After the success of its sitcom “Will & Grace,” which returned to television after being off the air for 11 years, NBC is reportedly eyeing a revival of “The Office” which was a popular comedy mockumentary on the network.
Sources familiar with the situation are saying that the network is looking to bring back the beloved workplace comedy for one season, which will take place from 2018 to 2019.
The revival season is set to feature a mix of old cast members as well as new ones. Unfortunately, Steve Carell, who played the lead role of Michael Scott and anchored the show for seven seasons until his departure in 2011, will not be involved in the revival.
“The Office” ran for nine seasons on NBC from 2005 to 2013. It tells the stories of workers in a small fictional paper company called Dunder-Mifflin in Scranton, Pennsylvania. During its lengthy run, it garnered a total of 42 Emmy nominations, winning five of them.
Aside from Carell, the comedy series starred Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Craig Robinson, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, and B.J. Novak, among others.
Earlier this year, before the return of the sitcom “Will & Grace,” NBC president Bob Greenblatt revealed that “The Office” was included in his revival wish list. After “Will & Grace’s” return proved to be a critical and commercial success, the network is now looking at the possibility of reviving more shows.
However, series creator Greg Daniels, who adapted the series from a British comedy of the same title, said in 2016 that he was happy with how the series ended. When asked about the possibility of reviving the show, he said, “I feel like I did in the finale what that would have been because I jumped forward in time as, like a reunion of the characters, and so, to me, I think that was it. It said everything that the show had to say.”
Fischer, who plays Pam Beasly in the show, also expressed doubt that a revival will come to pass. “I’m not sure it’s realistic,” she said. “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.”