NBC Exec On 'The Office' Reboot: 'We're Standing By' For 'Whenever' Creator Greg Daniels Is Ready
Well, folks, it seems those sweet, sweet stream dollars from fans paying $100 per year to watch The Office over and over again on Peacock may not be quite enough to satisfy the NBC overlords. Amid the show's streaming success, it seems more likely that the possibility of a reboot could someday become a reality – more specifically, “whenever” the series creator Greg Daniels gives the green light, according to Susan Rovner, NBCUniversal's content chief. “We're standing by," the higher-up told Deadline at the Edinburgh International TV Festival earlier this week, a revelation that came after she previously declined to comment on the matter, per People magazine.
Although it seems as if lack of demand from the show's vast fandom – and now, evidently network execs – are non-issues in getting a revamped version of The Office off the ground, the hangup, according to Daniels, is what to do with the series iconic cast of characters.
"People are more open to it now it seems," he explained to E! News in January when asked about the possibility of a reboot, the same month his series transitioned to NBC's streaming platform from Netflix. "The issue is — what is left to be said about the characters?" According to Daniels, a big part of this challenge lies in the series flash-forward ending. "The weird thing about that is when we ended it, we jumped forward a year and a lot of them aren't working there anymore," he continued. "It would be fun to find some lost episodes and shoot them as if they were back in 2010 or something."
While he noted that a comeback would “probably more likely now that the show is on Peacock," clarifying that at the time, there were “no plans” for such an occurrence, he said he'd potentially be interested in doing a one-off reunion, similar to the Friends comeback earlier this year.