A reboot of The Office seems to be gaining a lot of traction. Fans have pushed for it for years on Reddit and Twitter. And it’s not an unlikely thought, reboots have been shoved down viewers throats for years whether it’s an updated show like MacGyver or Charmed or the more popular approach of just using the same cast like with The X-Files or Will & Grace.

Steve Carell, who starred as Michael Scott for seven seasons, even poked fun at the idea of a reboot during his Saturday Night Live monologue.

There was also supposed to be a Dwight Schrute spin-off. However, critics panned the series pilot episode, and NBC was scared into rejecting the show.

Carell feels the same way about rebooting The Office. 

“I’ll tell you, no…I just can’t see it being the same thing, and I think most folks would want it to be the same thing, but it wouldn’t be. Ultimately, I think it’s maybe best to leave well enough alone and just let it exist as what it was. You’d literally have to have all of the same writers, the same producers, the same directors, and the same actors, and even with all of those components, it just wouldn’t be the same. So, no. But, I love the show. It was the most exciting time, and all of those people are my friends. We all love it. It was a special thing. It was a special thing before people thought it was a special thing. It was special to us, before other people started feeling that way.” the  56-year-old actor said.

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Though The Office accounts for over 7% of all of Netflix’s usage, even they would have trouble rebooting the show. It would mean they’d need another excuse to have cameras around after the fake PBS documentary ended, a way to bring Jim and Pam back from Texas, Michael and Holly back from Colorado, and Kevin back from being the world’s worst accountant and a flanderized character.

Not to mention that in real life the show’s stars have moved on to bigger roles. Jenna Fischer has gone on to other shows, as did John Krasinski. In 2018, Krasinski would co-write and direct A Quiet Place, one of the year’s best films. And Carrell has become a full-on movie star since his departure from the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch. A lot of The Office‘s magic depended on the cast’s familiarity with each other and creative writing. To bring back both the on-camera talent and off-camera talent would be a feat by itself. The show ended over five years ago. The cast members have moved on. Viewers haven’t.

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