It looks like Office Depot hasn't forced Dunder Mifflin out of business yet. According to a new report from TVLine, NBC is in talks to revive The Office and bring us back to the Pennsylvanian paper company once again.
The network is considering a whole new run of The Office for its 2018-19 season, starring "a mix of new and old cast members," TVLine reports. Unfortunately, that doesn't necessarily mean we'll be seeing more Michael Scott. While it's unclear which old cast members might return, TVLine reports that Steve Carell definitely won't—probably because the guy's too busy starring in Minecraft movies or whatever.
The news comes after NBC's successful revival of Will & Grace earlier this year, which might have sent the network skimming through its archives for other beloved shows of yore it could resurrect. And while it's still unlikely that we'll be getting a Wings reboot any time soon, The Office could be the next NBC sitcom to come back from the dead.
The idea of bringing it back has apparently been bouncing around NBC for a while, but this is the first time we've heard about real movement.
“We often talk about The Office," NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt told Deadline last summer, before Will & Grace returned. "I’ve talked to [Office creator Greg Daniels] four times over the past few years. It’s always, 'Maybe some day, but not now.' There is certainly an open invitation but we don’t have anything happening right now. If he wants to do it, I would do it."
As great as new episodes of The Office might sound, another season without Carell should be enough to give any fan of the show pause. NBC already made us suffer through a string of terrible replacement regional managers after Carell quit the show in 2011. Michael Scott was the nucleus that held the original iteration of The Office together, and NBC will have to do better than Robert California if they want to find a suitable replacement.