Don’t paper the halls with the news just yet, but a return to Scranton may be in the cards for NBC.
The network is in talks to bring back The Office, according to a TV Line report. (NBC declined to comment.) According to TV Line, the network hopes to revive the beloved mockumentary series for the 2018-19 season, and it would feature a combination of returning cast members from the original series as well as new cast members. Steve Carell, who starred as Michael Scott (and left the show after season 7), would not be participating.
Based on Ricky Gervais’ hit British comedy of the same name, The Office ran on NBC from 2005 to 2013, winning the Outstanding Emmy Comedy in 2006. The ensemble included Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Leslie David Baker, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, Ed Helms. Ellie Kemper, Craig Robinson, Paul Lieberstein, and Phylllis Smith.
Back in January, Carell briefly set Twitter on fire for joking about an Office revival. And over the summer, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said that he had issued an open invitation to Office executive producer Greg Daniels to reboot the show, and Daniels had the left the door open but wasn’t ready to proceed yet.
As news of a potential revival spread Monday, Office actress Angela Kinsey tweeted, “Ummm @nbc call me…. have a quick question for you.” She also quipped that cast mate Creed Bratton was “blowing up” her phone.