Five years after it ended its ninth and final season, it’s been revealed that The Office is returning to television.
Last month, news broke that NBC has scheduled the revival of the hit workplace mockumentary comedy series for the 2018/19 season. It won’t be a remake or a reboot though and will instead continue the lives of the hapless workforce at the offices of Dunder Mifflin’s branch in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
From what we understand, the revival will feature a blend of new and old characters, and it’s been made clear that Steve Carell will NOT be reprising his role as the branch’s regional manager, Michael Scott. Though a little disappointing, it’s not all that surprising considering that Carell left the original run of The Office after season 7. As for who WILL be returning, well, that’s still up in the air. But if Jenna Fischer has her way, she’ll definitely be back for more.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress teased a possible return to the show that made her career, saying:
“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!”
Continuing on, she said:
“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.”
Of course, we’d be all for seeing Fischer return. Pam – and her relationship with Jim – was really the beating heart of The Office and one of its strongest aspects. So to have her back at Dunder Mifflin for this revival would be a real treat. Let’s just hope these new episodes hark back to the glory days of the show’s earlier years instead of the more mixed later seasons.
We’re not crazy about the idea of a load of new characters cluttering things up, but fingers crossed that the break has done the writers some good and they’ll be able to up their game again. It will also be interesting to see just how many of the old cast members return.
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