Did Steve Carell finally say yes to a ‘The Office’ reboot? That’s the question everyone is asking now that NBC is planning to revive the workplace satire.
NBCUniversal managed to wrangle the streaming rights to The Office away from Netflix. That’s bad news for Netflix, but it might be good news for fans. NBC’s cable internet chief Bonnie Hammer promised that the network is committed to finding a way to revive the classic series now that they own the rights again.
“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,” Hammer said. Do those conversations include a heart-to-heart with the World’s Greatest Boss? A revival of The Office just wouldn’t be the same without Steve Carrell.
NBC’s standalone streaming service–which we now know is called “Peacock”–will offer every episode of classic favorites like The Office as well as reboots and revivals. Peacock is planning a reboot of Battlestar Galactica, as well as Punky Brewster and Saved By The Bell.
Hammer says that NBC is very interested in building on their legacy–but that the decision is ultimately up to the fans. “When we see what the usage is on the service, if something is popping, and it’s ours, you better believe that we are going to be looking at it as a new original.”
In other words, if you want a reboot of Quantum Leap or Cheers, then you need to binge-watch those episodes to show NBC that you care.
Peacock also owns the streaming rights to Mike Schur sitcoms Parks & Recreation Brooklyn Nine-Nine–AKA the shows you put on the background while you’re doing chores or need to smile after a rough day at work.
But the number one reason to subscribe to Peacock when it premieres in 2020? Friends will be there for you to stream any time you need it. And, given what Bonnie Hammer said about NBC’s commitment to revive our favorite shows, we’re not giving up hope of a Friends reunion.
But what about The Office? Specifically, can NBC convince Steve Carrell to come back for a limited series? He told Time last year that he doesn’t think it’s a good idea to try to recapture the original magic of the show.
“There was something so special about it, and I guess it’s an odd way to put it, but I love it too much to ever want to do it again. It’s too special to me in my heart in that period of time,” Carrell said.
The actor famously left The Office after the 7th season–although he did return for the final episode. Even though the show had a fantastic ensemble cast, Carrell was the glue that held them all together and it just wasn’t the same after he left.
Carrell’s next project is The Morning Show with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, where he places a disgraced morning news anchor. We can only hope that he’ll find time in his busy schedule to return to Dunder Mifflin.