“The Office” may not be done for the day.
What happened: NBCUniversal announced its new streaming service “Peacock” Tuesday. The streaming service will come with a variety of TV shows and programs, including a reboot of “Battlestar Galactica” and famous shows like “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation.” And there may soon be a reboot of “The Office,” according to Deadline.
What they’re saying: “It is my hope and goal that we do an ‘Office’ reboot,” NBCU’s Bonnie Hammer, the chairman of direct-to-consumer and digital enterprises, told Deadline. Hammer said “The Office” reboot would align with Peacock’s strategy to add original content.
- For reboots, she said “we want there to be some connective tissue to what we also have in the library.”
- “All of our choices, especially in the beginning, we are doing them strategically so they connect back to our legacy,” Hammer said, according to Deadline.
- But “The Office” may not be the only reboot to come. Hammer said any previous NBC show is on the table.
- “We will be looking at all of them down the road and see what makes the most sense,” Hammer said. “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.”
Flashback: In April 2018, NBC Entertainment chariman Bob Greenblat told The Hollywood Reporter that the “reboot genre” saw some success with “Roseanne” and “Will & Grace” returning to screens. He said “The Office” was a possible show to reboot, too.
Will it happen?: But the cast of “The Office” has gone back and forth about doing a reboot. Steve Carell, who played manager Michael Scott, has consistently denied the idea of a reboot, saying the show wouldn’t work in 2019’s cultural landscape.
- “I don’t want to be a jerk about it, but I think people who like the show originally would want it to come back exactly the way it was, but that could never happen because all the writers would be different, and I just wouldn’t want to recreate something that was a very, very specific moment in time,” he told “Entertainment Tonight.” “I kind of don’t want to do it because I love the show so much. I think people would be disappointed. I really do.”
Actor John Krasinski, who played Jim Halpert on “The Office,” said that he hopes the show will come back with Christmas specials or one-off episodes.
- “I think the U.K. thing that I always have pitched and wanted to do is that Christmas special thing, where we do a Christmas special this year and then two years from now, or three years from now, we do another one,” he said. “I love that idea coming back finding out where everybody is. I would totally be down for that.”
Ed Helms, who played Andy Bernard, doesn’t see a reboot in the near future.
- “I don’t know what form it would take or anything,” he said, according to “Entertainment Tonight.” “I’m sort of agnostic. I love whatever has anything to do with that show, but it’s all very hypothetical right now.”