Please, For The Love of God, Don’t Reboot “The Office”

Sep 25, 2023

With the WGA strike over, it’s time to compensate for lost time and money! The easiest way to do that is to reboot shows with brand awareness, and news that they plan on Rebooting the office has mixed reviews.

Forbes: Everyone celebrated the end of the Writers Strike last night, as the WGA has won significant concessions from studios and streamers, given that it seems those companies finally realized that they will not have any content without any writers. Imagine that.

We don’t know the exact terms of the deal yet, but we do know that most shows will now resume production, at least on the writing side, as the Actors Strike isn’t entirely done yet. But things are going to get back to normal. However, on a list of projects that will be coming now, as seen on a (paywalled) Puck newsletter written by Matt Belloni, apparently, a reboot of The Office is coming.

While the good news is that the original US creator, Greg Daniels, is set to return, the bad news is, well, can a reboot of The Office, one of the most beloved comedies ever made, actually be good without tainting the original? And where would it air in 2023? Peacock?

This is not the first time a reboot of The Office has been discussed. Daniels previously has talked about a reboot set in the Office “universe” but not starring the same cast. While I do believe it would not be impossible to assemble most of the core crew again (actors like John Krasinski and Mindy Kaling said they’d go back under the right circumstances), it’s not clear that would be the best idea. And I would wonder about someone like Steve Carrell, who wanted to leave well before the series ended (and I think everyone can agree that marked a pretty significant turning point for the show, and not in a great direction).

Why? Did Greg Daniels not learn anything when Steve Carrell split? LEAVE. IT. ALONE.

It’s like fucking with the original Coke or the last swipe Jeff Daniels, and Jim Carey took with the Dumb and Dumber legacy.



We’re not supposed to fuck with certain things, and the US or British versions of “The Office” are chief among them. Ed Helms wasn’t Steve Carrell. John Krasinksi is doing his Jack Ryan shit. Rain Wilson writes books about taking existential shits and being nice to mean people. Creed and Mindy Kaling? Is that the show?

Jenna Fischer is finished with acting, so she’s out, too. I get that IP-related TV shows coming back are all the rage, and some are better than others, but they usually leave you feeling like you felt after trying to relive a moment from your childhood in your adult years.

The Office was lighting in a bottle even though US producers licensed the franchise from Ricky Gervais’s British Office. It was the cast and the era. At least 35-50 percent of the content from “The Office” would get most shows canceled in 2023, so they have an uphill “woke” climb on top of the reboot curse on top of trying to get the Dunder Mifflin cast back together.

It might work, but I don’t want it to. Do you?

Dean Blundell

Dean Blundell is a Canadian radio personality. Best known as a longtime morning host on CFNY-FM (The Edge) in Toronto, Ontario. In 2015 he was named the new morning host on sports radio station CJCL (Sportsnet 590 The Fan). Dean started his career in radio in 2001 and for nearly 20 years been entertaining the radio audience. Dean’s newest venture is the launch of his site and podcast which is gaining tremendous momentum across North America.

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