The Office is closer than ever to getting a reboot now that it's back in the NBC family at Peacock, and series showrunner Greg Daniels has some ideas on how best to handle a potential revival. Inspired by the British series of the same name, The Office originally ran for nine seasons between 2005 and 2013. It found an even bigger audience in the years it's been off the air thanks to the rise of streaming and the show's popularity on Netflix for the past several years.
Looking back at the legacy of The Office, Daniels addressed the future of the franchise to E! News. From his viewpoint, a revival would best work if it were set in the timeline of the original show, keeping in mind how the series ended. As Daniels explains:
"I think it's probably more likely now that the show is on Peacock, but no plans right now, certainly. People are more open to it now, it seems like. The issue is, what's left to be said about the characters? A lot of them aren't working there anymore. Jim and Pam live in Texas now, so does Darryl... But it would be fun to find some lost episodes and just shoot them as if they were back in 2010 or something."
As with any popular show that's found success in years past, there have been rumors that The Office could be one of the next big titles to get a reboot. After it was announced that the show would be moving to Peacock in 2021, NBCUniversal's Bonnie Hammer said that one of the goals for the new streaming service was to get another crack at The Office with some kind of reboot series.
"It is my hope and goal that we do an Office reboot," Hammer told Deadline at the time. "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."
On Peacock, the first two seasons of The Office are streaming for free. The rest of the series requires one of the premium memberships that run at $4.99 with ads and $9.99 without. As of now, the third season includes extended "Superfan" episodes that include deleted scenes and never-before-seen footage. More seasons will be given the Superfan treatment in the future, and Peacock has also uploaded to YouTube a cut scene from the final season that sees Jim pranking Dwight into believing he's in The Matrix.
Filming new "lost episodes" with the original cast seems very possible, given the continued fan interest in the show. Several cast members have been open about reprising their roles in a revival or reunion special. Last year, Steve Carell and the rest of the cast also reunited to dance at a newlywed couple's Zoom wedding. Perhaps it wouldn't be that far off to see them all head back to Dunder Mifflin Paper Company for a new "lost episode" or two. This news comes to us from E! News.