The American version of The Office has had a great long run, with lots of good seasons, but with several key cast members looking to move on to new projects, it looks like NBC is eyeing a series reboot.
The Office executive producer Greg Daniels, who originally developed the American version of the cult British comedy, is mulling a reboot of the series, now in its eighth season. Daniels is expected to meet with NBC brass to lay out his idea for The Office 2.0, which I hear would feature existing characters as well as new ones. As for The Office key original cast members John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and B.J. Novak, whose contracts are up at the end of this season, as well as that of Ed Helms, there hasn’t been a lot of movement in the negotiations over the past few weeks, following an early overture by the network around the time The Office spinoff starring Rainn Wilson came together. There are a number of major outstanding questions, including the number of episodes the stars would sign for. Helms has The Hangover threequel and Krasinski is eying a possible January movie shoot, so potential new deals for them will likely accommodate that the way House accommodated Olivia Wilde when her feature career took off. Also unclear is how long The Office would keep going. I hear the main cast may want next season to be last while NBC is leaning towards not closing the door to one additional season. I hear no major decisions will be made until NBC brass review their crop of pilots for next season.
I dunno… I know a lot of people were turned off the show when Steve Carell left, but I’m one of those that thinks that The Office is just as funny this season as it’s always been. But I just can’t imagine a reboot. The Office has had just the perfect group of actors and writers to make it work for a long time and I don’t see a reboot as being any better.
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