Makers hopeful for a reboot of 'The Office'

But don't expect Steve Carell to star in it!

Entertainment Desk September 18, 2019

After years of speculation, a The Office reboot may finally be in the works at NBC.

According to Deadline, the channel is hoping to bring back the immensely popular comedy for its newly announced streaming service, Peacock.

Speaking to the publication, NBCU’s Bonnie Hammer, Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises, said, "It is my hope and goal that we do an Office reboot."

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The reboot would fit into NBC's strategy for Peacock, as the streaming service has already announced new versions of Battlestar Galactica, Saved By the Bell and Punky Brewster. NBCU recently reacquired the rights to The Office from Netflix for a hefty $500 million. The series is expected to depart the streaming giant by the end of 2020 and arrive on Peacock in October of 2020.

The Office comes back to us in January 2021. It is my hope that we can figure what that great reboot would be," Hammer said. "We are having conversations."

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Not everyone, however, is excited for the reboot. Steve Carell has stated multiple times that he does not wish to see The Office return and is worried about how audiences would react to Michael Scott-like behaviour in today's political climate.

Peacock will be the exclusive streaming home of The Office and Parks and Recreation, with The Office arriving in October 2020 followed by Parks and Recreation in January 2021.

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Other content debuting on the streaming service that is also set to become exclusive includes 30 Rock, Bates Motel, Battlestar Galactica, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cheers, Chrisley Knows Best, Covert Affairs, Downton Abbey, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, Friday Night Lights, House, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, King of Queens, Married … With Children, Monk, Parenthood, Psych, Royal Pains, Saturday Night Live, Superstore, The Real Housewives, Top Chef and Will & Grace.

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