As a box-set viewer, I’ve yet to see a single episode of The Office without Steve Carell, and I’m a little apprehensive about what I’ll find when I do. Still, one of the beauties of TV is that long term formats can afford a lot of chances for a show to evolve, and sometimes quite dramatically.
And so it may be with next year’s run of The Office – if there even is a run of the show next year, as NBC don’t yet appear to have recommissioned it.
According to Deadline, producer Greg Daniels is considering a “reboot.” What that means, in this case, is a thorough shake up of the cast. Really thorough.
Rainn Wilson is headed off to a new Dwight Schrute spin-off, so we can expect to see very little from him. John Krasinski and Ed Helms have both lined up some movie shoots, so they’re likely to step down to supporting players, if they do indeed appear at all. Mindy Kaling has a new show, elsewhere. And BJ Novak and Jenna Fischer’s contracts are up at the end of the current season too.
But still, Daniels’ plans for this 2.0 overhaul will feature some old characters alongside new ones. It’s probably would’t prove too hard to guess which old characters will remain, but I can’t even start to imagine how Daniels’ would weave in new blood.
Perhaps he’ll really shake things up. One cataclysm that could reinvent the series, perhaps, is if the documentary being filmed throughout the eight series to date actually got aired. I can see how that would clean a lot of the characters out, and even appeal to a certain brand of new blood, looking to get into the office and onto The Office.
Of course, this would change the focus quite dramatically. Perhaps only temporarily, but it would be a huge paradigm shift for the show nonetheless.
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