‘The Office’ Reboot: Why NBC Might Actually Bring the Show Back

Discussion of a reboot for The Office has been brought up so many times that it almost seems like an urban legend. Since the show went off the air in 2013, we see headlines every couple of years announcing that a reboot may be in the works, but for some reason, it’s never happened. Fans have been pulled around so much that we’ve learned not to get our hopes up anymore.

However, some exciting things are happening at NBC that might give The Office reboot a real chance this time. What makes this different from every other time a reboot has been announced? The answer may give you a glimmer of hope you thought was gone forever. 

NBC is starting its own streaming service 

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Netflix currently owns the rights to The Office, and will until 2021. But after that date, it will be returned to NBC — just in time for their new streaming service. 

Peacock is the streaming service NBCUniversal plans to launch in April of 2020, to compete with giants like Netflix, Hulu, and newer services like Apple+. According to the press release, Peacock will stream The Office, once it’s returned from Netflix, along with Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Saved By the Bell, and other NBC classics. 

Along with a lineup of old favorites, NBC also plans to create original programming for their streaming service and a reboot of The Office would fit right into that. Bonnie Hammer, Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises at NBCUniversal, even admitted it was being discussed. 

“It is my hope and goal that we do an Office reboot,” Hammer told Deadline. “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.”

A reboot of The Office would be a great addition for a new streaming service. With such a large fan base, a reboot could bring plenty of new subscribers to Peacock that might not have otherwise tried the service. 

Most of the actors want a reboot of ‘The Office’

John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey, and Rainn Wilson, among many others from the original cast of The Office, have all said they want a reboot to happen. When asked by Ellen DeGeneres about his willingness to do a reboot, Krasinski said: “Oh my God, are you kidding? I’d love to get that gang back together.”

Kinsey and Creed Bratton announced their willingness for a reboot on Twitter. And a whole group of the cast, including Fischer, Ed Helms, and Ellie Kemper all ambushed Steve Carell on Saturday Night Live. During Carell’s monologue, the group stood up and tried to convince their former co-star that a reboot would be a great idea.

“People would really love to see an Office reboot,” Kemper insisted. 

Fischer and Kinsey have plans to share their nostalgia for the show on their new podcast, Office Ladies, which will go over old episodes and give an inside perspective. 

Don’t count on Steve Carell returning for the reboot

Unfortunately, if there is a reboot, Carell probably won’t be among the cast members to return. When his co-stars tried to convince him on SNL, Carell said: “I just don’t think it would be as good this time around.”

That’s a position that Carell has long held. Every time he’s asked about a reboot, he insists that the same type of comedy wouldn’t fly today because of our changing culture and the #MeToo movement. Some people might take an inappropriate boss too seriously, and completely lose the point of the jokes. 

He may have a point. Our culture is different than it was in the early 2000s. But we’re sure the writers are clever enough to come up with new jokes that would fit today’s world.

Fortunately, we already know what The Office is like without Carell. Season 8 and season 9 were done without him and it worked out okay. Fans missed Carell’s character, but the show went on, and a reboot would work the same.