We’ve seen a handful of high profile revivals of classic TV shows over the past few years including Twin Peaks, The X-Files, Prison Break and The Gilmore Girls with even more on the way including Roseanne. There is definitely a feeling that networks are having trouble getting people interested in brand new shows (at least when it comes to primetime), so just like in the movie industry, reboots, spin-offs and licensed properties are becoming the order of the day. Revivals in particular are a big draw but expensive and tricky to pull off since it requires bringing back the original cast and creative team of an old show. NBC had some major success with their recent Will & Grace revival this year and now they are reportedly looking to revive another beloved comedy series: The Office. But is there really a demand for such a thing and how many of the show’s stars are willing to return? Hit the jump for more info.
According to TV Line, NBC is early talks to produce a brand new season of The Office for the 2018-2019 season. Steve Carell will not be involved so they are currently looking to hire a new regional manager for Dunder Mifflin. The revival is said to be focusing on both new and returning characters, although it is unclear how many of the original cast members are interested. Aside from John Krasinski (who is starring in Amazon’s Jack Ryan series), no one else seems to be particularly tied down at the moment.
The Office ran for nine seasons between 2005 and 2013 although Steve Carell left after season 7. By the time the series finale rolled around, many characters had gone off in different directions, which could make the idea of a revival somewhat tricky, logistically speaking. There was also an attempted spin-off focusing on Rainn Wilson’s character Dwight Schrute called The Farm that ultimately did not get picked up. It’s hard to deny the influence that The Office has had on TV over the past decade or so, but it is unclear if the show would still have the same appeal it once did. Do you think a revival of The Office is a good idea?