Steve Carell took a break from his dramatic acting career to host Saturday Night Live, leading his The Office co-stars to beg him for a reboot. Carell's career path has been an interesting one, first gaining fame as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, before making the jump to starring in comedic films like Bruce Almighty, Anchorman, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. In more recent years, Carell has been spending a lot of time acting in dramas, even receiving an Oscar nomination for his work in 2014's Foxcatcher.
Despite all his success in movies, Carell will likely forever be best known for his work as lead character Michael Scott on long-running NBC sitcom The Office. Running for nine seasons and over 200 episodes, The Office is one of the most beloved TV shows of the current millennium, and Carell was a huge part of why. While The Office only ended about five years ago, that doesn't mean devoted fans aren't already clamoring for more adventures with the employees of Dunder Mifflin.
When asked about the prospect of a reboot or revival of The Office, several cast members - including John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer - have expressed a willingness to return. One holdout on that front has been Carell, who of course left The Office's cast near the end to pursue his film career. When asked most recently, Carell even suggested that bringing back The Office wouldn't work, due to the current social climate not being accepting of a lot of the show's old humor. Clearly, Ellie Kemper, Jenna Fischer, and Ed Helms disagree with their former onscreen boss, as they popped up during last night's SNL cold open to try and convince him that an Office reboot needs to happen. Check out the full sketch below.
While Kemper, Fischer, and Helms' appeals to Carell were obviously done in a comedic context, it wouldn't at all be surprising if there was a bit of truth to their sentiments as well. After all, The Office holds an uncommon distinction among TV shows, in that it wasn't necessarily ended due to lack of viewership or the perception that it was no longer good. It's true that the ratings went down for the seasons after Carell's departure, but the numbers The Office's final season drew are numbers NBC's current comedies would kill for. Additionally, after an uneven season 8, many fans found season 9 to be a return to form when it came to quality.
Fans will recall that a report surfaced late last year of NBC developing an Office revival, one which Carell wasn't set to return for. That report turned out to be incorrect, or at least premature, as cast members quickly denied being approached for a revival, and not a peep has been heard about the project since. With The Office continuing to reach new fans via Netflix though, it seems like only a matter of time until it returns in some form.
Source: Saturday Night Live