'The Office' Is Getting Its Very Own Documentary, So Obviously It Deserves A Revival
What does a person have to do to get a reboot of 'The Office' around here?
Can you hear that? It's the sweet sound of the The Office fans rallying worldwide. A campaign for its return was recently reignited thanks to news of an upcoming documentary about the hit NBC show.
On Wednesday, January 23, Office alum Robert Shafer — aka Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration — did the Lord's work and shared an email he received about participating in That's What She Said (And They Said Too!), a documentary about The Office set to debut on its 15th anniversary. Unsurprisingly, the post caused hysteria and forced Shafer to emphasize the doc is not the reboot everyone desperately wants.
Given the show's obsessive fanbase, we can safely assume a reboot would be a hit. It seems like every other week, "updates" sprout up about the elusive revival, only for us to be disappointed again. Our question is, what's taking so long? Fans won't stop clamoring for the return of Michael Scott and co. until they get it, and according to NBC Entertainment co-chairman George Cheeks, The Office is one of Netflix's top five most-streamed titles — even after a decade on the platform. The demand is there; the perfect viewing platform is there. What's the holdup?!
Almost all of the show's original cast has expressed interest in a reboot, with the exception of Steve Carell.
John Krasinski, the actor-turned-director who played Jim Halpert, said he'd love to do a one-off project, like a Christmas special, as long as it's written well.
“It really comes down to the idea… the original British show, the best thing was they had a Christmas episode — it was a one-off," he said. "I would love to do that. I think it would be a sort of ‘Where Are They Now’ kind of thing. That would be really fun."
Meanwhile, his on-screen wife, Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly), revealed no one has reached out to her about reprising her role, but she'd be happy to revisit the character she played for nine seasons.
"I think the idea of an Office revival is—I think it's a great idea. I would be honored to come back in any way that I'm able to," she said during the Television Critics Association press tour. "I loved playing the character, and as long as Greg Daniels is the person in charge and the visionary behind it, then I’m absolutely [in]… we’d just have to get Mindy [Kaling] to write some episodes, B.J. Novak… that show was so great because of the talent involved in the show, behind the scenes, not just [on screen]."
But would Kaling and Novak give us the gift of a few more hilarious episodes? That's unclear. According to Kaling, by now her character, Kelly Kapoor, would probably be rotting in jail for murdering Ryan Howard (Novak).
“There’s not an insignificant part of me that thinks Kelly might be in jail. Crime of passion? The character just kept getting a little bit more and more unhinged,” Kaling said in an interview with Variety. “I don't want to say that she murdered Ryan, but I'm also not convinced that he's still alive in the world of The Office.”
Carrell isn't as enthusiastic about a potential reboot as his former co-stars. He crushed our hearts when he said it wouldn't "recapture that same magic."
"I’ll tell you, no. I feel like I’m a broken record, talking about this because I get asked about it. The show is way more popular now than when it was on the air," he told Collider back in December. "I just can’t see it being the same thing, and I think most folks would want it to be the same thing, but it wouldn’t be. Ultimately, I think it’s maybe best to leave well enough alone and just let it exist as what it was."
Oh, come on, Steve. Not even a one-off? You've got to give us a little something here!
Meanwhile, the man, the myth, The Office creator Greg Daniels has been mum about the whole thing. It's likely because he's deep in the throes of another workplace comedy series with, you guessed it, Carell.
Space Force, which hits Netflix soon, revolves around a team of people tasked to build a sixth branch of the US armed services — the Space Force. It's based on Trump's concept for a sixth branch of the military, so naturally, ripe for comedic fodder.
We're all for new content, but come on. What's a lady got to do to get an Office reboot around here?