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Reboots and revivals are all the rage on the small screen in recent years, with everything from The X-Files to Will and Grace getting the revival treatment. Some revivals have actually been quite successful with networks, and we can bet that the trend of producing such projects will continue for the foreseeable future. Now, it seems that beloved NBC comedy The Office may be one of the next to be revived on the small screen. The Office may be coming back to NBC.
The original run of The Office lasted for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013, and much of the original cast stuck around for the entire series, although star Steve Carell departed as a regular after the seventh season. The NBC revival would reportedly be set back in Scranton at the Dunder Mifflin office that fans came to know quite well. The cast would be a combination of old cast members and newcomers to the Office universe. The revived Office would air in the 2018-2019 TV season.
Fans of Steve Carell as Michael Scott shouldn't get their hopes up for a reappearance in the revival. Carell will definitely not be part of the revival, according to TVLine, which doesn't come as a huge surprise. Carell has a successful career on the big screen, and he may not want to give that up for another regular gig on a sitcom at this point. Few details are currently available about who will be involved in the revival, but the search for a new Dunder Mifflin regional manager is reportedly already moving forward.
NBC has not weighed in to officially confirm or comment on news of the revival at this point, so we can only speculate about the details. Personally, I wouldn't put my money on some of the biggest names of the original series returning. Ed Helms and John Krasinski are also relatively big names on the big screen, and it's difficult to imagine The Office bringing back Pam without Jim. Rainn Wilson has also seemed eager to move away from Dwight, although it's difficult to say how serious he is about it. Still, we'll have to wait and see.
Interestingly, NBC president Bob Greenblatt revealed earlier this year that The Office is one of four shows that he'd love to revive, along with 30 Rock, The West Wing, and ER. I have to wonder if the success of Will and Grace motivated folks at the Peacock Network to get the ball rolling on one of these projects. The Will and Grace revival premiere broke a ratings record for NBC, and it even nabbed a couple of nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes. That level of success has to be a motivator.
We'll have to see if the revival really does happen for the 2018-2019 TV season. For the shows that we know for absolutely certain will hit the airwaves, check out our midseason TV premiere guide. If streaming is your style, our 2018 Netflix premiere guide can give you all the dates you need. Sadly, some shows won't be back in 2018, and you can find them on our 2017 TV cancellations rundown.