NBC is reportedly moving forward with plans to revive The Office for a late 2018 launch. Starting back in 2005, The Office rose through the ranks to become one of the biggest comedies on TV. The show, a U.S. take on the original UK series, followed the lives of workers at Dunder Mifflin in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Headlined by Steve Carell as Regional Manager Michael Scott for many seasons, it eventually turned the focus on other characters. The relationship between Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) was a memorable highlight, while Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) finally claimed his dream job as Regional Manager.
The series came to an end in 2013 after a few final seasons continued along without Carell, but NBC wanted to find more to this story. The idea of a Schrute Farms spinoff was discussed, but ultimately never transpired. However, talks of a revival popped up earlier this year, and they appear to be legitimate.
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TV Line reports NBC is moving forward with plans for a revival of The Office with the intention to launch late next year. The report clearly calls for a continuation of the story of Scranton's Dunder Mifflin offices. The cast will reportedly feature a mixture of new and familiar faces, but who will return is not clear. Carell is the only veteran stated as definitively not appearing, but some of the other big names could be absent too, as the report also says the network is searching for a new Regional Manager.
The decision to move forward with a revival is not terribly surprising given NBC's recent history of reviving Will & Grace and Rosanne. Finding a way to bring back one of their biggest hits makes sense, especially considering the large fandom the show gained. However, with them looking for a new RM and considering the final few episodes, it may not include many regulars.
Jim and Pam moved to Austin, Texas to work with Darryl (Craig Robinson), Stanley retired, Oscar got into politics, Creed got arrested, and so on. Dwight still remained with Dunder Mifflin last we saw, but as the last RM seen, a search for a new one may signal he's not involved either. There could still be the chance for employees like Phyllis and Meredith to return naturally. Many of the other characters may require serious rewrites to get them back to Scranton. But, this is also still early, so they could find a way to bring back some of their biggest stars. If not, a revival may lose some interest, but also be an avenue for new talent to emerge.
Source: TV Line