The news that NBC is eyeing a revival of The Office has many fans a little skeptical, and for good reason. It’s already been widely reported that the revival, if it moves forward, will happen without Steve Carell, whom many consider the lifeblood of the show in his fan-favorite role as hapless boss Michael Scott.
But Seasons 8 and 9 of the show’s original run happened without Carell, and while there are definitely mixed feelings about the show after his exit, plenty of fans feel like the series finished strong thanks to a strong cast of other characters. If enough of them got on board, an Office revival could totally work, right? Here’s what some of the other major cast members have said about returning to the show.
The Office was Wilson’s breakout role. He’s a necessary character; the show simply cannot exist without his Dwight Schrute. Luckily, Wilson is fully on board.
“Yeah, I’d be up for that,” he told Cinema Blend earlier this year. “A reunion episode or kind of like…continue on with a couple little movies here or a little limited series there.”
John Krasinski & Jenna Fischer
The Office without Jim and Pam is simply not The Office. Next to Wilson, Krasinski and Fischer are definitely the most important stars to have on board. And they’re both open to the idea as well.
“I have no problem doing something like a reunion movie or a reunion show,” Kraskinski told Harper’s Bazaar in 2016. “I thought that our experience was so perfect, so just let me know what the story is that’s good enough that would bring us all together and I’m there.”
Fischer wasn’t quite as gung ho about it, saying it would be “logistically difficult” to get the whole cast in one place again, but she’s not ruling it out just yet.
“I mean, listen, big wigs make things happen all the time, so I’m not going to stand in the way of anything, but I’m not sure,” she told Metro in September. “But, like I said, people have ways of making things happen if they want to make them happen. Studios talk and make deals and negotiate things, so I don’t know, but I would love to work with that group of people again in any capacity. We could all get together and do something not called The Office, or I’d do an Office movie, or I’d do an Office miniseries! Whatever it is, I’m always up for it, so if somebody can figure out how to get everybody back in the same room, then let’s do it.”
Kaling has long been open to the idea of reprising her role as Kelly Kapoor. She’s a little busy these days, with movies in postproduction, a new series coming to NBC and a baby on the way, but considering Kaling has always been a champion at juggling multiple engagements, we can’t see anything getting in the way.
“I loved working on the show and I was there for eight years,” she said on The Talk in September. “I think that if Greg Daniels, who did the American version of the show, he’s such a genius, and if he were to be in charge of it, I can’t imagine that I wouldn’t want to help out in some way, or write, and I feel like probably the rest of the cast feels the same.”
With just these four on board, I’m willing to bet fans would love an Office revival. But, of course, the more the merrier. Some other stars of the original series who have spoken in the past about being willing to come back are Phyllis Smith (Phyllis), Ed Helms (Andy), Craig Robinson (Darryl) and Angela Kinsey (Angela). Those who haven’t said anything include Zach Woods (Gabe), Oscar Nuñez (Oscar), Brian Baumgartner (Kevin), Leslie David Baker (Stanley), Ellie Kemper (Erin) and Creed Bratton (Creed Bratton).
Sounds like there’s a pretty good chance of this happening. Dundies 2018, anyone?