NBC is looking to revive The Office for the 2018-2019 television season, with the network already said to be looking for a new Michael Scott to lead the possible revival.
The network, which is enjoying the successful relaunch of Will & Grace, is looking to revive their much beloved series, albeit with some major changes.
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The proposed reboot will serve as a continuation of the workplace comedy, returning viewers to Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton, PA., branch. Those hopeful to see Steve Carell's Michael Scott return to lead the series, however, will be disappointed to learn he is not involved with this reboot. According to TV Line, NBC has already started the search to find a new boss to lead the ensemble comedy.
There is some good news, though. While Michael may not be returning, the outlet suggests old characters will return in some capacity alongside new characters. As to which characters those may be? That remains to be seen.
The news comes after NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt in August teased his series reboot wishlist, which included The Office and 30 Rock. At the time, Greenblatt said:
"We often talk about The Office, I’ve talked to Greg [Daniels] four times over the past few years. It’s always, ‘maybe some day but not now’." Greenblatt said there was an "open invitation" at the time, and that should Daniels want to move forward with the project the network would be on board. Perhaps Daniels finally gave the okay.
It's unknown just how far along the project is and whether casting announcements will be coming soon, but if NBC is expecting a return in 2018 then it's reasonable to assume more The Office news will follow shortly.