With reboots and revivals dominating the entertainment industry, NBC’s “The Office” has long seemed like a shoe-in for another go, especially given how well the fan favorite has held up on streaming services. But with star Steve Carrell refusing to get involved with anything Dunder Mifflin-related, could an “Office” reboot actually work?
Whispers of a revival for the quirky workplace mockumentary first surfaced on TV Line, which reported that the proverbial tenth season would still center on the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of the fictional paper company and feature a mixture of new and old characters.
Carrell, who played Dunder Mifflin regional manager and chief cringe machine Michael Scott, has already confirmed that he would not be a part of any reboots or spin-offs. It is also unclear whether Rainn Wilson would reprise his role as Dwight Schrute, the beet-loving brown noser who ultimately ascended to replace Scott as the top dog in the Scranton paper game.
NBC president Bob Greenblatt revealed just a month before the “Will & Grace” revival that he had a shortlist of reboot possibilities that included not only “The Office” but also “30 Rock,” another workplace comedy that starred Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin as higher-ups in a fictional version of the network’s NYC headquarters.
“We often talk about ‘The Office,’” Greenblatt told Deadline. “I’ve talked to Greg [Daniels] four times over the past few years. It’s always, ‘Maybe someday, but not now.’ There is certainly an open invitation, but we don’t have anything happening right now. If he wants to do it, I would do it.”
In addition to “Will and Grace,” several other high-profile reboots have recently landed or are in the works for next year. Cult classic “Twin Peaks” returned after 25 years off the air to a solid reception, while “Roseanne” will return to ABC next March.