Steve Carell reunites with 'The Office' creator for 'Space Force' comedy series on Netflix
Ever since The Office went off the air, fans have been clamoring for a revival. (What, was nine seasons not enough?) John Krasinski floated the idea of doing a Christmas special, which sounds like the perfect format for a reunion. Right now several cast members are committed to other projects, so making a one-off project is doable, while a season is pretty unlikely. (Unless you're cool with only some of your favorite actors returning, and I know that you are not.)
Recently several The Office stars reunited for brunch, and to recreate a Dunder Mifflin Christmas photo, but there is still no news on a reunion. What's the hold-up? Is it Paul Lieberstein, who played Toby? Damnit, Toby! I knew it was your fault! Toby is the worst. Okay, it's not Toby's fault. We don't know exactly what the hold-up on an Office revival is, but last year Steve Carell said he had misgivings about the concept.
"I’ve never thought of [a revival] as a good idea," Carell told TIME. “I think [The Office] existed in that time and with those people and it felt right." In an interview with Esquire, he elaborated on his view: "I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior... A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That's the point, you know? But I just don't know how that would fly now. There's a very high awareness of offensive things today—which is good, for sure."
Well, if you're bummed out about not getting an Office revival, here's the next best thing: Steve Carell is reuniting with The Office creator Greg Daniels for new workplace comedy series on Netflix. It's called 'Space Force,' and yes, it's inspired by President Trump's June order to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the United States military. A lot of people mocked the concept on social media, since the president did not explain what, exactly, this proposed 'space force' will do. (Build a wall around the planet to keep out aliens?)
On Wednesday, Netflix released a teaser video, revealing that the show will follow a team of government employees assigned to create the space force. As the sun rises over the Earth and the iconic music from Stanley Kubrick's 2001 plays, inspiring words flash on screen: "The goal of the new branch is 'to defend satellites from attack' and 'perform other space-related tasks.' Or something. This is the story of the men and women who have to figure it out."
Netflix picked up Space Force for a straight-to-series order. Carell and Daniels will both be showrunners, and Carell will star in the show as well, his first long-term commitment since leaving The Office in 2013. There's no word on other cast members, but hopefully some familiar faces from Dunder Mifflin will show up. Except Toby! He's the worst.