Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and the years have done nothing but strengthen the fandom of a certain beloved mockumentary sitcom. From uninspiring Tinder bios to monster streaming numbers, it hasn’t exactly gone unnoticed. Which is why the top brass over at NBC Universal has stated a reboot of The Office will go ahead… as soon as creator Greg Daniels is ready to retread that pathway.
“Whenever Greg Daniels wants to do one, we’re standing by,” Susan Rovner, NBC Universal Chairman of Entertainment (Television & Streaming), tells Deadline at the Edinburgh International TV Festival; initially responding with “No comment” when questioned about plans for The Office reboot during a panel session, indicating something was actually in the machinations.
Daniels has been occupying himself with projects like the since-concluded Parks & Recreations, and more recently, reuniting with Steve Carell for Netflix’s Space Force (to extremely mixed reception). NBC, on the other hand, has only made how much it values the US adaptation of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s original series – reportedly paying approximately US$500 million to reclaim the stateside streaming rights from Netflix for its own fledgling content platform, Peacock.
“It’s not impossible for sure,” Greg Daniels previously told Collider.
“I would want to be involved, and I’ve got two other shows I’m working on right now.”
As mentioned earlier, despite airing its final episode in 2013, The Office certainly hasn’t declined in popularity. In addition to the steady increase of streaming viewership around the world, this time last year, an official Spotify podcast was launched in celebration of the show’s 15-year anniversary. Cast member Brian Baumgartner – the man behind the loveable dullard, Kevin Malone – was even crowned the highest earner on Cameo for 2020. With momentum on the show’s side, there were even talks of The Office reunion show from Daniels himself.
“I think it’s probably more likely now that the show is on Peacock. People are more open to it now it seems like. I think the issue is: what is left to say about the characters?”
“The weird thing about that is when we ended it, we jumped forward a year and a lot of them aren’t working there anymore.”
“Jim and Pam live in Texas now and so does Darryl… But it would be fun to go find some lost episodes and shoot them as if they were back in 2010 or something.”
Daniels did, however, later note there were no concrete plans and the ideas being “pretty vague”; teasing the possibility of taking the non-scripted route similar to the Friends reunion, as well as the headline-making reunion special for yet another NBC classic hit, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
The good news? Many of The Office cast members appear to be extremely game for a potential reunion. John Krasinski (Jim Halpert) expressed interest a few years prior, given how it was “everything” to him and his “beginning and end.”
Supporting players Oscar Nunez (Oscar Martinez), Kate Flannery (Meredith Palmer), and Andy Buckley (David Wallace) also tossed their hats in the ring, with Nunez gunning to tackle some more poignant issues. Baumgartner, Jenna Fischer (Pam Halpert née Beesly), and Angela Kinsey’s (Angela Martin) involvement with ongoing podcasts about The Office practically speaks for itself.
The only major holdout based on lasts reports is that of Steve Carell (Michael Scott), who departed after the conclusion of the show’s seventh season. The bloke doesn’t seem too keen on a potential reboot of The Office, either.
“There’s been a resurgence in interest in the show, and talk about bringing it back,” Carell explained to Esquire.
“But apart from the fact that I just don’t think that’s a good idea, it might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted 10 years ago.”
“The climate’s different. I mean, the whole idea of that character – Michael Scott – so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behaviour. I mean, he’s certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That’s the point, you know? But I just don’t know how that would fly now.”
“There’s a very high awareness of offensive things today — which is good, for sure. But at the same time, when you take a character like that too literally, it doesn’t really work… I think it existed in that time and with those people and it felt right.”
“There was something so special about it, and I guess it’s an odd way to put it, but I love it too much to ever want to do it again. It’s too special to me in my heart in that period of time.”