The Office's Greg Daniels May Be Looking To Reboot The NBC Comedy
There isnít a lot of employee turnover at Dunder Mifflin (Sabre) Scranton, and thatís one thing thatís sort of bugged me about the series. As disappointing as it would be to see certain characters written off, part of the reality of working in an office in this day and age is people coming and going as time passes. For a series that centers on the humor - and in some respects the reality - of the mundaneness of office life, The Office seemed to ignore that aspect of the work environment. Sure, a couple of characters have come and gone over the years, what with the merger back during Season 3, and Michael Scottís departure, but there hasnít been a lot of change at DM-Scranton over the course of the last eight seasons. Steve Carellís exit may have shaken things up, but has it rattled the show enough to draw viewersí interest? Or is a House-like overhaul in order?
According to Deadline, Greg Daniels, who developed Ricky Gervaisí popular U.K. comedy for the U.S. remake, is ďmulling over a reboot of the series.Ē Heís expected to sit with NBC to discuss his idea for The Office 2.0, which would feature existing characters from the NBC comedy series, as well as new ones. Deadline says there hasnít been a lot of movement for negotiations of the contracts among the core cast members (John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and B.J. Novak). With movie plans in the works for some of them, their new contracts will likely need to accommodate their schedules.
The concept of The Office is still relevant, but after eight seasons, we sort of know these characters well enough to predict their reactions. I can see the argument in saying they should just end the series. It had a good run, but it's past its prime. On the other hand, I can also see the potential in starting somewhat fresh, with new characters and new stories to be told. Bringing in a bunch of new people might take some getting used to, but it would be a way to extend the series and freshen it up substantially. The Office isnít delivering the ratings it once was at the network, but NBC might not want to let one of their higher-rated comedies go just yet.
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