Saturday Night Live comedian Amy Poehler is set to join the cast of the new post-Office comedy from Greg Daniels and Mike Schur.

According to Variety, the series was initially being called an Office spinoff, but now isn't expected to be one after all - confirming speculation that the show would not be an extension of the original but a whole new series.

Poehler would join the already-cast Aziz Ansari, who became the series' first cast member last month.

In recent weeks Daniels and Schur have been busy mapping out the show, which is set to premiere this winter in the Thursday night 9:30 p.m. timeslot behind The Office.