The cast of The Office has come together for a reunion photo and is resurrecting old revival rumors.
It’s a Dunder Mifflin staff meeting in the reunion photo posted on Angela Kinsey’s Instagram account. Kinsey, who played Angela Martin on the show, shared a photo of herself standing beside her old co-stars; Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, Brian Baumgartner, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nuñez, Rainn Wilson, Fischer, and Ed Helms alongside The Office‘s creator, Greg Daniels.
Important cast members like Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Kate Flannery, B.J. Novak, and Mindy Kaling were missing, but that isn’t surprising. Carell is probably busy promoting Vice, Krasinski is writing A Quiet Place 2, Flannery is currently filming a movie, and Kaling just wrapped on a film. B.J. Novak isn’t doing anything these days except following his on-and-off girlfriend, Mindy Kaling around, so he was probably with her.
The Office, a sitcom running a total of nine seasons from 2005-2013, depicted the everyday lives of the employees of a fictional paper sales company, Dunder Mifflin. Set up like a documentary, the characters look and speak directly to the camera as they detailed how they hated their jobs. Who would have thought such a premise would actually be funny.
Ever been in an office building? It’s boring. The series made a huge cultural impact and refined the city of Scranton (where the show is set) which was basically a mining city and railway center prior to the show.
NBC has been playing with the idea of reviving The Office for several years now. In the wake of old shows getting rebooted and started up again, fans have been begging for The Office to come back. They aren’t the only ones, the cast is just as eager.
In December 2017, NBC announced they were developing a revival for The Office set to air in late 2018, but the project flamed out.
Though many cast members, including John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer (the famous Jim and Pam) have agreed to return, Carell has confirmed that he won’t be involved. In an interview for Beautiful Boy at Esquire Magazine, Carell stated why The Office coming back isn’t a good idea.
“Because The Office is on Netflix and replaying, a lot more people have seen it recently,” he said. “And I think because of that there’s been a resurgence in interest in the show, and talk about bringing it back. But apart from the fact that I just don’t think that’s a good idea, it might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted ten years ago.
The climate’s different. I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he’s certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That’s the point, you know? But I just don’t know how that would fly now. There’s a very high awareness of offensive things today—which is good, for sure. But at the same time, when you take a character like that too literally, it doesn’t really work.”
Carell’s former cast mates begged him to reboot the show during his opening monologue on Saturday Night Live, but he didn’t. I hate to say that without Carell, there’s no point. We all remember how painful it was to watch Will Ferrell act like Will Ferrell doing a Michael Scott impression. No one should ever have to see that again. If, for some reason, you liked Ferrell’s limited time on the show than I’m sorry for saying that, but it’s true. It was awful. James Spader fared better but overtime, he too lost any appeal and left before season nine.
The NBC series was and still is a popular show. Too popular for the network to ignore when thinking up possible reboots and spin-offs; a spin-off series about Dwight and his life on the farm was in development for a short while in 2012.
The series, titled The Farm, had a backdoor episode in season nine of The Office where Dwight returns home to the farm where we meet the extended Schrute family. The episode didn’t do well and The Farm was dropped.
The reunion photo could just be a group of friends getting together for a barbecue, but there’s no doubt in my mind that when Kinsey posted this picture on Instagram, she knew fan speculation would be close behind. Getting that much of the cast together was probably difficult, not even all six Friends managed to meet up for their reunion.
That added to how hard everyone is trying to get a revival off the ground, this picture was either a reminder to keep hanging on, or just Kinsey posting a picture with friends like everyone else on social media.
If NBC and the cast weren’t looking for a way to bring the show back, the group photo would be nothing but a simple reunion. However, to post it in the middle of revival rumors, makes it a shout-out to the fans, whether intentional or not.
After Kinesey, Jenna Fisher (Pam) posted a similar picture along with an old office Christmas photo from the series. Followed by calling out the cast members who weren’t there, claiming she’d see them soon.
Does this mean something? Her saying “we will see you soon”? Because if it doesn’t, then she is definitely playing with the fans. Jim’s corrupted her, she’s become a mean prankster.
Do you think there’s a possible The Office revival in the works? Or is the picture just a friendly get-together? Leave your comments below.