For anyone wondering if a revival for The Office at NBC could ever happen, here’s your answer: They’re thinking about it. The problem is that it seems like an almost-impossible thing to pull off. Even with Will & Grace coming back, can you really keep tapping into that mine and hope you find gold again?
Before we get any further, let’s share what NBC programming head Robert Greenblatt had to say on the subject per Deadline:
“We often talk about The Office, I’ve talked to Greg four times over the past few years. It’s always, ‘maybe some day but not now’ … There is certainly an open invitation but we don’t have anything happening right now. If he wants to do it, I’d like to do it.”
To us, so much of this is stipulated on the return of Steve Carell: Without him, what’s the point in doing this? The show wasn’t the same after he left, even if there were strong episodes here and there. Michael Scott was the heartbeat and the driver of the engine, and it’s hard to fathom getting everyone within the world of the show back together given that so many of them went their separate ways. Some things, great as they are, are better off left alone. (Also, we watched a few old episodes of The Office and we’re not sure how some of them would even air in 2017 — hardly politically correct.)
So, what about 30 Rock?
In some ways, the idea of doing more of the show is odd given that it wasn’t exactly a ratings smash at the time it first aired. Yet, it was critically beloved, and in the way of Alec Baldwin’s film career and it streaming for many years, it could have more of an audience.
Greenblatt also told the aforementioned website that he’s spoken to Tina Fey about doing more of the show at some point:
“I’d say to Tina ‘hey, you think some more 30 Rock makes any sense?’ She’d say, I don’t know maybe.’”
This is probably the more realistic of the two options for a revival, just because it’s harder for characters to move on from what is already a dream job working for NBC. Even though we do know (sort of) how things end courtesy of the series finale, you could fill some of the gaps … or do what Will & Grace is and pretend as though none of that ever happened.
Now, your turn
Are there revivals of either one of these comedies that you’d want to see, or do you just think that NBC should move on and create some other great content? Share below!
For the record, we personally would love to see an evolved Parks and Recreation that focuses on Leslie Knope furthering her political career, and some of the wacky characters that she interacts with throughout the next phase of her life. This makes more sense logically than either one of the other shows since there’s so much to mine there. (Photo: NBC.)