Greg Daniel's new The Office show gets an exciting update (Everything we know)

The long-rumored continuation of The Office is still in the works, folks! Here's everything we know so far.

THE OFFICE -- "Did I Stutter" Episode #4016 -- Airdate 05/01/2008 -- Pictured: Steve Carell as Michael Scott (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE OFFICE -- "Did I Stutter" Episode #4016 -- Airdate 05/01/2008 -- Pictured: Steve Carell as Michael Scott (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) /
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Listen, we are skeptical about reboots, remakes, and revivals as much as the next person. This is especially true when it comes to one of our beloved shows, such as The Office. When we learned that the NBC sitcom would be returning in some capacity, we panicked. Why ruin perfection? And isn't it a bit too soon?

Well, years have come and gone since the initial talks of a potential reboot or continuation of some kind. For some, it's no longer "too soon" seeing as it's been over a decade since the finale. The Office aired 201 episodes throughout nine seasons from 2005 to 2013. Young eyes who may have missed the mockumentary were able to join the fun when they discovered The Office on Netflix. The sitcom is no longer streaming on Netflix, however, and instead now calls Peacock its home.

Here are all the latest details we've heard about the potential new show so far.

Michael Koman joins Greg Daniels in development stage

Though some sort of continuation of The Office has been in discussions for years, this afternoon brings an exciting development. According to Deadline, Greg Daniels has tapped Nathan For You co-creator Michael Koman to create the series with him. At this point, nothing has been officially green-lit and no platform has been reported to be attached. That said, it's still exciting that Daniels is actively working on something and we should (hopefully) hear more soon.

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THE OFFICE -- "Junior Salesman" Episode 914 -- Pictured: (l-r) Oscar Nunez as Oscar Martinez, Brian Baumgartner as Kevin Malone, Angela Kinsey as Angela Martin, Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images) /

In addition to his work on Nathan For You (which is one of the best comedies ever!), Koman wrote on shows like Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Important Things With Demetri Martin, and Saturday Night Live, to name a few. He has a personal connection to The Office, as he's married to actress Ellie Kemper, who played Erin in the sitcom.

It had been about two months since we heard any updates on the continuation of The Office. According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources said Daniels was putting together a writers' room for the series in January of this year, though no other details about the plan were revealed at that time.

This new show will feature a new cast in a different setting

THR also shared that Daniels does not want to do a typical reboot which would see all the same cast members and characters returning. This series, if it happens, will feature a new cast. The setting would be different as well. The new report from Deadline says the same, also noting that while it's entirely possible that original cast members could pop up, they will not be the main focus of the new show. "A documentary crew doing a documentary about a different subject is a possibility as a premise for a possible Office universe extension," Deadline reports.

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THE OFFICE -- "Couples Discount" Episode 916 -- Pictured: (l-r) Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Vance, Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute -- (Photo by: Byron Cohen/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) /

What the original cast has said about returning to The Office

Recently, while on Jenna Fischer (who portrayed Pam) and Angela Kinsey's (who played Angela) podcast, Office Ladies, Bryan Cranston asked them if they'd be open to doing a movie. In this movie, fans would get to see what their favorite characters have been up to, sort of like a catch-up on their stories. Both Fischer and Kinsey replied that they love the idea, as long as Daniels is the creator behind it.

And Fischer and Kinsey are hardly the first Office stars who have weighed in on reprising their roles for a continuation of the sitcom. In 2020, John Krasinski (who played Jim) got fans buzzing when telling Esquire (via Entertainment Weekly) that he "would absolutely love to do" a reunion of some kind. About two years prior, he told EW: "I think we should reboot it. I think it’s hard obviously with everybody’s schedule to do an Office reboot, but I would so be down." Krasinski even had a pitch in mind, saying they could do a Christmas special like British shows such as Doctor Who do.

As for Mindy Kaling, who portrayed Kelly, she would be involved under one condition. While talking to StyleCaster in 2021, the actress/writer said: "If Greg Daniels was in charge of it, I would be excited and supportive and try to help in any way I could." I wonder what she, along with the rest of the cast, is thinking now that Daniels is confirmed to be working on some sort of a continuation!

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THE OFFICE -- "Gay Witch Hunt" Episode 1 -- Aired 9/21/06 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, Steve Carell as Michael Scott (Photo by Justin Lubin/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) /

But while some of the cast members would be open to reprising their roles in some capacity, Steve Carell (who played Michael) is not one of them. Carell left The Office in season 7, and the show was truly never the same. Although he looks back at his time on the sitcom with fond memories, Carell definitely wouldn't be involved in a reboot. While speaking to TIME in 2018, the actor said he "never thought of [bringing back The Office] as a good idea," adding:

"I think it existed in that time and with those people and it felt right. There was something so special about it, and I guess it’s an odd way to put it, but I love it too much to ever want to do it again. It’s too special to me in my heart in that period of time."

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The original sitcom starred Carrell, Krasinski, Fischer, Kinsey, Kaling, Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms, B.J. Novak, and other fan-favorites. All nine seasons are currently streaming on Peacock.

FanSided Entertainment Staff contributed to this report.

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