Brian Baumgartner has “gotten the band back together” in two podcasts about The Office. In episodes of The Office Deep Dive and its predecessor An Oral History of The Office, Baumgartner and his fellow Office cast members have teased the idea of a reunion show. When Showbiz Cheat Sheet caught up with the actor and best-selling author, we had to ask for an update regarding The Office reunion. Here’s what Baumgartner shared.
Brian Baumgartner thinks ‘The Office’ cast might reunite
The attachment fan’s feel to The Office is palpable. So, when we connected with Baumgartner to talk about his career on Cameo, we had to ask about the reunion. Is it happening?! When?!
“Here’s the thing,” Baumgartner said, pausing. “I can’t do that. I can’t control that.”
He said his answer would be “really boring” because it’s the same thing he’s said in the past. But we found Baumgartner’s answer enlightening.
“I believe that something will happen,” he continued. “Do I believe that The Office is going to come back on the air? No.” For the record, neither do we.
“But do I think something’s going to happen?” he added. “Yeah — I don’t think that’s a surprise.”
‘The Office’ actor explains what needs to happen to get the reunion off the ground
Our talk of an Office cast reunion didn’t stop there. Baumgartner also gave details about the people who will need to get involved to make it all happen.
“Other people would have to say ‘yes’ as well, but I think it stands in terms of the network’s view [of] Greg Daniels,” said Baumgartner. “When he has an idea that he wants to execute and he can get enough people on board and excited about that idea, then that’s when [The Office reunion] is going to happen.”
When Daniels initially teased the idea of a reunion, he was working on a handful of other TV shows. Added Baumgartner: “We have not spoken … timing or anything like that, but that’s just my best guess.”
‘The Office’ reunion has been teased before
When NBC released their streaming platform Peacock, The Office showrunner Daniels teased the possibility of a reunion. “I think it’s probably more likely now that the show is on Peacock,” Daniels told E! News at the time. “But no plans right now.”
Despite no official plans, Daniels had ideas about what a reunion might look like. “I don’t know — it’s still pretty vague,” he admitted. “When we ended it, we jump forward a year and a lot of them aren’t working [at Dunder Mifflin] anymore.” Instead, Daniels liked the idea of finding “lost episodes” of The Office and shooting them as if the cast were still living in 2010.
Later, in the “Sweet 16” episode of The Office Deep Dive podcast, a fan asked if anyone pitched the idea of a reunion special. “We have discussed it quite a lot,” Baumgartner said of the “rumblings” he’d heard.
“I believe it is certainly possible. There are some ideas that have been circulated among email and text chains. But I am not at liberty to discuss that.”
Stay tuned for future updates regarding an Office reunion. Listen to Baumgartner’s latest podcast, Off the Beat, wherever you stream podcasts.