NBCUniversal is bringing back many classic TV series for its upcoming Peacock streaming service, and a reboot of The Office could eventually join them. With the company looking to reboot some classic shows to pad the programming of the new service, NBCU has already ordered reboots for titles like Punky Brewster, Battlestar Galactica, and Saved by the Bell. Speaking about the possibility of rebooting The Office for the service, NBCU's Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises Bonnie Hammer clearly stated their desire
"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."
Adapted from the British television series of the same name, The Office first began airing on NBC in 2005. Presented in the style of a documentary, the series follows the lives of the workers at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company office in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It starred Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, B. J. Novak, Mindy Kaling, and many others as part of its ensemble cast. After airing over 200 episodes across nine seasons, The Office has established itself as one of the most popular comedy series of all time with fans still binge-watching through the series to this day. During its tremendous run, the series managed to pull in four Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, a Golden Globe Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The original plan from NBC to keep the franchise going outside of the main series was to produce a spin-off series for The Office. Called The Farm, the pitched series would have followed Rainn Wilson reprising the role of Dwight Schrute, now running a bed-and-breakfast at his family farm. Ultimately, NBC decided not to move forward with the series, and its backdoor pilot episode was then written into the main series. Additionally, Parks and Recreation was originally proposed as a spin-off of The Office before it was later developed as an unconnected series.
For the past several years, there have been rumors about The Office returning, but none of these claims have ever come to fruition. With many fans continuing to hold out hope, the subject was even joked about by former star Steve Carell when he guest hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live. John Krasinski has also suggested he would be up for reprising the role of Jim Halpert for a Christmas special or a similar reunion episode, but doesn't seem as keen on stepping back into the part on a regular basis. It leaves us with the question as to whether NBCU's planned reboot will be set in the same universe with some returning characters, or if it will be a total re-imagining of the series with all-new characters and no connected storylines.
For now, a reboot of The Office is not currently development. However, given the interest from NBCUniversal to move forward with reviving the series on /peacock-nbcuniversal-streaming-service-details-tv-series/Peacock, it seems to be just a matter of time before we head back to Scranton. After all, NBCU just spent upwards of $500 million for the exclusive streaming rights to the series starting in 2021. This news comes to us from Deadline.