Splitsider]


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