NBC wants to bring back ‘The Office’: yay or no way?
For those of you who follow me on Twitter (@CelebitchyCorey if you dare), you know that I have already expressed my displeasure at the news that NBC is considering a reboot of The Office. You can bet that if the return of Will and Grace tanked, this would not be news right now.
TVLine reports that NBC is looking into making a return visit to Dunder-Mifflin for a reboot of the series, which ran from 2005 to 2013. The new series will feature a mix of (as yet unannounced) characters from the original as well as new characters. One certainty is that Steve Carell, who played incompetent, yet good-hearted boss Michael Scott, will not be returning. I suspect Mindy Kaling also has better things to do (especially if Oceans Eight is a smash – which I kind of hope it is). The new series is reportedly being considered for the 2018-2019 season.
In August, during the annual TCA press tour, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt shared his “wish list” of the shows he’d like to see return, and The Office was listed along with 30 Rock and ER (nope…nope, nope, nope). At the time, Greenblatt said, “We often talk about The Office, I’ve talked to [show creator] Greg [Daniels] four times over the past few years. It’s always, ‘maybe some day 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.” NBC has yet to comment on this latest development.
Today’s news was not only a surprise to viewers, but also was a shock to some of the show’s cast members. Angela Kinsey tweeted, “Ummm @nbc call me…. have a quick question for you. Also call @creedbratton because he is blowing up my phone. K. Thx. Byeeeeeee.”
Ummm @nbc call me…. have a quick question for you. Also call @creedbratton because he is blowing up my phone. K. Thx. Byeeeeeee. 💃
— Angela Kinsey (@AngelaKinsey) December 19, 2017
In November, Jenna Fischer was asked on Variety’s “Remote Controlled” podcast about the possibility of an Office reunion. She said “I don’t think it’ll ever happen”, adding “I would do it if there was some circumstance where everybody got back together, and could be brought back together in some amazing way, I would say yes. But I’m not sure it’s realistic. The characters, they had arcs. They had growth. Jim and Pam left Dunder-Mifflin. Michael left Dunder-Mifflin. And it would be hard to manufacture why all the people were back working together.” Exactly my point.
I loved The Office, well, at least the first seven seasons when Steve Carell was on. I think this is a horrible idea. As I mentioned, Mindy has gone on to bigger and better things, as have most of the original cast – for example Ed Helms, John Krasinski and Ellie Kemper. I think the reason that Will and Grace has done so well is because all four of the leads returned. I don’t think a watered-down Office is gong to be able to recreate the magic of the original. Also, can we stop with the reboots already? If I haven’t yet been able to effectively convey my feelings about this, I will turn it over to Michael Scott…(h/t to Pajiba for this)
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