An NBCU chairman has revealed that the company would love to release a reboot of The Office on its new streaming service.
Earlier this year, Netflix revealed some heartbreaking news. That at the end of 2020, The Office will be leaving the platform. That means we have a little more than a year to figure out which show we are going to watch on a continuous loop instead. NBCU has taken its show back in preparation for the launch of its own streaming service.
NBCU revealed this week that its streaming platform will be called Peacock, and it already has plans for three different reboots, reports Deadline. Saved By The Bell, Battlestar Galactica, and Punky Brewster will all return with new episodes and a 21st century feel. NBCU really wanted The Office to be a part of the launch, though. So much so that it forked over $500 million to take the rights to the show back from Netflix.
NBCU has clearly been listening in on the rumblings that The Office should get a reboot of its own too. In fact, the company's Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises Bonnie Hammer admitted that an Office reboot is at the top of NBCU's wishlist. "The Office comes back to us in January 2021. It is my hope that we can figure what that great reboot would be," Hammer revealed, adding that they "are having conversations."
Now the speculation can really begin as to what an Office reboot could and should include. We can probably rule out the return of Michael Scott. Steve Carell recently admitted that the character probably wouldn't fly in today's climate. Plus, Scott technically left The Office before the show had come to an end, only returning for a couple of cameo appearances during its final episode.
As much as we love The Office here at TheRichest, we're not entirely sure how to take this news. Reboots and spinoffs can be incredibly hit and miss. You need look no further than the final season of Scrubs for evidence of that. Sometimes it is better to leave a show that you loved in the past and remember it for what it was. Sadly, we often don't know whether that's the best thing to do until it's too late.