The highly-popular ‘mockumentary’ The Office last graced out screens in 2013, but if reports are to be believed, we could be seeing a triumphant return for the show as early as this coming year.
Fans of the show will be delighted to hear the reports that NBC is planning to revive The Office in 2018-19.
According to TV Line, the revival will not see the return of Steve Carell, who starred in the show as regional manager Michael Scott for seven seasons. However, sources ‘close to NBC’ have confirmed that the show will feature ‘a mix of old and new cast members’, including a new regional manager to replace Carell.
As the name suggests, the show was set around the drab events of everyday office life in Dunder Mifflin, a fictional paper merchant based in Scranton, Philadelphia.
The show was originally based on the UK sitcom by the same name, which starred famous British comic Ricky Gervais as the relatable but cringe-inducing boss David Brent.
In its original incarnation, the show became known for its hyper-realism and relatable characters, and ended up winning scores of prestigious awards. The UK show is still loved by millions to this day.
Eventually, US network bosses bought the rights to produce their own series for an American audience, which starred Steve Carell, who has become a firm favourite of Hollywood, particularly in comedy movies such as The 40 Year-Old Virgin.
Originally, the US version of the show mirrored the storyline and character development of the original British series very closely. However, the show eventually went its own way in this respect, and became immensely popular in the process, going on to run for 9 seasons from 2005 to 2013.
By comparison, the UK series only ran for two seasons. This is partly down to the way that shows are commissioned in the UK, particularly for the taxpayer-funded BBC, which put the show out to begin with. It is uncommon for sitcoms to run for as long in the UK as they do over here.
Although fans of the original British comedy were a little dubious back in the day when the US remake was announced, many have since warmed to the show.
The show has featured countless classic scenes over the years, and producers will be hoping that they can reignite that flame when the new season airs.
There is also a great deal of speculation over who will replace Michael Scott. Since Steve Carrel will not be appearing in the show, it opens the door to many other Hollywood stars for whom playing the role of Dunder Mifflin boss would no doubt be a dream come true.
Originally, several different actors auditioned for the role of Michael, including Bob Odenkirk, who is now best known for his part in the smash hit series Breaking Bad and his title role in the subsequent spin-off Better Call Saul.
Of course, Steve Carrel eventually got the job,, and it’s not hard to see why – check out the hilarious audition tape below!
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