NBC plotting 'The Office' reboot for its upcoming streaming service
It's hard to believe that it's been almost 15 years since The Office first aired. After it was first made public that NBC was planning on creating an American version of Ricky Gervais' and Stephen Merchant's classic Britcom, many worried it would always be overshadowed by the original.
However, after a somewhat plagiaristic first season, the US version soon hit its stride, with an offbeat tone instead of the cringe-comedy realism of the UK Office. The remake was a hit with critics and viewers and went on to have nine seasons, ending in 2013.
Watch the final ever scene from the US Office below:
Since then, fans have really missed the characters that made them laugh and cry so much, and while the cast has all moved on to other things, it hasn't stopped the show from keeping its loyal fanbase. However, the network is allegedly desperate to bring The Office back to our screens, and a top executive has announced that they are keen to relaunch the series.
In a recent interview with Deadline, NBCU's Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises Bonnie Hammer stated: "It is my hope and goal that we do an 'Office' reboot. 'The Office' comes back to us in January 2021. It is my hope that we can figure what that great reboot would be. We are having conversations ... All of our choices, especially in the beginning, we are doing them strategically so they connect back to our legacy."
But Steve Carell (who played boss-from-Hell Michael Scott) has vetoed any plans for himself to return to a new incarnation of the show, stating in a 2018 interview with Time that: "I've never thought of [a reboot] as a good idea. I think it existed in that time and with those people and it felt right."
He continued: "There was something so special about it, and I guess it's an odd way to put it, but I love it too much to ever want to do it again. It's too special to me in my heart in that period of time."
However, this isn't the only good news for fans of The Office to get excited about. Former cast members Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey are launching their own podcast, where they intend on talking all about their time on the show.