The groan you heard on New Year’s morning wasn’t simply people waking up to horrible hangovers, it was also Netflix viewers everywhere waking up to the realization that The Office was no longer on the platform.
On January 1, the beloved sitcom moved to Peacock, where the first two seasons are free, and there are all sorts of extras, including deleted scenes and outtakes and extended episodes. And soon maybe even more…
Peacock is hoping the draw of the mega-popular show will entice people to subscribe to their platform, but that’s not all NBC is hoping for: they also want to create new episodes… one way or another.
A ways back, there were rumors that there was going to be a reboot of The Office, because a) everything gets a reboot, even sitcoms that are still ubiquitous, and b) interest in the show has skyrocketed since it became available on streaming. NBC wants to capitalize, but their plans aren’t exactly straightforward.
According to series creator Greg Daniels, a reboot may feature “lost” episodes that occur in the show’s primary timeline.
“I think it’s probably more likely now that the show is on Peacock, but no plans right now, certainly. People are more open to it now, it seems like,” Daniels told E! News “The issue is, what’s left to be said about the characters? A lot of them aren’t working there anymore. Jim and Pam live in Texas now, so does Darryl… But it would be fun to find some lost episodes and just shoot them as if they were back in 2010 or something.”
It sounds like Daniels is basically just thinking outloud, but nonetheless the idea of more Office episodes is intriguing. But there are a lot of questions.
Would these episodes feature the show’s most prominent cast members, some of whom left the original series before it ended and several of whom have plenty of other things on their plate? Would there really be enough so-called “lost” material to base an entire season or more of content around?
We have no idea, and it sounds like nobody at NBC does either. But if Dunder-Mifflin does return to screens, we’ll be sure to let you know!