Rumours of The Office reboot are not easy to get away with. Fans have been asking for it for a very long time, but alas, we don’t hear anything positive. But the times, they are a-changin’?
Steve Carell, in an interview with The Daily Beast in 2017, clearly mentioned his lack of wish to return to Dunder Mifflin. He said, “No, I doubt it. I just don’t think it’s a great idea. People who love the show love it because of what it was. And if you try to bring it back, it won’t be that. It won’t be exactly the same. People want it to be exactly the same and it won’t be.”
- A look into the legendary sitcom
- What did Steve Carell have to say?
- Will, the office gets a reboot?
A look into the legendary sitcom
The Office has delighted us, warmed our hearts, and made it swim with happiness. Based on the British sitcom, in 2001, writers and directors came together for season 2 of The Office.
A U.S adaptation of the BBC series of the same name, the show managed to make it huge, and very well acclaimed with 42 Emmy nominations throughout its nine seasons, and winning a total of five.
Not to forget, its cast won the Screen Actors Guild Award for best comedy ensemble, twice in a row, and the sitcom itself earned a Peabody Award. Last but not the least, along its eight years, the show at one point of time managed to rank as NBC’s highest-rated scripted series.
The Office wasn’t always as popular as it is now. Despite being a cult favourite, the show risked cancellation in 2015, until iTunes came to the rescue and saved it by giving it a larger fan base and thereby leading to its renewal for another season.
Today’s, Netflix is responsible for the phenomenon it created for legendary sitcoms like The Office and FRIENDS. According to data compiled by The Wall Street Journal, during a 12-month period in 2019, The Office was the most watched show, with a viewership of 3 percent total user minutes, meaning that Netflix users spent 45.8 billion minutes on the show. It even outranked FRIENDS, which had 31.8 billion minutes of user attention.
Cheers was another popular American sitcom that ran for 11 seasons from 1982 to 1993. One of the highest rated showsin the 1980s, Cheers had Ted Danson as Sam Malone, Rhea Perlman as Carla Tortelli, Kirstie Alley as Rebecca Howe and Shelley Long as Diane Chambers, among others and set the stage for all workplace comedies that came later.
When Cheers closed its doors for further production, the finale of the show was promoted so vociferously and the ratings hit a whopping 42.4 million households across the country.
What did Steve Carell have to say?
Steve Carell pitched either a genius or a total lunatic idea on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. When Ellen asked if the superhit comedy of the NBC is in the making of a reboot, he said, “You know what I thought would be great for The Office? Not reboot The Office, but take the cast and reboot Cheers. So, like I would be Sam, and Jenna would be.. You know, just take different characters. It’s a terrible idea [Laughs.]”
At the premiere of his new real life drama, Beautiful Boy, Carell joked with “Variety” and said, “I think The Office cast should get back together and reboot Cheers”.
The actor amazed the world with his role as the iconic Michael Scott — the world’s worst boss for 7 seasons, after which he exited the show. His loss was deeply felt on the show, because the ratings dropped significantly for Seasons 8 and 9, which is why the producers pulled the plug on it.
Will The Office get a reboot?
There always a faint glimmer of hope that never dies down. That long wait for The Office fans might just come to an end soon.
NBC has taken back The Office from Netflix and is probably thinking of rebooting the show. Talking about NBC’s new streaming service with “Deadline”, Bonnie Hammer, NBC Universal’s chairman of direct-to-consumer and digital enterprises, mentioned that a reboot is a real possibility. “It is my hope and goal that we do an Office reboot. We are having conversations”, he said.
NBCU recently acquired the rights for The Office from Netflix for $500+ million, where the sitcom currently streams. It is being positioned as one of the biggest selling points for NBCU’s streaming platform Peacock, which is all set to premiere in the fall of 2021. Hammer also hinted that the sitcom wouldn’t arrive on Peacock until 2021, which is when NBC will get the rights to stream it officially.
Though he didn’t mention any specific details on the reboot, he mentioned that an Office reboot would fit perfectly into Peacock’s strategy for original scripted series, “we want there to be some connective tissue to what we also have in the library,” Hammer said. We are not sure if the original will feature the same cast, a sequel, or a ground-up reboot, and neither is NBC. Its all too soon now.
In addition to The Office’, Peacock’s library will include classic television shows like 30 Rock, Cheers, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, Saturday Night Live, and Married … With Children, as well as original series like Alec Baldwin’s Dr. Death and an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World led by Demi Moore.
As of now we can just sit and watch the show on Netflix and wait for the reboot to happen. Let us know your thoughts on what do you think will the future of The Office.