According to a report over at TVLine, the network is exploring doing another version at the show, one almost set at the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin paper. It would apparently feature an array of characters new and old. Here’s the kicker — Steve Carell would apparently not be involved. He starred on the show as the incredible Michael Scott for the first seven seasons only to leave after that and only return for the series finale. (Carell ironically got many hearts aflutter in the past when we proclaimed the show would be returning for another season.)
While in theory this sounds like it’d be a blast and we’d love to see it happen, at the same time we just have a hard time imagining being in a world where it would be successful without Carell. The final two seasons weren’t the same without him and we still don’t know about the status of John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Angela Kinsey, and a number of other original cast members. There are some people who weren’t at the Scranton branch anymore at the end of the season.
At this point, it almost seems like it’d be a better idea to completely reboot The Office with new people than do a half-measure revival — or, just move on to a new property altogether based on a similar concept. This is effectively what Parks and Recreation was. It probably started off trying too hard to be a carbon copy of The Office but by the end of it, it became arguably one of the best comedies that NBC had other than The Office. It also made Amy Poehler the star that she’s long deserved to be.
Once there is some more news to share on this subject, of course we’ll have a little bit more of that to pass along. Stay tuned…
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