Now that the Will & Grace revival is such a big success, NBC is looking to reboot a handful of their other most successful series, including The Office, which ran for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013. From creators Michael Schur – who’s now running show on NBC’s The Good Place and Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine – and Greg Daniels, The Office gave actors Steve Carell and John Krasinski their breakout roles, and the two have since moved on to big-budget movies and television projects. It’s unclear whether Krasinski will return now that he’s starring on Amazon’s Jack Ryan, but Carell is almost a definite no, having left the show two years before its original series finale.
Furthermore, it’s unclear whether writers/stars Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak would want to return. In addition to playing Ryan and Kelly, the two wrote a majority of the show’s best episodes, and departed at the beginning of season nine, being replaced by customer service reps Pete (Jake Lacy) and Clark (Clark Duke). So, off the bat, there are a lot of personnel issues. Plus, given how the show ends, I can’t really see a scenario where the Dunder Mifflin crew would get back together again. Jim, Pam, and Darryl end up in Austin; Michael and Holly are in Boulder, Colorado; Creed presumably went to prison; Stanley moved to Florida; Toby moved to New York; Kevin bought a nearby bar, and Andy works at Cornell.
I know the last two seasons aren’t exactly popular – and much of season 8 is, honestly, pretty terrible since Greg Daniels left to run another show before returning for season 9 – but the show was forced to do a lot more with its side characters. So, I could, in theory, see an Office reunion without Steve Carell, but it’d be pretty tough to contrive a situation where everyone would be together again for an extended period of time. There was another theory online that said a potential reunion would only last three episodes: one to catch up with Michael and Holly, one for Jim and Pam, and one for Dwight and Angela. That’s definitely an idea that might be better for a reunion, instead of forcing a whole season out of it.
Additionally, NBC is looking to do another remake of The IT Crowd, after unsuccessfully reworking it for American audiences in 2007 with star Richard Ayoade onboard. Now, the show’s creator, Graham Linehan, has been brought on to do what NBC is calling a “reimagining” of the show. At this point, all these words—reboot, reimagining, remake—are boiling down to mean the same thing, so we have no clue what a reimagining of The IT Crowd would even look like.
NBC has always had some of the best comedy programming on television. From the golden age of SNL to shows like Cheers, Seinfeld, Frasier, Will & Grace, 30 Rock, The Office, and Parks & Recreation, the rainbow peacock has always ahead of the game when it comes to sitcoms. Even now, original shows like The Good Place, Superstore, and Great News are carrying that legacy, so—as much as I’d want to see another season of The Office—it might not be worth it to reboot one of the network’s most beloved shows if it isn’t going to be great.
The Office is currently streaming on Netflix.
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