If you’re a comedy fan who misses checking in with the misfit crew at a downward-trending paper company each Thursday night, then prepare for some potentially great news.
According to TV Line, NBC is looking at mounting a revival of “The Office” for the 2018-2019 TV season, with sources confirming the network is looking to bring back the series, which ran from 2005 until 2013.
“The revival would once again be set at Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton, PA., branch, and feature a mix of new and old cast members,” notes TV Line, adding that Steve Carell — who played regional manager Michael Scott — won’t have any involvement in the new series (although a search is underway to cast a new boss).
Bringing back “The Office” (which sprang from Ricky Gervais’ U.K. comedy of the same name) may have once seemed a long shot, but not during a TV season in which a revival of “Will & Grace” is one of the year’s hottest shows, and new episodes of “Roseanne” will debut at midseason.
“We often talk about The Office,” NBC president Robert Greenblatt told Deadline earlier this year. “I’ve talked to [series exec producer] Greg [Daniels] four times over the past few years. It’s always, ‘Maybe someday, but not now’. There is certainly an open invitation, but we don’t have anything happening right now. If he wants to do it, I would do it.”
As TV Line reports, “NBC declined to comment on or confirm any details of this story.”
During the TV Critics Association press tour currently underway in Pasadena, California, Jenna Fischer (on hand to promote her new ABC sitcom “Splitting Up Together”) was asked whether she’d be up for reviving her character, receptionist Pam Beasley, in a revival.
Noting that she hasn’t been approached, Fischer declared she would definitely be interested in participating in an “Office” revival. “I think the idea of an ‘Office’ revival is a great idea,” she told reporters after the session. “I would be honoured to come back in any way that I am able to. I loved playing that character and as long as Greg Daniels is the person in charge and the visionary behind it, then I would absolutely be up for it.”