Following the success of the return of Will & Grace, is it really any surprise to hear that NBC now wants to revive another previously popular sitcom, The Office? A revival of the show is now reportedly in the works, and will still be set at Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch, with a mix of new and old cast members.
Steve Carell, who starred as branch manager Michael Scott for the first seven seasons of the show before leaving and only appearing in a single episode – the series finale – in the final two, will reportedly not be involved in the show and the search is now on for a new actor to play the regional manager.
It’s probably also unlikely that John Krasinski, with a somewhat burgeoning movie career and a new role as the lead in Amazon’s Jack Ryan series, would return to the series, which would rob the show of two of its best assets.
As with any revival idea, the question then becomes if it’s worth tinkering with an already well-loved show for what would likely amount to a few extra seasons of a, most likely, inferior product to the original series. The Will & Grace revival has worked because all the main cast has returned, and the show had been off the air for a long time.
Back in August, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt was asked whether a deal was in the works: “We often talk about The Office, I’ve talked to Greg [Daniels, creator of the show] 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”.
This is one of those rock and a hard place problems for fans of the show. Most probably miss the series, but are happy with how it ended and its overall legacy. Yet if a revival happens, there’s the possibility of major disappointment and re-ending the show on a more sour note.
We’ll wait and see if this revival does eventually happen, though it does seem like NBC is very serious about it.