I thought they did a pretty good job of it. It's still that weird not really funny, but it's funny anyway "uncomfortable humor," but it's not quite as bad (or good, depending on how you look at it) as the British one about it all.
Apparently while the pilot (last night's) was taken directly from the British one, with some different touches (the thing with the pencils was AWESOME), the rest of the scripts will be like 90% original and only 10% taken from the British version.
I think that any of you who love the original who went in with an open mind should have dug this. It's got the original sensibilities of the british show (agian, that weird "uncomfortable humor"), but with an American approach.
I didn't really like the receptionist (Pam), but then the British receptionist (Dawn) was a weak character in the first few episodes as well.
And for the record, I think it has the potential to be much better than the British version. I liked it and all, but it was just over the line in terms of that uncomfortable humor for me. David Brent was just a little (or a lot) too much. Ditto with that jerk salesman.
Supposedly, where Gervias played Brent as kinda sleezy, Steve Carell will be more good natured, but just kind of socially inept.
Oh, plus I like not having to turn on the closed captions so I can understand what some of them are saying.