Jenna Fischer says she was unaware of talks to revive the hit sitcom The Office, but says she “would be honored” to play Pam once again. Airing on NBC for nine seasons from 2005 to 2009, The Office was a major hit for the network, as the series, in mock documentary style, chronicled the everyday workings of the Dunder Mifflin paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania, introducing viewers to the likes of the company’s boss, Michael Scott (Steve Carell) and fellow office workers Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Pam Beesly (Fischer), among others.
Based on the British version of The Office created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the U.S. series made Carell a major star and got actors like Wilson, Krasinski and Fischer, as well as other such cast members Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, Craig Robinson and B.J. Novak, on the map. Now, with revivals of classic series becoming more commonplace in the TV industry with the return of such shows as The X-Files, Will & Grace and the upcoming Rosanne, it appears The Office is ready for another go-round as well.
Rumblings of revivals of both The Office and 30 Rock first surfaced in August, and word of an Office revival popped up again in mid-December for a late 2018 launch. Fischer says she was unaware of any talk of a revival until now. At the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour (via THR) Monday for her new show, Splitting Up Together, Fischer said she’s all-in if she’s asked to return for a trip back to The Office. She said:
“I think that’s for networks to figure out if I were to be asked. I haven’t been approached about it and don’t know anything about it. … But I love Pam!”
Fischer also told THR that she thinks an Office revival is a “great idea,” but it appears that some key creative personnel would have to be in place in order for her commit.
“I would be honored to come back in any way that I am able to. I loved playing that character and as long as Greg Daniels is the person in charge and the visionary behind it, then I would absolutely be up for it. We just have to get Mindy [Kaling], B.J. Novak, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, Mike Schur to write some episodes. That show was so great because of the talent involved behind the scenes, not just on the screen.”
One person who NBC isn’t apparently counting on to return is Carell, whose career on film has flourished since The Office wrapped up in 2013, and instead, the cast of the revival will reportedly consist of new and familiar faces. If Fischer does indeed return, it’s essential the Krasinski come back as well since their playful chemistry and eventual romance was one of the reasons The Office was such a joy to watch.
Like Fischer, though, Krasinski has kept himself busy with both film and TV projects since The Office went off the air – including the title role in the upcoming Amazon series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan – so NBC will have to get creative with scheduling should plans for the revival come to fruition.
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