The 1 Reason a Reboot of ‘The Office’ Is Highly Unlikely
Spanning nine-seasons and a whopping 201 episodes, The Office has more than earned its place as one of the best comedic television shows of all time. The show features a bevy of hilarious characters, sharp and inventive writing, and plenty of romantic relationships to root for. Despite wrapping back in 2013, The Office has never been more popular than it is today. The show is continuously discovered by new audiences every day, thanks to its accessibility on Netflix. In fact, the show is so well-liked, fans are practically begging for a reboot on a daily basis. But despite fan support, a reboot of The Office remains highly unlikely for this surprising reason.
It seems that we are still deeply entrenched still in an age of reboots. Every few months, news breaks that a classic show is getting a revival. Television and movie executives alike have seen that selling nostalgia works more often than not, and everyone wants in on the action. Everything from feel-good Disney shows like Lizzie McGuire to iconic comedies like NBC’s hilarious Will and Grace have gotten the green light for a reboot. It’s only natural that fans of The Office are hoping that the beloved show follows suit.
The cast of The Office joked about a reboot on SNL
In fact, fans have been so demanding of a reboot of The Office that several of the show’s cast members did a sketch about it. When Steve Carell (who played the infamous Michael Scott) hosted Saturday Night Live last year, his former castmates Jenna Ficher (Pam Beesley Halpert), Ellie Kemper (Erin Hannon), and Ed Helms (Andy Bernard) pretended to berate him for not wanting to do a reboot. They jokingly urged him to reconsider and think about the money they could all make. They even went so far as to get Carell’s real-life wife, and former castmate, Nancy Carell, in on the joke.
But jokes aside, some members of the cast are up for a reboot of some kind. John Krasinski (who played Jim Halpert) threw out the idea of a Christmas special as a way to get all the Dunder Mifflin employees back together. However, the powers at be aren’t so sure that there should be a reboot of The Office. In a recent interview with EW, Greg Daniels (the show’s creator) weighed in on why he was hesitant to reboot the classic show.
Why a reboot probably won’t happen
“I think that there was a lot of misunderstanding, because NBC did just did an exact reboot of Will & Grace and then we started talking about doing something more with The Office. And at that time the cast were doing things that would make it impossible to get them all back to do more episodes of The Office — even if they wanted to,” Daniels began, first admitting that scheduling a reboot of the show would be a challenge. Given how many cast members the show boasts, as well as how successful the actors have been, getting everyone back together would be no easy feat.
Daniels continued on to share that he was hesitant to bring the show back because he felt like they got things right with the original run. “It was such a perfect thing that I would hesitate to open it up. We got the chance to end it the way we wanted to end it. It wasn’t like we were interrupted in the middle of a run or something. So in a sense it’s completely an artistic whole. But, that said, I don’t know, the cast every now and then talks about getting back together in some form, but I don’t see it being a reboot like the way Will & Grace was rebooted,” The Office developer shared.
Greg Daniels doesn’t want to disappoint fans
But Daniels admits that the majority of his hesitancy when it comes to rebooting The Office is due to his fear of not giving loyal fans what they want and deserve. “My biggest concern would be disappointing the fans. People will watch the entire series and then roll right into watching it again, and to me that means we ended it properly,” Daniels confessed.
Personally, we have to agree with Daniels. Too much of a good thing is simply too much of a good thing. Not only would it be challenging to translate The Office into 2019, a time that is far more politically correct than when the show first aired back in 2005, but there’s also an issue of a storyline. We’d rather be left to binge the show in peace than to risk potentially being disappointed by a reboot.