NBC’s ‘The Office’ Could Return To The Prime Time Grind: Reports
Entertainment By Garry Polmateer | December 19, 2017
Reports are circulating that NBC is making a serious effort to revive the kooky workplace comedy ― without Steve Carell. So the network is searching for a character like his Michael Scott, the regional boss at the paper company Dunder Mifflin.
There’s been more than watercooler scuttlebutt about “The Office” returning before, but TVLine and The Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday, citing sources, that NBC is pushing for a relaunch in the 2018-19 season.
When HuffPost inquired Tuesday about the reports, NBC wrote back: “Thanks for checking but we can only offer a no comment at this point.”
“The Office” went off the air in 2013 after nine seasons that helped to launch the careers of such regulars as Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Craig Robinson and Mindy Kaling.
Carell left the show after the seventh season but returned for the series finale in 2013.
In August, NBC openly expressed interest in a reboot, though no specifics were mentioned. “We often talk about ‘The Office,’” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said at the time. “I’ve talked to Greg [show creator Daniels] four times over the past few years. It’s always, ‘Maybe someday, but not now.’ There is certainly an open invitation.”
As recently as October, Angela Kinsey, who played Angela Martin in the show, said to Us Weekly about a potential Office 2.0: “I would love it, but I have no idea. Everybody is doing so many things, but sign me up!”