The Office had a great run on NBC. The show ran from 2005 to 2013, which means for eight long years, it was one of our favorite shows. Every week, we'd tune in to see the will they/won't they relationship between Pam and Jim. And even though the show ended five years ago, we're still using gifs from The Office to express our feelings in Facebook comments. It was that influential.
But before you pour one out for The Office, the show might be coming back to NBC. It's been reported that you might be able to see your favorite branch of Dunder Mifflin on the 2018-2019 TV season. Heck yeah! We're going to have an Office party to celebrate! (Get it?)
While NBC hasn't officially confirmed The Office revival, we can still take the rumor and go with it, right? NBC has been talking about breathing new life into The Office for a while. “We often talk about The Office,” said network president Bob Greenblatt right around the time Will & Grace got its reboot. “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.”
Of course, the Internet was all abuzz, but so were the cast members. After the news broke, Angela Kinsey, who played Angela, joked on Twitter, "Ummm @nbc call me…. have a quick question for you.” She also joked that Creed Bratton was "blowing up" her phone following the news.
We're not sure what's in store for us, but the series is rumored to follow both old and new characters. So it's not going to straight up be The Office: The Next Generation, but at the same time, we aren't going to see Jim put Dwight's stapler in Jell-O for the 40th time in a row. It's a smart choice to mix things up and add some fresh blood, while keeping it familiar for the die hard fans.
It's been reported that Steve Carrell will not return to the show as Michael Scott. Instead, the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin will have a new regional manager. No word on who will replace the legendary Michael Scott, but the hunt is already in progress.
The Office helped launch the careers of several cast members, including John Krasinksi, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper and B.J. Novak. But the show helped launch Carrell into superstardom. So it's not surprising that Carrell won't return as Scott because he's, uh, just a little bit busy right now.
We're excited to see the exploits of Pam and Jim again, but we can't help but wonder,will it be the same?The Office was such an influential show - and dare we say, classic - that it's hard to tamper with. (And yes, we know that the American version of The Office is already a tampered version of the British Office.)
We've already seen what a Carrell-less Office looked like. Carrell quit the show in 2011 (which we're trying to forget because it was super sad), and we had to watch Dunder Mifflin find a new regional manager for the Scranton branch. Remember Robert California?
The news of The Office reboot comes on the heels of a successful reboot of Will & Grace, another aughts NBC comedy. Both Will and Grace have been doing well on their new home, Hulu. But the difference between the Will & Grace reboot and a potential Office reboot is glaring - the new Will & Grace has the show's old characters.
We're also wondering, are we even ready for a reboot of The Office? It didn't go off the air all that long ago, so the fact that there's a reboot in talks already makes us feel old AF. We get that Hollywood would reboot Full House. That's from our childhood. It's nostalgic. But The Office is from literally no one's childhood. We just all liked it a lot.
The idea of a reboot of The Office also begs the question, is Hollywood going crazy with the reboots? Is this now a Frankenstein monster that cannot be stopped? What are they going to reboot next? A 2001 Honda commercial that a ton of people enjoyed? Is that going to get its own Hulu series now?
We have mixed feelings about The Office reboot. We've seen every episode so many times we could practically recite them all from memory. But we're also wondering, when will Hollywood get around to producing an original idea again? After all, the source material for all the reboots that we're seeing was once a fresh idea from someone's head.